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He lay there on his belly on the floor. Nose to nose with his rabbit while scratching its furry cheeks and under its chin. The rabbit was grinding it’s teeth with contentment as rabbits tend to do when they’re happy, like a cat would purr. It was then that the rabbit spoke to him. It did not open it’s mouth, nor did it utter any audible words. But it clearly spoke to him and it addressed him by his name.

‘You took good care of me’, it said. ‘That is something to be rewarded for.’ ‘You surely must wish for something very profoundly?’ it asked him while looking deep into his eyes. That unsettled him because the rabbit normally avoided looking into his gaze. He knew this was perfectly normal behaviour for a rabbit since in the animal world eye contact is the ultimate insult. It basically tells the other animal it’s about to die or going to be destroyed, neither of which he wanted to bring upon his beloved rabbit.

‘I know’, it told him, ‘you feel no desire to hurt me and you radiate a feeling of deep care about me’. ‘I sense this, like any animal senses good and bad. But one thing you must understand!’ It blinked it’s eyes, and suddenly sat upright tilting it’s head slightly to the left, thereby staring into his eye intensely. ‘Good and bad are only so much as concepts to an animal’ it told him. ‘They occupy the spot of our brain that we use for self-preservation and as a result we have no moral meaning to them. We animals will not consider something evil when it will feed, nor something good when it will hurt.’

‘I understand’ he said to the rabbit, ‘cats are really great at that game. They radiate an aura of opportunism about them and will take anything from anybody, as long as they can profit of it.’

‘Indeed cats are master of opportunity’ said the rabbit, ‘but then realise we rabbits are the masters of deceit!’ ‘We may look al furry, shaky and harmless but we will mercilessly kill any concurrents in the nest and viciously fight off any danger when there is no more running. But most of all, we do not know the concept of remorse! It is or it is not and there is no other way around. We do not do morality like you humans do.’

‘That being said’ the rabbit told him, ‘I have a special for you since today is the day I can do more. Today you may ask me to fulfill your most profound wish.’ ‘But …how?’ he asked the rabbit. ‘How and why does not matter’ the rabbit said and it nudged him with its nose. ‘Now what shall it be?’ it asked him.

‘I want to be happy for the rest of my life’ he told the rabbit. ‘So it will be then, if that’s your wish’ it told him. And at that same moment he felt intensely happy. A warm silky feeling crawling under his skin, a flow of intense heat warming his inside and a feeling of relief overwhelmed him. And it was then that he died.

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As not everything is going so well in my life, I have to maneuver around issues and steer away from unhappiness. In doing so, inevitably, I discover new things, both about myself and the world around me.

This enrichment of my life opens up new paths, new idea patterns and gives new impulses. But on the other hand it highlights my shortcomings and missed opportunities. But hey, you can’t have your cake and eat it.
But a bit more “carpe diem” should do me good.

So yes, “may you live interesting times” is both a blessing and a curse.

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Merlin Mann of 43folders recently had a session at Google to explain his “Inbox Zero” method. This builds on the basics of David Allen’s “Getting Things Done” but shows a more straight forward approach open to anyone, instantly.

Now the Google folks also posted the video of the session online (first 30 minutes are Merlin’s speech, next 30 minutes are Q&A)

(via 43folders)

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In a simple drawing Erik J. Heels explains how US copyright works.

An element of surprise for a lot of people might be where he explains that there is also non-controlled use of copyrighted work. This means some use cannot be regulated with the current copyright laws in place. Lots of copyrightholders or their representing groups try to make you forget this by adding ridiculous claims to their copyright notices.

(via BoingBoing)

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wrok

too busy with my work so I really don’t feel like spending a lot of time posting right now …

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twohundred

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Two hundred posts so far. Which is an average of a little less than one per day.
I would have never imagined doing this in the first place and pertaining this in the second place, but here I am.

Although lately I found it a bit hard to focus and get some decent content together, I still manage fr om time to time to amaze myself. (This does not necessarily means my content is that great or my writing so eloquent, but more that I’m amazed about the fact that I still manage to produce a more or less decent post.)

Another reason I experience sometimes posting difficulties, is my intention not to make a linkdump blog out of it, while a lot of info just couldn’ t get me bothered to make more out of it than a linkdump. Maybe once I find a format I’m happy with to include linkdumps in a more structured way, I can put myself at easy with it and start using this to add linkdumps.

