Ain't the web nice?
If I were anywhere near Seattle I'd attend. But the slide show should suffice.
Louis Rosenfeld has put together a nice set of slides regarding Information Architecture and Enterprise Information Architecture. It is amazing ho, being part of a large enterprise, I can relate to a lot of the things he depicts. Definitely a brain opener (in the good non-surgical sense, that is).
Feel free to peruse all 239 slides (ah, what FUN!)
This Friday (September 28) is the early registration deadline for Seattle (October 25). DC takes place November 15, and the early registration deadline is October 19.
I’ve been blogging for roughly a year now. When I started out I had no clear direction or intention whatsoever. One year later the statement remains quite valid. Yet I can live with that. I must say that I have been tempted to bring some sort of deeper meaning or an objective to my blogging activity, yet each and every single time those thoughts came by I’ve discarded them. Why? I don’t want to attach myself to a project that would require some sort of consistency and focus on subjects. For the time being I use my blog as a place where I can elaborate some thoughts, more like a public way of thinking out loud. That being said I know the time will come when I will do such commitment.
That is not the reason of this post, but I thought it would be important to give an insight into why and how I blog.
What I have been struggling with lately is to come with a voice of my own. A writing style I’m comfortable with, a smart way to communicate what I have in mind. When I first started I certainly gave this some thought, yet I assumed it would come in time. I was either wrong or not enough time has passed by.
I could state that some of the issues might come from blogging in English. It is not my native language, but I’d be lying if I made such affirmation. Writing in English is not all that difficult for me, true enough, it is not as natural as writing Spanish, but I think I’d face similar challenges if I were writing this same blog in my mother tongue.
Should I use the first person more? I’d make this more “personal” that way. Yet, most of the time I don’t feel I have enough authority and / or I don’t want to sound like a smartass. So I end up writing more neutrally, which makes the posts sound more like Scientific papers than a real blog, and I end up looking like a smartass nonetheless.
Then there are the themes. I have a broad array of interests. I also have a wide array of opinions. I mean: I can have two conflicting opinions co-existing in my head at the same time without much effort. As a result I feel I don’t make many points too clearly.
This can get a tad frustrating from time to time. But it also forces me to write more, and push harder until I can finally state I have found my own voice in Bloggistan.
The unveiling of metaplace has had quite a reception all around. It's been on Boing Boing, and also on Slashdot, just to name a couple. Man, they got hit so hard they had some downtime on their webpage and then replaced their home with a plain-text version. But all of that are just anecdotes.
The novelty in here is that metaplace in not so much a game per-se, but rather a work frame that allows others to develop their own version of whatever game they have in mind. Without any deep knowledge on it, and just with the vague concepts they supply on their page I picture it as a sort of Lego for games. They provide the building blocks and logic, others can come up with the outcomes.
The other interesting thing is that they use "web" language a lot, here it is in their own words:
We decided to use Web standards for everything we could, which is why you can have a game world that is also a website, or use Web data to populate your world. (…)
We speak Web fluently. Every world is a web server, and every object has a URL. You can script an object so that it feeds RSS, XML, or HTML to a browser. This lets you do things like high score tables, objects that email you, player profile pages right on the player -- whatever you want. Every object can also browse the Web: a chat bot can chatter headlines from an RSS feed, a newspaper with real headlines can sit on your virtual desk, game data could come from real world data... you get the idea. No more walled garden.
This could prove to be a very good starting point, since other online ventures such as second life have suffered a lot of heat because they don't provide any web integration at all. The other good and refreshing thing is that it seems that the time you spend on the game might have a –virtual- intention, other than just wasting time or hanging around on a different place than the "first life".
Areae has been great at creating buzz and fuzz around what they are doing, what they intentionally neglect to say is where they will profit. Will they sell the client? Will they sell ads? Will profit come from Servers? Hard to tell. Selling the client sounds like a direct contradiction of their stated intentions (open-everything), yet this wouldn't be the first time we see contradictions happen.
For the time being I have already signed for an Alpha account.
I was writing a couple of posts while watching a football. Luckily I decided to review them before hitting the publish button.
