no additives or preservatives

kacked.com



Much Ado About Blogging

blockheads (16k image)More thoughts about why I'm doing this weblog thing...

I look at different news sites everyday. Been doing that for years in fact. I find stuff that I think is interesting all the time. Sometimes I forward an article to a friend. Sometimes I add some comments about why I think they might want to read it and what I thought about it. I guess this is a habit that a lot of people have. At some point I realized that I was polluting my friends email boxes. Who am I to decide what they need to read? A lot of the stuff I would send them they have either seen already or someone else is going to send them anyway (can you say "meme"?)|*|For example: I got a cute {{popup godkills.png meme 476x357}}picture emailed to me the other day. Something I had seen somewhere and thought was cute but decided against forwarding. My thinking has changed a bit. Now, the question isn't "is this something I want to email to friends?" it's: "is this something I want to put on my web site?" If my friends are interested in what I have to say they'll come around and check it out. I'm putting my friends on a low email cholesterol diet. I can be a fat head right here on my site.

I'm not saying I don't love Michael and Lubrich for sending me that picture. This isn't intended as a criticism of anybody --other than myself. Just thinking out loud about the process of weblogging.

I like posting to my site. I try to do it pretty much everyday, or more frequently as the mood strikes me. I have been slowly coming around to the idea that weblogs are a type of collaborative filtering system. That's a fancy way of saying that I now consider that it's ok for me to read articles on other sites then summarize, spin (add my two cents) and link to these articles on my site. I had been resisting this notion of a weblog (see below for why), but now my intention is to embrace it. The point is to actively think about what [for me] are the newsworthy events of the day. The process of writing about it --putting my spin on things may help me understand my own thinking better. Hopefully fun to read too.

Reasons I thought it wasn't ok to link to stuff on other sites:

  1. if people want to read about it they can just go there and read about it, what do I need to have it on my site for?

  2. Could be construed as arrogant and self obsessed.

  3. Who gives a crumpet about my opinion? (other than me I mean.)

  4. I can't stand advertising so I use a system of filters to avoid it. When I link to other sites, I'm sending people to go look at ads...

  5. that's what everybody else is doing on their weblogs

  6. you see the same links on other weblogs

In the words of Mr Pink in discussing why he doesn't tip:

"f*ck all that."

Weblogs: What's It All About?

Richard "The Norseman" Lubrich|63.10.215.231|leonardostudios309@netzero.net|http://lubrichs.mine.nu/|5|3|15|2002|2|30|25|AM|eh john - didn't even realize u had sent that link - thought it was pretty funny though myself . . . ┐michael?|68.64.152.29|preterosso@adelphia.net|http://preterosso.mine.nu/|5|3|15|2002|6|35|23|PM|I once went to a wrap party of a show I worked quite a while on. During that party I became aware of a video that was playing. It was of an Area 51 set that we had shot on stage. It was then that I became aware of what I think is a general principle. I had been on that set, with all the activity that causes a sensory overload. But the video camera filtered all that input. As I sat and watched with the Unit Production Manager the video that was taken by one of the producers, the really interesting things that were going on were focused for me. That which had been mudane for me at the time I experienced it became new and fresh and genuinely interesting. I think that art is like that. Sure a blog can be: Today I picked my nose. But I think that any human endeavor can be art. Even a bloomin' blog. Art, IMHO, is essentially choices. And in a blog a person makes choices. He chooses subject and content and words to paint the situation as he sees it. That is interesting.

I also think that friends care about what a friend thinks and feels. It has value, intrinsic value.

But the links that appear on a page are a type of camera that focuses our perception. The internet is a huge forest. When someone puts a link on the page we come to see where the waterfalls and lakes and caves are in that forest.

I know that my opinion is valuable to me. But I don't think that it is arrogant to expect that my well formed thoughts should be interesting to my friends. I'm not saying that they should accept them but that they should want to know them. Otherwise we are just isolating ourselves. And that is real poverty.


