February 25, 2008
WordPress.com’s semantic tools such as categories, tags, urls for individual posts, author’s name generated automatically to each post, dates per post, seem to mimic the function of metatags and are Search Engine friendly. As well, when my delicious tags and wordpress.com’s tags and categories are syncronized, I think this performs a similar role of structuring as metatagging. To make it even more elegant, del.icio.us offers suggestions for popular tags used by other del.icio.us users on posts and sites that have already been entered into their database. For example, del.cio.us suggests these tags for Alex Iskold’s useful post on structuring the Internet through metatagging: Blog, blogging, code, CSS, Design, development, findability, folksonomy, howto, HTML, marketing, metadata, readwriteweb, semantic, semantic_web, semantics, semanticweb, tag, tags, tips, trends, visualization, web, web3.0, webdesign, XHTML, markup, Internet, microformats.
After reviewing the ReadWriteWeb article on structuring the Internet, I looked up the New York Times metatags offered as a best practice model by ReadWriteWeb and attempted to adapt them to my own Speechless blog. WordPress quickly eliminated my outlaw codes leaving no trace.
WordPress did not support my adaptation of the New York Times metatags: when written under ‘Code’ . They are deleted. Under ‘Visual’ this is what they looked like before deletion: more.
Aside: While noting the New York Times metatags, I was also drawn to a comparison of New York Times’ Categories 2008-02:
World, U.S., N.Y. / Region, Business, Technology, Science, Health, Sports, Opinion, Arts, Style, Travel, Jobs, Real Estate, Automobile.
I would like to compare these to the default categories offered by Digg and other major actors in Web 2.0 blogosphere.
to be continued . . .
Iskold, Alex. 2008. “How YOU Can Make the Web More Structured.” >> ReadWriteWeb. Uploaded. January 30, 2008 10:48 PM. Accessed February 2008.
Filed in folksonomy, semantic web
Tags: article, Blog, blogging, code, CSS, Design, development, digg, findability, folksonomy, howto, HTML, Internet, marketing, markup, metadata, metatags, metatags and wordpress.com, microformats, New York Times, ontology, ReadWriteWeb, semantic, semantics, semanticweb, semantic_web, tag, tags, tips, trends, visualization, web, web3.0, webdesign, XHTML
June 14, 2007
Logos from Web 2.0 are caught in the web somewhere between NASA photos of deep space, science fiction landscapes of our inner space, the synapses of the brain, the virtual space that is not abstract, imagined or really real.
Web 2.0, is a term coined by Tim O’Reilly in 2004 for a series of conferences on a revivified Internet. O’Reilly (2005) in what is now considered to be his seminal article claimed that, “If Netscape was the standard bearer for Web 1.0, Google is most certainly the standard bearer for Web 2.0 (O’Reilly 2005). He contrasted Web 1.0 with Web 2.0 by citing examples: DoubleClick vs Google AdSense, Ofoto vs Flickr, Britannica Online vs Wikipedia, personal websites vs blogging, domain name speculation vs search engine optimization, page views vs cost per click, publishing vs participation, content management systems vs wikis directories (taxonomy) vs tagging (”folksonomy”) and stickiness vs syndication. The conceptual map his team devised provides a sketch of Web 2.0 showing social networking sites, wikis, communication tools, and folksonomies.
Although some argue that it does not exist as anything more than geek jargon, for this new user, it is a promising and surprising paradigm shift in the Internet and in software development. I began blogging using Web 2.0 freeware in September 2006. Numerous users like myself have access to sophisticated, ever-improving software technologies since the cost of development is shared among enthusiastic nerds and geeks (in a good way). Freeware on Web 2.0 is not proprietary by nature but is capable of generating huge profits because of the viral way in which users share in the development, marketing and growth of the product while improving connectivity and in content in the process.
Note: June 2007. This image was included in Weinreich’s slideshare album with a layer of text he added:New Generation Social Marketing. He had to resize the image to the PowerPoint format. It is credited to me in the transcript. It is fascinating how digitage such as this has a potential for producing offshoots. I am investigating the potential of slideshare for managing teaching, learning and research digitage (slides) in one place. I started to put them in my Flickr albums. Since I first created this image I have begun to use YouTube, Google docs, iGoogle and Facebook so there are several layers of text orbits to be added . . .
