Last night I had to get from Den Bosch to Utrecht. Public transport decided to break down, we had a crazy snow storm, and the longest traffic jam total in Dutch history (over 800 km at it’s height). My only option: take a taxi. Together with a south korean business man, who’d already missed his flight four times, I was in traffic for over three hours over a trip that’s less than 60 kms long. Crazy, crazy stuff! Here’s some shots of a snowy A2.
“Simple and open wins”
– Dick Hardt, OSCON 2005 Keynote — Identity 2.0
I finally got around to watching this great presentation on the future of identity on the web. The concept explained in an excellent way and the style is dynamic and humorous. I’d love to pull of a presentation like this some day.
Please people. Lay off the Dan Brown. I can’t commute without seeing at least one person reading a book of his. If you’re interested in crackpot theories about templars, Jesus and Sangreal – just pick up Holy Blood, Holy Grail (Brown
stole all his Da Vinci Code ‘revelations’ from that book anyway). If you’re really interested in what conspiracy theories can do to a person, read Foucalt’s Pendulum – a much, much better way to spend your time reading.
Lots of nice things appearing out of the Beeb’s offices these days. Two recent projects that appeared on my radar:
- Annotatable Audio is a project Tom Coates was involved with. It’s about wiki-style annotation of online audio with some extremely impressive Flash goodness (such as live audio scrubbing) thrown in for good measure.
- The BBC archive will be opened up to the public using an IMDB-style website. Both Ben Hammersley and Matt Biddulph wrote about this. They’ve got amazing high quality metadata to work with — allowing all kinds of cross referencing. It’s built with Ruby on Rails, allowing for plenty of AJAX niceness.
After stumbling across Projectionist and being pleasantly surprised, I started to catch on to this new meme called tumblelog. Basically it’s about blogging small snipets of stuff, from lyrics, to IM transcripts to quotes to anythingh really, but with each bit in its own distinct look & feel.
- RedHanded and Kottke give an overview of the ‘phenomenon’.
- Tumbletumble is an other example of a tumblelog.
- Lifecapsules might be the first real CMS for this thing.
- More at my del.icio.us/kaeru/tumblelog page.