What do you like more: a dollar bill or the potential to purchase that it represents? What do you like more: beer or drunkenness? Your cat or the feeling of unconditional love from a soft animal? What do you want more: to make a difference, or the difference itself? I think a lot of confusion in my own life comes from not being able to separate value from the thing that carries the value. Can I really separate the taste of coke from the packaging and the branding? After that, can I separate the euphoric effect of caffeine from the taste of coke? After that, can I separate happiness (however momentary) from the effect of caffeine? Or do I just bundle up the whole thing in a chinese doll and say something like "I love coke". These small slips of meaning and association really bother me more than they probably should. It makes me think that I'll never be able to keep things straight in my head... that I'll always give credit to the wrong thing, strive for the wrong thing, and end up getting the wrong thing. I'll worship Coke rather than happiness. I'll worship the storage mechanisms instead of the things that are being stored inside. Of course, to get obsessed about these things does no good... I might as well be a chicken pulling its feathers out because it can't drive a car... such a chicken is no better off than the one that attributes the red light that goes off with the satisfaction of hunger and sadness.
Some people think that in the future we will be hired based on our blog. Jason Kottke, in a brilliant and crazy move leapfrogs the future and shows that he'd prefer to simple get paid to have a blog. I like anyone that tries crazy experiments that lead to trying to do the things that you're most passionate about, and I wish him the best of luck.
I also got a chance to take a look at the new project that Evan Williams and crew are working on. I've never really understood podcasting as they call it, but I'm beginning to think that that was simply because there wasn't a great app to prove the concept to me. Their beta is beautiful, easy to use, and makes me want to start subscribing to people's audio content, and even creating some of my own. My one request (that I assume will be available at launch) is that an RSS feed of my channel be available so that I can add it to all the others. Syncing with my iPod will be nice, but that's certainly not the primary use case for this product, in my opinion.