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The Sages

  • David Weinberger
  • Jon Lebkowsky
  • Jay Rosen
  • Rebecca MacKinnon
  • Nova Spivack
  • Dan Gillmor
  • Jim Moore
  • Lawerence Lessig
  • Ed Cone
  • Jeff Jarvis
  • Joi Ito
  • The Titans

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  • Jim Hightower
  • Wonkette
  • Political Animal
  • The-Hamster
  • Matthew Yglesias
  • Pandagon
  • Altercation
  • Informed Comment
  • Donkey Rising
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  • Buzz Machine
  • Orcinus
  • Brad Delong
  • Eschaton
  • The Left Coaster
  • Pacific Views

    Distinguished Colleagues

  • Tom Burka
  • The American Street
  • wood s lot
  • Rox Populi
  • Scratchings
  • Blond Sense
  • Cut To The Chase
  • Bad Attitudes
  • Rook's Rant
  • Dohiyi Mir
  • Stout Dem Blog
  • A Violently Executed Blog
  • American Leftist
  • Easy Bake Coven
  • Southerly Buster
  • Abuddhas Memes
  • Post-Atomic
  • Van Ramblings
  • Friends of the Fellowship

  • Texas Native
  • Chuck Currie
  • To The Teeth
  • Radically Inept
  • In Dark Times
  • Serial Blogonomy
  • The Bone
  • Public Domain Progress
  • Alien Intelligencer
  • Research Associates

  • Blogged In the Desert
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  • Selective Amnesia
  • In Grown Brain Stem
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  • Into the Blogosphere
  • George Orwell

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    Political language -- and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists -- is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.

    In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

    If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever.

    But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.

    Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is the restatement of the obvious.

    Whatever is funny is subversive, every joke is ultimately a custard pie... a dirty joke is a sort of mental rebellion.

    In our age there is no such thing as 'keeping out of politics.' All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.

    All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.

    At fifty everyone has the face he deserves.

    Most people get a fair amount of fun out of their lives, but on balance life is suffering, and only the very young or the very foolish imagine otherwise.

    John Stuart Mill

    Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.

    The amount of eccentricity in a society has generally been proportional to the amount of genius, mental vigor, and moral courage it contained. That so few now dare to be eccentric marks the chief danger of the time.

    The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.

    Whatever crushes individuality is despotism, by whatever name it may be called and whether it professes to be enforcing the will of God or the injunctions of men.

    A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.

    Mark Twain

    Don't let schooling interfere with your education.

    All generalizations are false, including this one.

    A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.

    Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.

    Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.

    The Public is merely a multiplied "me."

    Only kings, presidents, editors, and people with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial "we."

    Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.

    Only one thing is impossible for God: To find any sense in any copyright law on the planet.

    Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.

    Winston Churchill

    The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.

    I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.

    Don't talk to me about naval tradition. It's nothing but rum, sodomy and the lash.

    Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room.

    Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.

    However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.

    In war as in life, it is often necessary when some cherished scheme has failed, to take up the best alternative open, and if so, it is folly not to work for it with all your might.

    Otto Von Bismarck

    When you want to fool the world, tell the truth.

    I have seen three emperors in their nakedness, and the sight was not inspiring.

    Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.

    Be polite; write diplomatically ;even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness.


    A witty saying proves nothing.

    If God created us in his own image, we have more than reciprocated.

    When he to whom one speaks does not understand, and he who speaks himself does not understand, that is metaphysics.

    I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: "O Lord make my enemies ridiculous." And God granted it.

    To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered.

    Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.

    It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.

    The best way to be boring is to leave nothing out.

    Karl Marx

    Philosophy stands in the same relation to the study of the actual world as masturbation to sexual love.

    All I know is I'm not a Marxist.

    The writer may very well serve a movement of history as its mouthpiece, but he cannot of course create it.

    Friday, August 06, 1999

    Beyond Google

    By Nick

    Yesterday, I spent the day swimming with my friends at a hidden paradise about an hour outside of Austin . It was there that an idea hit me: it's called Fluid. What is Fluid? Its a syndication service, a metadata encoder, an index, a site tracker, a link mob, a meme propagator. ect. Sound complex? It isn't, in fact its designed to be easy enough for grandma.

    Fluid's users would have three tools at their disposal: A composer, a browser, and an index. First let me describe the composer.

