Scripting News for 7/26/2006

Here’s the Rexblog’s first-ever Web 2.0 scoop

Kevin Burton suggests that Digg embrace RSS. Seems like a no-brainer to me. 🙂 

Frank Barnako: Million-dollar podcasting. Hmmm. 

BetterBadNews asks if videoblogging is art. 

Digg’s Kevin Rose responds to Jason Calacanis, but doesn’t really respond. Jason raises a good question. No doubt Kevin is going to make something like $20 or $30 million when he sells Digg, which seems a pretty likely outcome. What will the users get? It’s a bit awkward for him to claim they do it for love if he himself doesn’t do it for love. As always Silicon Valley breeds hubris, that’s what Calacanis is taking advantage of, and doing it skillfully and without shame. If a lot of people didn’t agree with him he wouldn’t get away with it (Calacanis, that is). 

Mike Arrington is also a Daylife investor. 

I was trying to explain to a friend how much smarter we were when we were kids before we learned so much. I’m not kidding. An example. Ask an adult how hard it is to not smoke. Most likely they will say that it’s very hard. But ask a kid, and they’ll tell you it’s easy, you just don’t do it. See how much sense that makes, but to the adult mind it’s a mystery. Which is more work, smoking or not smoking? Obviously smoking is more work. You have to take a cigarette out of a pack, pick up a lighter, ignite the lighter, ignite the cigarette, take a puff, take another, tap off the ash (after you find an ashtray), take more puffs, then put it out. Compare that to the act of not smoking. You just sit there, and you don’t have to do any of that. You can just sit there and do nothing and you’re not smoking. It’s so simple a kid understands it, and so simple an adult doesn’t.  

I wrote something about this four years ago today after 42 days of not smoking. It’s four years later and my record is still perfect. No cigarettes. Easy! 

100 years ago 

Here’s a picture taken over a hundred years ago. Every person in the picture is dead. The person who took the picture is dead. Almost every person who was alive then is dead now. But there they are looking out at you through my weblog. What a strange thing. I wonder what devices a picture of my face will look out from 100 years from now.

Do you know that in Silicon Valley they have parties where someone says to the host that if they invite Dave Winer they won’t come. What do you think the people in the picture think about that! Do you think anyone will care 100 years from now?

3 responses to this post.

  1. What makes you think anyone cares now?


  2. RE: Calacanis

    I disagree with you. The users of Digg get a kick-ass web site full of fun and interesting stuff. I think those users who submit stories do it for the satisfaction of seeing the story get to the front page. Sure, Jason can start paying users for their stories, but I think once you introduce money into the equation, it taints the whole process. It takes the fun out of it for me. In any event, I think Jason’s site is failing and this is the first sign of desperation.

    PS: I don’t know anyone from Digg or Netscape…just my opinion here.


  3. Posted by ripper on July 26, 2006 at 1:39 pm

    I’ve been watching pictures over the past week of the Lebanese being bombed, the pictures of the just-dead. I wonder if this continues if there will be anybody left to view any pictures. Do the scared and homeless left bereft by the Israeli Defence Force care? They just want peace. You can help and you can if you stop gazing down at the collective Silicon Valley navel.


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