The philosopher Alan Watts brought to my attention the idea that Zen koans (“koan” being translated as “case study”) were originally intended to be created anew, not recycled. The classic “What is the sound of one hand clapping?” was in reference to a proverb (“One hand won’t make a clap”) contemporary to the time the koan was devised. I believe I have a nice little Zen koan for you fellow DIY computer geeks out there.
Twitter’s “mentions” system using the “@ reply” is super handy. Webpages should have them. When someone links to your page, you get a notification. By email. Or use the web browser notification system. WordPress’ trackbacks and pingbacks are a step in the right direction.
Sure, I can run Google Analytics and track these kinds of things, but it should be automatic and you should be able to get pinged when it happens in real-time, with little effort on your part. Google Alerts doesn’t seem to do the trick. I see lots of links to this blog in the WordPress stats that do not appear in Google Alerts using the method that link suggests.
If I am using the official Twitter software, or the official Twitter extensions in my browser, or using the Twitter website to generate a new tweet, it would be a handy feature for everybody involved if the extension or the app itself was able to check the domain, see if the user has a Twitter account, and add it to the tweet. Make it a optional with a checkbox.
This post by David Seah brings up some interesting thoughts on the concept of pursuing your passions. He questions if he’s actually found his passion, and if so, why is it not flowing naturally? Seah mentions “The War of Art” which tells us—if Pressfield is correct in his theory—that it’s not going to be an easy road.
I’ve often wondered myself if I have misidentified what exactly my passion is. I’ve always assume that it is “art”, but what if it isn’t? You can’t get any more vague than just calling it “art”. Have I focused on the wrong niche?
As silly as this sounds, I’ve had trouble wrapping my head around Instagram. I think I’ve finally figured it out. Continue reading “Instagram Is Not A Photography App, It’s A Photographer App”
Image, audio and video files on the internet need a more robust metadata system that is supported by web browsers and digital media players. It’s ridiculous that the files themselves can’t tell a web browser and a user who created it, and how to contact or find out more about the artist.
How handy would it be to be able to right-click an image that contained this metadata, and get info about the creator such as their official webpage, Twitter account, Facebook page, iTunes Music Store link, as well as of course copyright info and the like?
And let’s not limit this to just web browsers—why can’t I find out this information from an MP3 file, right from within iTunes? Why do I have to Google the band? This is silly, and this is exactly what the internet was designed for and what computers do best. Perhaps web browsers need to be updated, the HTML specification rewritten—but with the proliferation of media and increasing piracy and copyright infringement, this should be a priority.
It drives me crazy when we have the technology right in front of us and we don’t use it. It also drives me nuts to spend extra time doing things that could be—and should be—done more smartly. This data can be embedded, and it would benefit not only the creators, but the fans.