Personal perspectives on information science, the evolving Internet, delivery of public services online, Web 2.0, the Web of Data, the Semantic Web, communities, folksonomies and more. With an emphasis upon convergence between some or all of the above, and a UK slant.
Ugh. Fingered byChrisandIan. Guess I'd better come up with something then...
Unlike Ian, I absolutely, definitely, and unequivocallyloatheboard games. Actually, (with a few exceptions) I can't muster much enthusiasm for computer games, card games, 'party games', etc either. Beyond (for computer games, at least) a short-lived enthusiasm for the quality of the look and feel, I guess I just don't really see the point... Or maybe I've just never forgiven my (younger, and disgustingly over-paid) brother for thrashing me at Monopoly again and again and again when we were children.
I once spent just over a day in New Zealand, as the National Library asked me to go and I could/would only do the trip if I could attend a child's birthday party one weekend and their actual birthday the next. Luckily, they (the Library, not the child) were prepared to pay for upstairs seats on the plane, so it wasn't as bad as it could have been. Ireallymust go back, as it seemed like a great place, there was such a refreshing enthusiasm for cooperating on the problems at-hand, and it was high on my list of places Iwantedto go before they asked me.
Snakes. I'mpetrified. I'm even scared of my daughter making snake-ish hissing noises in my general direction.
As a child, I wanted to be an astronaut. I guess that probably dates me pretty effectively...
My academic background is in Archaeology, but sadly I don't get to revisit it much. The journey from there to here looks exceedingly weird, but every single step along the way made perfect sense.
OK, I'm sceptical about how that screen will survive my fingerprints or my pocket, I'm disappointed that the rumours about iChat video conferencing and social network support weren't true, I wonder how well it would hook into my Exchange/Entourage-dominated world, and I'm annoyed that it launches in the US way ahead of Europe...
...but I'd still like one. Some of those interface capabilities look simply amazing.
I'm of course talking - like everyone else - about theiPhone.
Erm...RSS, anyone? It's even reached Internet Explorer now, don't you know...
Not only do they turn out not to have Aston Martins or fancy watches... but they're languishing back in the world of email alerts, where only grandparents dare to tread... (at least according to research from someone like thePew...)
In yet another post from a member ofTalisstaff in an aeroplane, I'm currently 12,192m above Ungava Bay in the very north of Canada, inbound to Chicagoen routeto Charleston and the eponymousconferenceat which I speak tomorrow. I'm not long returned fromMonterey,IanandSamhave reachedSan Franciscoin their grand tour, and Richard is now in the office deleting the mountain of email I sent him during his successful trip to South Africa last week.
I'm flying withbmitoday, and have the good fortune to be sat in the middle of the plane, in 'Premium Economy.' In this particular case, my seat proved cheaper than one further to the back where I usually lurk, in that space (a loose use of the word) I am sure some sick and twisted individual invented after reading a little too much Dante. Anyone who thinks travel is 'glamorous', 'exciting' or a 'perk' should try going any significant distance in an Economy class seat. I used to do it a lot. I don't miss it, and neither do the legs that were perpetually jammed against the chair in front of me, nor the laptop that couldn't get its lid open when the seat in front reclined.
Here, though, things are considerably more civilised. Leg room. A wider seat. At-seat power. My noise cancelling headphones. Staff rendered friendly and accommodating (the drinks circulate regularly which is welcome, even though I'm currently on the water) bynothaving to serve hundreds. There is something surprisingly powerful about being identified - correctly - by name before being handed your lunch. The experience is further enhanced by something I've not experienced foryears; an empty seat next to mine for my iPod.
bmi also earn kudos for the start of the journey, as it did not require me to go anywhere near Heathrow. They fly from Manchester.
So if you have to fly far, I wholeheartedly recommend both the airline and the class, and this is the second or third time that some judicious digging by those more adept with flight booking systems than I has turned up a Premium Economy seat forlessthan an Economy one... so it's always worth probing a little even if you work for an organisation like mine that (rightly) doesn't want to pour more than it has to into airline travel.
The officialgrand opening ceremonyis this Saturday, and I'll be 'speaking' as part of it (or, maybe,speaking) at noon SL (3pm in Ottawa where I'll be at the time, or 8pm at home).
One of the concepts that interests me, personally, is using the technology to bring the remote (spatially, temporally, and/or conceptually) closer. At home (a very long way away from where I write just now), there is an eight year old quite remarkably engrossed by his current school project; the Tudors. It was with interest, therefore, that I came across this announcement from the Second Life Library team;
“Henry VIII will again visit Second Life on Wed. October 11 at 5 pm sl to talk about his life and how biographers have villified him. Come and heckle Henry during his one hour program.”
There have been similar events featuring his daughter, Elizabeth, and it strikes me as a great way to continue engaging with a keen and interested child. It's a shame, therefore, that I'd need to wake a child at 1am if I wanted him to participate.
I look forward to seeing events such as this one repeated at times more conducive to participation by those outside the Americas. And Henry, if you're reading, I know a little boy who'd love an audience with you, Your Majesty!