I installed a blog comment suite called intense debate that reworks the comments pretty seriously. Voodoo Knickers now supports
- Threaded Comments
- Comment Subscriptions
- Comment Ratings
- Other things which I haven’t played with yet.
I am somewhat concerned that it seems to be loading slowly. It feels like the IntenseDebate plugin is loading the comments on from their servers which is incredibly dumb for several reasons. 1. it slows load time which is the number one thing that determines use. 2. It’s not a sustainable growth model.
Please note that I will still delete stupid and boring comments that don’t really add anything to the discussion. I will also continue to publish highly relevant comments in the post body if I feel so inclined. Test out the system and please let me know what you think!
So the whole idea of social tagging is based on this idea that people are most qualified to figure out their own hierarchy of information. This is a foundational idea of the web 2.0 user generated content model and I think it’s very important but it does have some drawbacks. What if someone wants to be a part of the same hierarchy?
so person 1, person 2, and person 3 (perfect strangers) attend the same annual event x. 1, 2 and 3 take pictures and upload them to flickr after their hangover subsides. Person 1 tags all their photos with “eventx” but person 2 has been going for several years and tags all of their photos “eventx2008.” Person 3 tags their photos “eventx08.”
Persons 1, 2, 3 all want to be part of the same information hierarchy but subtle differences in tagging theory are preventing them from interacting, which is bad. Flickr should use a simple to implement algorithm that asks person 1 if they would like to also add the tags “eventx08″ and “eventx2008″ to all their photos. This would increase traffic and ad revenues by 5%-15%
They should also scrape the web for mention of eventx and ask users if they want to add date tags. I’m not sure how much that would increase traffic but at least another 2%.
also, all cameras should have wifi antenae and sync with your home computer and any photo sharing website automatically.
My olde chum Adam Fangsrud just sent me word of an excellent dubstep mix called Devotional Dubz by Grievious Angel. Download it here from the Blackdown Soundboy blog if that sort of thing does the stuff for you. But the thing that I really love is the way the tracklisting is setup, excerpted here for your (but especially my) usability pleasure.
00:00: Jill Scott: Slowly Surely (Grievous Angel’s Erzulie Edit)
02.20: Craig Mack: Brand New Flava (Grievous Angel’s Iron River Edit)
05:19: Grievous Angel: Lady Dub
08:07: Jill Scott: Watching Me
09:30: Vaccine: Wishful Thinking (VIP Mix)
12:03: DJ Abstract: Touch
15:18: Jill Scott: Crown Royal (Grievous Angel’s Fucking In Sunshine Edit)
17:07: Jill Scott: My Love (Grievous Angel’s Deeper, Tighter Edit)
19:29: HorsePower Productions: Gorgon Sound
Look, it lists the times the tracks start!! Holy shit. Rather than this:
1 Jill Scott: Slowly Surely (Grievous Angel’s Erzulie Edit)
2 Craig Mack: Brand New Flava (Grievous Angel’s Iron River Edit)
3 Grievous Angel: Lady Dub
4 Jill Scott: Watching Me
5 Vaccine: Wishful Thinking (VIP Mix)
6 DJ Abstract: Touch
7 Jill Scott: Crown Royal (Grievous Angel’s Fucking In Sunshine Edit)
8 Jill Scott: My Love (Grievous Angel’s Deeper, Tighter Edit)
9 HorsePower Productions: Gorgon Sound
yes! yes! see? COUPLED INDICATORS MUST BE RELEVANT!! You see, knowing how many tracks on a mix is largely irrelevant. But knowing when tracks start without having to count the number of tracks is very important IF YOU WANT TO KNOW THE NAME OF THE TRACK YOU”RE LISTENING TO. ie the whole damn point of a listing of tracks.
I am currently ensconced in Phillip Pullman’s The Golden Compass to the detriment of all else. It started slow and displays all the expectedly “unpredictable” plot loops of a children’s novel. Somewhere in the first 70 pages it switched silently from childishly bland to endlessly engaging. I adore it deeply and find much of my waking thoughts devoted to pondering how my life would be different if I had a fearsome and brilliant polar bear as companion.
I picked the book up because I heard, damn accurately, that it was good AND much to my delight I’ve discovered there is a film adaptation in the works! Just today I learned that it will emerge next week or thereabouts. sweeeeeet! Talk about instant gratification!
Now there is a bitter and widely recognized truth that the book is always better than the film. There are a few cunning plays for exceptions to this rule and I believe Fight Club is one of them because it, like the others, allows us to into the exceptionally gifted imagination of someone else. I had a tingling wait for the large, high definition trailer and it was astoundingly good and seemingly marksman accurate to the book. From the trailer it seems like The Golden Compass is going to be lord of the rings meets steampunk Harry Potter. I think I’ll be waiting in line on opening night.
I would love to present the trailer right here, in this very blog, but someone at apple or the film studios seems to have forgotten (or likely not learned in the first place) how the internet works. It doesn’t appear that I can do that (maybe i can, but it’s nonapparent). Searching for Golden Compass on youtube and clicking on the official trailer gives me a message that this video has been taken down bc it violates terms of service (ie copyright violation).
There’s a simple rule about usability and thus success on the internet that *should* be obvious by now…the internet is unimaginably vast and entertaining. Therefore every time you force large groups of users into making a choice, you will lose a surprisingly high number of them to some of the other fascinations on the internet. Many of the people running the entertainment industry came up in the days when there were three channels on television. To them, it makes sense to force the trailer off youtube with copyright suits so that users will have to visit the official Golden Compass Website ™ in order to watch the trailer. This is unimaginably dumb.
My studies have yielded what I believe is a useful (although incomplete) metaphor: Intellectual property is best viewed as a liquid and copyright is most usefully seen as an old and leaky yet functional faucet through which it can flow. Close the faucet off by tightening copyright and less intellectual property will flow. Sometimes this is both good and useful. Open the faucet and IP will gush forth filling whatever container is presented (the internet in this case).
Fundamentally, what is a trailer? A D V E R T I S I N G !!!
So why would you want fewer people to see that by tightening the faucet? because you grew up in the fifties and you don’t understand the tubes (they definitely aren’t a dump truck).
The internet is about relinqishing control, opening the faucet more widely than ever previously imagined.
….fuck. Now that I’ve written all this, I just found the trailer on youtube. Dammit, it seems that there is an *official* studio funded group called HisDarkMaterials.org given the rights to distribute all footage.
So here’s the official trailer in youtube format. You can watch it here, but paradoxically (almost), I’m going to recommend that you go and watch the hi def trailer on the official website. Like I said, lord of the rings meets steampunk harry potter. the extra resolution is worth it.
I guess most of my misplaced copyright rant is still mostly accurate, just apply it to a broader context or something.
I may have to back off my steampunk claim and replace it with a victorian scifi based stance.
the letter “Q” is nearly always followed by the letter “U” (statistically speaking that is all the goddamn time), it makes more sense to just drop the u and teach our children to pronounce the letter q like “kwuh.”
quality will now be qality.
quiet will now be qiet.
seriously, why use two letters when it makes more sense to use one?
if you’re dumb and have trouble seeing the obvious superiority of this system, take a qick look at the wikipedia page on List of English words containing Q not followed by U. See? Those words are almost all worthless, unless you’re trying to transliterate arabic (something i know all of you do every fucking day). If you are transliterating arabic you should really just be using a k instead of qu or just q. qabob? no, it’s kabob, duh.
on a related note, these are my four favorite highest scoring scrabble words. Yes, in my mind these things are directly related but you know what? fuck it, i’m not even going to explain why.