Archive for June 2007
The principles of lust // Are easy to understand
Do what you feel // Feel until the end
The principles of lust // Are burnt in your mind
Do what you want // Do it until you find // Love
— in “Principles of Lust” by Curly M.C. et al. (1990)
I just a moment ago managed to bump into this abstract by Flickr and Twitter folks. The description and the slides were very interesting in context of Xernel as it describes—with a somewhat fine accuracy—the case we’re pursuing. We’re tackling the human interaction and a more general systems integration parts of the whole, but the landscape is exactly the same. We’re also sporting a bit broader view on the integration than just the bot-aspect.
Twitter clearly seems to have greater plans for XMPP applications.
FYI, I’ve been and will be working for an outside project for a moment. Here.
Our local newspaper had an inspiring article (perhaps not that interesting, but inspiring) about PATH of Toronto. PATH itself isn’t anything special as it’s just a collection — the largest — of underground tunnels, but I realized just a moment ago that this might actually be the way we’re going to live in a few decades.
As the climate becomes less comfortable for us, all those more or less soothing scifi-visions of people living underground might just become reality in some sense. Not that we’d isolate ourselves complete from the bare sky (the world isn’t all black&white) but there might perhaps go days without being in touch with the outside.
A good friend told a story about how the people in Dubai avoid going outside in summer as it’s just too hot. They travel between the shopping malls in climate controlled cars, thus creating a kind of surface-tunneling system. Expensive and less scalable than an underground solution, but pretty much the same setup ideologically.
Perhaps if Al Gore would’ve been preaching in the sixties, we could have had a different kind of a future, but now it’s probably about time to start mentally adapting to the inevitable. We must of course do whatever in our power to limit our impact on the nature, but people-wise, we only need to think about adaptation. (I don’t have a car, and I pay extra for having electricity produced from non-carbon-emitting energy sources — this is green blogging. :)
So, stop investing in property that isn’t located near (planned) underground passages, and get out while it’s comfortable! :)