Friday Jul 24, 2009

☞ Wonderful, but missing the point

Sunday Jun 07, 2009

☞ Geek Atlas

  • Currently reading the copy of The Geek Atlas that O'Reilly kindly sent me and I'm enjoying it. It covers places a geek would find interesting in destinations around the world. There are a lot of UK sites, then one or two per state for the US and one or two per country for most other places. Each chapter has a "popular science" explanation of the science area covered by the destination. Worth considering as the antidote to normal travel books!

Thursday Jul 19, 2007

BSC Is Miscellaneous

Purple On Green

Judging by the statistics I watch for my blog, the majority of my readers may well never visit the home page for Sun's bloggers. But it may be worth a visit today becuase we've just introduced two features that help you benefit from the miscellaneousness of the site.

One is the tag cloud. We've had tagging as an option on blogs.sun.com for quite a while now, but today the team has turned on a master tag cloud for the whole site. Use it to look for themes and trends across the whole corpus of Sun bloggers.

The other is the New Bloggers list (over in the right-hand column). We have thousands of bloggers here and when new ones emerge they often have trouble getting noticed. They'll now be featured for a while so they can be spotted.

These are both features that make use of the "miscellaneousness" of the site, to use a term from David Weinberger's excellent book Everything Is Miscellaneous. He argues that in the participation age, it is best to impose order as late as possible rather than to try to include a pre-conceived notion of order in the structure of the data. The book is well worth adding to your reading list.

Update: Spooky. Seems Tim was recommending the book the same instant I was...

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