Key words: slideshare, academic, blog, blogging, collaboration, presentation, web2.0, powerpoint, slides, sharing presentations, slideshare, academic, collaboration, presentation, web2.0, powerpoint, slides, sharing presentations, Tim O’Reilly, wordpress.com, vastation, synaptic gasp, swicki, synapses, synaptic cleft, synaptic gap, rapture of the deep internet, photoshop, neuroscience, neural architectonics, mind-brain, googleearth, gather, frimr, flickr, digitage, delicious, cybernarcosis, cyberdelirium, cyberdeliria, creative commons, consciousness, bricoleuse, blogspot, blogging, art and science, technology, mind, Adobe Photoshop
Tim O’Reilly, 2005. “What Is Web 2.0: Design Patterns and Business Models for the Next Generation of Software”. Uploaded 09/30/2005. Accessed January 6, 2007.
Filed in Art and Science, Blogosphere, collaborative, Concepts/Ideas, folksonomy, geotagging, teaching learning and research, Technology and Software, Technology. Mind and Consciousness, virtual, Visual Arts, Visual.Arts, visualizations, Web 2.0
Tags: Adobe Photoshop, bricoleuse, connectivity, Creative Commons, cyberdelirium, del.icio.us, digg, digitage, EndNote, facebook, flickr, Gnosis, Google, Google Docs & Spreadsheets, Google Video, GoogleEarth, HTML, iGoogle, images, Learning from users, metaphorical concepts, My Google Video, My swicki, neural architectonics, New generation social marketing, noise vs. pattern, photoblog, powerpoint, PowerPoint slides, rapture of the deep internet, ReadWriteWeb, rhizome, search engine optimization, semantic markup, SEO, size/resolution, slideshare, slideshow presentions, social bookmarking, social.networks, Switch 1.04, Synaptic cleft, Synaptic gap, Synaptic gasp, tagging, Technorati, Toolbox, vastation, video, Visual Anthropology, wiki, wikipedia, XHTML, youtube, zotero
I uploaded this Flickr image to my new Facebook album entitled Flickr2Facebook to test the interface between Flickr and Facebook after reading comments on ReadWriteWeb in a post entitled “The expansion of social networks” where the authors compare the use of Facebook and Flickr albums,
“While we do not know the answer to the first, we can answer the second one. The Facebook user would only use Flickr to share non-Facebook photos. One possible use case is to share photos with family members who are not Facebook members. It is clear from people’s profiles, however, that the majority of the Facebook users utilize Facebook’s photo sharing capabilities. And taking it a bit further, if students are both busy and lazy the chances that they will use two photo sharing sites is slim. So likely, Facebook wins this faceoff. The same goes for events. Yes, there are other, richer event sites, but again what Facebook has today is good enough for its users.” 1
I wondered then if there was connectivity between Facebook and Flickr similar to the seamless interface between WordPress and Facebook and WordPress and Flickr. My WordPress blog is automatically uploaded to Facebook and my Flickr albums automatically are refreshed on my WordPress sidebar.
Other Flickr users have been asking the same questions on the Flick forum. http://www.keebler.net/flickr2facebook authored a bookmarklet that facilitates the upload of individual photos between Flickr and Facebook but it is not automatically refreshed and there is no link back to Flickr. But thank you keebler for this handy tool!
Thanks to Keebler for an innovative bookmarklet that lets us interface smoothly with Flickr http://www.keebler.net/flickr2facebook
From Keebler’s site you can download his free bookmarklet:
1. Login to facebook
2. Save the bookmarklet to your web-browser’s bookmarks. You only have to do this once!
3. Surf to the Flickr page with the image on it you would like to upload.
4. Click the bookmarklet in your web-browser’s bookmarks.
5. Click on the Flickr2Facebook logo that appears over the image. This will popup the upload window!
6. Choose the album you would like to upload the image into.
7. Sit back and enjoy!”
NB The image will upload seamlessly but there is no html link on the image with the flickr url. I added that manually.
1. Images in Flickr albums have a wider general audience and are picked up by search engines particularly when they are tagged and/or geotagged. A generic and flexible social network like Facebook serves a more personal network of family and friends. But even Flickr pro photographers nurture social networks. There is a quite thread on the Internet including on the Flickr forum about the potential for a seamless interface between Facebook and Flickr perhaps like the WordPress/Flickr template or the WordPress/Facebook template. Until something of that quality is developed an individual user offers a free tool on his blog http://www.keebler.net/flickr2facebook. This bookmarklet facilitates the uploading of individual photos (not albums) between Flickr and Facebook. Users need to code in Flickr urls manually and unlike WordPress/Flickr or the WordPress/Facebook connectivity, there is no automatic update through .rss feed. But thank you keebler for this handy tool
January 28, 2007
From Rembrandt to Spinoza, the Golden Age of the Netherlands casts its long shadow into the 21st century. Candle light flickered and the sand in the timer flowed silently but he barely noticed, he was so engrossed in his reading. With his left hand he held unto the globe while all around him in the darkness others slept deeply. The work of these candle-light-scientists continues to be honoured today. Indeed their century, the 17th century is now recognised as one that was crowded with genius.
