Thursday, May 29, 2008

Du duh deh di duh, di deh du duh, di deh du duh

Is it okay that I forgot about the eyepatch, wait for it, and the cello?

I'd like to think that I'm still 100% grade A American, but if I can't remember those things, what else is missing?

Oh and the Hulu is dead. Long live the Hulu.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Miko's Dead

Welcome to the void my friend.

Fuck.

[UPDATE 5/15 7:16] Well, this just sucks. I share Thomas' sentiment. I hope he finds rest. Funeral arrangements will be in tomorrow's paper.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Other Information

Google has been good to me. Gmail is great, but I love Reader. They've updated the shared items feed so that users can now comment on the items they share. You can find my quick updates there, or in the list on the right side of this page.

Enjoy.

The John Darnielle Round-up

I've really been enjoying The Mountain Goats new album Heretic Pride. On top of that, there are some promotional illustrations that are a great addition to to songs. There's more:

John has a new book 1n the 33 1/3 series, (announcement)
There's always his gerneral blog
And now? The Mountain Goats via Aesop Rock

I'm pleased.

Progress on Progress

Well, that ended in a rather fantastical manner. All's well that ends in Robin Williams I suppose, but I know that's just not true. Sometimes, I get a little cute with my metaphors. What I was trying to relay was that a single piece of information is often loaded with much more than appears. Sometimes that additional information is structured, and sometimes it's not. For instance, knowing my name, James, you also know that I occasionally babble on this blog. Those of you that know me personally, and I assume that is all of you as this isn't worthy of much anonymous acclaim, also recall much more by just its mention. You know my full name, my job, my other friends, some of you my parentage. My position at my work is part of a hierarchy. As is my lineage. Those structures aren't obsolete, they're just to be used in more specific situations. Overall, all of this information, is a nice sticky conglomerate of data. And that's where it adds value to tagging. Just James gets you all that other information as well, if it can be associated in some form of metatagging. Thus endeth the poor rambling.

CLARIFICATION - I see it kind of like algebraic substitution with a large number of known items. We have an item x. We know x = y + z. We know y = w + 1. We know z = 2 * v. Via substitution our original item x becomes:

x = y + z
x = (w+1) + (2 * v)

Just x has given us a good deal more because we know those other relationships. They're built into it.