What I found was not pretty. Not only were there a ton of typos and spelling mistakes, but I also typed several phrases with all words mixed up. Just for the record, I saved one of those for posterity:
Finally all there's content is I'm not so personally interested in
I gave up, shut off the PC and admitted to myself I'd better post tomorrow.
Ah, dyslexia never abandons us, right?
For the past couple of months I have been a happy Ubuntu user. I run it on 2 PCs, a clone desktop (AMD processor) and on a ThinkPad R50e. Both installs went smoothly and I still have to face an unrecoverable crash on either computer. I've installed and uninstalled over 80 different packages, ranging from Apache (1.3 and 2) to eye-candy desktop management (like Beryl). Everything went pristine.
Thus, why on earth would I want to change what I've declared as the best OS I ever laid hands on? Sheer curiosity.
I have tried Mandrake (wasn't called Mandriva yet), SuSE and Red Hat, but that was some time ago already, thus I'm eager to see what has changed and what are the different goodies that are shipped with every one. Besides I also want to take Solaris for a ride, it has intrigued me for quite a long time (ever since it was made open source).
Yet I must say that deleting a perfectly good OS is not as easy as one might think. That was a problem I didn't have to face when I first installed Ubuntu.
But before killing the Ubuntu on the R50e (the desktop is far too tweaked as a file and webserver for me to delete it) I want to run some benchmarks against another R50e with a different OS installed (wink, wink).
"Cambalache" is the trade of small value items. It is also a place where this trades happen, sort of like a flea market. The term is also used in Argentina as a synonym of mess, mainly due to the influence of the Tango by Enrique Santos Discepolo. In his lyrics the lack of traditional values and the fact that in the 20th century it doesn't really matter if you are good or bad are depicted.
In Argentina elections are to be held this next October. Everything seems to indicate that the first lady is going to win quite easily the election for President. But here comes the mess. If you don't understand a single thing about what you're about to read, fear not, I don't understand it myself.
The "UCR" is split up in two, half support the current government and the other half supports a former Economy minister of the same government, Lavagna. I think I should note here that neither the current government or Lavagna ever belonged to the UCR, quite on the contrary, they have always belonged to their political nemesis, the "Justicialistas" (or "Peronistas"). To make an analogy with the US, it would be like having the Democrats supporting Condoleezza Rice to run for office.
Wait, it gets more messy.
With this the main opposing party is the "PRO", which recently won the major elections for the City of Buenos Aires. One would think that they would try to capitalize that in the upcoming presidential election. Wrong. That party supports different candidates in different places, so, they have one candidate in the city of Buenos Aires, but a different one in the Province of Buenos Aires...
The saddest part is not the mess, but the lack of real choices. There isn't a single candidate I would think of voting for president this upcoming election. Which is a lot to state, since there are at least 12 different presidential formulas I know of.
No, it is not a review of the 2002 movie (which, by the way, I liked a lot). It is a post on a personal note, on adapting to a new position.
Although it might be a little early to draw any conclusions I thought I'd share some of my insights. I have now "officially" become Social Media and Metrics Analyst for Lenovo. It is a rather radical change for myself and represents a nice professional challenge.
Up until this move I was heavily involved in web production teams, ever since I was hired by IBM. On such scenarios the time frames to complete requests are always short, thus it represented a continuous race against the clock. Success is solely considered in terms of speedy deployments.
This is the first massive change. I now have the time to do some thinking. I am even expected to do so. My success will be measured upon the sheer fact that the results of my thinking and the actions thereof taken are positive. I was craving for this. Yet it is not an easy switch. After years of fast paced work days setting the mind to act differently is not all that easy.
The other tricky thing is that I have to adapt from working face-to-face to working remotely. This isn't as hard, though. I have been doing so already in more contained matters, yet now it is full time.
There are some other challenges I'd like to share, but my common sense tells me I shall rather keep those private rather than public.
Some exiting times ahead, a lot of learning and, as mentioned, a lot of thinking will happen from now on. With some luck I'll be sharing some of my experiences here soon.