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Information about Soul

Published on October 15, 2007

Author: adactio


soul Possibly non-existent constructs. See also: presence, identity, trust.

dragons of eden Carl Sagan and Anne Druyan. Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence.

5:30pm, April 10th, 1901: Duncan Macdougall. .75 ounces: 21 grams (insensible loss: water vapour) The weight of the web. 2 ounces: 56.7 grams. (driving it requires 200 million horsepower) 100 Billion neurons. How many links?

id & ego self ego: “Das Ich” Soul: “The self-aware essence unique to a particular living being” “The unification of one’s sense of identity”

the story we tell ourselves Paul Broks “Into the Silent Land: Travels in Neurospychology” Soul: the story a brain tells itself. The story informs our awareness of self. In the brain, right hemisphere. 200,000 - 500,000 years ago: introspective consciousness.

language Naming the world. Singing the world into existence (Bruce Chatwin: songlines). Tokens. Naming a thing gives it a soul. Naming a thing gives you power: controlling demons. Glamour (meaning magic) has the same root as grammar. Language is magic. Stories are magic.

furious green ideas Juxtaposition of tokens = imagination. Storytelling

blogging Confessional. Laugh. Cry. A piece of soul. Good music “from the soul”. Good blogging too. Fragmentation. Pulling it together: widgets? APIs. Too geeky.

tweets songs photos narrative blog posts links The ongoing story I tell myself... and the world. When I travel, it’s on Dopplr, Twitter, Flickr and my blog. (I could even tell an untrue story...) All timestamped. All available via RSS.

lifestream Colour coded snapshot. Wordpress plug-in. iStalkr. Lifestream blog. Tools: Jaiku, Yahoo Pipes. Fleeting. Temporary.

provenance Gavin Bell. Antiques. Add me on Twitter: but who are you? What’s your provenance. /talks/ Tom Armitage. Reboot 8: long-term narrative; blog migration. Bryan Veloso: disappointing erasing of provenance. Praise Google and I will return to the idea of provenance in a moment.

the third policeman Flann O’Brien (Miles Na Gopaleen): Bicycles and people exchanging molecules: the moral question. Physical objects taking on some of our soul (essence, identity). Cars, Macs, mobile phones (the toilet dilemma). Protrusions of the soul.

avatar demon Neal Stephenson: Snowcrash. The Metaverse built by the Global Multimedia Protocols Group. Philip Pullman: His Dark Materials. Animal representation of the soul. Avatars: Second Life. Demons: Nabaztag, Availibot.

gaming Interactive narrative. Will Wright. Good games feel open-ended. Bad games feel restricted. Play (like language) is part of what makes us human: another form of storytelling.

world of warcraft Collaborative. Now we’re moving beyond the individual (soul) to the collective (society). Each individual in this society has provenance (history, experience) and a demon (avatar).

myspace upcoming twitter dopplr social flickr jaiku facebook Social networks. Walled gardens. Web 2.0 = open data (APIs, RSS) but not relationships. Jaiku is superior to Twitter, but I want all my friends.

rel attribute the relationship from the current document to the anchor specified by the href attribute <link rel=“stylesheet” href=“foo.css” /> <a rel=“help” href=“foo.htm”>help</a>

xfn <a rel=“friend met colleague” href=“”> Brian Suda </a> <a rel=“friend met co-worker” href=“”> Andy Budd </a> Microformat. Ludicrously simple. Makes relationships explicit.

xfn <a rel=“me” href=“ photos/adactio”> My photos</a> <a rel=“me” href=“ adactio”> My links</a> OpenID can solve the sign-in issue. XFN (and hCard) can solve identity relationship consolidation. Mix them and you’ve got truly open data that can flow from app to app without an API. Gavin Bell’s code. A mixture of scraping (with XPath) and parsing (microformats).

social & gaming provenance Justin Hall. PMOG: Passively Multiplayer Online Game. Surfing the web gives provenance. Using that for fun and profit. But let’s take it further...

d&d strength dexterity stamina twitter experience flickr Online publishing = hacking and slaying. Let’s do something with all those experience points. Let’s make a game.

london 2007-06-16 hack day Hacking is social.

kthxbai! jeremy keith

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