W3C has just released EmotionML – a markup language expressing emotions. From their recommendation: Human emotions are increasingly understood to be a crucial aspect in human-machine interactive systems. Especially for non-expert end users, reactions to complex intelligent systems resemble social interactions, involving feelings such as frustration, impatience, or helplessness if things go wrong. Furthermore, technology… Continue reading Marking Up Emotions
In a conversation with Porter Anderson over the weekend, Porter asked me about one of the risks of digitization – loss. And I responded that, as with any disruption, there will be loss. Some work does not meet the migration test – for one reason or another, it never gets brought along in the cultural evolution.… Continue reading The Things We Lose
I was in Frankfurt when the settlement between AAP and Google occurred. It seemed there was, essentially, a massive shrug. “They had this lawsuit hanging around for years, and basically the publishers have all moved on,” said James Grimmelmann, a professor at New York Law School who has closely followed the case. “They are selling… Continue reading At Last, A Settlement That Understands Search
Brian O’Leary, Peter Turner and I had a great talk on Brian’s blog post here.
Ever accidentally order something from China? Ebay has had East Asian merchants offering free shipping for quite some time, and if you’re not careful, you can wind up buying something from one of them – and then realizing you’re not going to see your merchandise for several weeks. Free shipping from China is amazing, and… Continue reading Shipping
EDI is an acronym for “electronic data interchange”. The book industry has been steadily going digital since the 1960s, when WH Smith computerized its warehouses and needed identifiers and metadata about books in order to do this. The ISBN grew out of that effort, becoming an international standard in 1970. As publishers, booksellers, and distributors… Continue reading Some History: EDI and the Book Industry
It has been a week. A week since I was bowled over by the thought of ebooks embedded in DNA. I meant to blog more about that, but life got in the way immediately after I’d posted that little bit. I had put my head down on my desk, kind of overwhelmed with trying to… Continue reading Cars, Threads, and Deleuze