|The New Oxford American Dictionary Word of the Year for 2007 is “locavore.”
What the heck?
“Locavore” was coined two years ago by a group of four women in San Francisco who proposed that local residents should try to eat only food grown or produced within a 100-mile radius.
Runners-up for the 2007 Word of the Year that made more sense to me:
bacn: email notifications you sign up for but probably leave in your inbox unread
cloudware: online applications, such as Adobe Buzzword
social graph: the network of one’s friends and connections on social websites such as Facebook and Myspace
|As a consumer, I want my internet experience to be as fast as possible. The last thing I want slowing my internet service down are P2P freeloaders. Thats right, P2P content distributors are nothing more than freeloaders.|
|So the Net and the Web may both be shaped as something mathematicians call a Graph, but they are at different levels.
The Net links computers, the Web links documents. Now, people are making another mental move. There is realization now, “It’s not the documents, it is the things they are about which are important”. Obvious, really…
I called this graph the Semantic Web, but maybe it should have been Giant Global Graph! Any worse than WWW? 😉
Tim Berners-Lee, Giant Global Graph
|So if you don’t want to sound like an idiot, call a “social graph” a “social network” and stand up for your right to understand technology — and make the techies actually do some useful stuff instead of making simple stuff sound complicated.
Dave Winer, How to avoid sounding like an monkey
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg says that “News Feed” is not just a feature on Facebook. It’s the infrastructure for what he calls the “social graph.” Other people, including Dave Winer, think social graph is confusing and we should just say “social network.”
I kind of prefer the term “social map.” We’re going to need a map once Facebook’s Beacon starts to change the advertising model as we know it.
|Aerogel starts as a silica dioxide gel, similar to the gelatine dessert you might make at home. Then the liquid in the gel is removed without collapsing the gel.
Tony Boon, Aerogel
Aerogel has gotten some amazing press. According to the U.K. Times Online:
It is expected to rank alongside wonder products from previous generations such as Bakelite in the 1930s, carbon fibre in the 1980s and silicone in the 1990s.
LapLogic, Inc. announced the release of a new line of LapDesks featuring Aerogel Insulation. This is the part of the press release that caught my eye. “Most laptop users are only able to work for an hour or so until the bottom of their laptops become too hot to hold comfortably. Many will place a pillow under the laptop, blocking the cooling fans, and decreasing the life of the system.”
There’s nothing like curling up on a cold snowy evening with a warm laptop, I always say. You can buy the aerogel lap pad at Amazon. I’ve got no interest in the company.
|[I’m thankful for] ringback tones. I’ve never actually spent money for them, and there’s always the risk I’ll have to suffer through some awful tune by The Pussycat Dolls when I call a mobile number. But hearing what my friends and colleagues are listening to almost always makes me smile.
Colin Gibbs, A time to be thankful: Mobile content is rarely dull
|“Middle-aged men are supposed to blow money on cars and alimony, not rebuilding a relic application from the glory days of PC software.”
Michael Fitzgerald, Buzzword Brings Beauty, Flash to Word Processing for Adobe
Lots of chatter this week about Adobe Buzzword. The general consensus seems to be that Buzzword is the first Web-based contender to pose a serious threat to Microsoft Word. You can try it out for yourself here.
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Sachi and Lee LeFever are excellent trainers, explaining complex concepts in plain English, hitting several learning styles at once in a deceptively simple format. Bravo!
The Commoncraft Paperwork video above explains RSS.
|Hod Lipson has developed a 3D fabrication-on-demand printer that can be built from a $3,000 kit. How cool is that?|
Fabbers build 3D objects by carefuly depositing materials drop by drop, layer by layer. Slowly but surely, with the right set of materials and a geometric blueprint, you can fabricate complex objects that would normally take special resources, tools and skills if produced using conventional manufacturing techniques.
Lose a chess piece? Need a new pair of flip flops? Make it yourself with a 3-D printer. You may have seen similar technology used on American Choppers, but now you can afford to bring it on home. This rapid kind of prototyping takes a CAD design, transforms into horizontal cross-sections and then creates each cross-section in physical space, one after the next until the model is finished.