Going Dark in Protest of SOPA/PIPA

In what’s sure to be the straw to break the camel’s back, I’m joining Wikipedia, reddit, WordPress many others in the SOPA Strike.
This legislation aims to reverse the trend of democratization in content production and wrest control of the dialogue from the people back to a monopolistic, myopic minority of ‘content owners.’ It proposes a system of presumed guilt, as opposed to innocence, for any accused ‘rogue site,’ and places the legal and financial risk upon anyone daring to attempt to distribute information outside of pre-ordained, and pre-taxed, channels of the Media Cartel. Worst of all, the legislation is grossly imprecise in it’s definitions, and if enacted even it’s supporters admit that it would have a very real impact on the Free Speech Rights of Americans.
An open Internet has had terrific success at advancing the sciences, the arts, and the freedoms of all mankind. The Internet must remain open, and free from gatekeepers desperate to extract profit from the creativity and passion of others.

Visual Wordnet

This looks fun.

Kyle Scholz has created a Visual Wordnet based on his Force Directed Graph engine written in JavaScript.

Force Directed Graphs are self-organizing, visually appealing tools for representing relational data. The look is organic, because algorithms simulate the way charged particles arrange in space. They work great in user interfaces because the user has access to data nodes while the graph is being organized.

Visual Wordnet

Originally from Ajaxian by Dion Almaer reBlogged by micah to ajax javascript graphs visualization on Jun 7, 2006, 7:42AM

Technorati testing microformats search and “Pingerati”

Tools to aggregate content published in a decentralized manner are king.

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Technorati Microformats SearchOver at the Technorati Weblog, Tantek Çelik has announced two new products, Microformats Search and Pingerati. In case you’re not familiar, microformats are small bits of XML that can be used to describe things like events, product reviews, or contacts in a way that’s easily readible by both humans and machines. Technorati’s microformats search, which is currently in the “technology preview” (i.e. beta) stage, lets you search for microformat-tagged information posted to any of the millions of blogs Technorati indexes. Pingerati is a new site that you can “ping” to get your microformats indexed by Technorati’s microformats search, as well as a service for developers that can send microformats to other sites. For example, if you ran a calendar site, Pingerati could forward all of the microformatted events that it receives to your site, kind of like a Ping-o-Matic for microformats.

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Originally from Download Squad by Jordan Running reBlogged by micah to search technorati microformats on Jun 1, 2006, 9:20AM

Reblog 2.0 Beta 1 released

It took a little bit of poking around in the forum archives, and finally setting REBLOG_REFEED_ROOT_PATH in my config.xml, but my refeed install now seems to be working.

A fresh update to Reblog 2.0 has been released. Be first on your block to install it from http://reblog.org/#download.

This release includes a raft of enhancements, including better documentation for plug-in developers, slightly modified tag behavior that makes it easier to navigate your extensiv feed collection, experimental plug-ins for automatically publishing entries to WordPress, TypePad, Blogger and Del.icio.us accounts, and minor usability improvements too numerous to mention.

This BETA version has been extensively tested, and is recommended for most users. (1 comments)

Originally from SourceForge.net: SF.net Project News: reblog (including full news text) by migurski@users.sourceforge.net (Michal Migurski) reBlogged by micah to reblog php software on Feb 8, 2006, 10:20AM

time-based taglines

This Yahoo Research project is the sort of tool they use to teach time travelers and aliens like Mike Myers and Mila Jovovich about history. This begs the question: if Yahoo Research is working on products for time travelers and aliens, is that getting too far out ahead of the market?

taglines.jpg
a time-based data visualization showing the evolution of tags within the Flickr online image sharing community.
the “river” metaphor gives a quick overview of the tags as a function of time. tags appear from right of the screen, travel left slowly, & disappear. the font size of the tag is proportional to the intensity of its interestingnes. each tag displays 1 photo from Flickr with this tag, & can be user selected to show more images.
the “waterfall” metaphor is useful to study tags that persist across multiple days. the screen is divided into left & right halves. the top 8 most interesting tags are displayed in 8 rows in the left half, with font sizes proportional to the intensities of their interestingness. if a tag persists for more than 1 consecutive day, more photos are added to its row.
[yahoo.com & www2006.org(pdf)]

Originally from information aesthetics by infosthetics reBlogged by micah to flickr timeline tagcloud visualization on May 25, 2006, 5:51PM