Friday, August 7, 2009

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

experimental knowledge map

Here's an experimental knowledge map, experimentally embeded in an experimental blog. Cool, huh?

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

how do they embed youtubes in blogposts? this way?

Saturday, October 25, 2008

link from nyt about nypl

over here, for future reference

Sunday, August 19, 2007

NYT Hilberg obit -

accessable on someone's blog, tho blocked at the NYT itself

Monday, July 30, 2007

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Moving on

Well, it looks like this experimental blog has more or less exhausted its usefulness. It's time to move to a real blog.

Or is it?

Playing around with this blog was possible becasue I was on vacation from my very full day-job. Since the vacation ended, I've had no more time. On the other hand, just as the vacation was ending, I submitted my resignation to The Boss. I've been there many years, and the time has come to move on there, also (or perpaps: the time has come to move on there, first and foremost). It looks like I'll still be there for quite some months, in order to enable the boss to find a replacement, and to give me some time to train the poor chap (or dame).

As soon as I feel I have the time to sustain a blog, I'll open one, including a final notice from this one pointing to the new one. At which point all 6 of you loyal readers will be informed by your RSS feeds that this blog put out it's last annoncement.

Until then - thanx for the support. It has been fun, educative, and actually, rather suprising. Who ever thought such a ridiculous blog as this one would generate such a vast readership?

Yaacov

Sunday, June 24, 2007

upload from Youtube?

A short movie by Meir

Note to Liza

Hi Liza! As you see, I finally got around to the blogcounter thing, and it now works. Thanx muchly for that one also.

Kenai Mountains_Alaska

Still fooling around here, I've opened a flickr account, uploaded a few photos, and have posted this one from my flickr account to this blog.

Another thing to try will be link from one of the side elements (i.e not the main posts) to a flickr photo.

PS. strangely enough, flickr seems far more userfriendly than Google's own photo service, Picasa.

Flickr

This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Article-length posts

Now I'm finally getting somewhere. Ive figured out how to store documents at Google Docs & Spreadsheets, including the way to publish them there, and then link to them from here. (See previous post.)

Then, as a second test, I took the entire document and pasted it into one of my first posts, and you can read it here. This has the advantage of not breaking the rather quick pace of a blog with large articles, but it retroactively changes the blog itself (not important on this experimental blog, but perhaps more so on a real blog).

It occurs to me that I could have two consecutive blogs - one, the active, daily one (yaacov.lozowick@blog, say), and another one on which to store articles (Lozowicksarticles@blog, perhaps).

Finally, I think I'll try to start a personal website, perhaps at bravenet or some such, put an article up there and link to it from here.

PS. since I've been wandering around poking my nose in all sorts of places, I found a website called helium, where they seem to encourage people to publish their thoughts. I should go back and check sometime. Of course, if one's going that way, it would be better to publish in real journals and link to them, but that's a different subject.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Hell Now

Liza from Lizaswelt has been extraordinary helpful in this process. However, having spent a number of his hours and then mine on figuring out how one puts up long posts, I've decided to take a different tack, and link to a document I've stored on Google. If this works, you should be able to read Hell Now here.

Update: Well, that didn't work very well, did it? But maybe it will work better here.

Moderating comments

Barbarashm left a comment on an earlier post here. it turns out I had activated a function called "Comment Moderation" or some such, which means - I learn - that comments don't even appear untill after I've vetted them. I suppose if a blog is getting hate-filled rants the blogger might want such a function - but then again, perhaps not. Hate-filled rants tend to look like what they are, and sometimes the most effective way to combat them is to let them stand in the fill glare of sunlight.

Anyway, this blog is ulikely to get there, what with its 4 readers so far. So I've disabled the "Comment Moderation" function, which probably means that readers can post their comments without waiting for my permission. And should I ever find myself writting a popular blog, I certainly don't see where I'd find the time to moderate all the comments.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

long texts

Somewhere in here is the option to show only the first paragraph of a long text. I've noticed that Andrew Sullivan sometimes uses such a mode, when he's putting up a long post. (James Lileks doesn't generally: basically all of his posts are rather long).

If I could figure out how to do this trick, I could put up article-sized posts on a blog, without creating posts that are thousands of words long. (Bill Whittle used his blog to put up an entire book, chapter by chapter. But that's not what I have in mind).

Anyway, I'll try. The text I'll be using is an article I once wrote after watching "Paradise Now", a very well made movie that was chock-full of lies and nasty tricks that most viewers wouldn't have been able to identify. As far as I remember, it was published somewhere in Holland (where the movvie came from), but no-where else. So if I succeed, this will be a world premiere of the original English - titled, wouldn't you guess - "Hell Now"

Comments

As they say over at the Guardian, Comments are Free. Of course, since it's The Guardian, you'd be gullible to take them at their word without some fact-checking, and so, true to Guardian form, at second glance it turns out that comments are perhaps free, but first you have to register. Since I haven't, I can't say what this might entail. (Something to do some rainy day).

In the meantime, however, Silke sent me a cheerful e-mail, because my comments were configured so that you had to be registered at Google to leave any here. So I've reconfigured (I hope), and now comments really are for free. Ahoi, all you multitudes of loyal readers who aren't registered at Google: even you can now leave messages, freely and for free!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Real Content - 2

Earlier this evening I was talking with someone about the decisions people make as they become old. We noted the significantly different decisions which have been made by two elderly women we know. The first has refused to make any adaptations that would broadcast her enroaching frialty, saying they would make her feel old. The second does not hesitate to accept the limitations her age is forcing upon her, while keeping up with the things she can do.

The result, ironically, is that the first one is more limited than the second (relative to their different ages and medical conditions). By bowing before the inevitable but sticking to what is unaffected by age, the second seems better positioned both to accept the support she openly acknowledges she needs, and to enjoy the strengths she still has.

Update: I made an editorial change or two in this post on June 20th. Will the post still remain identified as a June 19th post?

2nd Update: Guess so, huh?

Real content - 1

This afternoon I was visited by two Palestinain gentlemen, one about 60, with his younger brother who is in his 50s. I need a spot of construction done, and they came to check the matter and suggest how they would go about it. We discussed things for bit, and then I said that I couldn't give them a final response before talking with my wife, who makes such decisions in our family. They both grinned, and told me that in their families it was also so.

Human nature, it seems, can be more of a constant than we sometimes think, in this case crossing the lines of the world's most stubborn conflict. What you learn from that, however, depends upon how you understand the world. Some people would take this vigniette as proof that the conflict is stupid, and if only we would realize the extent of our commonalities we would be able to stop fighting. Others would note that conficts can be very real and serious, becasue while in some things we may all be similar, the conflicts are about the things where we aren't.