Archive for June, 2005

Google Earth

Wednesday, June 29th, 2005

Earth Th Remember John’s demo last year?

Now it’s Google Earth.

Shirky: Ontology is Overrated — Categories, Links, and Tags

Sunday, June 26th, 2005

Shirky wrote:

Today I want to talk about categorization, and I want to convince you that a lot of what we think we know about categorization is wrong. In particular, I want to convince you that many of the ways we’re attempting to apply categorization to the electronic world are actually a bad fit, because we’ve adopted habits of mind that are left over from earlier strategies.


The Culture of Connectivity and Immediacy

Thursday, June 23rd, 2005

From The MediaCenter:

Opportunity abounds, faster than ever, to a greater panoply of users. A generation is coming that never knew life without PCs, cellular phones, TiVo and file access. A generation that can IM for hours, talk on cell phones and play interactive games with people all across the globe.


Getting Smart About Disasters

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2005

From WorldChanging:

Dr. Gonzalez, noting the incredible utility of Wikipedia as an information resource in the hours and days after the December 26 tsunami, decided on June 1 to start making Wikipedia even more valuable in the case of an Avian flu breakout. He has added sections to the Wikipedia entry on Avian flu covering preparedness plans, strategies for slowing or stopping a pandemic, and (most interestingly) “Stages of a Pandemic,” a World Health Organization rating system for where the world stands, disease-wise.


Tuesday, June 21st, 2005


Summer Solstice/Garden of Memory Concert at Chapel of the Chimes



Monday, June 20th, 2005



Cool uses of Google Maps

Friday, June 17th, 2005

In between


WiFi signals in Tomate

Tips to Google

came on

your screen


Hi, Trieste

Thursday, June 16th, 2005


“It is well lighted

…… there are shadows of the leaves.”

McLuhan’s Tetrad

Saturday, June 11th, 2005

Todd Kappelman wrote: The tetrad allowed McLuhan to apply four laws, framed as questions, to a wide spectrum of mankind’s endeavors, and thereby give us a new tool for looking at our culture.


Castells’ Trinity Formula

Saturday, June 11th, 2005

At least three layers of material supports that, together, constitute the space of flows:

(1) Medium – the physical basis of virtual communication: the hardware and software, the technology that has to be deployed in order for the network to function at all.

(2) Physical Location: the geography of its “nodes and hubs …… the network links up specific places, with well-defined social, cultural, physical and functional characteristics.

(3) Eden-Olympia (J. G. Ballard’s novel): the rarefied, homogeneous space in which the global financial and political elite lives, works and travels.