This week has been an odd week, mostly marked me with feeling absolutely pants and wanting to do nothing but stay in bed and sleep. Unfortunately I have to work for a living so lots of sleep is just a pipe dream. This general feeling of malaise has affected my writing somewhat, making me overly grumpy and inclined to see the dark side – my apologies. I promise to beat whatever nasty virus is taking control of my immune system shortly. Till then, enjoy this weeks offerings.
The US House of Representatives has just approved the Deleting Online Predators Act (DOPA) “tries to limit the access paedophiles have to networking sites”… How does it do this? By stopping the children using those sites. Um, am I missing something here? Surely it is the paedophiles you need to ban? I’m all for net safety but… This smacks very much of shutting that barn door after the entire herd has stampeded. That, and it punishes kids and is likely to make them rebel and me MORE unsafe rather than teaching them to be careful. That’s my original gut reaction any way.
In another attempt to combat this problem, a child online safety card has been unveiled This ‘NetIDMe’ relies on you, and the person you are messaging, both having a verified card, hence identity. More than that I can’t tell because the NetIDMe website is down at the moment due to unexpected demand… Yup, getting your story talked about on BBC News might do that if you aren’t prepared. Doesn’t bode well for the scaleability of the solution. Also, does it transfer to other sites, or do you have to use the NetIDMe site? Questions that will have to wait to be answered…
Good news – the BBC is supporting Top Gear’s current format. For those of you not familiar with Top Gear, it is a long running British motoring show that is, quite frankly, hilarious. Even my mother who freely admits she wouldn’t be able to pick a Jaguar out of a line-up, religiously watches the show each week. They have in the past determined that a car can get to the Alps faster than a plane, that it is possible to play football with cars, and that caravans (whilst the nemesis of all motorists) make a satisfying ‘kaboom kablooey’ when dropped from a height. A good chunk of what makes the program so funny is the interplay between the presenters, so it is reassuring to see that the BBC is standing by the team and the slightly… unorthodox… way they choose to do things.
Tara has a sweet post describing her fear of loosing readers which dovetails nicely with something Ben said this week – it should be fun. Yes an audience and technorati ranking is nice an’ all, but don’t get all neurotic about it (says the girl who goes into a fit of the doldrums when technorati slices two or three links off the total, or who went into transports when Feedburner reported a readership of 72! Yes, 72!) I think the point here is that whilst being ‘famous’ and loved is always nice, the most important thing is to enjoy what you’re doing. Passion shows. If you ain’t having fun, stop.
Which is exactly what Josh did. He dropped off the scene several months back after having the quintessential ‘what the frell am I doing here?’ moment. Now, refreshed, rejuvenated, reinvigorated (and all other good ‘re’ words you can think of), he is back. In fact he is back twice.
Women 2.0. No, not a new version of women (for starters you just couldn’t improve on the current model 😉 ) but rather Scrivs having a moment and realizing that women are a vast, untapped resource on the web. I leave him to explain it better.
I think I’ll leave the headline to speak for itself: Dog destroys Â£40,000 Elvis teddy. The photos of the carnage are really rather impressive. That was one pissed off dog.
Darren asks should blogs use the extended entry (more) feature? Personally I don’t like to use it – that extra click to get to the full content annoys me, but I can see the advantages to using it.
We’ve had the Web for fifteen years today. It’s hard to think I was 9 when Tim Berners-Lee released the software. I have, like the rest of my generation, grown up with the Web. I didn’t really start using it though till about 1998. So you could say I’ve grown up with Google.
Now I am something of a geek when it comes to chess. I love to play the game, though at the moment the only chance I have is on the rare occasions I go back to the Homestead – in fact last game I played was back at Christmas when I fought a long campaign against my brother and finally beat him 3 games to 2. I also have a small but growing collection of chess boards. I’m not sure what it is, but I just find them aesthetically so beautiful. So when I read this article the header image interested me almost as much as the text (it is an interesting read as well). This was a chess-set I had to have. So one email later, I was armed with the name of the company. Now all I need is $160, or an occasion to get someone buy me one… Hmmm, it is my birthday in just over a month…
And lastly, the weekly funny: Four men, eight treadmills… Some people have far too much time on their hands. (Thanks to Moose for forwarding me this).