Scripting News for 5/26/2006

Steve Jobs: “If you always want the latest and greatest, then you have to buy a new iPod at least once a year.” 

I had lunch today in Berkeley with George Coates, the creative mind behind Better Bad News. I’ll have lots more to say about this, for sure. Possibly some theater for BloggerCon IV. I wasn’t sure which of the guys on Better Bad News he is, turns out he’s none of them. I asked why his picture isn’t on the web somewhere, he said it is, but it’s on page 4 of a Google image search. Well, there are only 3 pages. Heh. There is a picture of him in this interview, but it’s a very old pic, he doesn’t really look like that today. We talked about 9-11 and what blogging would be like after civilian government is suspended in the US. He told me to read this book by David Ray Griffin.  

Wired: Apple Loses Bid to Unmask Bloggers’ Sources

One of my Sims 2 characters all of a sudden has a cloud of bubbles around her head, all the time, everywhere she goes. I can’t figure out what this means! What does it mean?  

Julian Bond asks, humorously, if we can’t call it Web 2.0, how about Web 0.92. Hey how about that, it’s an RSS joke. đŸ™‚ 

O’Reilly corporate response to the “Web 2.0” controversy. 

John Battelle: “This is not some evil plot to ‘own’ Web 2.0.” 

Apparently CMP filed for the trademark on 11/26/03.  

Marc Canter wants to know what Cory Doctorow thinks. 

PC World’s 25 worst tech products of all time. 

3 years ago today I asked who would pay for software. 

OPML Support is an “extension for the Mozilla Firefox Web browser that adds OPML import/export functionality to the Firefox Bookmarks manager.” 

Scoble’s mom 

I called him up last night after I read on his blog that his mom had died. It wasn’t unexpected, she had a stroke a couple of weeks ago, a bad one, and that didn’t leave much of Mrs Scoble alive. Not enough to make it. So he’s had a bit of time to catch up, but then I guess you never get a chance to really prepare for something like this. When it happens, it hits you like a ton of bricks, changes everything, forever.

We chatted about stuff, this and that, I mentioned that I was shopping for houses in Berkeley, and he asked if this was a good time for that, and I said, at 51, you stop worrying about things like that so much. By the time it’s a good time to buy a house again maybe I’ll be dead, or sick, or whatever. Now is the time to shop for a house. Is it time to buy? We’ll find out.

He decided to buy his wife a new car, not a cheap one either. The one she wanted. Good move. Now she’ll have to deal with a new reality, a husband who gives her what she wants. Everyone gets to give up all the old struggles. Will they find new ones? Not this week, probably not next week either. But now it’s time for change, a big tree falls, old struggles are over, forever, it’s time for dreams to take hold, new ones, creativity, maybe some happiness.

Mothers and fathers are our teachers, a few years ago when it looked like my dad was going to die, I was still learning from him, and he survived, to be an inspiration, again and again. You never know what’s coming next in life, that’s the great thing about it. Scoble’s mom, even after her life is over, continues to teach. Not just Scoble, not just Maryam, but me, and if you’re reading this, you.

Namaste Mrs Scoble and her family, and thank you.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Ian MacLeod on May 26, 2006 at 9:27 am


    Your words ring true in my ears. Last September, two months after her 40th birthday, my older sister Jan took her life as she lost a battle with Bipolar disorder. It has been less than a year, and is still a very raw wound that lies ever-present just below the surface of my life.

    Despite the pain and sorrow of loosing Jan, I continue to draw on her as an ongoing source of inspiration. Even though her life met an early end, the broad majority of her time was filled with love, laughter and an exuberant zest for life.

    At this point, I don’t really care what part of her actions were motivated by her innate personality, and what was driven by the manic tendencies brought on by the Bipolar disorder. It just doesn’t matter now.

    You see, Jan has always celebrated people’s smallest achievement’s with the same excitement and joy that most of us save only for major triumphs and milesontes. She did this just about every day of her life.

    Throughout my life, Jan has been instumental in helping me build my self confidence. I believe that being self-assured, is one of the most valuable traits one can posses. It simply makes life much more manageable. This is one of the key things I am striving to help my two young daughters build within themselves.

    I have learned allot from my sister, and will continue reflecting on her life, as I continue my own journey.

    My sister’s love for me remains one of the most cherished gifts I have ever received.

    Man, do I ever miss her.


  2. Posted by Marcelo Lopez on May 26, 2006 at 1:38 pm

    Sorry Dave, but I can’t abide by O’Reilly ( or CMP by association ) just pimping out their point of view that “We coined Web 2.0”. It wouldn’t be the first time the USPTO laid an egg. RIM v everybody , anyone ? Ah, but the politicians couldn’t do without their crackberries. How convinient.

    Still, the term “World Wide Web” was coined by Mr. Berners-Lee, many moons ago. I don’t see him going out, and clamoring for people to stop using “Web” as a phrase in relation to their products. JHC, their’s got to be HUNDREDS ( if not thousands ) of “Web” products out there. You don’t see Tim ( Berners-Lee ) going after people with a CAD letter.

    That, Sir, is where the hypocrisy of the O’Reillyopoly demonstrates itself to be self-evident. The term “Web” ( Web ANYTHING ) is too far public domain for people to start claiming “It’s MINE, give it back !”. Deciding to trade, or service mark, anything like that is just ridiculous. Pity the folks at IT@Cork may not have the financial wherewithal to mount a suitable defense, though.

    Seriously, is O’Reilly going to start going after EVERYBODY who uses the phrase “Web 2.0”. There’s even a BLOG that expressly CALLS ITSELF the “Web 2.0 Blog” ( Dion Hinchcliffe’s Web 2.0 Blog – ). Is HE going to get sued ? Or is Texas VC guy Alex Muse right that “Web 2.0” has finally…..jumped the SHARK ?!

    Yea on the latter, and not on your life for the former. Because the only, the ONLY reason O’Reilly is going after IT@Cork, is because they’re having a conference and it’s named after this phrase, that everyone ( and their Bubba ) has never been considered to even be REMOTELY anything but in the public domain.

    What happened to just being a Mensch about some things, oy ?!

    Or maybe I should just go trademark the phrase “Surfing 2.0”, and sue the makers of “Private Surfing 2.0”, or make them change the name of their product because I have a trademark on the phrase. Yeah, that sounds like a great idea.


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