Damasio chose a reproduction of this painting by Dutch artist and Rembrandt (1606–1669) student from 1627 to 1628, Gerrit Dou (1613 – 1675) entitled Astronomer by Candlelight (c.1665) for the cover of his splendid, insightful book in which he combines his own research as head of neurology at the University of Iowa Medical Center with the writings of Spinoza, a contemporary of Rembrandt.
Among the renowned Dutch artists, scientists and merchants who were part of the Golden Age in Holland were the philosopher Baruch de Spinoza (1632–1677), Nicolaes Tulp (1593–1674) Doctor, Magistrate, and Mayor of Amsterdam, wrote a book on diseases and human & animal anatomy,Hugo Grotius (1583–1645) laid the foundations for international law, René Descartes French philosopher lived in Leiden from 1628 till 1649 and Christiaan Huygens (1629–1695), a famous mathematician, physicist and astronomer. See wikipedia.
In Chapter 6, “A Visit to Spinoza,” Damasio revisited the historical period which he calls a century of genius in which Spinoza’s life unfolded. He noted that it was in the Netherlands in the 17th century that the makings of contemporary justice through such enlightened minds as that of Hugo Grotius (1583–1645) who introduced modern concepts of international law (1625). It was also during this period that modern capitalism emerged in the Netherlands (2003:231).
While he lived in the most tolerant country of the 17th century Spinoza’s iconoclastic ideas regarding truth claims and legitimization of truth were too radical even for Holland.
Spinoza was born into a prosperous family of Sephardic Jewish merchants who had fled Portugal during the Inquisition shortly before Spinoza was born. Their acquired wealth from trade in sugar, spices, dried fruit and Brazilian wood was Spinoza’s inheritance. But he valued his intellectual independence more than money and learned to live frugally even refusing professorial positions so as not to have his time or thinking compromised. He never owned his own home preferring to occupy only a bedroom and study. In that bedroom was the one object upon which Spinoza fixated. This was the four-poster, canopied and curtained bed where he was conceived, birthed and in which he finally died. It is called a ledikant and contrasted sharply with the armoire or cupboard bed that was more common in Amsterdam homes of the 17th century (to be continued p.229). Other than that he only needed paper, ink, glass, tobacco and money for room and board. He reminds me in some ways of our contemporary Russian mathematician Perelman who learned to live on $100 a month to devote himself solely to the elevated apolitical study of pure mathematics.
Please note that permission for use of this image on this blog under the Creative Commons is pending.
List of those labeled as a 17th century genius:
Hugo Grotius (1583–1645) laid the foundations for international law. Publications mentioned 1604, 1605, 1632.
Nicolaes Tulp (1593–1674) Doctor, Magistrate, and Mayor of Amsterdam, wrote a book on diseases and human & animal anatomy.
Selected bibliography and webliography
Damasio, Antonio. 2003. Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain. New York: Harcourt.
Flynn-Burhoe, Maureen. 2007. A Social History Timeline Related to Damasio’s Looking for Spinoza (2003).
Grotius, Hugo. 1604-5. 1950. De Jure Praedae (Commentary on the Law of Prize and Booty) Original Publishing: 1868 (actually written in the end of 1604 and the beginning of 1605); English Translation: Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1950.
Grotius, Hugo. 1623  True Religion Explained and Defended against the Archenemies Thereof in the Times (The Truth of the Christian Religion) Original Publishing: 1632; English Translation: New York: DaCapo, 1971.
Grotius, Hugo. 1625.  Prolegomena to the Law of War and Peace. Original publishing: 1625 English Translation: Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merril, 1975.
Uzgalis, Bill. 1997-2003. “Hugo Grotius“. in “Great Voyages: the History of Western Philosophy from 1492-1776”. firstname.lastname@example.org. Oregon.
Grotius, Hugo. 1625.  De Jure Belli ac Pacis (On the Law of War and Peace) Original Publishing: 1625; English Translation: Cambridge: John W. Parker, 1853.
Filed in Blogosphere, collaborative, Mind Brain, neuroscience, Social History Timeline, teaching learning and research, Technology. Mind and Consciousness, Visual Arts, Web 2.0
Tags: amapedia, Body Worlds, bricoleuse, Creative Commons, cyberworld nomad, Damasio, Perelman's risk, ReadWriteWeb, shadows, wikipedia