Wednesday, November 09, 2005


When i was a teenager my mind was blown by a book called "the river that flows uphill" - which was about the evolution of the human brain and about a trip down the grand canyon. It asked the question- how is it some things in this world seem to flow 'uphill' against the tide of entropy becoming more and more organized.

Well i don't really think this is an example but it is pretty damn cool if you ask me- a trend in the blogosphere for people blogging on a given topic to start making periodic indexes summerizing the activities of their peers. Check this out this index of pervious editions of the Grand Rounds, a traveling roadshow of round ups of the world of medical blogs. Each blogger (of course) tries to out-do the previous one for being comprehensive, clever, etc. -- The effect of this for outsiders is it makes it much easier to become familliar with the players, the personalities of the people in this corner of the blog-ecosystem.

To me it just is one more way that barriers to entry come down and people can be lead purely by their interest. Interested in the mating habits of bearded harvester ants? (i once worked at a hobby lobby with a guy who had a PH.D. in that) - go find the blogs on that topic and get in there and start learning - you could always go to the library and start reading up on something but now you can do that- AND find the community of other people who are interested in that topic and become part of that community far, far easier than was once possible.

one more way the world is changing (for the better, i'd say).

Sunday, November 06, 2005

jesus F**king Christ!

Remote control Humans! The end is near! This gives me the whillies bigtime, you? Want to be scared some more? from the excelent blog by Alex Halavais

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

brilliant essay of the day

TV News in a Postmodern World The Remarkable Opportunities of Unbundled Media. Terry Heaton explains with charts and graphs what is happening to media and what big media will need to do to compete in the coming age of blogs, podcasts, videostreaming, etc. etc. Thanks to New Media Musings for pointing to this!

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Two things

Two things I'm excited about right now: 1) this guy talking about using technology and what constitutes "craft" - what is hard to do in the digital world, and how does anyone know its hard- this is pretty interesting to me because I've been thinking about how much the question of how hard something is plays into my evaluation of it in painting-- I like paintings that I know were hard to have done- so how am i any different from those idiots that sit there and look at the rothko that i love and say "my kid could do that" - I just have a different (i'd say more informed) idea of what is actually hard to do.

2) this book small pieces loosely joined is really, really good. It's not even about the internet so much as it is about what the internet is revealing about human nature and the human condition. It put into words things that i'd felt very powerfully in my gut but had not managed to explain to myself yet.