Wednesday, March 30, 2005


The Mother Lode

If you haven't visited the Internet Archive you have really missed something. It contains shareable data. I downloaded three great videos: The Turing Test -- a game show featuring Eliza, Deep Blue, and a new contestant; Are You Popular? -- a 1950's social engineering video; and Pipe Dream -- a very cool video from Animusic.

Not only that, the archive has recordings from nearly every Grateful Dead concert from 1969 through 1995. Remember, Deadheads were/are allowed to record concerts. I downloaded about 20 songs from about 13 different concerts. My favorite recording is Sugaree from the 27 Feb 1977 concert at the Swing Auditorium in San Bernadino. Many Deadheads believe the Spring of '77 was the high point for the Dead.

Oh, and anyone can upload stuff as well.


Adam Smith meets Karl Marx

Doc has an interesting insight (from 1995):

The World Wide Web's strange new economy is where Adam Smith and Karl Marx finally meet. For Smith the Internet provides a "simple system of natural liberty [that] establishes itself of its own accord," and for Marx it finally puts the means of production in the hands of the workers. In other words, it achieves the irony of capital-free capitalism: enterprise so free that it requires almost zero capital to start and run a new business.


Net Disaster

Here is a clever site that allows you to nuke a site you don't like. It does no harm, but makes you feel a lot better.

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