I'm sitting at Top Pot racing against time to get my 10 pages a month this month. Luckily, I have one more day tomorrow. Last night, I still had 5 pages to go... now I've got less than 1.
Unfortunately, it looks like I still won't be done with part two, which I was hoping I would be. It's very close though! Francie has just entered the room and discovered Jude's secret. And the dogs are howling on the water.
Using onfocus.com's new Media Watch feature, I've created the same type of application as Book Watch, again named after it's mother and father in an embarrassingly uncreative way: Media Watch. Have fun.
Like Book Watch, this relies on onfocus.com's unique service to create a list of asins that are popular in weblogs around blog land.
What I've done is retrieve his list via his xml feed, then found news information using the Google API, and found the item information via my Amazon API. The result, a constantly changing of list of media items (music, dvds, videos, software) that are generating buzz around the weblog community, with links to current news items via google.
Bertrand Russell constructed a contradiction within the framework of elementary logic itself, showing that the idea of sets or classes of numbers do not necessarily have to follow conventional rules of logic. Here's an excerpt from Godel's Proof:
Classes seem to be of two kinds: those which do not contain themselves and those which do. A class will be called "normal" if, and only if, it does not contain itself as a member; otherwise it will be called "non-normal." An example of a normal class is the class of mathematicians, for patently the class itself is not a mathematician and is therefore not a member of itself. An example of a non-normal class is the class of all thinkable things; for the class of all thinkable things is itself thinkable and is therefore a member of itself. Let "N" by definition stand for the class of all normal classes. We ask whether N itself is a normal class. If N is normal, it is a member of itself (for by definition N contains all normal classes); but, in that case, N is non-normal, because by definition a class that contains itself as a member is non-normal. On the other hand, if N is non-normal, it is a member of itself (by definition of "non-normal"); but, in that case, N is normal, because by definition the members of N are normal classes. In short, N is normal if, and only if, N is non-normal. It follows that the statement "N is normal" is both true and false. This fatal contradiction results from an uncritical use of the apparently pellucid notion of "class." Other paradoxes were found later, each of them constructed by means of familiar and semingly cogent modesof reasoning. Mathematicians came to realize that in developing consisten systems familiarity and intuitive clarity are weak reeds to lean on.
Evident without proof or reasoning; producing certainty or conviction upon a bare presentation to the mind; as, a self-evident proposition or truth.
America is based on the self-evident truths that state that "all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness."
Euclidian geometry is based on similar self-evident "truths" like "for a given line, and a point outside of that line, only one straight line that is parallel to the first line can be drawn through that dot."
Another self-evident, but ultimately unprovable, statement that many systems are based on is, "0 does not equal 1".
I'd like to look more closely at the axioms and truths that systems believe in without proof. If, at some point in the future, any of these self-evident truths was proved to be false, it could turn our whole world upside-down.
I have been thinking about some of these things in response to Godel's Proof.
The concept of trusting your friends more than strangers goes back a million years, but with the semantic web, and these new web services, it has come into a whole new light.
I love the idea of automating trust. Find your 5 most trustworthy friends. Do you trust their friends? You probably would, but maybe not as much as your original friends. Do you trust the friends of the friends of the friends that you trust? Perhaps, but not as much. The web of trust concept is hinged on the assumption that this network of trust exists, and is reliable.
When you're looking for a new book to read, or a new car to buy, or a new place to work, don't you ask your friends before almost anyone else? More often than not, it has been proven that people find jobs not through their friends, but through their friends' friends, because they are more likely to have their feet in an area that you're not familiar with, while still having a strong bond of trust between you and them (supported by the fact that your trustworthy friend trusts this person).
I'm currently in the planning process for creating a website that plays on this idea. There are some considerable technical challenges, but that's what makes it fun.
What do you plan to do with the next 17 years of your life? On February 1st, 2019 a 1.2 mile wide astroid may collide with earth, causing a continental-sized explosion, reducing us to dark-age conditions.
In a way, I feel excited about this possibility. How will my life change, and how will this world change, if we can conclusively determine that life on this planet will be largely destroyed in less than two decades? I think it will greatly improve the quality of life. 17 years is enough time to live the rest of my life, and it would be worth the shortened lifespan to witness such a significant event.
I'm waiting 24 hours to see if I can shake off this new idea I have for a website. I found the perfect domain name for it, and I'm a sucker for a good domain name. Zoot!
If, 24 hours from now, I'm still as excited about this idea as I am now, I'm going to start.
More Amazons? The third in a series (one and two), now we have a third. What's the saturation point for simple Amazon sites on the world wide web? I'll always see Alan as the father of the simple Amazon.