I want to thank Curt Siffert for granting me permission to use his song “All Aboard (v2)” which you can download (for free) here. This is the first video1 I’ve ever made, but I’ve wanted to make films for as long as I’ve been writing2 (even before Sally said “Hey guys, I’m going to make movies!” and then did), so I’m glad I’ve finally started.
Here’s David Weinberger talking about Everything is Miscellaneous (the book I reviewed here and many others did here). The hour-long talk stands on its own and covers much of the book, though I don’t recommend watching it if you’re planning to read the book.
I went to Linux World Expo today and played with one of these upcoming One-Laptop-Per-Child project’s XO-1 laptops at the Creative Commons booth.
Photo by Scott Beale / Laughing Squid (cc)
While OLPC is a noble effort, I think it still feels like another example of trying to solve a problem with technology where technology is not the bottleneck. For example, I was bummed that they took away the hand-crank power-supply a while back because I think this severely limits who’ll be able to eventually use these. The UI and networking stuff is pretty novel, but my overall impression is that it’s too gadgety. I felt pretty lost in all just the buttons on the keyboard, but then again I only used it for 20 minutes and this wasn’t made for me. With that said, I’m not holding my breath, but it could be a great thing if this takes off. I say “could” because technology by itself just isn’t enough1. This is a point I keep coming back to again and again.
From my paper journal:
23:37 May 10th, 2007 Thursday
So what good is all of this if we don’t engage one another - on a very real level? “Only a Sith Lord deals in absolutes,” man - so let’s get off the condescending trips and the polarizing anti-discourse. Let’s use our full range - zero, one, two, five, seven, eight, ten, etc and not just on or off - there’s an infinitude of wonder in between and out in every dimension.
I resolve to hesitantly dip my toes in, from time to time, instead of being all in or all out. Talk to a beat stranger - but not every beat stranger. Give up some left over food to the guys on Bancroft and Telegraph (the Shattuck hobos are too hip for me - but I hope they aren’t for someone else — I know they aren’t). I can just eavesdrop on the world from time to time - I can’t always be wide-eyed gulping from the fire hydrant of information flowing at 100 terabits per second eyes glazed over passed out exhausted gasping for a sense of self disoriented head-spun hours or days later. Just a drinking fountain or a tap and a few cups or liters a day would be fine. No need to parch yourself and dry up like a raisin all the time. It’s ok to wrinkle and shrivel - and you don’t need to burst, either - just be uncomfortably sincere.
I think I’m going to try that.
Related brief thought:
17:36 June 22nd, 2007 Friday
Bumper Sticker Activists (Telegraph in Berkeley)
The last thing we need is more Bumper Sticker Activism. Wearing a clever T-shirt does not constitute civic participation.