Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Like birds in the winter...

In the hopes of being more regular in my posting, I'm limiting the focus of my blogging activities to a dev blog for Jade. As such, I'm migrating over to vox and will no longer be posting here on any regular basis. Not that there's anyone who reads this..

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Jade.. in the FUTURE!

Recently I've been thinking a bit about the business model I plan on having when I've completed my Jade framework. I concluded a while back that the ideal model should be some sort of service, not a product. My initial reasons were quite simple. The idea of a FLOSS framework is appealing, especially after reading Accelerando protagonist Manfred Macx's bizarre economic outlook. But more importantly, its practically impossible to keep it hidden. Because it's pure JavaScript, you just need to look through the source code of the page and you can find the framework's code. It'd be difficult to stop people from stealing. I also had intentions to do something like a hosted web service utilizing the framework. So the idea is simply to make the "product" the service, as opposed to the framework. Let the framework be FLOSS.

But then I get into a discussion with my mother, who doesn't understand the Free Software ethic, the nature of the technocapitalist economy we live in, nor the revolutionary ideals of Web 2.0. In her mind, giving something away that I've worked so hard on silly! Why should others benefit from my work? I'm instantly forced to think, did Chad and Steve get big by charging for using YouTube? Or did the freeness of it allow YouTube to flourish and eventually become worth $1.65 billion? What about MySpace? What about Digg? What about Yahoo! and Google? These things don't become big because they sell the stuff that cost time and money, they become big because they make a service that's available to everyone.

Of course, you might think, well yes but they're not giving away their top secret backend! This is true. Well, Yahoo! is giving away YUI. Oh, and Mozilla gives away it's products, and their source. And Apple freely distributes the binaries for iTunes. And yet even in these cases the companies make money, despite spending on something that they give away for free, and even relinquish control over. How? Why? I can't say about YUI and Mozilla products (tho services like those in the last paragraph mostly use advertising to cover costs), but I can talk about iTunes. Apple gives away iTunes because it drives customers to the iTunes Store. Give them the player for free, make it the only way you can access their store full of audio and video content, and ofcourse it's worth it. The service, in this case, is being sold, but the product is given away freely, as opposed to the service being given away freely but the product being kept under wraps.

What I intend to do is provide the framework for free, as FLOSS, and provide certian rudimentary, but hopefully popular, services for free, while providing other more advanced services at a cost. We'll know if it was a good idea in a year and a half. If Google buys the company then it was a business model. Heh.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Absence, Apology, Announcement

I have neglected you, dear reader. I apologize; you deserve an explanation.

Recently I've been distracted. Distracted by school, distracted by work. I have not been posting and I apologize.

I have decided I should announce this, now that things seem to be properly under way in it's development. For some time now, since about the end of August, I've been working on a framework for building Web 2.0 apps that have functionality similar to desktop applications. At it's core it's an attempt to implement the OpenStep API in the browser, through JavaScript. In conjunction with it's release I'll also be releasing an application that will let developers built web apps and their interfaces graphically.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Discovery: More Peculiar Art!

So I'm exploring the art and music buildings' mens rooms, as I'm known to do on occasion, and I discovered some more interesting art above the urinals. Maybe some connection to the previous urinal art??




Saturday, October 14, 2006

DL.TV party!

I just happened to watch the most recent episode of DL.TV yesterday for whatever reason and lucky me, because they invited the viewers to come to a DL.TV party at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in NYC today at 5pm. I was going to be in the city, so I went, and I got pics.

Hooray!

Patrick, Jim, Roger, Robert, they were all there! Good times, my friends, good times.


I got to shake Patrick's hand. Twice! I'm going to buy a kilt.


Jim, where have you been? You're great on camera! Where's Sumi?


Roger was too busy to filming people. Also: my mother decided to ask him to film me, so I might.. end up on the show.. in video of the party. God help me.


Robert was talking to a bunch of fans. They made a circle around him, like he was a god, and he's standing there like "I just wanna talk and have a fun time.. :(". Poor Robert. Fame's a bitch.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Curious Art Sightings...

I've discovered some interesting pieces of art around school. I feel as tho I've seen this somewhere before...


Fountain 2 was spotted in mens room on the ground floor the Art building. Fascinating...


Mutt seems to be collaborating with some big names. Symphony #5 was discovered in the ground floor mens room in the Music building.


This time it's Einstein's turn to work with Mr Mutt. Energy and Matter is found in the ground floor mens room in the Physics building.


R. Mutt and I. Newton created Integral in the mens room in the corridor connecting Physics and Math. That Newton, he never could resist an opportunity to poke fun at Leibniz!


Most Beautiful Equation, by Euler and Mutt, ground floor mens room, Mathematics building. What an amazing equation it is.


Emeril kicks it up a notch and uses only his first name in this collaboration with Mutt entitled BAM!, in the mens room in Kelly Dining Hall.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Working name: Dojo

Brian Rose and I have decided we would like to build a community-based knowledge-sharing site where users can contribute articles that guide others through some learning process or act as studies of some idea, or something like that. We hope to make it easy for anyone with knowledge to come together with others, share that knowledge openly, learn from others, and improve their own knowledge.

We will also be providing some articles, created specifically for the site, that will be more indepth – larger both in size and scope – and possible branch out into alternative media when necessary. And ofcourse the site is going to be wonderfully AJAXified, where appropriate.

The working name, Dojo, comes from a quote by Alex Lindsay, when he was describing the ideas that led up to Pixel Corps, one of the inspirations for this site:
A “martial arts dojo for digital artists” of sorts, where there was discipline and community.