Saturday, July 29, 2006

virtual worlds and future mental diseases

Virtual social worlds will spawn new online mental diseases, digital co-dependency, and computerized paranoia.

Right now, these Matrix-like environments are being explored by corporations, for virtual convention centers like Gnomedex, and by individuals for...for what?

Well, a creative business person might use a system like Second Life to simulate an entrepreneurial situation, set up a shop, and display their expertise and judgment.

But others might dive into a Sims type fantasy world...and never return. Like a chemical addiction, its seductive and illusory self-fulfillment beckons, beckons, beckons...conjuring up a helpless chump who leaves real relationships with actual neighbors and family, to drown in the comfort of a world they can control more completely.

Did you see that episode of Wife Swap, where the lady ignored her own family, shipped her kids off to a daycare center even, just so she could stay home and interact with her virtual online simulated faux family? Beyond sick, man.

"Become the first virtual millionaire" says a headline on this subject, over at ZD Net blogs.

Second Life comes to you from Linden Labs, Phillip Rosedale, CEO.

"[Big corporations] can't advertise at us, they have to play and interact with us." -- Eric Rice, Cofounder, Hipcast, designer of virtual convention centers.


Second Life Virtual World (5:07)
July 7, 2006 // Ch. 7 Australia "Beyond Tomorrow"

Friday, July 28, 2006

long tails and snake heads don't matter


My contribution to the Long Tail vs. Head of Snake conversation, which consists of bewailing the development of difficult entry into the A List and the nice cash rewards companies can reap from the low traffic niche losers like me and 98% of other bloggers...

Here's the comment I posted on buddy Dave Taylor's magnificent blog Intuitive Life Business Blog, his post "Why Companies Can't Profit from the Long Tail".

It's the End of Stardom.

From "They Media" to "Me Media" to, coming faster and sooner than prophesied, "We Media", where the distinctions between consumer and producer and distributor vanish, forever.

We make our own books, movies, music, art, photography...and share it, generally free of charge, with other consumer-producers.

Some products, like food, will continue to mass market and mass produce. Most other items will disappear into niches and selective, consumer chosen and orchestrated channels.

We will get exactly what we want, when we want it, as much as we want, as frequently as we want it. Without advertising agencies telling us what we must want and buy.

Buy? Most of the stuff we share, give and receive, is free.

There is a Universal Democracy and Everything Free All The Time revolution going on. Long tail, head of snake, all this is nice theorizing, but the bigger picture is the real reality.

It's the end of psycho-capitalism and domination systems.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

future of software

Marc Benioff (Always On) Top 10 List

He then listed his top 10 tenets for the future of software:

* Multi-tenancy
* 99.9 + at < 300 milliseconds per transaction
* Scalability–1 to 10,000 users on the same instance
* Easy meta-customization transcends versions
* Standard Web services APIs for easy migration
* Mashups–composite Web services apps
* Replicated development environment as a service
* Application exchanges and directories
* Multi-application execution
* Write once, run anywhere

Saturday, July 22, 2006

pleading Dieter to join


Vaspers the Grate
"pleading Dieter to join New Reformed Insane Blog Media Network" (5:01)

"You don't want to blog, that's too trendy, and you're too hip for that. You don't care about blogging or social media. You belong in the future, you don't belong here. And your inappropriateness for this world makes us now begin to honor you and want to subsidize you..."

Friday, July 21, 2006

blog culture, blog values



Vaspers the Grate
"blog culture, blog values" (2:08)
Introductory remarks on these twin angels of the blogosphere.

ethics of automation and self service


I see a good side to self check-out stalls and automated everything. The bright side to it is the opportunity to have more control over certain routine events and activities.

Some, over at the Chartreuse blog, are sour about it. They feel like the consumers are being enslaved by the companies when they clear their McDonald's table when done eating, or use a self check-out apparatus at a grocery store.

"The Outsourcing No One Talks About..."

I don't think I'm keeping somebody employed by making a mess, so an employee will have to clean it up. Might as well say you commit crimes to keep the police collecting their paychecks.

I like all this Absolute Switched-On User Empowerment. I like to have some, or really a jumbo amount, of control over my experiences and mis-adventures. Doing it all myself, why not allow us to not only check out and bag the stuff, but also make it in the first place?

