Wednesday, April 30
James Lileks wants a new iPod too.
Great minds, and so on.
What he actually got was a swing.
I gotta get me one of them iPods.
The new models are cooler than ever, even if the "dock" looks worse than useless. 30GB of storage, 6 ounces, 8 hours playing time. Connects via FireWire or USB; doubles as an external hard disk for my perennially full Sony Picturebook.
You can even play Solitaire!
Clearly, what Apple and/or Sony need to do is smoosh this thing together with the nifty Sony Clie NZ90, which wonderful as it is, is direly lacking in storage. Then add a multi-system cellphone and GPS and you'll have the ultimate geek gadget.
Except by that point it will weigh as much as my Picturebook, and still do less.
Never mind then. I'll just take the iPod.
Tuesday, April 29
Meanwhile, Google has picked up my blog! If you search on "Stupid Stupid Blogger" I'm right there. On page 2.
Funny how that works, considering that no-one links to me and it took months to pick up my other site.
I'm part of the Blogosphere Ecosystem!
'Course, I'm an Insignificant Microbe, coming in at number 1964 out of 1966, but you have to start somewhere, right?
The other problem with Whuffie, of course, (and Doctorow does touch on this in the book and in the interview) is that it is controlled by positive feedback.
And we all know how well that works.
For those who don't, consider your favourite economic boom-and-bust - from the tulip craze to the Great Depression to the dot.com bubble. Or lynx and hare populations in the Arctic. Or consider a nuclear explosion, which is a great example of positive feedback. If you're lucky, positive feedback will give rise to boom-and-bust cycles. If you're unlucky, you'll get a boom-and-splat.
Not a good way to run, well, anything, really. Unless you want to make a very large bang.
Monday, April 28
To be fair to Mr. Doctorow, he does point out in this interview that his society would not function as described; and that it would need:
some kind of antitrust law or garbage collector that periodically comes along and randomizes Whuffie
Whuffie is the measure of respect in the society of Down and Out; more than that, it's that society's equivalent of cash - as much as it has any equivalent.
Of course, unless you've brainwashed 100% of the population, the anti-trust laws or garbage collectors will need to be backed up by the men with the you-know-whats.
Episode 5 of Rizelmine went plooie too. Sigh.
As always, by the light of day it's neither as original nor as interesting as it was at 4 A.M. But here goes:
When you are designing your Utopia, remember this: People will be people, and to make things work, somewhere there will have to be men with guns. And it does not necessarily make things better for them to be hidden from view.
But the society described in the book simply wouldn't work - unless there are, somewhere behind the scenes, men with guns.
Read it anyway.
I had an interesting an original thought last night that I wanted to share with you.
Unfortunately, I've forgotten what it was.
It's raining. How... novel.
Sunday, April 27
The problem with downloading stuff from a filesharing network is that you don't know what you'll get. The episode of Buffy that I downloaded using BitTorrent proved to be a dud - after I'd dragged all 433MB back to my PC over my sorry excuse for broadband. One episode of Jungle Guu was plagued with video glitches. One episode of Azumanga Daioh dropped out with a minute or so to go.
In case anyone is listening: I'd pay to be able to download these files directly from the source. That's pay as in actual money.
You'd have to get the price right, though. A DVD box set of Buffy runs about $120, or around $5 per episode (Australian prices). A download would have to be cheaper than that, and if quality is significantly below DVD standard, it would have to be significantly cheaper.
Saturday, April 26
So, just how often does Easter coincide with Anzac Day to give a three-day working week?
I'd work it out, but I think I'd rather take a nap.
Friday, April 25
You know that headache you get just because you're tired? And all you need to do to make it go away is get some sleep? Only you can't sleep because you've got this headache?
I've got one of those.
Thursday, April 24
Hale's mother's name is Weda.
Just thought you'd want to know.
The Internet is a time machine.
I did 18 out of my 20 impossible things, and of the remaining two, one can't happen before the end of the month and no-one has actually decided what the other one is yet. So I can say that they're done and no-one can prove otherwise.
In other words, I'm blogging from work.
So why is the Internet a time machine, you ask? Well, you could (and indeed should) take a look at lileks.com and spend a happy - if somewhat dazed - afternoon lost in the 50's and 60's. It's well worth the effort, particularly if you missed them the first time 'round.
But what I was actually thinking of is this: Tonight, when I go home, I'm going to watch next week's episode of Buffy.
Which means I can spoil it for the guys at work. Hahaha! Not that I'd do that, of course.
The thing I have to remember is: Don't get greedy. No-one likes a greedy time traveller.
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