I've forgotten how to do this. Holiday travel, the too-common cold, meeting an absurd grant writing deadline, and mental sloth are my excuses. Until I get the hang of it again, a few notes on things I've read that I would like to share:
Self epitaph, via David Weinberger's Blog. A role model for those of us who have always wanted to be the featured speaker at their own funeral.
Long term data preservation, via the Stoa Consortium (News, projects, and links for digital classicists everywhere). As one of the many supplicants for the NSF DataNet solicitation, its all-data-all-the-time now.
Pew Report on Teens and Social Media, also via Fred Stutzman's Unit Structures. Fred notes that 1 of 3 teenagers is blogging or journaling online. David Weinberger also quoted some nice stat-bites in his piece on the same report. There is an ongoing lament at the Allegro Cafe where I spend my Saturday mornings most weeks, about the decline in culture, and particularly the reading and writing of poetry and literature. On the other hand, reading among teens is up sharply (another stat-bite from a Pew report, I think, but I can't find it) and the widely reported bit-stream-of-consciousness that overflows the webservers of the world confirms that creativity will out. Human consciousness is compelled to create, and while we may not find the next Ulysses on YouTube, somehow we'll be surprised... and pleasantly... about what evolves from the modern idioms of self expression that are erupting everywhere.
Another post by DChud on the Semantic Web, and whether it has reached the tipping point.
If it looks from this post that I've rediscovered my RSS reader, its because I have. Its on my iPhone in a form sufficiently palatable (or maybe just novel) to draw me to it when i don't really want to get out of bed but can't sleep, either. Keeping up with RSS feeds is approaching email on the onerous task scale, and doing so in the interstices of the day seems like a useful life hack.
The mouth of Kinsale harbor at dusk, taken while on vacation a few years ago.