aspose file tools*
The moose likes Meaningless Drivel and the fly likes The world as Blog Big Moose Saloon
  Search | Java FAQ | Recent Topics | Flagged Topics | Hot Topics | Zero Replies
Register / Login


Win a copy of Spring in Action this week in the Spring forum!
JavaRanch » Java Forums » Other » Meaningless Drivel
Bookmark "The world as Blog" Watch "The world as Blog" New topic
Author

The world as Blog

Mapraputa Is
Leverager of our synergies
Sheriff

Joined: Aug 26, 2000
Posts: 10065
"Real time & updating display of weblog postings, around the world"

And you can even see what people are posting! And
when you click on it, it gets you right to the blog!
http://www.brainoff.com/geoblog/
I looked at it last night when the USA were sleeping and most of conversation was in Europe/Asia.
I only do not undestand why they show places where it is daytime in dark, and places where it's night in light!


Uncontrolled vocabularies
"I try my best to make *all* my posts nice, even when I feel upset" -- Philippe Maquet
Jim Yingst
Wanderer
Sheriff

Joined: Jan 30, 2000
Posts: 18671
I only do not undestand why they show places where it is daytime in dark, and places where it's night in light!
Does it look the same now? My guess is that while the blog postings are being updated in near-realtime, the image is not. Maybe the site owner plans to get that part working too, but for now it's just a static image?


"I'm not back." - Bill Harding, Twister
Mapraputa Is
Leverager of our synergies
Sheriff

Joined: Aug 26, 2000
Posts: 10065
It looks right the opposite to what I saw yesterday, and both images were wrong. :roll:
Will check this night again.
Ram
Ranch Hand

Joined: Apr 07, 2003
Posts: 43
Originally posted by Mapraputa Is:
It looks right the opposite to what I saw yesterday, and both images were wrong. :roll:
Will check this night again.

Are you living in USA with your watch set to middle-east time or vice versa
Jim Yingst
Wanderer
Sheriff

Joined: Jan 30, 2000
Posts: 18671
I'm wondering the same thing, Ram.
Seriously - I also see now that the image does change over time. As I look right now, it's 4:15 MST, and the image seems to show it's around noon in the Aleutians (SW of Alaska), and midnight in, oh, Greece for example. Doesn't seem too far off to me. Check the map here for comparison. This morning, I didn't look as closely, but I remember the blog map showed the Americas in day, and Europe/Asia/Africa in night. Again, seemed reasonable at the time. What do you see now, Map?
Mapraputa Is
Leverager of our synergies
Sheriff

Joined: Aug 26, 2000
Posts: 10065
I am living in USA with my watch set to both USA and Moscow time -- it has a double clock-set.
[this was written before Jim's post]
LOL
You mean computer's clock? Yes, it's 3.30 am, dunno why. I guess, I did not bother to change am to pm, as I do not pay attention to it anyway.
So you are saying that the image shows light and dark parts of the globe according to what my computer imagines? :roll: What a subjectivism. I wonder what Ayn Rand would have to say about it!
[ April 24, 2003: Message edited by: Mapraputa Is ]
Jim Yingst
Wanderer
Sheriff

Joined: Jan 30, 2000
Posts: 18671
We're not talking about your computer's clock. We just think that maybe you, personally, might be confused about what time it is, where you are, or whether it's light or dark outside.
Mapraputa Is
Leverager of our synergies
Sheriff

Joined: Aug 26, 2000
Posts: 10065
Ha! This night I thought this application is interesting because you can click on a random link you would never find otherwise. I just clicked on "Portland Communique" and learnt that there *was* small earthquake today in Portland around 12.30! I already forgot about it.
I thought that such random links are a good way to get you out of your narrow list of interests. Yahoo had a similar service, if I am not mistaken.
Mapraputa Is
Leverager of our synergies
Sheriff

Joined: Aug 26, 2000
Posts: 10065
JY: We're not talking about your computer's clock. We just think that maybe you, personally, might be confused about what time it is, where you are, or whether it's light or dark outside.
You are just trying to drive me crazy!
I changed time on my computer and now the picture is correct. I must report, I feel pretty much omnipotent. A couple of clicks, and South America, Africa and Europe are all in darkness...
[ April 24, 2003: Message edited by: Mapraputa Is ]
Jim Yingst
Wanderer
Sheriff

Joined: Jan 30, 2000
Posts: 18671
You are just trying to drive me crazy!
But that seems so unnecessary...
Richard Hawkes
Ranch Hand

Joined: Jan 28, 2003
Posts: 1340
Originally posted by Mapraputa Is:
http://www.brainoff.com/geoblog/

Cool link
Mapraputa Is
Leverager of our synergies
Sheriff

Joined: Aug 26, 2000
Posts: 10065
Blogs are cool!
I thought "blog" is just a fancy name for "home page", but I was Wrong. It is possible to use blog as a home page, but this misses the point. The point is that bloggers form communities, they link to each other, quote each other and in general think together.

There is a certain sameness to a lot of the blogrolls I see. Many of those first attracted to blogging share interests in software and networking. To a first approximation, blogspace today is a community of like-minded people. But we're starting to see hives emerge. Among Radio bloggers, for example, clusters of lawyers and academics have appeared. (Link)

It's like discussion board, but accent is on participants. Here, on this board our posts are scattered all around the forums, this media is "topic-oriented". You can use "recent post" link or something, yet it's very difficult to get a context of somebody's thinking. I often know what I want to say, and I can choose between 2-3 threads or even forums. Conversely,

"Blogs are our Avatars. I was mulling over the difference between posting in mailing lists and posting to your own blog. We can communicate equally well in both media; and both media provide for a public record. So what accounts for the growing preference of people to have their own blog? It's simple, the presentation of a person in a mailing list is fragmented, there is no coherance ... their personality is scatterd amoung their different posts. Not so with a blog, one's personality comes through loud and clear." (Link)

Is this true that personality means more for deep thinkers, and that they will finally do their thinking together in blogs, not on discussion boards?
Another aspect, lots of interesting applications can be built by analizing raw data. Here is one:

This page is the result of several different processes. Inspired by Book Watch, I created a script that visits newly updated weblogs hourly via Weblogs.com (if you'd like to let me know that there are books on your page, use weblogs.com's ping form). The script then looks for links to Amazon.com items and saves them. I then aggregate all that information together to find the most frequently mentioned books. My scoring mechanism is weighted to favor recently mentioned books, so that the list remains fresh, and offers new insight into what the weblog community is reading at the moment.
This is just the beginning. As data accumulates, I'll be increasing the feature set so that people will eventually be able to receive personalized lists of books that are being read by your friends... and your friends' friends, and your friends' friends' friends, etc. (Link)

[ April 24, 2003: Message edited by: Mapraputa Is ]
Thomas Paul
mister krabs
Ranch Hand

Joined: May 05, 2000
Posts: 13974
This is a cool site to show the dark and light parts of Earth at this moment.
http://www.fourmilab.ch/cgi-bin/uncgi/Earth/action?opt=-p


Associate Instructor - Hofstra University
Amazon Top 750 reviewer - Blog - Unresolved References - Book Review Blog
SJ Adnams
Ranch Hand

Joined: Sep 28, 2001
Posts: 925
that is cool
i can see the darkness coming to envelop me
 
wood burning stoves
 
subject: The world as Blog