This Year's posts

Archive for January, 2008

Risk

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

I don’t usually write personal things here, but I felt I needed to make an exception for this.

Awhile back Matt suggested I “write down the things that are most important to [me] going forward”.

I tried to think of concrete things that mattered like “I want to work on projects like X” or “I want to change the world to make it more like Y”, but to be honest I don’t really know what X and Y are. At least, X and Y seem to change from week to week.

There’s the problem though– I have a million different things I’d like to see happen, but I haven’t been making them happen, but instead just wishing they would fall into place without any risk taking on my part. The worst part is that I’ll sometimes be disappointed when things don’t go my way, even though I didn’t do anything to make it happen. I forget that the world doesn’t owe me anything.

After obtaining a degree, no matter how small, of success, its easy to forget what it was that got you there. For me, I forgot how many risks I had to take to get where I am.

As Mark Twain said:

Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.

Ok, enough of the personal, watch out for a few announcements of the technology type here soon.

Cleaning Out

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008

Over the course of the last year, I’ve had many ideas for blog posts that, for whatever reason haven’t been written. As inspired by Tim Bray [1] [2], I’m just gonna dump them all here in one post. I figure a short quip is better than silence. If anyone seems to take interest in them, maybe I’ll write up more thoughts on the subject.

Scalability

Scalability isn’t about growing, it isn’t about getting bigger, it’s about working at various sizes. It’s about making things constant despite changes in N. It’s about making N less relevant.

Redo ‘Friends and Neighbors on the Web’ using XFN

An interesting paper that should be updated to use XFN-based graphs.

Confounding Things and People

People complain that XFN confounds people and URLs. However, people do this in the real world, too– witness vanity license plates. Sometimes the plates refer to the car, sometimes the person, sometimes both, sometimes neither.

Parsing Microformats

I gave a presentation on parsing microformats, but never blogged about it or shared it with the mf community online. I think there’s some good material in there that I should develop more.