31 March 2005


Just a technical note: I added a linklog category (via Links > RecSense or here). I’m still struggling with the format, and I need to figure out a way to fully automate the posting process, but if you like triplets and/or an eclectic mix…

31 March 2005

Short Tail

gapingvoid has a nice comment on the interesting elaborations on the economics of the Long Tail:

This opens quite some room for interpretation.

Wired 12.10: The Long Tail
The Long Tail (Chris Anderson’s Blog)
The Long Tail (Wikipedia)
The Long Tail of Software

25 March 2005

Flat Screen

(mimicking this gorgeous Flickr group)

24 March 2005

Autopoetic Tags

Heh. del.icio.us user SpikeH1464 tagged the URL for the del.icio.us tag blogs with these tags:

actionResearch   aggregation   apprenticeship   artefacts   backchannelling   ?   blog   blog101   blogBusiness   blogComments   blogCommunities   blogConversations   blogEcosystem   blogEffects   blogLearning   blogNetworking   blogOrganiser   blogReading   blogResearch   blogTools   blogWriting   communities   conceptMapping   conferences   creativity   del.icio.us   email   emergence   ethnography   folksonomy   groundedTheory   groupthink   hypertext   innovation   inspiration   instructionalDesign   internetResearch   journal   knowledgeMapping   knowledgeSharing   knowledgeWork   KWmodel   learning   learningInformal   mathodology   media   Selection   meta-learning   metadata   metaphors   methodology   nature   networking   ontologies   people   personal   personality   perspectives   PhD   PIM   pKM   productivity   Radio   reflection   research   researcherBlog   researchTools   RSS   RU   search   security   socialSoftware   storytelling   technology   Adoption   Technorati   theory   thinking   timeManagement   tipping   Point   tools

(he didn’t autoreferentially tag it with blogs)

Instant analysis: if the zero value of tagging is tagging a tag or an entity with itself (e.g.: 189 people (!) are tagging ‘http://del.icio.us/’ with the tags del.icio.us or delicioussee) and the informative value of tagging is – well – tagging entities with one’s associations (which implicitly creates a broader and richer tagspace via aggregating the tags of all other users), then tagging tags can be seen as an autopoetic turn in this scenario, with tags no longer pointing to anything outside but themselves.

23 March 2005

Flickr ay ay

I’m a lazy (and a lousy) photographer, so I may be the last user of Flickr to find out, but the free version will only display the most recent 100 photos you uploaded. The previous ones still reside on Flickr’s server farm, and they still are accessible if you do know their exact URL, but if you don’t you’re out of luck.

I just uploaded my 101st photo and my beloved Take 1 of my Next Action Balls project has disappeared (imagine one photo missing):

(if you have been here before – now you know what I’m up to besides rolling next action balls ;) )

This limitation obviously does not apply when you buy a pro account, but even if you do, once you stop renewing you fall back to the most recent 100 limit (leaving 12 gigs of photos behind each year, if you have been busy uploading) – see the Flickr Help.

So it’s probably a good idea to save the URLs of your photos whether you do have a pro account or not:

(1) click on a photo in your photostream to open the corresponding page:

(2) click on ‘all sizes’ to grab the photo’s URLs:

If you have a nice workflow for backing up those URLs, please let me know.

22 March 2005

Next Action Balls 9

current snapshots of my next action balls basket

Workflow note to self: sips

sips (I always forget the name) is a OS X command line tool for image manipulation (and integrates nicely with the shell, scripting languages or AppleScript). It rotates, flips, crops, pads, resamples images, changes dpi, and reads and writes metadata (see ADC’s TN2035). This can be quite a timesafer.

sips *.jpg -Z 160 [creates those nicely sized images you see above]

sips -h [displays all options]

17 March 2005

Mirror Stage II

generated by amaztype – a flash based Amazon Web Services hack for looking up books or whatever. (Psychoanalysts will see the identity building fun of the mirror stage – the moment when a child for the first time recognizes its self in a mirror – in full effect here).

via Seth Godin

15 March 2005

Gaming and Sleeping

Samorost screenshots

Two absolutely lovely flash-based games: Samorost and Treasure Box. I’m no gamer, but I definitively didn’t expect this amount of strangeness and weird beauty (via DieLux).

Change of subject: I’m currently reading a transcript of Niklas Luhmann’s introductory lectures on System Theory, and for two nights in a row I was hit by a narcoleptic attack at the same sentence – ‘(information) is a difference that makes a difference’ – after reading only two pages. If I read before sleeping, I usually read about 50 pages, and I wasn’t tired at all. The only similiar experience I can recall was when I was learning Scheme (a Lisp dialect) trying to get a grasp on continuations. For a few days in a row I really wanted to think this through, but it was like ‘OK. Call with current continuation zzz’.

12 March 2005

Next Action Balls 8

current snapshots of my next action balls basket

close-up of next action balls (blog exclusive)

Currently I’m trying to shift my ‘goal oriented’ communication from email to blogs. It remains to be seen whether this is a feasible approach, but there are a few promises:

10 March 2005

A labeler is just the best thing

I just listened to an interview with David Allen hosted by Richard Giles at the Gadget Show. Favorite quote:

..that’s one of the most bizarre tools you can get is a labeler.. there is something mystical happening to your life when you start to label your files..

Entertaining and informative probably also for non GTD adaptees.

9 March 2005

Surrogate TV

cyclists in snow

Part II of my escape your TV challenge (part I is here).

For whatever reason watching television requires the synchronicity of all other viewers to be really enjoyable. Whatever is on, you can be sure millions of others are staring at the same bullshit at the same moment. This obviously creates some sense of imagined community, some remote connectivity via the shared info/image/distraction flow. I started to record everything I might or might not want to watch and then usually just forget about it – even The Simpsons. (This effect corresponds with Cory Doctorow’s notion of the Outboard Brain – your VCR/TiVo just can watch TV better than you.)

8 March 2005

Next Action Balls 7

current snapshots of my next action balls basket

Originally I wanted to describe my latest and greatest GTD setup here, but then I followed a pointer of Merlin Mann to an article of Mark Wieczorek, who rises the killer question for assigning Next Actions to Contexts:

Can I act on this item as soon as I read it?

This superbly captures the essence of what David Allen is thinking about the @Context lists – and challenges me with some balancing to do between the two forces zen like minimalism and playful hacking upon the system. It’s hard to get rid of habits.

What @actions do you use? – recent thread on Contexts at the GTD forum, CosmoGTD’s posting contains a nice analogy from free jazz, which might be a good idea to consider: you have to learn to play INSIDE first, before you can play OUTSIDE

3 March 2005

Notes on the Making Money Session - Bloggercon III

IT Conversations hosts the complete audio archive of the Bloggercon III held November 2004. My sixth stop was the Making Money Session, hosted by Doc Searls.

quick notes:

Previous stops were the Newbie Session, the Overload Session, the Journalism Session, the Academia Session, and the Emotional Life Session.

3 March 2005

Notes on the Emotional Life Session - Bloggercon III

IT Conversations hosts the complete audio archive of the Bloggercon III held November 2004. My fifth stop was the Emotional Life Session, hosted by Julie Leung.

quick notes:

Previous stops were the Newbie Session, the Overload Session, the Journalism Session, and the Academia Session.

2 March 2005

Notes on the Academia Session - Bloggercon III

IT Conversations hosts the complete audio archive of the Bloggercon III held November 2004. My fourth stop was the Academia Session, hosted by Jay Rosen.

quick notes:

Previous stops were the Newbie Session, the Overload Session, and the Journalism Session.