No sense of time

Walking about, I’ve lost sense of time. Just kind of meandering, aimlessly. Something gnaws at my fancy and I pursue it, without thought to ramifications, or at what cost. All things are equal, only some slightly more interesting than others. No responsibilities, only to follow my curiousity.

When I went for this walk, I only brought keys and my phone (though I even reconsidered that choice along the way — who needs a big chunk of plastic and silicon to go for a walk?). I didn’t bring any money or bus pass or credit or debit cards. I have no portable means of economic exchange. If I wanted to eat, I wouldn’t be able to pay for it, as I normally would. I’d have to resort to some other, perhaps now, more foreign methods of barter.

But, at least I have time and my hunger’s not so strong yet.

I wonder if it’s my sense of time and urgency that defeats me so often. I wonder if I flourish with non-paying work because my time is therefore limitless and free to be given; I can give as much or as little as I please, and it’s still never too little or too much. It’s simply what I gave.

The expectations that time places upon one must surely be confounding and something of the make-believe adult world. I don’t remeber being so concerned with time as a child, except when it was imposed on me.

I guess the thing is, we spend so much time trying to get to something else, trying to hurry the pace of arrival, that we fail to exist or take for enjoyment the middle spaces, where we are really no where in particular but moving through time. Then there is really nothing to lose or to gain, but simply being in those tied-together moments, one coming ever-readily after the other.

But there is surely something about time that is adult, and not just the obsession with ever-more-ornate timepieces. It’s partially that you’re, on the one hand, constrained and beaten down by all forms of time (for there are many many) and on the other, it’s up to you, in some cases, to provide the freedom to youth to have time to explore… if not to make it for them.

Still, there is something essential in escaping, if ever so briefly, the constructs of human kind that impose arbitrary walls and boundaries upon us.

I suppose I should get going now, perhaps hurry up to the next thing. The exploration continues though and I can still find my way with no sense of time.

Open web service architecture

The next step in application development will be in more closely coupling those pieces built loosely joined.

Instead of cpan dependencies or libraries needing to be loaded, the prereqs for running an app with be an Upcoming account and a Flickr API key.

This is the writing of the command line web.

Create. Share. Connect.

Create. Share. Connect.

Awesome video by Kent Bye; discovered on Cris Pearson‘s blog.

The Mozilla Manifesto and the open web

The Mozilla Manifesto is significant because, on the one hand, it plants firmly in the ground a commitment to various principles and ideals and on the other, it offers language in support of the continued production of the open web.

Some within Mozilla fear that with the advancement of technologies like WPF/E and , the business world is regressing towards more crystallization, more identity silos and more closed doors.

Thus the key aspects of the manifesto in this respect are: “effectiveness of the Internet as a public resource depends upon interoperability (protocols, data formats, content), innovation and decentralized participation worldwide.” and “Magnifying the public benefit aspects of the Internet is an important goal, worthy of time, attention and commitment.”

Twitter is performance email

To all you Twitter-naysayers who don’t care what I had for lunch, what the weather is around me, what brilliant insight I just had was and to all the rest: that’s fine. I’m not *performing* for you. I’m performing for me, and for my friends, and as a result of being so ostentatious, they are ostentatious back which nullifies any traditional sense of egotism.

Just as Flickr chose to make uploaded photos *public by default*, Twitter does the same for SMS, email and IM and it’s *really* effing interesting. To me. To my friends. To people who care and who relate.

So if you’re some automaton and you’ve forgotten that human connections and communication are fundamental, go back to your cog-in-the-machine day job and let us revel in the freedom of open performance and better living through Twitter.

The primates of Twitter

Henry Halff, Larry‘s dad, makes a very interesting comment:

It’s been proposed (sorry that I can’t dig up the reference) that we humans in our earlier days formed bonds amongst ourselves through mutual grooming and that these grooming circles were limited in size to about 50.

It’s also said that, as we evolved, our hands became far too, well, handy, to fritter away in grooming. So, our ancestors came to maintain their social bonds by inventing speech and yammering at each other whilst they were using their hands to make tools, stir pots, change diapers, whatever.

It turns out, in fact, (again, sorry I can’t dig up the reference) that our conversations are still dominated by inconsequential blather, what some might call “noise.” This noise, as you point out, is ideally suited to maintaining social bonds.

What is interesting about all this is that what with all the twitter posts from mobile phones and keyboards is that we apparently have returned to using our hands to maintain social bonds. Perhaps its because we don’t want to waste our voices on such mundanities.

Going to root

I’ve decided that, in the interest of the sneaky unobtrusive mode for the wpopenid plugin, I’m going to start using simply factoryjoe.com as my web address instead of factoryjoe.com/blog… this is a pretty big change, but I think it’s both time to simplify and get with the delegation I set up of my root.

Hmmm. Of course this means I now need to put something more interesting on factoryjoe.com… damn.

Last.fm for friends!

Was thinking… wouldn’t it be kind of interesting if there were an attention aggregator for your friending behavior? I mean, being able to see who you’ve friended at many social networks and then inferring other folks you might want to meet would be pretty useful — and as we tend to say — would accelerate serendipity.

And this would go beyond simple XFNing someone — this would actual include identifying and measuring your behavior with and towards each friend over time… for example, do you message them often? Do you recommend links? Who do you always invite or add first?

Anyway, I think I’d like to be able to get friend recommendations and make new connections — kind of like an accelerated LinkedIn… oh well, maybe that’s just me.

Does it ever rain on the internet?

Trying to map natural phenomena to the digital…

“Rain.”

Does it ever rain online? Y’know, not so much like “water” or “precipitation” but the phenomenon of “moisture” condensing, rising up into the atmosphere, and then returning to the surface to distribute nutrients, replenish the environment, to wash away the residue of life unfolding.

….

What I’m also wondering about are those bottom-dwellers… like the sucker fish at the bottom of fish tanks in Chinese restaurants… do they exist online? …as part of the positive ecosystem — not like viruses or pests like spammers, but creatures that perform maintenance on the conditions of the environment.

And the two classes are: natural occurring phenomena and voluntary maintenance actors.

So I’m just wondering about this.. that’s all.

The business value of community

Community Business Value

So yeah, explain the business value of community? That’s like explaining why breathing oxygen is a good idea for carbon-based lifeforms. If it’s not already built into your DNA, you’re on the way to the tarpits baby.

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