I'm Sorry Jim I'm Afraid I Can't Do That

clueless (2k image)Newsblaster is an automated news summarizer that tracks current events by following stories on several different web news sites. It looks for key phrases and uses artificial intelligence to "boil down" a story into a single paragraph. It then provides links to each of the stories the summary was generated from. I find this type of thing very interesting --machines that think for you. Seems to work reasonably well too, until you check out one of the summaries (see below) that mixes up three different guys: Jim Brown, H. Rap Brown, and Willie Brown (hey, all you black dudes look alike to Newsblaster.)

Newsblaster: Former Black Power Radical Sentenced to Life in Prison for Killing Deputy

copy of original (in case they fix it)

Christian Science Monitor: 'Newsblaster' software scans, summarizes news

Online Journalism Review: When Machines Become Writers and Editors


Bagend Down

mobo (5k image)Bagend was down this morning (yeah, my server is named Bagend.) Maybe a power glitch related to the Santa Ana conditions. Power cycled the server (got to remember not to do that) and it wouldn't reboot until after manually repairing some inodes on /dev/hda8 (I realize I'm like totally geeking out here...) Someday maybe it will have a UPS. Heh, right now it's not even in a case. It pretty much looks like the picture on the left.

Richard "The Norseman" Lubrich|65.234.244.202|leonardostudios309@netzero.net|http://lubrichs.mine.nu/|4|3|14|2002|12|12|2|PM|what is the 'pic' on your post - can't tell from size - seems like it's a motherboard from what i can tell??? by the way - your site is great - i like reading all of your sites in this 'greymatter' - keep up the good work john - richard



Nullam elementum neque a ante. Vestibulum sed urna hendrerit nibh egestas adipiscing. Ut gravida. Vivamus ut dolor. Mauris molestie elementum magna. Maecenas scelerisque feugiat erat. Sed nec risus. Phasellus eu nunc. Curabitur purus. Ut nonummy. Etiam sit amet mi quis felis suscipit tempus. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Quisque tincidunt ullamcorper massa. Duis elit.

Phasellus viverra dolor. Sed nulla dui, pharetra ut, faucibus ut, tempor sit amet, elit. Sed ut dui. Nunc quam nisl, sodales ut, molestie sit amet, tristique sit amet, pede. Donec ornare massa nec ligula. Morbi eget nunc in lectus vestibulum porttitor. Integer nec mauris mattis nibh elementum facilisis. Praesent wisi. Nullam eros sem, fringilla nec, venenatis non, ultrices nec, turpis. Curabitur et erat id mi auctor pulvinar. Vestibulum ante ipsum primis in faucibus orci luctus et ultrices posuere cubilia Curae; Phasellus tempus, orci congue tincidunt ornare, felis libero tempor lectus, et lobortis eros lacus vitae lacus. Etiam tempus nunc quis wisi. Duis elementum blandit mauris. Etiam malesuada lorem et sem.

Nullam elementum neque a ante. Vestibulum sed urna hendrerit nibh egestas adipiscing. Ut gravida. Vivamus ut dolor. Mauris molestie elementum magna. Maecenas scelerisque feugiat erat. Sed nec risus. Phasellus eu nunc. Curabitur purus. Ut nonummy. Etiam sit amet mi quis felis suscipit tempus. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Quisque tincidunt ullamcorper massa. Duis elit.

Phasellus viverra dolor. Sed nulla dui, pharetra ut, faucibus ut, tempor sit amet, elit. Sed ut dui. Nunc quam nisl, sodales ut, molestie sit amet, tristique sit amet, pede. Donec ornare massa nec ligula. Morbi eget nunc in lectus vestibulum porttitor. Integer nec mauris mattis nibh elementum facilisis. Praesent wisi. Nullam eros sem, fringilla nec, venenatis non, ultrices nec, turpis. Curabitur et erat id mi auctor pulvinar. Vestibulum ante ipsum primis in faucibus orci luctus et ultrices posuere cubilia Curae; Phasellus tempus, orci congue tincidunt ornare, felis libero tempor lectus, et lobortis eros lacus vitae lacus. Etiam tempus nunc quis wisi. Duis elementum blandit mauris. Etiam malesuada lorem et sem.