Tomorrow morning I set off for my month-long getaway in South Africa. I’ve got a long day’s travelling ahead, as I’m not due to arrive in Johannesburg until 6:45am on Wednesday. However, knowing that the gorgeous Bee will be there waiting for me should help the time fly by quick enough.
While I’m there I may have an opportunity to post here now and again, or then again, I may not. I may also take lots of photos for future posting, or then again, I may not. But one thing is for certain: I will have a fantastic time, and make lots of people very jealous in the process.
A dissertation-length meditation on the increasing interconnectedness of the modern world, by Mark Pesce. I haven't had a chance to read it yet, but I might find the time on my travels next week. #link
In 2005, tragedy served as a catalyst for a technologically-empowered citizenry to take some measure of control over the media. Small potatoes in the big scheme of things, yes, but nonetheless incredibly significant. What we need to see now, of course, is what the public can do with this newfound influence when there is no major event to react to. #link
Id est, grammatical mistakes in public signage. Some are less annoying than others, such as the ones that subscribe to the 'if in doubt, leave it out' philosophy; I mean, you can always add in your own apostrophe if you're desperate enough [c/o del.icio.us/torrez]. #link
Considering that the only true qualifiers for this here blog being Irish are my own nationality and place of residence, somehow I don't think I'll be getting any notice (see also: the 2006 Bloggies, which I probably won't be able to vote on seeing as I'll be out of the country) [c/o Sigla Blog]. #link
It happened at one of the busiest downtown sections of Yonge Street, outside Sam the Record Man. I've been there. Pardon my self-absorption, but it's scary to think that my own path in life crossed with a gang shooting, however many years separate. (Joey DeVilla has more background on the event, with related statistics.) #link
The notes on peripheries are particularly thought-provoking. I can see the same problems in Dublin's peripheral sprawl, where giant shopping malls have sprung up, taking the place of true community centres of commerce and interaction in the satellite towns, in a half-hearted effort to patch up the mistakes involved in their conception. #link
Following up on my own post about the movie, Things Magazine examines it in context with both the real history of New York's landscape, and with its own cinematic predecessors. Plenty of useful links, too [c/o Kottke]. #link
The more information we have to deal with -- and believe me, the volume is growing at a near-exponential rate -- the more necessary it will be for this information to be 'stored', tagged and thereafter located. And that's even just thinking of sources of news. I'm looking forward to reading Morville's book sometime this year for his ideas and theories on the subject. #link
I lost a lot of respect for Mark Lawson after seeing the broadcast of this. I mean, if Gutenberg were alive today should he have sleepless nights over the printing of Playboy or Mein Kampf or whatever? Lazy, lazy thinking. #link
On reading the initial comments here, I do wish some MeFites weren't so bloody picky and snarky. But if we have to put up with the dicks in real life, I suppose we have to put up with them everywhere. Anyway, some good links here. #link
I had a funny feeling about the story from the beginning. If it was true then surely the guy would've been arrested and interned, no? Scary to think that the truth could be more shocking than the fiction, but that's the world we live in today. #link
"A repository of the music industry's most famous copyright infringement cases of the past 100 years." Man oh man! Only in the crazy world of the recording industry could someone be sued for plagiarising himself [c/o MetaFilter]. #link