Tuesday, July 29, 2003

And the next question please?

The path to inner peace..

I discovered my new guru, Deepak Gupta, on Ryze:

I think I have found inner peace. I read an article that said the way to achieve inner peace is to finish things I had started. Today I finished 2 bags of potato chips, one black forest pastry, a fifth of Absolut Vodka and a small box of chocolates. I feel better already. Pass along to those who need it.

[a klog apart]

This sounds like the delicious kind of wisdom I have come to appreciate from the Mulla Nasrudin.


Nasrudin opened a booth with a sign above it:


A man who had two very urgent questions handed over his money, saying:

'Five Pounds is rather expensive for two questions, isn't it?'

'Yes,' said Nasrudin, 'and the next question, please?'

29/07/2003 08:01 by Matt Mower | Permalink | comments:

How many social networks does it take to change a lightbulb?

Welcome to Tribe.net.

Very cool new social software app: Tribe.net. If you've been exploring social networking software services like Friendster lately, check out Tribe.net.

I just learned this weekend that an old friend and former colleague, Brian Lawler, is part of the dev team... very nice UI on this thing, and seems to facilitate certain kinds of interaction (read: non-gonad-driven) more elegantly than some of the other services out there right now. They're still in beta, but they say they hope to move into general release pretty soon. So far, I'm liking it a lot. Not ditching my Friendster account anytime soon, though.

Where else online could I schmooze with Satan, Carbohydrates, Mister Roboto, and vast legions of Goth/Burningman/Straightedge twentysomething hotties, all under one roof? Wait, don't answer that. Discuss [Boing Boing Blog]

So Mark Pincus' and Paul Martino's baby finally sees the light of day.  I've been helping out, pushing in a few different directions.  danah boyd is also involved.  Come on over and try it out!

[Marc's Voice]

Ok I have finally reached my limit for joining these things.  I had enough trouble trying to persuade friends to join Ryze, let alone Friendster, LinkedIn, EveryonesConnected,...

I got some benefit out of Ryze but not enough to justify paying for it.  It's hard to see what being yet another member of Tribe.net would yield.  Maybe if these networks worked out how to federate membership (and still make money) but I don't see tangible benefits in being a member.

I'd be interested in hearing stories from people who do.


29/07/2003 08:22 by Matt Mower | Permalink | comments:

Greed and ruthless ambition

Beautiful young shock troops for Bush. At a weekend pep rally in Washington, a thousand college Republicans clap, cheer and party -- and reveal a troubling dark side. [Salon.com]

Very reminiscent of scenes from Bob Roberts a black comedy about greed and ruthless ambition (recommended).

29/07/2003 08:28 by Matt Mower | Permalink | comments:

Blogging steady state

To post or not to post. I don't feel much like posting in these days. I was about to try writing why... but I don't feel much like posting in these days. [Paolo Valdemarin: Paolo's Weblog]

I went through a very similar experience a couple of months ago.  I just found myself unable to work up the enthusiasm to write.  Then I found myself starting to comment on posts where I had nothing to say, simply to be posting something (I invariably cancelled those posts).

I think my output has dropped since then in both quantity and (measured by the power of hand waving) quality.  I guess this will either fix itself, or it won't.  Maybe this is the new steady state for 1-yr old bloggers?

29/07/2003 17:22 by Matt Mower | Permalink | comments:
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