Biweekly links for 07/17/2009

  • Wiring the web « Jon Udell
    • “From now on, we are all going to be wiring the web in one way or another. And we’re going to need a conceptual frame in which to do that — ideally, a user-interface metaphor that’s already familiar. Maybe it’s as simple as copy/paste. Maybe it’s more like Yahoo! Pipes or Popfly blocks. Whatever it turns out to be, we need to invent and deploy a universal junction box for wiring the web.”
    • “NEBULA is a Cloud Computing environment developed at NASA Ames Research Center, integrating a set of open-source components into a seamless, self-service platform. It provides high-capacity computing, storage and network connectivity, and uses a virtualized, scalable approach to achieve cost and energy efficiencies.”
  • Tech Bytes: Is this you? In search of a little girl with modest moon ambitions
    • “”Would you like to go to the moon?” CBC reporter Walt Lacosta asks a young girl in this charming 1969 interview.

      “Yes,” she responds without hesitation.

      When questioned if she thinks she’ll ever make it there, the young girl smiles and responds with a simple “no.”

      “Why not?” Lacosta asks.

      “Because I’m not a boy,” she says shyly but definitively.”

  • The SQLite “License” | Hacker News
    • “The author disclaims copyright to this source code. In place of a legal notice, here is a blessing: May you do good and not evil. May you find forgiveness for yourself and forgive others. May you share freely, never taking more than you give. “
  • xkcd – Extrapolating
  • five week plan « Geometry and the imagination
    • Mathematician Danny Calegari has an interesting plan: “As an experiment, I plan to spend the next five weeks documenting my current research on this blog. This research comprises several related projects, but most are concerned in one way or another with the general program of studying the geometry of a space by probing it with surfaces.”
  • You should follow me on Twitter | Dustin Curtis
    • Amusing randomized experiment testing how users respond to different statements: “I’m on Twitter”, “You should follow me on twitter”, and so on. The differences are surprisingly large.
  • Stewart Brand proclaims 4 environmental ‘heresies’ | Video on
    • Stimulating talk from Stewart Brand. Well worth it for the video from 6:00 to 6:40 alone.
  • Geometry and the imagination
    • An excellent mathematics blog from Danny Calegari.

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