    The composer is basically a word processor with two modes which are used to encode separate layers of metadata into the document. Here is how it works: Lets say a user types up an essay on word, and cuts and pastes it to Fluid's composer. The first mode would have two steps:

    1.the user would pick the document's general topic (i.e. Political Humor, Social Software, ect.), priority (high, medium, low), and purpose (i.e. proposal, editorial, clarification, criticism, general information ect.).
    2. The user would then use a color coded sidebar, that would highlight the document's thesis, points, support, ect.

    After completing these two steps, Fluid's engine would automatically encode the metatags for the above values into the document without requiring the user to know a trickle of HTML.

    The second mode of the composer would allow users to cite sources, and trackback other people for feedback, questions, or whatever. So say I were trying to get a hold of Nova Spivack to ask him, "did I just reinvent the wheel?" I'd follow three easy steps.

    1. I would select his name from a people list (or a whole group of people who were interested in social software.)
    2. Then, I would either highlight a specific place in the document, or the entire document. This would allow me greater freedom to ask small questions if need be.
    3. A dialog box would open which would allow me to enter the specific question, "Would this be possible or practical?".

    This brings us to the second tool of fluid, the add on browser. The user would be able to create a homepage with various components. One of which could display the most recent articles which other users classified as Social Software and Knowledge management. The metatags that were encoded by the composer would allow articles to be expanded or collapsed like so (the colors represent how the metatags would be integrated into the system):

    -Beyond Goggle by Net Politik (0/0 ratings, 0 citations)
    Fluid's users would have three tools at
    their disposal

    -The composer is basically a word
    processor with two modes that encode separate layers of metadata into the document.

    +The Browser
    +The Index

    This would allow readers greater ease in exploring large amounts of information. Call it a super newsreader.

    These articles could also be rated by readers either anonymously, or publically. A good rating and citation would show up as "Beyond Google by Net Politik (1/0 ratings, 1 citations)." If the rating is done publically, than the author would receive a message (Bob.com rated "beyond google" as good. Bob.com has rated 1 Net politik article. The author could than view Bob.com's profile to see who bob has cited or rated as good or bad. The user could also find out who likes or dislikes bob's content. This would create an algorithm similar to Amazon's "users who liked this album also liked...". Furthermore, there would be incentives for rating other articles, such as showing up higher on the search engines.

    The browser would also contain a message center for recent questions. So if Nova Spivack was using this system, he'd see a message that looked like:

    From Net Politik: Did I just reinvent the wheel?
    Fluid's users would have three tools at their disposal: A composer, a browser, and an index.
    Note from Nick: Would this be possible or practical?

    He could either give a reply publically or privately, he could also choose to ignore the message or block the user.

    Another component of the browser would allow readers to ask specific questions about various points. Using the Fluid browser, the reader could highlight a section of text, and hit a hot key. This would initiate a macro that would record the URL, the text that was cited, the user, and the time. A little dialog box would pop up, and the user could type in a brief message such as, "watch your grammar" or "what the hell are you talking about?" The message would be sent to server that would appear to the author as:

    From Bob regarding your article "Beyond Google":
    Statement in Question: A little dialog box would pop up, and the user could type in a brief message such as, "watch your grammar" or "what the hell are you talking about?"

    Bob asks: Would there be a feature that would allow other readrs to see which points were commented on? Furthermore, could the authr decide who was allowed to comment?

    Nick Replied: Yes, and Yes. Users who enable the displaying of various color coded tags in browsing mode would see questioned statements in purple.

    The final component, the Index, would resemble Yahoo. You could do searches such as "George W. Bush" and enable options such as:
    1. Editorials only
    2. Most Questioned
    3. Highest rated
    4. From sites that are hated by users that like my site

    The users could than browse the results in ways that are similar to the expanding and collapsing menus in the browser's homepage.

    Or click through indexed topics such as News/Politics/Republican/Liberal Hate fests. These indexes would also allow users to find the appropriate topics to file their articles under in the composing mode. Algorithms could also be developed that would allow the users to recieve suggestions for topics. Furthermore, various parts of metatags could be intergraded into search engines such as google using automatically generated link collections in the user profiles. So if 15 people rate my site, thats 15 links in 15 profiles.

    Anyhow, this proposal is going in to overtime. There is much more, especially in the realm of the index and browser. Hopefully, some people will be able to read in between the lines to see what my end vision is. Any thoughts, ideas, links, or criticisms would be greatly appreciated.

    Filed in the Minding the PLanet Channel Mob

    posted by Nick at 8/06/1999 08:59:00 PM |

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