I recently read an article that a growing percentage of people check various news and social networking sites before they get out of bed. Funny – I was reading that on my phone in bed after waking up.

I check the weather, the news headlines, Facebook, twitter, email, and then sometimes a few blogs. All before I roll out of bed. I wonder how many others do this.


Last week i was listening to a really fun podcast.  From 17 years ago.  No, i didn’t figure out how to open a wormhole.  I was listening to NPR’s science friday postcast titled “The Future of the Internet“, which was originally aired in 1993.

It was very cool to hear about “electronic mail messages”, and yes you can in fact exchange messages between Genie and CompuServe and the internet.  Oh, and one guy was able to find a list of jokes to share at a meeting and it only took him an hour of searching around to do it.  And let’s not forget one of the best things you can do: You can sign on to a “MUD” (multi user dungeon) and type to each other while you have a d&d style adventure.  You can pretend to be an elf or a wizard while you sit in the comfort of your own home.

The best part was the fact that this was the first live radio broadcast over the open internet where there was live audience participation. Well, another good part was where a university librarian said that the college professors were granted free access to “electronic mail accounts”, but they hadn’t yet decided if they were going to allow graduate and regular students to have access yet until they’d evaluated things for a bit.

If you’re at all interested in internet history, this is definitely worth a listen.


One of my friends wants to do a little experiment.  He’s outlined it in the email below.  If you think it sounds interesting, tweet about it, update your facebook status, write a blog post.  Get the word out and see if we can make a dent in the internet.

I would like each of you to participate in a linguistics experiment.
I propose creating a new word, one which hits on a Google search of less than 20, mainly due to random letter arrangements.

The purpose of this experiment will be to create a global awareness of a new word in as little time as possible.

We will create a new word, create a definition of this new word, and then release it into the wilds of the infospace, rather like a semantic virus.

Then we will each use this word, at least once in a blog post or email or comment on an article or blog on the web. The spread of the use of the the term is the intent so a high frequency of usage is suggested. The simple reposting of this email will suffice.

We will then watch how quickly, or not, the word becomes prevalent in the linguistic maze that is the web.

Each week I will send a Google search count update to this list.


* The first word I propose is “leximize” which is to maximize the lexical exposure of a word.

As of this moment (5/10/2010 8:30 AM PST) there are 5 hits on the quoted word “leximize”, none of which have legitimate meaning.


I would also like to attach a future event to this word. The concept of this event will infiltrate the consciousness of the netmind bleeding out into the memespeak of the mainstream media. The purpose of attaching a fabricated event is to determine if we have any influence, to any degree possible, on the event and date in question; if in nothing more than the escalation of anticipation of the proposed date and event, simply through awareness.

* The spring equinox 2013 (March 21, 2013) will mark this event’s horizon.
* This event will entail the the joining of hands of multiple, long time national rivals and the collapse of physical, political and cultural barriers.
* At this point in time not only will these nations build a neoleague but newly constructed terms to describe the event will have been leximized.


Your participation is welcome in this experiment.

I urge you to reformulate the content in this email, to create a names to commemorate this event, to create your own neoleague terms and to send this email on to whomever you believe will find this experiment entertaining.

This experiment has officially begun!


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Feb 182006

I just came across a really well done multi-purpose chat client t hat lets you do yahoo/msn/aim/icq/jabber/gtalk, all in a web browser.  The UI is excellent and it seems to work.  According to their privacy policy they don’t store or sell any private information (usernames/passwords/chat logs), so as long as you believe them, it seems like a great way to go.


Dec 022004

A friend pointed out an interesting article that talks in broad terms
about the internet and where it’s headed.  A few quotes:

By some counts, the Internet turned 35 years old this
fall. But far from entering middle age, it seems to be growing into a
rebellious teenager who has no idea what he will be when he grows up.

“Some of the fundamental precepts built into the original Internet are
no longer true,” says Jonathan Zittrain, cofounder of the Berkman
Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School. … Early
Internet users were much more concerned about “some pesky, centralized
overseer who would rain on their parade rather than some out-of-control
malcontent who was technically skilled enough to try to disrupt the
network,” he says.

“We want pervasive computing,” he says. “We want every kid in every
ghetto and in every country [using the Net]. This technology is not
just for the elite. This technology is for all.”

Meanwhile, Zittrain sees the
possibility of two Internets developing, one offering the Internet2
concept of “trusted communities” of users on a system that is closed
and secure.

But outside, the wide-open
Internet would remain, “a vibrant jungle containing undiscovered riches
and poisonous snakes” that adventurous people could volunteer to
explore, he says.

It also gave some interesting internet usage statistics:

  • Worldwide, roughly 1 in 10 people has Internet access.
  • Iceland boasts the highest share of Internet users in the world -
    6.7 per 10 – followed by South Korea (6.1), Sweden (5.7), Australia
    (5.7), and the United States (5.5).
  • Alaska was the most wired state in the US in 2000, with 64
    percent of households online. Mississippi had the lowest Internet
    penetration with 37 percent.
  • By 2003, a fifth of US households had speedy, high-bandwidth connections – double the share in 2001.
  • Roughly half the world’s Internet traffic passes through Virginia, home to many large online firms.

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