When
· Naughties
· · 2003
· · · June
· · · · 04 (2 entries)

Washington DC and Chairman Mao · I’ve been en­joy­ing the last cou­ple of days here near DC, talk­ing about Home­land Se­cu­ri­ty and Visu­al Net to gov­ern­ment peo­ple, a lot of them re­al­ly smart and pret­ty se­nior. We Antarc­ti­cans are rel­a­tive new­bies in the lo­cal cul­ture and lan­guage, but have had the ad­van­tage of ex­cel­lent lo­cal men­tors, peo­ple who are part of the cul­ture, have il­lus­tri­ous track records and get things done. I can say with­out a shad­ow of cyn­i­cism that it’s a plea­sure to watch these peo­ple work. Weird­ly, I’m con­tin­u­ous­ly re­mind­ed of Jan Wong’s won­der­ful writ­ing on the dif­fer­ences be­tween Chi­na in Mao’s time and af­ter it ...
 
What’s the RSS Soundbite? · The prob­lem is, it’s 1994 again. Back then, I would meet some­one whose busi­ness or life or project would re­al­ly work a lot bet­ter with this new Web stuff, and I’d try to tell them about it, and they’d get this blank look and say “Well, we re­al­ly don’t have time to in­ves­ti­gate spec­u­la­tive new tech­nolo­gies right now, we have to get the job done”—or some­thing of a sim­i­lar­ly “go away, don’t bug me kid” nature—and this would make me crazy. It’s hap­pen­ing again, twice in the last mon­th, on­ly what I was telling them about was RSS. The ques­tion is: how do we ex­plain it to peo­ple who don’t need know that they need to know? ...
 
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