A cynical ha!
all software and all data are simply complements to Google’s core business – serving advertisements – and hence Google’s interest lies in destroying all barriers, whether economic, technological, or legal, to all software and all data. Almost everything the company does, from building data centers to buying optical fiber to supporting free wi-fi to fighting copyright to supporting open source to giving software and information away free, is about removing those barriers.
And yes, this probably sums it up:
Web 3.0 involves the disintegration of digital data and software into modular components that, through the use of simple tools, can be reintegrated into new applications or functions on the fly by either machines or people.
From Rough Type.
Another perspective on indigenous issues in The Age: “Can Archie Roach teach the rest of us what he taught British actor Pete Postlethwaite: how to see Australia through Aboriginal eyes?”
Too long apart
In honour of Soho Pride, and because I love that an article about the issues around lesbian weddings was published in the mainstream press, The Lesbian Bride’s Handbook (called ‘My big fat gay wedding’ in the Observer Woman magazine).
I have a new intellectual crush. It’s partly because of the way she didn’t let the interview be derailed by stupid questions, and partly just her sheer enjoyment of her area:
Math Book Helps Girls Embrace Their Inner Mathematician
“The actress who played Winnie Cooper on The Wonder Years, Danica McKellar, is a self-proclaimed math advocate for girls who might otherwise shy away from a subject that Barbie once famously described as “hard.””
I also admire Beth Wilson’s personal courage:
“Health Services Commissioner Beth Wilson has revealed her own emotional experience with abortion in a bid to persuade MPs to support a push to remove abortion from the Crimes Act.”
Health chief tells of abortion experience
Ha ha ha haha ha. Melbourne vs Sydney, booze-style:
“In NSW, you get bogan-style drinking because bogan-style venues are encouraged.”
“We aren’t barbarians, but we don’t want to sit in a hole and drink chardonnay and read a book.”
Why, yes, I am easily amused.
It’s one of the top whinges about Macs in mixed environments, so hopefully this will help hush the whinging: Wired How To Share Files Between Windows PCs and Macs on a Network.
Subject: to mia
Is the moon to grow
Covering the land^×
Again awaken from your being gone to find
What I have in my hands, these flowers, these shadows,
Onto my frozen fingers.
Sought to contrive, intending to express
I seek, above all, in the wandering
Of the matter of snow here. Both of us have grasped
The earth beneath his feet, in its dark cape,
In realms of dingy gloom and deep crevasse
Thinking of your abiding spirit brings
XX. To the Pole
XIII. The Route to the North
That patch of white at the very end of the road
Lucky the bell^×still full and deep of throat,
The edge of that other square cut from the right
Toward . . . that seems to be the whispered question
Two of us, Docteur and Madame Machin, who stand
Sculpting each tree to fit your ghostly form