Archive for September, 2007

Decimal time

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

I’ve often wondered whether anyone has looked at time decimalisation. I finally got around to searching for some initiatives.
Here’s one:

Reputation model

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

I’ve been working on reputation systems (security of) recently, which has got me thinking about the possibility of portable reputation. Here is a quick sketch of a reputation exchange format (and underlying model of reputation). I’d like to see something like this become the norm.
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Any comments welcome. (No grammar nazis please.)

Funny

Monday, September 17th, 2007

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin’s_law
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grammar_Nazi

Living Zombies

Sunday, September 16th, 2007

I’ve noticed a proliferation of marketing slogans and brand names which are variations on the theme of Life, Alive, Live. E.g. Windows Live Messenger, Vodafone Live, and many more. Going on my theory that advertisers target things which people feel they lack (e.g. Freedom, Romance, security, spontinaeity, popularity ), regardless of the product they are trying to sell, this would appear to suggest that people are tending to feel more dead – i.e. they lack the spark of life. Feeling alive is an emotional thing, it’s not just about Mr Negri (Movement, Respiration, Nutrition, Excretion, Growth, Reproduction, Irritability) – one can have all these things and still feel dead inside. I think this trend in marketing is a definite sign of an increase in living zombies