Archives for August 2007

Ask Jason (on vicodin)

Jason is on Vicodin (which can be a lot of fun) and asked for questions. I think I asked him a hard one.

I asked him to put his money where his mouth is (oral surgery puns aside!)

I respect Jason – but Yuvi is a friend… and I’ll risk pissing off someone I respect to help a friend.

Had some serious oral surgery yesterday and I’m really feeling loopy on the vicodin… you guys know that that means: ASK JASON TIME! So, post your comments below and I’ll do my best to answer them in my foggy state.

Ask Jason (on vicodin)

kyte: Scobleizer: sponsored by Seagate channel

I was hanging out on Scoble’s Kyte.TV channel today and Scoble was there, chatting away with about 120 other people. There were a lot of topics – but one of them was focused on the “ultimate blogging platform”.

To be honest, I am more interested in the “ultimate reading platform” than the ultimate blogging platform. But of course, I shared my opinions anyway!

In any case, I write: “Robert – when I am on YOUR site, I want it to look how I want it to look – perhaps your Flickr isn’t important to me, but your videos are… so I would prefer to highlight the videos. That will be the next shift we see – when YOUR Facebook page morphs to my tastes/requirements”.

Scoble replies: “kr8tr: So you would change scobleizer.com to default to the video blade”

Me: “Exactly – and not only that – your site will learn from my “online history” what is really most interesting to me – and will display that with prominence”

Scoble: “kr8tr: Now you are thinking! You should do a video here.”

While I doubt I’ll do a video on Scoble’s Kyte.tv channel, I may start dabbling with video on my own kyte.tv channel. Not anytime soon. I’m a little busy right now!

But I would like to explore the idea more about making blogging platforms smart enough to learn from my reading habits – and perhaps adjusting the contents – even of individual blogs – to meet my reading habits.

The real problem with social networking is that all of these tools are designed to learn a lot about us. But they aren’t learning from us. And they aren’t using what they are learning/could be learning to improve my end-user experience.

They are leaving a lot of value wasting away in their databases.

And that makes me think that I am wasting a lot of time uploading the same profile over and over, and over again. Adding the same friends over, and over, and over again.

This isn’t social networking at all – this is anarchy. A social network is connected. Having 150 different sites with my profile that don’t know anything about each other, don’t talk to each other, don’t sync with each other and don’t try to learn about what I really want is just a waste of my time. Until “Social Networks” actually start saving me time, or help me to make me money, they are just a toy that the Geeks will use. Or the kiddies will abuse.

I really want to be able to set up multiple data-sets about me. Certain things (profile picture, name, etc) will always be public and can be shared amongst all of the sites I am a member of. If I upload a new “global profile picture” then it should just propagate to all of my online haunts.

Other data, like my contact info would be a little more controlled. And some data would be completely controlled. But at the end of the day, I would have complete control over my data. Over what was shared, and how. What was propagated, and when.

One day the network will really be social. Until then we just have a bunch of disconnected cliques on the web – stupid software that doesn’t learn from me. Stupid software that think my starting page should look just like the starting page of a hairdresser in Queens.

And yes – I know I can manually build a very specific set of items on a lot of these sites. I can spend a lot of time telling them what to show me.

I would rather they learned from me, and made those adjustments in real-time without me having to tell them that this month I am really interested in Microsoft SQL and not videos about some silly Miss Teen USA.

I wish these Social Network sites would use just a bit of what they learn about me to benefit me – instead of using almost everything they learn about me to target advertising to me.

I guess that’s gonna have to wait until “Web 5.0” or something…

Rob

kyte: Scobleizer: sponsored by Seagate channel

My philosophy – exactly!

I stole this off the Internet some time ago.  Just found it while organizing files.  If it’s your work, let me know and I’ll credit you.

 

A boat docked in a tiny Mexican village. An American tourist complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.

“Not very long,” answered the Mexican.

“But then, why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more?” asked the American.

The Mexican explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family.

The American asked, “But what do you do with the rest of your time?”

“I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take a siesta with my wife. In the evenings, I go into the village to see my friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs. I have a full life.”

The American interrupted, “I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you! You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat.”

“And after that?” asked the Mexican.

“With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers. Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can then negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City, Los Angeles, or even New York City! From there you can direct your huge new enterprise.”

“How long would that take?” asked the Mexican.

“Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years,” replied the American.

“And after that?”

“Afterwards? Well my friend, that’s when it gets really interesting,” answered the American, laughing. “When your business gets really big, you can start buying and selling stocks and make millions!”

“Millions? Really? And after that?” asked the Mexican.

“After that you’ll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take a siesta with your wife and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends.”

And the moral of this story is: ……… Know where you’re going in life… you may already be there.

High schooler pulls off ultimate prank vs. rivals – Other Sports – MSNBC.com

 I think this kind of ingenuity, creativity and motivation should be rewarded – not punished.  Seriously – he didn’t hurt anyone, and didn’t even display a profane message!

 We are so “politically correct” anymore that it’s difficult to find people willing to think for themselves – because our school system reprimands them for doing so.


HILLIARD, Ohio – A high school student who tricked football fans from a crosstown rival into holding up signs that together spelled out, We Suck, was suspended for the prank, students said.

High schooler pulls off ultimate prank vs. rivals – Other Sports – MSNBC.com

The Top 20 Most Bizarre Experiments of All Time

Elephants on LSD? This sounds like the type of experiment you could only conceive of if you were seriously tripping on LSD!

Interesting stuff here though.  I love bizarre facts/behavior/people.  They help remind me I am about as sane as humans get. 

What happens if you give an elephant LSD? On Friday August 3, 1962, a group of Oklahoma City researchers decided to find out.
Warren Thomas, Director of the City Zoo, fired a cartridge-syringe containing 297 milligrams of LSD into Tusko the Elephant’s rump. With Thomas were two scientific colleagues from the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine, Louis Jolyon West and Chester M. Pierce.
297 milligrams is a lot of LSD — about 3000 times the level of a typical human dose. In fact, it remains the largest dose of LSD ever given to a living creature. The researchers figured that, if they were going to give an elephant LSD, they better not give him too little.

The Top 20 Most Bizarre Experiments of All Time