Oobject is a lists site built using Wists as a curation tool, where each list is a series of pictures of man made objects. The aim is to be like a digital Wunderkammer, and in the spirit of such it supposed to be fun rather than too serious. Oobject may look like yet another, crappy, weird things site, but delve in, I’ve put an unhealthy amount of effort into it. Oobject is syndicated to Gizmodo, once a week.
Cribcandy is another Wists powered curated site, for architecture and interiors – it consists of visual bookmarks of the design items I look at every day, over breakfast.
Described best by Paul Kedrosky as an attempt to ‘Tivo-ify the web’, Smashing Telly was a blog which curated longer format Video available on sites like YouTube before there were things like Netflix on demand or Hulu and while it was difficult to find good stuff among the crap. It focused on primarily on documentaries although no longer updated, it’s still worth a look for some of the more obscure stuff.
Building 31, 2-012
Preserving the room where the web was invented
The invention of the web is arguably as significant as that of the printing press, but unlike Gutenberg’s workshop, the place where it happened is intact. However, it is in danger of being forgotten (it’s not even in the same country as the official plaque which commemorates it).
After having corresponded with Tim Berners Lee to write down the history of what happened where, I have managed to help get it filmed and put onto on of the online mapping services. An update to the original documentation which shows that the web was actually invented in France (by a matter of 50 feet), caused some controversy.
The next step is to try and preserve it.
It seems incredible to me that the theory of Evolution by Natural Selection – something which potentially describes how laws themselves can emerge and therefore sits above them, is relegated to the relatively high level science of biology, rather than physics or mathematics.
I think that looking at the problem in terms of computer science is the way to do this, and specifically its possible to show how any two systems self configure to transfer information between themselves, over time – how they learn.
A friend at CERN, has figured out an ingenious way to test my crackpot theory there by firing a laser at two lab created atoms and measuring the precision of their energy states over time, to see if it increases.
This is total crank territory, but if you are interested, this is what I spend a great deal of my spare time thinking about.