Thursday, June 23, 2005

History from 2014

Very interesting short flash movie about future media spotted by Tim Finin on the UMBC ebiquity blog. The premise is that the movie is a short retrospective by the Museum of Media in 2014, charting the way that Internet-based personalised news and information rose to dominance over traditional news channels. Nice sting the in tail too!

What I particularly liked about this was the style of the presentation. It could have easily been presented as a whitepaper or dull-as-ditchwater Powerpoint presentation. Instead, a relatively simple Flash movie (I'm guessing - I've never authored Flash, but the the animation techniques don't look that deep) makes the subject vastly more entertaining, engaging and thought-provoking. Rhetorical question: what would a similar treatment produce for the evolution of the semantic web to 2014?

Monday, June 20, 2005

Cliff's Notes for web services

I don't know what the brands are in other parts of the world, but in the UK Cliffs Notes publish synopses of literary works with a guide to the key characters and events. Really useful for getting the rough idea, but no substitute in the end for reading the text. Via the Amazon Web Services blog I've become aware of the Pocket This Decoder for WS-Alphabet Soup. Very handy.