This is what could use some polishing, make it gleam: auto-consumption economy, which is barely any economy at all. Consumers produce and communicate to each other and the intermediaries are wiped away like chocolate syrup off your chin.

At WalMart, the self check stalls are usually vacant enough for me to slip in pretty quickly, while the lines of customers who prefer to be pampered by a human check out thingamajig cashier are intolerable, too long, too slow, too populated.

I prefer to step right up to a computer, scanner, optical recognizer, or what have you. Pass my goods before it, await its approval to allow me to buy it, answer all its questions about past purchases and future shopping plans, provide two proofs of ID, and dance a jig on the head of a PIN number.

The more we interact with the machines, the kinder they will be as they eliminate us.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Thursday, July 13, 2006

atypical comment at another blog

From a Squarespace blog called Tech Whisperer, at the post "Building Credibility in Blogging"...

Reader Comments

(1) thnak you for lynking to my poast on ghost frost-tinglings cobalt-vaulted to relinquish that fathomable ball of polite indentures to Blog Core Credibility Values...

vTg on VpN

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July 14, 2006 | vaspers the grate aka steven e. streight

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My response is on my own website.

toilets and hickster businessmen

Replies to telling local businessman that I can help with customer acquisition, sales, web presence, and direct mail promotions...

(1)

Me: "I can help you with your wifi and a promotional business blog."

Local Restaurant Owner: "Great, but could you also bus that table over there?"

(2)

Me: "I can help you gain new clients and improve your online services."

Local Hotel Operator: "Okay, but will you also scrub some toilets?"

(3)

Me: "Where's the second part of my payment for direct marketing services rendered?"

Local Printing Shop: "...[silence]..."

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Bad Pundit exposes idiot politicians

I just discovered Media Orchard's sister blog: Bad Pundit.

As much as I hate all politicians and political parties, and the myth of government, at least this political site is doing a service to humanity and the blogosphere.

Check out this great post "For Presidents Day: Top 10 Moments in Public Honesty".

I liked it, but I disagreed with John McCain being exalted in any way, shape, or form. Why? See my comment posted over there.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

parenting and blogging

Most parents are shit. I was raised by parents and I am a parent. And parents are mostly worthless. They, I mean we, are lazy, stupid, and confrontation-avoiding. Wimps and fools, all.

Why do I say this, in Blog Core Values?

Because I see parenting and blogging connections. We already know from Dateline: To Catch a Predator, and other sources of information, that unbridled blogging by young people is not wise.

So we already are in agreement: parents don't give a shit about what dangers their kids are exposed to online. They really bury their heads in the sand, act dumb, and say, "What is MySpace? What is a computer? What is technology?" like freaking numbskulls.

I demand that Parenting Licenses be mandatory. You can't have a child, unless you pass a socio-psychological examination, to see if you're fit to be a good parent.

Neighborhood as Day Care Center:

Example of why parents piss me off: a little 4 year old girl is dumped into the neighborhood by her single mom, and the mom expects the block to be the babysitter. What I mean is, the little girl spends all damn day saying "Hi" and "Excuse me, excuse me, excuse me" to total strangers.

I hear the little girl outside my window as I blog. I see her when I go out to work on our property. I usually have machetes, lawn mowers, garden shears, etc. Dangerous. Yet she persists in running over here, trampling on flowers, to bug me. I scowl, and yell at her to get off my property.

Why does this little girl approach strangers? I see it as a sign she has been abused. Her mother rarely shows her face. Mom is probably a drug addict or a drunk. Her child screams constantly, in a whining, selfish, temper tantrum style of wailing.

This little girl, at age 4, already reminds me of a psycho bitch, the kind men encounter in bars late at night. Always complaining, crying, screaming, squealing, demanding, grasping, fussing, griping. Psycho bitch, embryonic stage. Sad.

As a parent, you need to teach, entertain, and play with your children. If they bug you, don't unleash them out into the neighborhood. Child molestors are often an uncle, daddy, priest, pastor, teacher, or next door neighbor...or an unknown online predator.

Neighborhood. Blogosphere. Both can be very dangerous for young, naive people. You never really know a neighbor or a blogger. MySpace is a toilet of sleazy porn, but how about that friendly charming pervert next door? Most evil people are very charismatic and, well, charming. That's how they con and lure people.

Wake up, parents. Protect your children.