Sunday, April 24, 2005

Drones and Droids

The appearance of Lezama Lima in Before Night Falls (with Javier Bardem in the role of Reinaldo Arenas) is absolutely stunning and unexpected. "Dictators hate art, because beauty cannot be dominated". Fidel's pursuers are like Cylon pursuers, as in Battlestar Galactica.

Folksonomy Sartori

As I was tagging my recent photos in Flickr, something struck me hard in the head. I was using the tag "Trips" for the photos of a travel I did in 1998 to Europe. But I've noticed that "Trips" is an ambiguous word, for it can means either "traveling" or "drug driven experiences". Moreover, the tag "travel" has already been released in the wild inside the Flickr universe, so why not be leveraged by it? Immediately, Thomas Vander Wal's spirit descended upon me and put me closer to other folks that are using the same tag. Somehow, I felt a structural connection with others human beings, a relationship created by a common cultural practice. It is as simple as name an imaginary friend, but it gives empowerment to the people. There is a "revolution going on in the art and science of categorization", as said the prophet Bruce Sterling.

Delicious Sin

It must be the most frivolous thing to do in the face of the earth, but Alf Eaton knows how to skin del.icio.us. Install URIid extension, put a small style sheet in a special folder and make a little editing of userContent.css. Presto! The desert of real is no more. Hey, how many of you really believe that Rogers Cadenhead registered Benedict XVI.com just to prevent evil doers from acquiring this domain? Maybe I won’t see he down there...