10 Jan 2003 ralfdog   » (Apprentice)

I haven't posted to advogato in a long time.

I have some code up at http://freedom.cis.ohio-state.edu/~ralf.

I am thinking that maybe the scope of this advogato diary is larger than what I need. I get the weird feeling that I am on stage talking into a microphone with a lot of feedback and there is just this big blackness in front of me. What I mean is that I don't know who's reading this and what my intended audience is.

I think that it's a good idea, but maybe it should have more structure. Like a tree instead of a list. There could be different websites for apprentices at different geographical locations. That way I would know that it's "Isaac" and "nick" and "joe" who are reading my journal, and I think that that would make more sense to me.

Then maybe representative entries could be posted up a level (at the parent node.)

I just had a conversation with Brent. I like to send an email to a person after we have a conversation. A reminder of what the topics were. Especially if I was excited about the conversation. Maybe because then we both have record of it. Or maybe just because I like to. It's kind of weird though, if everyone has record of everything. It makes me less free. I keep trying to articulate that feeling and inquire into why i have it. I try to challenge myself to explain things like that without using 1984-style rhetoric.

See it's exciting to know about computers and to think how much control we have over information. Like, I like to walk down high street and think about my phone bill, and to imagine all of the different questions that I can ask about it. Like, for example, how many phone calls were made in the last 5 minutes before 9:00? These were probably calls which I intended to make right at 9:00 (when the rates go down) but maybe my watch is different from theirs. It's just an example. There are many more. It's pretty rare for me, that I go ahead and answer them, but to me it's exciting to reason about information in this way.

It's also scary.

But I'm not sure why.

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