at my corpo-rave tonight and Stefan Brand, who owns pretty well every key patent in digi-cash and micropayments, comes up to me (being introduced by my friend Tracey who puts together the Freedom site), and I’m stuttering, “uh, yeah, hey… I’ve been following crypto shit for ages and wow – you did all the work on stuff we still haven’t figured out how to get working. cool – nice to meet you!” I’ve had dinner and/or drinks with stars of stage, screen, and recording studio… But writer-biz-producer-web-boy was awed by a total geek star.
about most of the books on this list when I came across it last night. I was trying to look up Paddle to the Sea. Which, incidentally, would be a perfect little website.
even venturing into this fray, but my thoughts following the latest re: winerlog and editthispage (aka Dave Winer) donnybrook go along two lines. First, just like you can’t be “partly” a virgin, you’re either a blank, common-carrier style host or you’re not. No one, not Conexion, Mr Winer, or anyone else, can have it both ways. Second, Mr Winer seems to think this is new, unexplored territory. It’s not. Places like The Well, Café Utne and Caucus have been dealing with these issues for years. Norms have been developed. And that’s not to mention the norms and standards that surround the ISP industry. I don’t see how hosting through a webapp like Manila is any different than the issues raised in these far more mature communities.
news about people’s online behaviour today. Wired News reports that people focus much more on text than graphics at online news sites.
It raises a lot of questions – but the preliminary one is “which online news sites really use lots of graphics?” I can only think of the single little photo (usually about 200×200 or so) that most sites put up. And an image like that doesn’t provide the detail that a well-printed newspaper photo has.
It also brings to mind McLuhan – is the web a hot or cool medium? TV was cool and movies were hot – it’s all about resolution and the infinitely higher resolution of film as opposed to NTSC-standard pixels. The imagination is even higher res, so radio was/is hot, not cool like TV. I tend to think the web has elements of both, and that’s what this study might point to.