My Blog(s)

April 25, 2008

My AI-hosted blog is here: I hope to have my first post by this Sunday. I’ll edit this post if it’ll be something otherwise, or if I change my topic from what I said in class. I’m so bad about leaving comments in blogs generally, so I’m hoping the nice pingbacks I’ll get from my AI blog will help push me to talk with the other people in the field.

I do have a personal blog that I’ve updated for awhile that is on Andean culture. I would’ve used that subject, but I wanted to not only keep that one nicely updated (something I’ve failed with so far), but also have a blog where I can more effectively connect with people. There’s also the fact that there are so few blogs on the subject that are in English, and my Spanish isn’t good enough to get anything more than the gist out of an article in Spanish. It is here: in case you do want to peruse it (I hope you do, cause I want some suggestions on what to do with it). My AI blog comes first, though, so don’t expect this one to be updated that often.


Happy Birthday, DARPA!

April 8, 2008

DARPA, the government organization that sponsored the creation of many things that we take for granted today, including a precursor to the internet (ARPANET) and the computer mouse, turned 50 yesterday. I hope they stuff themselves with cake.

Here’s the article: The Idea Factory that Spawned the Internet Turns 50

Gigaom put out an interesting article about the 10 Ways the Internet Will Die. It seems pretty doomsday-ish, but it is interesting nonetheless. How do you guys think it might end?

Another Link

April 4, 2008

Before I get my articles posted for class, here’s a link that’s relevant to our homework. The mental_floss blog has a series called The First Time News was Fit to Print. In it, they dig through the New York Times archives to find the first time a major topic was mentioned in the news. If you scroll down, you’ll find Web 2.0. The link is here: The First Time News was Fit to Print, IX. It’s interesting that the Times article mentioned was written soon after the dot-com bubble burst.

Now I swear I’ll get to the homework.

First of all, here’s a site I found via 42 Must-Bookmark Resources for Web Designers. Might not be too useful for us at this point in the class, but they’re interesting links none the less.

Ghost Sites of the Web is a blog about Web 1.0 sites that are still up, defunct sites, and sites that are just terrible. There’s even a video from 1994 about the web and its content. The whole site, and that video, really give us a glimpse at how the web’s changed in only a few years.

Speaking of the history of the internet and computers, I just got off the phone with my mom. When my mom was a grad student (she was studying math, ugh) in the late 60’s, early 70’s, she worked on the mainframe computers. She said that even then the technology moved so fast that her professor went to school in the summer and taught what he learned in the fall. She was also the only woman in most of those classes, by the way. I asked if she knew of ARPANET at the time, but unfortunately she said no. She did reminisce about the bb’s of the 80, early modems, microcomputers, and having to use DOS, though.

There’s another article that I can’t seem to find right now. The blogger bought a magazine from 1967 off of ebay. In it, there was an article on how the future of technology will make it easier for the government to track your life. Basically the blogger stated that, if they changed around a few terms, it could have been mistaken as an article written by the EFF. I agree with that; it’s always creepy when something from the past is so accurate. I only wish I could find the article. Does anybody know what I’m talking about? It was on digg a few weeks ago, I think. It even had scanned copies of the actual magazine.

Now I will stop slacking off and find those articles for class.