Comments written on other sites from August 2006

Technovia: In the gift economy, who gets the biggest gifts?

One difference between these sites and conventional companies is that it might not be clear how the site owner will act in the future.

As an example, I don’t make any money from pepysdiary.com at the moment, and people contribute their discussion and find information to help others freely. I plan to keep the site free, and live, for at least the duration of the project (9.5 years) and longer if possible.

But if someone came along and offered me gazillions of dollars for the site, or I realised I could make a tidy living from advertising, there’s a chance I’d succumb and I’d be making money from the freely-contributed efforts of others.

Which is as if Henry Ford got his workers to work, for free, on a vast fleet of community-owned cars and, a year later, flicked a switch that meant people using them had to pay him (or something like that; I hear the sound of an analogy creaking).

My point is that until a site owner decides to start making money from it, there’s no way of telling whether a site will, ulimately, be Good or Bad (to simplify the spectrum).

On 1 August 2006. Permalink

Cover me with kisses, baby - Vox

The Richard Thompson-ness reminds me of June Tabor’s cover of ‘Beat the Retreat’, which I rather like.

On 8 August 2006. Permalink

West Smithfield on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

They have very, very similar maps in Bristol. I came across one recently and it took me a while to work out why I couldn’t understand it. It too was upside down. Even when I realised that I had to turn my head around to look at it as I was so used to thinking of Bristol with North upwards, no matter which way I happened to be facing. Grrrr.

On 9 August 2006. Permalink

QotD: Hello, Cleveland! - Vox

There was/is a band called Channel Light Vessel who had an album called ‘Automatic’. (Bill Nelson, Roger “Brian’s brother” Eno, and Kate St John.)

On 10 August 2006. Permalink

Rodcorp: The London Review of Books

I did the same for Jack, must be a year ago now. I’m glad he’s passing it on!

On 14 August 2006. Permalink

Jon Aquino’s Mental Garden: No useful search results? Post a blog entry for future searchers to find and help you with in the future.

I’ve also thought about creating blog entries featuring the names of friends/relatives who have died and have no presence on the net. I just wanted them to somehow continue existing, even if only in name and online.

On 14 August 2006. Permalink

The Stage / Shenton’s View / A director speaks….

Thanks so much for pointing to Miller’s weblog. I loved reading it ages ago and then I think he stopped for a while. Sometime after that Bloglines.com must have mysteriously unsubscribed me from his feed, so I assumed he’d never resumed posting. I must have missed so much good stuff.

On 14 August 2006. Permalink

Paula & Ben in Paddington… on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

When I first glanced at this I thought Ben was wearing a comedy Hitler moustache!

On 17 August 2006. Permalink

Vox AJAX hell - Vox

I only realised you couldn’t put HTML in posts a while after posting one with lots of links and stuff in. Seems such an obvious thing to want to do and, for me, certainly more convenient than having to reach for the mouse and click little buttons. Bah.

On 18 August 2006. Permalink

Moolies: Edinburgh

That’s a lovely post, in many ways.

On 22 August 2006. Permalink

Rodcorp: Very little… almost nothing: Coupland’s JPod (or jPod)

I’ve just finished the book so I came back to read what you thought of it — I was worried you loved it and I’d have to justify my disappointment! I agree about the thinness of the characters — I didn’t care about any of them.

It felt like someone writing a Dougland-Coupland-style book. In previous novels the characters often said things that made me think “wow, I didn’t realise anyone else thought that,” somehow picking up on ideas I thought were personal but were actually part of the larger world.

This time the characters say things that are annoying and unbelievable, or that sound like they’re supposed to be clever and original but are nothing new, or that sound like someone desperately wanting to talk like a Douglas Coupland character. (The bit where they decide phrases look thirty four per cent more evil when set in Courier jumped out at me as a trying-too-hard example of the latter.)

It’s not that I hated it — it was a nice enough read — but I was just disappointed. Unlike his other books it doesn’t mean anything to me.

On 22 August 2006. Permalink

Rodcorp: Very little… almost nothing: Coupland’s JPod (or jPod)

I can’t think of any way my acting has affected how I read to be honest. I haven’t been reading a whole lot of novels over the past year or so, which probably doesn’t help. I’lll let you know if/when something occurs to me!

On 22 August 2006. Permalink

My London Life - Saturday, August 12, 2006

“[I] find myself, for instance, if I’ve posted something about work (rehearsals, say) not referring to it to the people I’m working with. Why?”

I’m much the same - it’s almost as if I don’t want them to find I’ve been writing about them. Even though, like you, I only write what I’d say to someone’s face (having learned from previous painful mistakes). It somehow feels as if I’m talking behind peoples’ backs, albeit without saying anything bad. It still feels slightly rude of me.

I also feel slightly embarrassed to admit to acting friends that I have a “blog”. While it’s the norm among my many geeky friends it still feels too nerdy to openly acknowledge to non-geeks, as if it’s an admission of having no better way to spend my time than writing about my life (or tiny sanitised fragments of it) in public.

On 24 August 2006. Permalink

Last night dinner party at Sal and Jeff’s on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Who’s the smart chap in the suit…?

On 25 August 2006. Permalink

Walton-on-the-Naze on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

What a coincidence - I bought a broom at that shop a week before you took the photo!

On 29 August 2006. Permalink