Tyler Durdeen, Analyst

July 8, 2008 at 1:26 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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There’s this neat article, that is floating around the internet, that speaks about the financial wisdom of Fight Club (movie, book). As an aside, if you haven’t seen or read this, you definitely must. There’s this conversation towards the beginning of the movie, that the article focuses on. And the most pertinent line that the author talks about and something that has stuck with me too, especially after reading the book is “The things that you own, end up owning you.”

I am reproducing the screenplay here

JACK: There’s always that. I don’t know, it’s just…when you buy furniture, you tell yourself: that’s it, that’s the last sofa I’m gonna need. No matter what else happens, I’ve got that sofa problem handled. I had it all. I had a stereo that was very decent, a wardrobe that was getting very respectable. I was so close to being complete. TYLER: S**t, man, now it’s all gone.

JACK: All gone.

TYLER: Do you know what a duvet it?

JACK: Comforter.

TYLER: It’s a blanket, just a blanket. Now why guys like you and I know what a duvet is? Is this essential to our survival? In the hunter-gathered sense of the word? No. What are we then?

JACK: You know, consumers.

TYLER: Right. We’re consumers. We’re by-products of a lifestyle obsession. Murder, crime, poverty — these things don’t concern me. What concerns me is celebrity magazines, television with five hundred channels, some guy’s name on my underwear. Rogaine, Viagra, Olestra.

JACK:Martha Stewart.

TYLER: F**k Martha Stewart. Martha’s polishes on the brass of the Titanic. It’s all going down, man! So f**k off, with your sofa units and your green stripe patterns. I say never be complete. I say stop being perfect. I say let’s evolve and let the chips fall where they may. But that’s me, I could be wrong, maybe it’s a terrible tragedy.

JACK: No, it’s just stuff.

TYLER: Well, you did lose a lot of versatile solutions for a modern life.

JACK: F**k, you’re right.

Tyler offers Jack a cigarette.

JACK: No, I don’t smoke. My insurance will probably cover it, so…

Tyler stares at him

JACK: What?

TYLER: The things you own, end up owning you.

Read on here.

Cheers,
Laks

“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” – Voltaire

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Anniversaries

July 2, 2008 at 8:11 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

A couple of significant anniversaries, that this humble blogger stands up and pays tribute to.
[A day late, yes, but better late than never]

…—… [the famed SOS] turns 100. Instituted on July 1, 1908, the universal distress signal, that has saved thousands has turned 100. More at http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/science/article4244924.ece.

Theory of evolution turns 150. July 1, 1858, Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace changed the way we perceive the world, probably forever. Here’s a excerpt from the wired article.

The Linnaean Society of London listens to the reading of a composite paper on how natural selection accounts for the evolution and variety of species. The authors are Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace. Modern biology is born.

Scientists of the time knew that evolution occurred. The fossil record showed evidence of life forms that no longer existed. The question was, how did it occur?

Read on at wired.

Cheers,
Laks

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” – Voltaire

GNIP – Making data portability suck less!

July 2, 2008 at 6:58 am | Posted in Technology and Implications | Leave a comment
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I was just reading about gnip (guh-nip) [An obvious word play on ping], and this seems to be a cool way to solve the problem of consumers (service consumers) having to poll for event updates from publishers, such as digg, plaxo etc. What these guys do is to act a web service proxy between data publishers and consumers, thus providing a standard API. gnip ‘pings’ the consumer, whenever new data is available. An on receiving a ‘ping’, the consumer can poll for the new data. This solves the problem of people continuously polling for data.

This seems to me, a rehash of the old style event driven mechanism, for large scale service oriented systems; working on multiple data formats, including REST, RSS, ATOM.

There are some really nice explanations of how gnip works here.
and some more stuff is available at
http://blog.gnipcentral.com/2008/07/01/the-what-of-gnip-changing-apis-from-pull-to-push/
http://blog.gnipcentral.com/2008/07/01/the-why-of-gnip-stop-building-what-everyone-else-is-building/
Cheers,
Laks

“A witty saying proves nothing.” – Voltaire

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