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Missing the bullseye with the RSS Newsreader clients?


Wow, though reading comments and viewing images from inside a RSS newsreader seems pretty sleek, I'm not really sure if I'm all for that.
I still think the killer functionality will be a properlly done post and news source rating system. Comeon, I want to trim down the ammount of information that I have to digest to get a picture of what everyone is talking about.
How long till we learn from slashdot's threshold system?

What I'm really looking forward for is a reader that will allow the community to collaborativelly rate each post. That way you'll be able to filter noise in the aggregators based on both general consensus (or dominant ideology) your trusted consensus (the people you choose to trust and allow to influence the filtering in your own feed) and personal preferences, creating your own, unique but communally balanced blend of news. mxna rates posts based on click-thourghs, but with this system a popular post doesn't mean it was a usefull one, most time popular posts are the ones with sensasionalist titles which end up having zero content.
The ammount of raw information being bombarded at us on any channel keeps on growing exponentialy, but still, there's nothing wrong about that. Have you ever tryed watching 180 tv channels at the same time on a video wall? no, you always tune into one and if you think about it it's always the tv show that everyone is talking about, and the one that you personally have interest in.

Current RSS Newsreaders are excellent for that, but they only allow you to tune in into channels (each blog) but still don't really help much in trimming the ammount of information a step further.
All that said unless I missed the point and involuntarilly went over the information telling me that something like this actually exists today:P

Space and Place, The perspective of experience

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This book seems to have been around for 25 years already. I was in the midst of an internal brainstorming ecstasy about the reasons why we become so emotionally attached to places (either geographical or virtual), when I suddenly run into this book in a bookstore in San Francisco.

The author, Yi-Fu Tuan, in the first chapters covers a whole spectrum of different interpretations of "space" and "place", how different cultures view, experience and understand them. Later on he adds the concept of time and how the three of them interact with each other. It talks very cleverly about how we are oriented in space, place and time, how is it that culture influence our conception of that.

Tuan suggests that "space" is freedom and "place" safety. Although space will be eventually transformed into a concrete place as it acquires definition and meaning. A big factor he points out that will contribute in that transformation is how intensive, sometimes intimate and valuable are the experiences we live in those spaces - not how long we stay in them.

It is definitively a very inspiring piece and although it wasn't written contemplating virtual spaces, you can clearly see the big connection throughout every chapter.

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As soon as I finished this book, it flew out of my hands. I was already really inspired by it as soon as I got to the second page, and the time I finished it, I had talked so much about it that Matty immediately took it away from me. Although pretty intense in names and dates - if you take a peek at the index, you'll realize that it's not only Lick's story the one that the book focuses on, but mostly everyone who influenced in the history and development of the personal computer and the web as we know it today.
The book will take you to the origins of computer science, interactive computing and networking, and dramatically narrate all the huge efforts, dreams and ideas of all the people that helped make - and are still making today - in the creation of "The Dream Machine".

A beautifully told history lesson.

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