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Nearer my Senator to thee

Nearer my Senator to thee

A buddy of mine passed along a statement posted by Senator Lugar after he was defeated recently.  No wonder he survived for so long in politics, he writes well.

I applaud his approach of compromise-rather-than-idealize.  Also, I like seeing his statement itself rather than a report on a sound bite.  I don't often get to read representative statements since most media outlets choose to summarize them, or show a video of a sound bite.  I appreciate the well thought-out written word more than the chance to see how much Newt Gingrich sweats under pressure.  I would rather read the senatorial source code, if you will, instead of someone else's review.  I know that is time consuming and that there are good reporters/reviewers/pundits/columnists but one less filter gives me a better understanding of the person instead of the stance.

It might help if I actually talked to, or heard speak, my Senators and representatives.  Working on that.

The way to the top: lie.

The way to the top: lie.

This announcement that the head of Yahoo! lied disgusted me.

If you consider Yahoo! the top that is.  To me Yahoo! is more of a spank monkey, definitely a
bottom.  You probably wouldn't have to lie as hard to run AOL, though, so maybe head
monkey at Yahoo! *is* the top.  Of something.  Perhaps a simian search and service heap?

Would you like another banana with your coffee Mr. Thompson?
Website (Not) Readiness

Website (Not) Readiness

My website is horribly unfinished and it is embarrassing.  I work on websites for a living so when I reach the end of the day one of the last things I want to do is look at another one, especially one that I don't get paid for.  In addition, I find that I am a whiney client, so I get resentful of my own demands, dodge my own calls and ignore my own e-mails.

This is one of those cases of "the cobbler's children go barefoot".  In my case, they go 'divless'.  My site is bare.  To describe my site in terms of a state of dress, it has a shirt in the left hand, underwear in the right, one sock on and no idea where the pants are.  And, it is mid-February so there is a lot of bright white skin and Christmas chub.  Ugh.  Best to look at it with the lights off.  Please pardon me while this site is being constructed.

Qrext

Qrext

I can see pictographs, QR Codes, or something like them (call them "qraphs"), augmenting our written language. We are already evolving our communications in that direction with links and embedded html.  Technology that supports the insertion of "qraphs" using hot keys, as we do with emoticons, or a version of type ahead to choose from a saved set of qraphs, would seem fairly straightforward.  We could soon be inserting qraphs into messages at the same speed that we insert a smiley face into a text.

I could see the next phase after that as combining qraphs to form unique messages without any text at all (call it "qrext"), similar to the pictographs in caves that we used to see in our history books, but with hypertext and script/task-launching support.  Caveman art
on steroids.

Take it one step further to create rules and syntax for qrext messages and you could create a message that, when clicked/swiped/activated takes your profile picture, superimposes it onto a video of someone surfing while playing the theme to Hawaii Five-O, signs you up for a vacation giveaway and sends you a free sample of sunscreen.

The future is wiiiiide open.