Democratic QOTD

My best friend, who is a lazy, apathetic bum, had a sudden attitude change when I told him that Ron Paul supports gun rights and legalization of drugs and prostitution. Almost before I could finish the sentence, he said, “Dude, I’m in.”

 

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Democracy simply doesn’t work

Cool for cats

As a companion-perspective to Cool URIs for the Semantic Web, I stumbled across this, from the “Dear Domey” column, in the domain name scene:

Superior URL
(to the tune of Material Girl by Madonna)

Users searching, users clicking,
Online ev'ry day,
If you've got a lousy domain,
They won’t come your way.

If your site has stuff to read,
But your name ain't right,
Most users will pass you by,
For the URL that's tight, 'cause we are…

Living in an internet world,
And I want a superior URL,
You know that we are living in an internet world,
And I want a superior URL.

Businesses find going online,
Is the way to be,
But if they skimp what their site's called,
Where's their strategy!?

Some folks want domains for pennies,
They don't understand,
Would they offer a few dollars,
For some downtown land? 'cause they are…

Living in an internet world,
And I want a superior URL,
You know that we are living in an internet world,
And I want a superior URL.

Living in an internet world (get an URL!)
Living in an internet world
Living in an internet world (get an URL!)
Living in an internet world

Traffic comes and traffic goes,
And that's all right you see,
Prime generics have their value,
And everyone's after me, 'cause everybody's…

Living in an internet world,
And they want a superior URL,
You know that we are living in an internet world,
And they want a superior URL.

A superior, a superior, a superior, a superior URL!

Living in an internet world (get an URL!)
Living in an internet world

I’ll stick with Cool URIs don’t change, thanks :)

20Q +/- 2

I was just revisiting 20q.net, reminded after seeing the ontogame site. The latter starts with a Wikipedia/dbpedia concept, and asks you to classify it according to some ontological criteria, I think drawn from Proton. The former (neural-net based I think) lets uses supply random concepts, and when needed provide distinguishing yes/no characteristics. I wish all such sites pumped their conclusions (or a subset) back into the Web, perhaps under the new open data license (see also semantic-web thread).

Here’s 20Q’s attempt to guess the location I was thinking of (Bristol, where I live):

Q22.            I am guessing that it is Bristol (England)? Right, Wrong, Close
21.	  	Is it very noisy? Sometimes.
20.	  	I guessed that it was Lancaster (England)? Wrong.
19.	  	Is it popular with teenagers? Sometimes.
18.	  	I guessed that it was Carlisle (England)? Wrong.
17.	  	Is it known for volcanic activity? No.
16.	  	Is its official language English? Yes.
15.	  	Is it associated with a team sport? No.
14.	  	Is it small? No.
13.	  	Is it located in Scotland? No.
12.	  	Is it a city? Yes.
11.	  	Is it hilly? Yes.
10.	  	Does it have wild animals? No.
9.	  	Is it located in Canada? No.
8.	  	Are cars often seen there? Yes.
7.	  	Is it located in the western hemisphere? Yes.
6.	  	Is it made of wood? No.
5.	  	Do people live there ? Yes.
4.	  	Is it found in a warm climate? No.
3.	  	Is it a crowded place? No.
2.	  	Does it have a specific tourist season? No.
1.	  	Is it located in the United States? No. 

After I said “yes”, I got this feedback:

It is Bristol.
Is it associated with a team sport? You said No, 20Q was taught by other players that the answer was Yes.
Contradictions Detected
The opinions of the 20Q A.I. are its own, and are based on the input of players. 20Q's answers reflect common knowledge. If you feel that 20Q is in error, the only way to correct it is to play again!
Similar Objects
Carlisle (England), Spokane, WA, Lancaster (England), Providence, RI, Walla Walla, WA, Belfast (Ireland), Launceston (Australia), Bainbridge Island, WA, London (England), Brighton (England), Butte, MT, Durham (England).

Huh, we have a sports team? Who’d have thought it? I guess some things are subjective…

Lost the plot

I made this with the trial version of I Can Animate, a stop-motion package for MacOSX that leans towards the schools/education market. I was impressed at how easily I got up and running: just plugged an Isight into my old PowerBook and pointed it at the table (which was white, and didn’t help the Isight focus, but that’s all fixable I guess).

This was obviously one to throw away, but it’s grown on me. I just can’t figure out what the plot to the movie is. I’m tempted to use this tool to try to make a explanation of RDF and the Semantic Web, but that requires a bit more thought…

Dawkins QOTD

My impression remains what it has always been, however: the Postmodern Emperor is not only bereft of clothes. He doesn’t even have a skin.

– Richard Dawkins, in comments thread for his review of the excellent Intellectual Impostures by Alan Sokal and Jean Bricmont.