In the long run, it's likely that more and more media sites will build (or contract out and supervise) their own solutions, built around standards like Java Server Pages that aren't dependent on one company for development and support. Since all the packaged systems need so much customization, you might as well build your system in your own idiosyncratic image from the start. It's where you're going to end up anyway.Will Joel's company PaxDigita provide an answer to this problem? They seemed to be aimed at that market. Perhaps someone as smart as Joel can create a packaged product that meets needs instead of creating problems.
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Friday, July 07, 2000
In fact, we are running out of IP numbers. Today's domain-name system will reach its limit at roughly 4 billion IP addresses. About half have already been allocated, and experts project the Internet will gobble up the other 2 billion before 2010.
Thursday, July 06, 2000
I propose to begin the development of a theoretical understanding of bullshit, mainly by providing some tentative and exploratory philosophical analysis. I shall not consider the rhetorical uses and misuses of bullshit. My aim is simply to give a rough account of what bullshit is and how it differs from what it is not, or (putting it somewhat differently) to articulate, more or less sketchily, the structure of its concept.
Wednesday, July 05, 2000
If you look, you can see that my glasses are taped. Next errand to run: new glasses.
- It sounds fantastic.
- Seeing it wide screen is a revelation. I cannot bring myself to watch videos chopped down to TV aspect ratio anymore, but I have never before had a chance to see H & M wide screen. It is wonderful to see the full width of the picture as Ashby intended, especially since the composition of each shot is so striking.
- The DVD includes two theater trailers which contain alternate takes of scenes in the movie along with numerous shots that didn't make it in the final cut. Highlights: Harold at the amusement park looking lost and asking "where's my old lady?"; Harold and Maude embraced in a kiss; Harold and Maude watching a sunset on the shore of San Francisco Bay with a large "Fuck War" wooden scuplture on the horizon. There is something thrilling about such outtakes; seeing even brief glimpses into the world of the movie that don't exist in the actual release gives the film a strange illusion of reality. It's not rational of course, but it's as if the outtakes corroborate the story of the movie.
Monday, July 03, 2000
Look three to five years ahead, take broadband access as a given, and then figure out what the news of the future will look like: a totally interactive, digitally immersive experience, having little resemblance to today's news on the Internet. We're at the point now where film directors were at the start of the last century, when they were aiming their cameras at theater stages. It will pay to be at the forefront of technology development.
A couple of finds:
- Astounding Web Co-Founder apartness reminded me of the wonderful Art of Art Frahm piece in the Institute of Official Cheer,
where old pop culture is subjected to our patented Re-Ironization Process, and converted into chipper, spiffy, feather-light postmodern commentary on commercial culture.If you haven't spent any time at the Institute, it is a highly recommended trip. Don't miss the Hot Dog Aspic!
- I Am Bald features some wonderful DHTML experiments and other assorted stuff of interest to the web geek. Here are some of my favorites, with my names:
Pushing walls (this one reminds of a conversation we had last night on economics and Christianity)
HTML color picker #1
HTML color picker #2
And many, many more...