Archive | March, 2014

The Web is like Beer

25 Mar

I used to describe the Web as clothes hanging from the clothes line that was the Internet, or the Web as an appliance using the electricity that was powered it. But that was before I read that the Web is to the Internet as Beer is to Alcohol. Enjoy this piece from Sandro!

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Lots of people can’t seem to understand the relationship of the Web to the Internet. So I’ve come up with a simple analogy:

The Web is to the Internet as Beer is to Alcohol.

For some people, sometimes, they are essentially synonymous, because they are often encountered together. But of course they are fundamentally different things

In this analogy, Email is like Wine: it’s the other universally popular use of the Internet/Alcohol.

But there are lots of other uses, too, somewhat more obscure. We could say the various chat protocols are the various Whiskeys. IRC is Scotch; XMPP is Bourbon.

gopher is obscure and obsolete, …. maybe melomel.

ssh is potato vodka.

I leave the rest to your imagination.

Note that the non-technician never encounters raw Internet, just like they never encounter pure alcohol. They wouldn’t know what it was if it stepped on their foot. Of course, chemists are…

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#sketches: Hiroshige’s “The Grove at the Suijin Shrine, 8-1856”

17 Mar

I drew Hiroshige’s “The Grove at the Suijin Shrine, 8-1856”, another lovely illustration of (the surroundings of) Edo.

I made it on iPad mini, using Artrage. Made with layers, pencil, watercolour, rubber and patience.

I spent 3 to 5 hours every day, and it took me four days. I underestimated both its complexity and the amount of time it would require to reproduce it. But I love drawing and can spend hours on it; my iPad battery gives up way earlier than I.

Hiroshige's The Grove at the Suijin Shrine, 8-1856

#sketches: Hiroshige’s “Bikuni Bridge in snow”

13 Mar

I drew Hiroshige’s “Bikuni Bridge in snow 10-1858”, another lovely winter illustration of Edo.

I made this one too on iPad mini, using A new app: Artrage. Made with layers, pencil, crayon, air brush, felt-tip marker watercolour, rubber and patience. I love Artrage (< €5) as it's complex but with a gentle learning curve. It has unlimited layers, drawing is intuitive and beautifully rendered. I had the impression my stylus was guided! The drawback is it's heavy on memory (and battery) usage.

The drawing below should be of the iPad mini resolution.

Hiroshige's Bikuni Bridge in snow 10-1858

#web25: Impressions of Twitter users sharing early memories of the Web

11 Mar

I do all sorts of social media tracking at work. And we’re ramping up to launch a celebration that will last through the end of 2014: The 25th anniversary of the Web, and to a lesser extent the 20th anniversary of the W3C.

There was a flurry of replies (including from many peeps I know) to the @w3c tweet:

Having spent 6 hours reading them and sharing them with the @web25 handle, I compiled a list of keywords (some more predictable than others –hamster dance!?11!) included in the messages Twitter users shared thus far with hashtag #web25:

  • universities,
  • evenings,
  • text-only,
  • inspiration,
  • lynx,
  • floppy (yes, yes),
  • usenet,
  • dial-up,
  • modem,
  • new world
  • AOL,
  • Geocities,
  • Internet cafe,
  • Mosaic,
  • table layout,
  • Alta Vista,
  • view source,
  • 56k,
  • gopher,
  • ViolaWWW,
  • hamster dance,
  • Myspace,
  • Netscape Composer,
  • Flash,
  • chat all over the world,
  • PHP3,
  • 33.6k modem.
  • Super Mario cheats,
  • Yahoo! homepage,
  • Marquee,
  • blink (a tag back then, not a fork),
  • Commodore 64
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