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July 19, 2005

Creativity while being overwhelmed by wolves

On gapingvoid:how to be creative:
People walking past the bar on the way to the bathroom would see this jittery, unkempt guy in a tweed jacket on a barstool, doodling furiously and wonder what was up. Sometimes they’d look at my work. Sometimes it would be met with entusiasm, sometimes not. Often I was asked if I publish. I’d say no, I don’t.
Saying no would invariably get me a funny look. Why was I bothering doing something this involved if I wasn’t planning on publishing it? This is New York, dammit; you’re supposed to have a master plan for world domination etc.

Cool entry, but it seems to me that Google is a counter example of some ideas found inside this story: the author says “Don't try to stand out from the crowd; avoid crowds altogether.”, however we all know that everybody thought that the search market was overwhelmed by competitors when Google started to serve its first search requests. My conclusion is: forget the crowd if you think that you can do better, goal whose accomplishment needs you to be creative (more than the others).

And the conclusion of the author: “meaning scales”.

Posted by Jean-Philippe on July 19, 2005 1 Comments, 821 TrackBacks

March 22, 2005

Easy Gmail account

For those who do not already own a Gmail account:

For those of you who still don't have Gmail accounts, now that Gmail has given many people over 50 invitations, the gmail invite spooler has over 1.5 million invitations to distribute. So everyone should be able to get one.

(On Google Weblog: Gmail Invites)

Posted by Jean-Philippe on March 22, 2005 1 Comments, 150 TrackBacks

December 30, 2004

Completion on the Web

After all the buzz around Google Suggest, and its use of the XMLHttpRequest Object, it is welcome to see other applications of this technology.

ObjectGraph developped the ObjectGraph Dictionary. “The data comes from a freely available online dictionary (a public domain English word list dictionary, based on the public domain portion of "The Project Gutenberg Etext of Webster's Unabridged Dictionary" which is in turn based on the 1913 US Webster's Unabridged Dictionary. You could download it from here).” They use this technology in order to auto-complete typed words and propose potential definitions in advance. More in the article How does it work?.

Interesting: Webster's Online Dictionary – The Rosetta Edition.

Posted by Jean-Philippe on December 30, 2004 1 Comments, 767 TrackBacks

May 30, 2003

A new popularity indicator from Google

Doc Searls discovered after a typo mistakes that for Google “O” stands for “O'Reilly”. Because each discover leads to a development in the blog world: in a special section of ChangeMedia you can find what is called now “the Google alphabet” (developed with the Google Web APIs).

Today, according to this alphabet, “L” stands for “Europa” ("Europa - The European Union On-Line"). But if you use Google carefully, you will find that in french, «L» stands for ""... it would be really cool if this script could take into account the language of the alphabet...

(Via "The Doc Searls Weblog" - “Lucky” and "raelity bytes" - “Luck O' the Reilly”)

Posted by Jean-Philippe on May 30, 2003 13 Comments, 295 TrackBacks

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