August 11th, 2004



I like the expediency that comes with a looming trip. Despite that I will only be out of the country for 11 days, it manages to feel noteworthy to people and to be a logistic impediment. I certainly go 11 days between entries here. Or between some of the folks I am compelled to talk to.

Perhaps it is the loss of the comforting electronic leash I've blanketted myself in. I will address this theme more in the future. Right now, I know that if anyone was trying to reach me -- email, phone, AIM, in person (office, park, coffeeshop), mail -- it would go through quickly and I would have control of the response rate. Leaving the country, I leave behind my cell phone that rarely rings and the anxiety that comes with checking one's email accounts and buddy lists without effect. I know this electronic blanket is more of a negative than a positive for many things that I am trying to do and want to become.

Send me your address and I will send a postcard (or something) from Ireland.

TIA - 11 August 2004

Not as ambitious this week. Work, women, all kinds of distractions this week.

We have an interview scheduled with Clay Shirky, an interesting voice in the publishing discussion. After reading his infoporn essay in the latest Wired, I decided he might be fun to talk to. That article ("Why
Oprah Will Never Talk to You. Ever.") doesn't appear to be online, but this article by him on Many-to-Many feels like a precursor. He also has some interesting and outspoken opinions on topics like micropayments.

Maybe pietro will call and give a live remote from SIGGRAPH. Probably not, but it could happen. Lessig will probably be broadcast next week.


  • The new space race suffered a couple of setbacks this week. These mistakes, while clearly more complicated than made out to be, still remind us that this is amateur rocket science, and that not all of the corners -- like "sense or inspect everything, everytime" -- may be cut without consequence. At the next level up, we are finally seeing solar sail experiments in space. Strange that it has taken so long, the simulators worked so well in 1982.
  • Do we have a legitimate demonstration of P2P power and usefulness? The mythical XP SP2 has been released, but because of bandwidth limitations (they say), Microsoft will be trickling it out to end users (100m+) over the next two months. And that seems reasonable, considering how many users there are and how big the download is. But a group put it up on BitTorrent, which should handle the 266mb download just fine.
  • Stealth Wallpaper. This would be useful as a step in guarding against airpwn.

  • ...and on and on.