This time I didn't make it up. From the strange, inventive, and apparently European Web site socialfiction.org comes Psychogeographical Markup Language
, a way to tag urban environments with metadata that's not cartographic but emotional. They say, "PML incorporates work done in fields like annotated space, geo-tagging, mental mapping, GIS & collaborative mapping but is different in that it aims at the invisible & the absurd."
As socialfiction's explanation
Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 4:32pm PST
David Sucher argues that France's spectacular new bridge is not just a feat of engineering -- it's architecture
"...I'd suggest that it qualifies as architecture, maybe even top-notch architecture..."
Brian Micklethwait wonders about the reason
for building the bridge:
"Economically it looks crazy to me. A few more curves on the road and they could surely have saved themselves billions."
Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 12:42pm PST
(subscription required, unfortunately) in the Wall Street Journal:
"The most important development this year in U.S. wireless communications wasn't the headline-grabbing mergers of various wireless carriers. It was the quiet, gradual rollout by Verizon Wireless of a technology called EV-DO, which for the first time is providing broadband-speed Internet access over the air from anywhere in the cities where it has been deployed."
Wednesday, December 15, 2004 - 7:37pm PST
Hey, look, it's another way to look at city/non-city living! It's from the New York Times Magazine's Year in Ideas
issue (reg. req'd). Here it is: your moment of geographic zen.
What does it say about you if you live in a dark green region? Um...that you shop at WalMart? That you have satellite TV? That you're more likely to drive a truck?
I've read the Times
article and I still don't really get it.
Monday, December 13, 2004 - 3:14pm PST
I just discovered Liferay
, an open source portal, after reading David Fletcher's discussion
of Portal Architectures on his blog.
Although I have seen and evaluated PHP Website"
, I haven't seen see Liferay, which is equally -- perhaps more -- impressive.
Sunday, December 12, 2004 - 10:08pm PST
According to Urban Legends References Pages
, the widely circulated 1954 photograph of what a home computer in 2004 would look like is an Internet hoax. The website provides details
Although the photograph displayed could represent what some people in the early 1950s contemplated a "home computer" might look like (based on the technology of the day), it isn't, as the accompanying text claims, a RAND Corporation illustration from 1954 of a prototype "home computer." The picture is actually an entry submitted to an image modification competition, taken from an original photo of a submarine maneuvering room console found on U.S. Navy web site, converted to grayscale, and modified to replace a modern display panel and TV screen with pictures of a decades-old teletype/printer and television (as well as to add the gray-suited man to the left-hand side of the photo).
Friday, December 10, 2004 - 1:28pm PST
Albuquerque, NM -- I've been in Santa Fe, 60 miles north of the airport from which I'm now writing, for the past three days. Was attending a conference put on by a CIA think tank, and even though I'm a reporter I think it's pretty badass that I'm actually not allowed to tell you anything about the conference. Nyah nyah.
But Santa Fe put me in mind of a book on my shelf that I haven't read yet, The Tourist City
Wednesday, December 8, 2004 - 11:47am PST
From the Philadelphia Inquirer
"Dream isn't deleted yet. What happens when you take Mayor Street's trailblazing vision of Philadelphia as one huge wireless Internet hot spot and suddenly cool it to the temperature of long-dead star? The vision dies, and with it a shining chance to showcase the city as hip and technology-friendly.
Also shot would be the chance to redefine the "City of Brotherly Love" as a community that reaches across the digital computer divide. The vision doesn't die, though, if enough people start chanting - Neverland-style - that they believe... they believe... they believe."
Monday, December 6, 2004 - 11:46am PST
Planning 50 years out is never easy -- in planning -- or in technology.
Thanks to Peter Gordon
and Dowell Myers
for the picture.
Friday, December 3, 2004 - 3:58pm PST
Merriam-Webster Inc. announced that the word "blog" was the "most looked-up word
" [CNN] this year. The word will be a new entry in the next edition of the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary.
A four-letter term that came to symbolize the difference between old and new media during this year's presidential campaign tops U.S. dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster's list of the 10 words of the year.
Thursday, December 2, 2004 - 2:05pm PST