Archive for March 14th, 2005

Google’s nasty Autolink.

March 14, 2005

Tim Bray’s Comments are really good on the commercial aspect. But I feel angry and scared for another reason. Yesterday I was explaining this Google evil to someone and I realised just how I could be personally affected. I’d want to stop using the Net if I saw my writing on someone’s computer and it had links in there (no matter what colour or shape) pointing to things I did not point to! To me it would feel like a total invasion, like the day I came home and burglars had been in the house and fouled it up and opened all the Christmas presents. A sort of rape really, though I don’t mean to de-value actual physical rape. Google – do not violate my expression! Do not destroy the Internet. We (users on the net) have linked to Google voluntarily many billions of times – appreciate that and keep it so that we want to.


Sifry’s Alerts: Technorati Launches Tags

March 14, 2005

Sifry’s Alerts: Technorati Launches Tags This is a thorough explanation from the founder and CEO of Technorati. He also quotes Clay Shirky, who I will quote again here:

This is something the ‘well-designed metadata’ crowd has never understood — just because it’s better to have well-designed metadata along one axis does not mean that it is better along all axes, and the axis of cost, in particular, will trump any other advantage as it grows larger. And the cost of tagging large systems rigorously is crippling, so fantasies of using controlled metadata in environments like Flickr are really fantasies of users suddenly deciding to become disciples of information architecture.

Found this post via: a legal blog on IP from J. Matthew Buchanan

More Tags discussion

March 14, 2005

BadMagicNumber He expleains a good proposal, and then later concludes with an update:

As it happens already has support for querying on intersection of tags using the tag1+tag2 syntax. is the python programming tag.


March 14, 2005

Mormon Philosophy & Theology. This word entanglement is one that I use for the system of the psychotherapist and the client – with a conscious reference to its use in physics. The iedea being that it is a system and any introduction of an investigation of the system will change it! From the New Scientist

If you thought that quantum entanglement – the weird effect that allows two particles to behave as one, no matter how far apart they are – is too subtle to affect your daily life, think again. The phenomenon could be responsible for something as significant as the mass of everyday objects, yourself included, and could finally explain why the fundamental particles of matter have the mass they do.

Sometimes, the interaction of two particles, say electrons, causes their individual properties, such as spin, to become “entangled”. If you then change the spin of one particle it will instantly affect the spin of the other, regardless of the distance between them.

What Do Tags Mean?

March 14, 2005

ongoing ? What Do Tags Mean? Tim Bray – intelligent ideas on tagging.

Sculpture, copyright and multiple tags

March 14, 2005

Blogs at the Center for Internet and Society, where I found the Flickr tag for “cloudgate”: The site has a good explanation of why that is a good tag to know about. The other good thing is I see how to do tagmodes! I wish Technorati and Delicious had the same system.

How would this work:, cats/tagmode:all/

Later: Yes!

And here is the Bean:
Illegal image of Sculpture