Digital Standards Organization

I am a big believer in open source, open standards, open everything. I noticed this from Digital Standards Organization:

What is an open standard? The Wikipedia page shows many definitions, which specify characteristics of a specification, or of the processes that produce it and make it available.

To understand why there is no single agreed definition, and to let us build a canonical definition, we can start with two observations:

1. The standardization process is driven by two conflicting economic motives. Established vendors see standards as a route to direct profits, while the market at large sees standards as a route to lower costs.

2. As the economic has become digital, governments – both as users and regulators – have become engaged in the conflict between these two interest groups.

Read more here: Digital Standards Organization – Free and Open Digital Standards

P.S. – I love using the letter “z” in words. I never get to use them in UK/Australian english.  🙂

"bbpress". A bulletin board for wordpress blogs…

I have used Drupal previously for a friends site so they would be able to manage the content themselves. (As I don’t want to be their bottleneck). But it seems that CMS’s require a fair bit of maintenance – mainly security upgrades. The latest version of WordPress makes it really easy. Click a link and the upgrade occurs automagically – too easy.

For the next community site I wanted to take the ease of WordPress. The site I am thinking of doing will require a bulletin board. Something like PHPBB would be great But I don’t think it integrates with WordPress that well. A few minutes ago I found http://bbpress.org/. It could be a winner…

Sky King

Every kid loves paper planes right? The other day my little girl was watching the “big kids” at her after school care compete in a paper plane competition.

Today I found the paper plane that absolutely rocks.

Well named – the “Sky King” flies straight and true. I gently tossed it from my desk out my study door and it flew 20 feet and only lost about 1 or 2 feet in height when it slammed into a wall. Sturdy construction, slightly nose heavy and good lift let it repeat the process.

Instructions here: http://howto.wired.com/wiki/Fold_Your_Own_Sky_King_Paper_Airplane

Motivation

I stumbled across this great quote today. It’s taken from Theodore Roosevelt’s “Citizenship in a Republic” speech that was delivered in 1910:

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Are you an organ donor?

Until you have one of these you are not officially a donor:

I am not officially an organ donor – but I did send my documents today to request it. Although you can apply online it still comes down to you filling in a paper form and sending it away.

UPDATE 2008-10-17: Now officially a card-carrying organ donor.

Batman: The Dark Knight plot flaw

Was I the only one that noticed the missing segment of the movie? I can’t be – can I?

There is a scene where the joker makes a surprise entrance into Bruce Wayne’s penthouse apartment – interrupting a fund raiser dinner attended by the Rachel, the DA and the richest people of Gotham city.

Bruce Wayne stashes the DA in a cupboard, dons his bat-suit and takes matters into his own hands by kicking the shit outof all the Jokers henchmen – then finally turns on the Joker. After a few blows the Joker realises it’s all going pear-shaped, so the Joker grabs Rachel and throws her out a window, forcing Batman to stop his attack on the Joker and jump out the window to save Rachel.

As luck would have it Batman catches Rachel just in time, landing/crushing the bonnet of an unfortunate sedan on the street hundreds of feet below. They lie there on the bonnet of the car, crack a few funnies and breath a large sigh of relief.

We then cut to a scene sometime later. The next day perhaps – I can’t recall.

It’s at this point in the movie I was thinking “Whoa – what happened?! Why didn’t Batman use his funky cord-on-a-hook-shot-by-a-gun to take him back up to his penthouse and capture the Joker? Did the hundred witnesses just let the Joker – now beaten-up and dishevelled – go?! Surely not. Did the Joker just saunter out, apologising for the interruption without feeling the need to kill a few bystanders?!

Most people I’ve talked to have said “Oh yeah – I never noticed” but some others have. I especially like this one-pane comic from deviantArt

House parties are bad ideas