Monthly Archives: September 2007

Begin again

facebook grabThere was an old man named Michael Finnegan
He went fishing with a pinnegan
Caught a fish and dropped it in again
Poor old Michael Finnegan
Begin again.

Let me clear something up. Danny mentions a discussion with Tim O’Reilly about SemWeb themes.

Much as I generally agree with Danny, I’m reaching for a ten-foot bargepole on this one point:

While Facebook may have achieved pretty major adoption for their approach, it’s only very marginally useful because of their overly simplistic treatment of relationships.

Facebook, despite the trivia, the endless wars between the ninja zombies and the pirate vampires; despite being centralised, despite [insert grumble] is massively useful. Proof of that pudding: it is massively used. “Marginal” doesn’t come into it. The real question is: what happens next?

Loosly joined

find . -name danbri-\*.rdf -exec rapper –count {} \; rapper: Parsing file ./facebook/danbri-fb.rdf rapper: Parsing returned 2155 statements rapper: Parsing file ./orkut/danbri-orkut.rdf rapper: Parsing returned 848 statements rapper: Parsing file ./dopplr/danbri-dopplr.rdf rapper: Parsing returned 346 statements rapper: Parsing file ./tribe.net/danbri-tribe.rdf rapper: Parsing returned 71 statements rapper: Parsing file ./my.opera.com/danbri-opera.rdf rapper: Parsing returned 123 statements rapper: [...]

Symbol languages and the Semantic Web

OK so I just stumbled upon this… …via Jonathan Chetwynd’s ever-inventive and SVG-happy Peepo.com. The “Car Bomb in Baghdad” story is from a site created by Widgit Software, and explains itself as follows: Symbolworld has been set up to provide a web site with material suitable for symbol readers of all ages. The internet is [...]

History time

From the O’Reilly Factor, Sept 12. Ron Paul: … so I see the Iranians as acting logically and defensively. We’ve been fighting the Iranians since 1953. We overthrew their government through the CIA in 1953. We were allies with Saddam Hussein in the 1980s and we encouraged him to invade Iran… Bill O’Reilly: Allright, so [...]

“The World is now closed”

Facebook in many ways is pretty open for a ‘social networking’ site. It gives extension apps a good amount of access to both data and UI. But the closed world language employed in their UI betrays the immodest assumption “Facebook knows all”. Eric Childress and Stuart Weibel are now friends with Charles McCathienevile. John Doe [...]

Google Earth touring via KML

While I’m writing up old hacks, here’s one that I really enjoyed, even if it was a bit clunky. A couple of years ago Mikel Maron implemented (on my urging in irc.oftc.net #geo IRC :) a PHP-based Google Earth touring service, which interconnects a “tour guide” user with “tourists”. This site facilitates collaborative, realtime exploration [...]