Okay, so I downloaded Chrome when it burst on the OSX scene. The situation is this: if it offers me something extra special, I haven’t put in the time to figure its benefits out. If it’s supposed to help me hook into the cloud then the same is true for the darn cloud. I use Google docs and Google reader infrequently. I really have to be hit over the head about a potential benefit and this means it has to be inescapable.

google in a library building

‘Search’ is quasi-democratic and available to anybody with a web browser and computer and connection. I am a big user of the search and retrieval interfaces provided by various libraries and think nothing of pulling materials, including books, across oceans, as-it-were.

google knowledge

Are more people are accessing written information in the internet age? If so, to what extent? Somewhere I have the study from the NEA, I believe, that quantifies reading in the USA. I’ll have to dig it up, but I recall it states that 42% -(ish) of American adults read their last book cover-to-cover in their last year of formal education. Also, nowadays, the eBook is posed to surpass the printed book in sales sometime in the next decade.


Google by the numbers. Zettabyte= 10^21

The game tree (ie. Shannon) number for possible positions in chess is on the order of 10^46; number of atoms is guesstimated (by Chapman) at 4×10^79. (The number is wrong on the Google By the Numbers page and is evidently a transcription error from Chapman’s grain-of-salt quantification.)

google uber alles

hungry beast again, this time with a nicely put together summary of google and its…intentions:

once more, you will want what others need you to buy.


having grown up in sydney and enjoyed the 80’s public art of the BUGAUP group – who altered billboard ads to make them both humorous and critical of their products (mainly tobacco and alcohol – see: – i am now still interested in the idea of ‘culture jamming’ and what calls the ‘mental environment’ and how it’s shaped by various forms of the media (‘publicity’ as john berger used to refer to it. see for example his TV series and little book “ways of seeing”, now so out-of-date in its language and images as to be retro in flavour).
[sorry about that sentence – not a good ‘lead’ at all!]
those intent on engaging with the practices of the big corporations on their home turf have recently turned to the video ad campaign, posting clips on youtube, where these days lots of people hope to claim a little bit of the global fame from video popularity. but big corporations have their little ways of removing negative portrayals, as greenpeace has found with nestle, who managed to get this one pulled from youtube – thanks perhaps to being bigger than china wrt google?

Have a break? from Greenpeace UK on Vimeo.

The Collaborative Environment – Pt 2

There has been some confusion about the domain.

What is it exactly? Who owns it? How do we use it? Where? When? Why? All of these questions have been explored over the last week on-list (and on the site), and some resolution is beginning to come into focus. Read the rest of this entry »

Semantic Web Fail

As the list considers the potential and limitations of the semantic web:

Semantic Web Fail

even Google doesn’t always get it right.

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