Memex lives!

Gordon Bell, engineer and innovator responsible for – among other things – the DEC VAX computer, has entered “nearly everything possible from his entire life” into his computer as part of a Microsoft research project. He hopes to create a free-form database for organising your whole life. I need one of those. Thanks to Jack… Continue reading Memex lives!

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Phil Gyford has done a wonderful thing

He’s stretched the weblog model to accommodate a day-at-a-time presentation of an 1893 edition of Pepys’ diary. There’ll be a new beautifully annotated and cross-referenced entry every day and there’s enough background information and context to keep anybody interested in Pepys, London or the period happy. It’s a brilliant application of Movable Type and really… Continue reading Phil Gyford has done a wonderful thing

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Quotas for BBCi

Owen Gibson in The Guardian wants the BBC to be compelled to apply the 25% independent production quota to the web.

Anti-singularists

Singularities and other tech-determinist fantasies are shown the door in John Seely Brown and Paul Duguid’s The Social Life of Information. This is the sanest, most humane book I’ve read on information technology. Seely Brown ran Xerox’s PARC and Duguid is an academic working at both PARC and UCB.

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You’ll have to wait until the interval…

I’m afraid I’m bringing this concert to your attention about 15 months late. Luckily the ‘performance’ isn’t due to finish for another 637 years so you have time to get an ice cream. The extraordinary John Cage (who used to have his own special side-bar feature here at Bowblog, back before blogger ate my template)… Continue reading You’ll have to wait until the interval…

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The Singularity

Proper Science Fiction writer Vernor Vinge is preparing his speech for the day the singularity doesn’t happen. Although I should probably get on with preparing mine for the day after it does (but who’ll listen?), I keep wanting to dive in and point out that the important thing about singularities of all kinds is that… Continue reading The Singularity

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A gruffalo? What’s a gruffalo?

If you’re in charge of small children (3 and up) and you can still get tickets, I think you should take them to see Tall Stories Theatre Company’s deliriously entertaining The Gruffalo, a touring stage adaptation of one of our favourite picture books. You’ll laugh and shout and, if you know the words, you’ll join… Continue reading A gruffalo? What’s a gruffalo?

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Forecasting

I’m bookmarking The FT’s page of predictions for 2003 from business, finance, politics, diplomacy and culture mainly so that I can check back next year to see how they did. Among other things, I learn that: Saddam will fall, house prices will not and Robbie Williams will not make it big in America.

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