Time Heals All Wounds.. And Then Kills the Patient
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Tue Jul 22 10:30:12 2003
Zombie Guy

On the way to work, I passed a guy that I've seen somewhere else before in Squirrel Hill. Or, maybe ... he might've been in the airport when I was coming back from the ORA trip. Anyhow, he looks exactly like the typical depiction of a Zombie. Grey skin, doesn't look very aware, poorly dressed. I wonder who he is, and what his life is like. I imagine he has a medical condition of some kind -- he looks far enough outside the normal range that I'd probably put a small amount of money on it.

I woke up this morning, and apparently I was having a dream where I was carrying a laundry basket of my clothes to someone, and giving them select articles from it, but keeping the others. Weird. Oh, wait, I think I know where that part of the dream is from -- I was visiting someone recently, and they were talking about sharing clothes with someone, and I also, unrelated, saw someone unfolding and checking out some clothes from a small pile of such. Dreams are so strange that way -- I really didn't remember those two things until just now, chewing on the dim memory of dream.

I'm adding more people into my Friendster network, and it's pretty neat. Still, they claim that at some point, they're going to start charging for some functionality. That's really the problem, similar to the CDDB crap, when business provides a place for society to house its institutions -- at some point, they're going to demand money. Can we blame them? No -- they need money to survive. However, just because we can't blame them doesn't mean we should accept their services. We need to make sure the power remains with the people, so when they take it away, we still have it. My idea: mirror friendster with spiders so when they start charging for access and messages across their networks, we can reconstruct the social web in a freer form. It's the same thing we did with CDDB, the filesharing networks, and all of that. Of course, there's the question of where the funds do come from for our reconstruction. I have three solutions...

The first works. The open source community is based on it. I'm am example. I lease a virtual server, and have content on it, and the funds for it come out of my pocket. I can provide email and webhosting to anyone I choose to. The third is always welcome :)

As for the second, RMS is an advocate of the idea, or at least a close relative of it in the music sphere. Depending on how it's implemented, I might like the idea.

I have a lot of emails that I still need to respond to. I need to do that.

Oh, this is weird: Tongue Transplant