weblog > 14/07/07

Finally I managed to get a Flickr account. It has taken me days! You are supposed to use your Yahoo account and, of course, I had forgotten mine. So, over to Yahoo to retrieve my username and password. Luckily I could retrieve my username, which was mailed to me, but for some obscure reason you have to go back to Yahoo and redo the whole procedure in order to get your password. I tried and I tried and I tried, but got error message upon error message upon error message. I gave up, almost. Exasperated, yet I continued as I'm on several mailing lists at YahooGroups. Since Yahoo started using RSS feeds for the mailing lists, I too switched to RSS feeds instead of having my inbox clogged. It's such a stress factor to see your unread e-mail as it nears 200, 300, 400, 500. It's less stressful with RSS feeds, at least in Safari. I can pretend they don't exist. But, obviously I haven't been at YahooGroups for very long. The log-in page did not recognize me and there is no way for me to post to the lists anymore, unless I sign up anew. The scary thing is that it must have been years since I posted to a list over there. I've completely forgotten my social networking manners! Too busy trying to catch up with Web 2.0. Makes you think, doesn't it? To make a long story short, I signed up for a new account. But by then I was too exhausted to check out the site, even less to network.

weblog > 14/07/07

Considering the unreliability of the timestamp discussed elsewhere which could make you question the truthfulness of my documentation of the social web I've made a map at Google Earth for you. Geomapping cannot be wrong and I have pinned down my whereabouts in the real world. In reality. So now, you can rest assured that everything your hear comes straight from the horse's mouth! But first, you have to go to [url=http://earth.google.com/]http://earth.google.com/[/url] and download Google Earth. It is quite a heavy download and might take some time. After you have installed it on your hard drive, download the file Here_I_live.kmz.zip (Windows users right click the file), click the downloaded file and Google Earth will take you to where I live, work and breathe. Of course, if you already have Google Earth installed, just download the file.

weblog > 12/07/07

Sometimes my visits to internet sites take very long. As I have to log in, find my way around and / or find features for building this blog, even though I find it exciting, it is quite exhausting and the documentation usually happen after a lapse of time. There is in other words a glitch between the actual event and its documentation, which means that the time stamp might be erraneous. There isn't much I can do about that, though, and I ask myself these days, if I'm a maker of documentaries or a documentalist and archivist. A documentalist always works in retrospect, not in real time, a documentary shows us the real story, not discontinuous archived items. A documentary places us first and foremost in the here and now.

weblog > 11/07/07

Twitter has come over us. Should I include it here in my social web burn out blog? It is of course a great record of the doings of people around the world, insofar as they have access to the internet and/or are in possession of a mobile phone, and as such it is an archival goldmine for future research and documentation of what people actually were doing at a given point in time. But, I can't help asking myself: Is Twitter a waste of time or a revolutionary networking tool