This afternoon we had a hail storm here at the house. It lasted about five minutes, and within about 10 minutes the sun was out. My neighbor’s car was badly dented, but apparently I was lucky because my car was under a tree. Still, this was a really awesome display of nature’s fury.
Interesting! While reading other people’s blogs this morning I ran across the following.
snowdeal.org | conflux “”You’re not a designer, you’re not a writer, and you’re not an editor!”
Well, no, blogger, you’re not. And therein lies your gift. Because even if it’s true the vast majority of blogs would not be missed by more than a handful of people were the earth to open up and swallow them, and even if the best are still no substitute for the sustained attention of literary or journalistic works, it’s also true that sustained attention is not what Web logs are about anyway. At their most interesting they embody something that exceeds attention, and transforms it: They are constructed from and pay implicit tribute to a peculiarly contemporary sort of wonder.
…[T]he Web log reflects our own attempts to assimilate the glut of immaterial data loosed upon us by the “discovery” of the networked world. And there are surely lessons for us in the parallel. For just as the cabinet of wonders took centuries to evolve into the more orderly, logically crystalline museum, so it may be a while before the chaos of the Web submits to any very tidy scheme of organization.”
This article, A New Risk to Computers Worldwide, in today’s New York Times is worth reading. It describes the threat thusly. “The program, W32/KLEZ.H, is a “blended threat,” combining elements of a virus, which infects machines, and a worm, which transports itself from machine to machine. It also tries to disable some antivirus programs.”
Fortunately, my ISP, Virtual Interactive Center, provides a virus check before I can even download my mail. It caught this particular virus the other night, sent to me from a friend, Ed Beaver, with whom I rarely exchange mail.
Reading other blogs is almost always interesting, and sometimes doing so shows that some people may just have too much time on their hands.
Paul Bausch’s blog, onfocus.com, contains these comments:
“I stayed up past my bedtime playing with the new Google API. The result? Google Smackdown!
Two words or phrases go head-to-head to see which reigns supreme on the Web. Perhaps you’re wondering who is more popular: Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin? Which German Philosopher has web cred: Nietzsche or Hegel? Do people really say touch wood instead of knock on wood? There’s only one way to find the answers: a G-Smack.”
Anyone who works where I do will find this horror story painfully familiar.
Here’s an article about issues at the edge that demands your attention, if you have any interest at all in facilitating the future.
In The FCC in Context Bob Frankston says, “The FCC is like a promising student who had to drop out of school to support his family. At some point he finds his options limited by the lack of education. Congress abets this process by it’s own lack of technical understanding that leads it to pander to its constituents expectations. As Clayton Christiansen has shown in The Innovator’s Dilemma, you shouldn’t be indifferent to your customers but you won’t succeed unless you have a vision to translate expectations couched in the moment into what will meet the needs in the future.”
Here’s an interesting little applet. How to create a BlogThis! bookmarklet