The Intensifying "Architecture War" in Digital Searches

David Bollier points us to a great article on impending search engine wars between Google, Microsoft, and others:

Check out Charles H. Ferguson's article, "What's Next for Google?" in the January 2005 issue of Technology Review. Rarely has the struggle over proprietary technical standards in the digital world -- and the implications for the public – been explained with such clarity... The winner of this battle – Google? Yahoo?Microsoft? – is likely to become the dominant corporation in the new Internet world and a colossus of American capitalism.

Gillmor on Distributed Journalism

Dan Gillmor provides us with some food for thought:

I think of distributed journalism as somewhat analogous to any project or problem that can be broken up into little pieces, where lots of people can work in parallel on small parts of the bigger question and collectively -- and relatively quickly -- bring to bear lots of individual knowledge and/or energy to the matter. Some open-source software projects work this way. The important thing is the parallel activity by large numbers of people, in service of something that would be difficult if not impossible for any one or small group of them to do alone, at least in a timely way.

Jim Moore: Eleven good reasons to become a nonvoter. Be free! Become a non-voter today! Help form the Nonvoter party.

"The nonvoter party is global. Given that we don't vote, we do not need to be sanctioned by current political jurisdictions. We can be active all over the world, without concern for national boundaries and rules. Imagine." -Jim Moore

The Terror of Information, and Lack of It

Evelyn Rodriguez writes a sobering account of living through the Tsunami on the small Thai island of Phi Phi:

This may seem hard to believe unless you've been reading lots and lots of news reports, but in many places villagers are still terrified. When what was a tranquil sea swallows up people, homes and long-tail boats mercilessly without warning and no one can tell you anything reliable about whether another one is coming, I'm not sure you'd want to come down either.

And I Heard Pigs Being Slaughtered

Its very grey, rainy, and cold here at Spider House Cafe. Most of my best blog posts are written from this very spot. Of course I doubt the enviroment here today is going to allow any writings of worth.

There is a herd of hippies sitting directly behind me with instruments; one guitar, one recorder, and one girl who occcassionaly sings some sort of pseudo spirtual mumbo-jumbo. But what they play is not music; what you hear is the sound of chaos! The guitarist knows about 8 flaminco rifts in disconnected keys. The woman is stoned out of her mind (i hope). The recorder player....oh the recorder player.

As far as I'm concerned, it's common sense that cream-colored, plastic, 10 dollar recorders are not to be played outside of 5th grade music class -- and best case scenario, one is able to create in-tune squeaks with it. Yet, this bard disagrees with such conventional wisdom. In fact, this virtuoso of the recorder insists on fully expressing himself -- and his whiteboy rastaman vibe -- through the mouth piece of the horrid object. The resulting sound is that of pigs being slaughtered. I'm hearing things at this moment that are so grotesque, so horrible, that if you were to hear a recording of it, you would flee in horror! More notes later... its cold, I'm moving inside.


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Inauguration Day, Silent Protest
Thursday, January 20th, 2005

Since our religious leaders will not speak out against the war
in Iraq, since our political leaders don't have the moral courage
to oppose it, Inauguration Day, Thursday, January 20th, 2005 is
"Not One Damn Dime Day" in America.

On "Not One Damn Dime Day," those who oppose what is happening in
our name in Iraq can speak up with a 24-hour national boycott of
all forms of consumer spending.

Tsunami Videos that you probably haven't seen yet

I was browsing through WavesofDestruction, when I stumbled upon a few videos of the tsunami which weren't all "cheese and crackers".

What do they want?

Brand Dimensions appears to be spying on me and Emergency Action Blog. Curious...

My First Newspaper Citation

My parents will be so proud: my name is mentioned in the Asia Times!

Blogger Nick Lewis has established a website called Emergency Action Blog, , which provides some exemplary action steps, updates on tsunami information, collected personal stories and links to aid-relief sites. -Tsunami bloggers forge tribal news network, Jan 4th Asia Times

What are my future plans? I think I'll go call some elementry schools; I could give some talks about the importance of keeping off drugs, abstaining from sex until marriage , and not dropping out. And yes, I do give autographs. Remember kids: be somebody, or be sombody's fool!


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