LOTR Day in Wellington

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I got some crappy shots of the big LOTR parade. Fortunately some work mates used a real camera to get some better shots. The strangest moment was the scary jumbo jet fly-over which personally gave me disturbing flashbacks to 911. Other than that it was a blast. Good simple fun. And best of all it was an absolutely stunningly beautiful day (and weekend, in fact).

Also, there's a great shot of the beast thing attacking from the Embassy theater over at pixietwin.com (from a fave FOAF kiwi blogger).

December 2, 2003 in Film, FOAF, New Zealand | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Friendster vs Blogger

In reply to my recent post about Friendster Wayne commented...

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What is a more open, honest way to connect with people online? A blog?

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Let me be cynical for a brief moment and say that when most people write about themselves [in a blog], there is a thick layer of bullshit. They are presenting who they want to present. It's safe.

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You can read my full comments, posted after Wayne's.

I absolutely do believe that blogging has substantially raised the quality and standard for connecting with people online.

Blogs and bloggers do raise genuine questions, many do earnestly challenge conventional thinking. I think blogging does require soul searching. I think that meaningful connections and important ideas are occurring on a monumental proportion, like never before, directly as a result of blogging.

July 27, 2003 in behavior, emerging trends, FOAF, Web/Tech, Weblogs | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Can't we just be friendsters?

Kevin wrote:
> what the hell is this? a swinger's club?

Yes. But it's also great for ego surfing, apparently. It's kinda like 1992 when you would look at people's AOL profiles.

I don't know. I don't quite get it. I mean I get it, but it's one of those things that I think to myself, "There must be something I'm not getting that makes this so great". But there really isn't. It's massively huge. Addictive according to many.

It seems to be the same social phenomenon that drove chat and IM. Insecurity, vanity, shallow desperation, loneliness, fear of connecting with people in a vulnerable, direct, open, honest and meaningful way. It also seems to be an attempt by try hard hipsters to compete in a popularity contest. The irony of course is that these "neo-hipsters" are actually former outcast geeks back in their awkward teen years.

Okay, that's definitely a cynical bitter view of it. Maybe it is all about having fun, goofing around for kicks. Or just being curious enough to follow your natural instincts to learn about your fellow humans in a genuine attempt to make meaningful connections.

And let me also be the first to say that I am not above all that vain, insecure, popularity seeking try hard shallowness.

There is something about it that I find fascinating. (a) that it's so popular is fascinating and (b) reading what people have to say about my brother has cast him in a somewhat new light for me.

I also do realize that it is foreshadowing the bigger phenomenon. Which is the whole taste networks mob-ocracy, to borrow a euphemism from Howard.

Is it a flash in the pan fad that people will nostalgically cringe about tomorrow? Probably. But this is just carrying on the tradition of AOL profiles, which I'm sure had many predecessors, and this will have many a successor that's equally shallow and addictive.

Oh. And just in case you want to be my friendster, here's the link: http://www.friendster.com/user.jsp?id=69039

July 26, 2003 in behavior, emerging trends, FOAF, Life, Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

i knew ani when

It's funny when somebody you know, in a collegial way, gets 'famous'. In this case, I'm talking famous in the rockstar designer sense. Ani Phyo was a sweetheart that used to bop into the Turntable studio every so often. She seemed to be enamored with the glamour of web design, especially since we were doing rockstar websites and CD ROMs at the time.

It's good to see her succeeding. But I'm very dubious about these books. Especially after reading this interview. It's a bit of a cringe, especially this quote

Recommended sites?
Besides the one you are reading right now? Not really. No sites are ever perfectly executed. They are limited by the boundaries of time, budget, and quality. Being a designer, I am always hyper critical of everything I see. Even my site could be improved.

July 14, 2003 in creative process, design, FOAF | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

taste data

taste data another suggestion of a taste schema [via fecho]

July 13, 2003 in Film, FOAF, open source, Weblogs, wiki | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack