Thursday, July 01, 2004

Rock The Casbah!

I spent last night at the SDForum Visionary Awards. This year, the awards were held at Heidi Roizen's house, which served as an absolutely stunning setting.

The most amazing feature of the house was the casbah, an entirely separate building decorated in the style of a luxurious Moroccan villa, complete with a private screening room with velvet couches.

As I remarked to my friend Ted Cahall, a lot of people have mocked my dream of someday owning a home with an indoor basketball court. Well, if Heidi can have a casbah, my little dream seems eminently achievable!

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Now You Can Listen To Hatebeak

Here is the free MP3. Thanks BoingBoing!
Life Is A Feed

As blogs and aggregators continue to gain in adoption and importance, I predict that one of the most important effects will be changing the way we think about our daily activities.

The experience of reading an RSS aggregator forces one to develop the ability to rapidly switch context between different domains. I compare it to my customary habit of reading 4 to 6 books and magazines at once: One in the bathroom, one in the living room, one in the office, and one in the car.

As more and more people start looking at life as a series of feeds, the lines between blogs, books, magazines, television, movies, and interacting with other people will blur. After all, what is episodic television other than a weekly multimedia feed? Taking it a step further, isn't the weekly family dinner a feed as well?

Will we someday use "life aggregators" to place all of our feeds, online, broadcast, and offline into a master UI? Something to ponder....

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By the way, here's an update on the Hitler ads:

Dave Winer, being a generally honorable fellow, has admitted some wrongdoing in his criticism of the Hitler ads. Better yet, he linked to Scott McNulty's critique of his actions. Essentially, Scott points out the inconsistency in Dave asserting back in January that MoveOn.org had a First Amendment right to show anti-Bush ads featuring Hitler, and complaining now that Bush should be ashamed of using the anti-Bush imagery in his own ads.

On a side note, I'm reading Edmund Morris' biography of Teddy Roosevelt. If you think politics today is worse than the past, you're guilty of nostalgia and sentimentality. Politics was, is, and always will be a bare-knuckle brawl. The sooner people accept that, to sooner we can move past moralizing to actually getting things done.

Sunday, June 27, 2004

Playing the Hitler card

It's a truism that you know that a flame war has hit bottom when someone compares the other side to Hitler.

The normally perceptive Dave Winer writes, "Bush is an awful leader, but so far there's no indication that he's comparable to Hitler. But he's running an ad with pictures of Hitler, between pictures of John Kerry, Al Gore, Richard Gephardt and Howard Dean. How could someone want to win so badly that he would be willing to do that?"

This would be a devastating critique if it were true, but it's not. I'm not a huge Dubya fan, but Dave's comment is either biased or careless.

I followed Dave's link to the Bush-Cheney Web site and watched the offending ad. The ad makes it very clear that the Hitler images are sampled directly from anti-Bush attack ads by MoveOn.org.

I don't know about you, but if someone were comparing me to Hitler, I'd want to hit back. Shame on you, Dave, for being too careless or lazy to watch the ad you're criticizing.