Archive for February, 2001

Stanislaw Lem

February 26, 2001

Scriptorium – Stanislaw Lem By Nathan M. Powers

"If [Stanislaw Lem] isn't considered for a Nobel Prize by the end of the century, it will be because someone told the judges that he writes science fiction," predicted a Philadelphia Inquirer critic in 1983. Lem is arguably the greatest living science fiction writer, and even one of the most important European authors of his generation; yet he commands little critical attention, and has failed to reach discerning American science fiction readers who ought, one would think, to be most interested in him. The reasons for this may be sought, paradoxically, in the high demands he makes of his own work: Lem is a true original, but at the price of being marginal."

I want to read this man's books.



Content is not King

February 26, 2001

Content is Not King

" What the argument that content is not king does say is that people are willing to pay far more for point-to-point communication than for the famed content. That is likely to be reflected in what kinds of networks are built, and which companies succeed. It inverts the usual ordering of priorities, making point-to-point communication central, and content secondary."

Thanks Christine for the link – a basic and lovely idea – one way we put this notion in a cult I belong to is that "conserved culture" is not as important as "spontaneity".


February 26, 2001

Internet and Unconscious: The Psychic Interface by Peter Gomes

“The process of internet use becomes – in part – a dialogue with the Self – the united whole, the complete psychic entity of ourselves both personal, collective, conscious and unconscious – with the internet mirroring the unconscious, working on both a collective and personal level – with use affecting the process of individuation”

An article on the psyche and the net.


February 20, 2001

XML: A Primer – Table of Contents XML: A Primer
by Simon St Laurent

M&T Books, IDG Books Worldwide, Inc.

ISBN: 155828592x Pub Date: 03/01/98

Whole book online.


February 18, 2001

‘We’re Trying to Change World History.’ ‘We’re Trying to Change World History.’
“It sounds corny, but it’s true: Bishop William Swing is a man on a mission. His goal? To change the relationships among the world’s religions, from hostility to harmony.”

by Chuck Salter

photographs by Robbie McClaran

from FC issue 35, page 230
(C) November 2000


February 18, 2001

Google acquires Deja’s Usenet Archive


February 18, 2001

XML Inclusions (XInclude) Version 1.0


February 17, 2001

Managing Mailing Lists : Majordomo, LISTSERV, Listproc, and SmartList

The O’reilly book pages are great, they have all I need in a book, the contents, a chapter or two. and stuff around the book -author stories etc.


February 6, 2001

Idées Fortes

Digital Revelation

By Richard Thieme

“Context determines content. So too with sacred space.
Whether or not God exists, the mental artifacts we relate to transcendence do – call these symbols “gods.” Though we can’t say how the digital revolution will affect God, we can say how it might impact our gods.

Look at previous shifts in communications technology. The gods worshiped in ancient oral communities vanished when their names were no longer invoked. It is no coincidence that the persons at the center of major contemporary religions – Moses, Jesus, Lao-tzu, Buddha – arose along with the emergence of writing. The invention of the printing press further extended the reach of these new, textual gods. Print enlarged the vocabulary of the community, and people could see themselves with greater subtlety. The gods, consequently, grew more subtle as well.

Now digital media are generating digital gods.
Digital gods are distributed deities, verbs and modifiers rather than nouns. ”

Idées Fortes were the best thing about WiReD in the old days.