Thursday, August 25, 2005

Random Post

Random thoughts (a more substantial essay is coming soon, really...)

1. Canada and Denmark get in a tiff, and Canada sends warships to the Arctic? What's the deal? Well, turns out that as the ice is melting, the north-west passage is now regularly open for summer ship traffic. That also means that offshore oil exploration in the far north is increasingly possible, with the potential for offshore platforms to operate for several months out of the year. There is likely at least one Prudhoe Bay sized field up there, and Canada and Denmark look like they're the first ones out of the starting blocks to express the requisite territorial claims to the waters around a few previously unimportant frozen rocks...

2. Google is launching a webphone and instant message service. Why jump in now? Looks like Google is unveiling their master plan: a massively asymmetrical assault on Microsoft. Google plans to create the equivalent of MS Office in an entirely web-based format, with these new applications alongside their desktop search, gmail, blogger, etc.. The real strike to the throat will be when Google unveils their own web browser--it's small steps from a web browser to an independent operating system/web-browser to an entirely online-application driven world. Is the the end to Windows & Office? Can this plan take the hat trick of Windows/Mac OS/Linux on all at once because of the beauty of the web's cross-platform compatibility? How long until Google provides everyone with free web-storage, free web-word processors, free-web spreadsheet, etc? Genius! The ability to consciously make such a paradigm shift like this is in many ways like that required in the hierarchy vs. rhizome issue (had to fit that in this post somewhere).

3. Just harvested my first figs. OK, let's be fair, I just harvested my first fig. It was amazing, a full flavored Sicilian fig from the tree in my living room...

4. Bond. Yes, he is an antiquated relic of the cold war, a story that is stretching for relevance in today's world. Well, I think that a return to the classics, something of a James Bond rennaissence is in order. You just can't deny the mastery of flims like Thunderball... but who will replace Pierce Brosnan? Names like Colin Farrell, Jude Law and Clive Owen have been bandied about. Well, I'll throw in my own unsoclicited candidate: Hugh Laurie.

Who? You may know him from his role as "House" on the aptly named "House". You may not know that he's English, Cambridge educated and has a rather distinguished career playing Bertie Wooster of P.G. Wodehouse fame. Dark Horse candidate for James Bond: Hugh Laurie. You heard it hear first. Damn...I'm like a one-man situation room! Or maybe more like Gideon Yago. Ouch either way.

2 comments:

Big Gav said...

On the Google thing, Kottke has a good post up on the subject :

http://www.kottke.org/05/08/googleos-webos

In addition to your thoughts he sees them bundling a web server into the user's desktop environment, to support both offline working and access to local resources as well as web based ones.

On the global warming expanding offshore drilling prospects, it would be interesting to look at how much Russian territory is opened up and what potential there is for drilling there too...

Jason Godesky said...

Death to Google! Long live Clusty!

OK, so I'll admit some grudging respect in that it's got the huge name and such to get some traction against MS ... but still...