As for trends in hits, clicks and misses, what I mentioned around post hundred still goes (OK this header image is a little less polished, but what the heck, it’s just an image).

next …

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First coined at the end of 2005, when even web 2.0 was still a strange sounding name for the new web to come, web 3.0 now really starts to appear in real life and in more manifest forms.

Although I agree we now only see the power of web 2.0 unleashing it’s full potential, web 3.0 starts shimmering through and it’s more than just a powered up version of web 2.0.
Off course, what we see of it is not yet mature and needs a serious portion of work, but it most definitely manifests itself.

But let’ just look back to what web 3.0 stands for (this is just a shortlist of the most known definitions):

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You can keep going on adding definitions, but the basic premisis is that web 3.0 will add another layer of complexity in the archieved tasks while downgrading the difficulty.

For example, getting an article online required in the early days that you could write static HTML (even if in the end there were WYSYWYG editors). Next came the blog and CMS software that enabled web 2.0 and leveraged it due to the easy method for anyone to get text online. Web 3.0 will allow you to assemble you article in any way you want and mold it into any form you want.

The driving force behind this evolution towards web 3.0 is well understood by people like Sramana Mitra who described it well in this readwriteweb article.
Off course the classical group of people tend to see the push behind the move to web 3.0 coming from businesses and the need for business applications where they fail to notice that this collides with the idea of the driving factor behind web 3.0.

But if you look at the above list of web 3.0 definitions you will surely notice in each of these fields we are gaining ground :

  • Evolution: the tendency towards “execute” on the web is growing, think of Google’s list of applications they offer now as well as online applications like Basecamp.
  • Availability: with the iPhone now out the web 2.0 on mobile milestone is now definitely reached and we’re on the way to the next steps. s the tools for extra high speed broadband access increase in capacity while shrinking. See for example the PCMCIA card to connect to Wimax , the 802.11N speed routing gear (same size or smaller than those bulky 802.11A access points and receivers) the concept of wireless grid/meshing embedded in the architecture of the OLPC 100$ laptop. And now you already find some (pimped) fridges with web access, but then again you can now also buy an entire web server on an ethernet plug no bigger than a sugar cube.
  • Content: The earlier mentioned Basecamp/Backpack project supporting framework of online applications, Google’s package of online desktop tools (mail, calendar, contact, spreadsheet, documents, photo’s, …) which also integrate through the Google desktop tool with your desktop. Google gears which brings the notion of “online” to a new level (not necessarily by it’s novelty, but more due to it’s practical use) and not to forget the never-ending list of integration API’s for Facebook.
  • Architecture: Where Google Gears brings off-line and online closer, Bittorrent and the likes bring bandwidth to a new dimension (and help clogging it, off course). But also new concepts arise to intelligently handle traffic and not by throttling it but for example with advanced multi-casting, preliminary caching of data in network nodes and advanced load balancing do arise and bring a more grid like and intelligent aspect to the network. At the same time we notice increased granularity of the network with solutions like FON who support meshed wireless networking a bit like he earlier mentioned OLPC.
  • Driving factor: although the urge to form networks and communities tend to drive people to newer web services (both in consuming as wel as in developing them), the individual aspect increases. Where before people tended to cluster together in communities and hid in their anonimity, you now see more and more explicit individuality. This could be partially attributed to the fact that most people by now have a distinctly developed online personality, either very explicit on MySpace, Facebook or LinkedIn or more illicit in the various occurrences like blog posts, replies, del.icio.us bookmarks and Flickr photo’s.
    But people expect their online life to be more personalised. You log into Google once and your profile follows you around on gmail, calendar, reader, blogger. you log on to Yahoo and you are immediately logged on to Flickr. Your WordPress login is now a universal ID that you can use all over the web.
    Although you are part of a community, use an alias, have restricted access sites, … you still want it to be individual.

To finish just have a look at Yahoo’s pipes. It was well constructed, allows a more or less drag and drop method to collect and manipulate online data. both your own as somebody else and blend it together into a dish that you like to consume. the reason however this service is not running rings around the internet is that it is still too complex, requires more intimate knowledge of rss feeds, requires the user to know his or her favourite feeds, …
The day anybody with a bit of brains can manage and manipulate his or her “pipes” the way they want with the result they want we will have reached web 3.0 and others will be dreaming already of web 4.0 or 5.0.

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