A nifty meme suggested by
I keep a vague eye on the user info of most people on my friends list, and am always intrigued by the unshared ones. So I’d like to know a little more about the unshared interests you list.
What are your favourite ones? What do they mean to you? And why are you such contrary buggers that nobody else on LJ seems to agree with your choices?
- A fantastic short film company from Bristol (that isn’t Aardman). Keep in a dry place and away from children is worth seeking out.
- open hypermedia
- A form of hypermedia in which the links between documents are stored separately from the documents, so that a link can be applied to many different documents (a generic link), or so that links may be added between documents regardless of whether you can alter the document itself. This was one of the key ideas that Ted Nelson (the coiner of the word ‘hypertext’) had during the Xanadu project. It has had a great impact on the research in the hypertext community, even if it has had little to no impact in the Web community (where are the XLink implementations?). I first heard about this in 1990 from a BBC Horizon documentary called Hyperland (starring Douglas Adams and Tom Baker) a full two years before I heard of the Web, and my interest in the subject led fairly directly to me quitting my job in industry and starting my PhD in 1997.
- Yet another Ted Nelson concept from Xanadu. Transclusion is transparent inclusion by reference of one text into another. Want to quote what someone else has written? Don’t cut and paste that text, transclude it.
- Another concept that Ted Nelson can lay claim to inventing, namely the notion of paying for access to information based on usage – you read twenty bytes, you pay for twenty bytes. I agree with the general idea (including that of royalty payments for transcluded content), even if I disagree with him on some of the strawman details (mainly the notion that one byte is worth the same – a nanogram of gold – no matter where it is found, which makes a photograph more valuable that a poem).
- salt and sauce
- On haddock and chips, or a black pudding supper. With Irn Bru.
- subject indexes
- What LiveJournal needs for interests. No more entering both einstuerzende neubauten and einsturzende neubauten, or worrying whether sf stands for San Francisco or science fiction.
- campaign for real ale
- Duplicate for the camra entry to prove my point about subject indexes.
- unreasonable dogmatism
- An apt description of the mental state of someone who agrees with Ted Nelson and can be bothered to gripe about the interests system in LiveJournal.