There’s something about having a deadline that makes a girl want to procrastinate.
Some of the things that have taken my eye during recent wanderings.
This CO2 statistics calculator says that it is able to calculate the carbon footprint of your website. So the more users = the higher the carbon footprint. One example of where being an unpopular website makes you a winner. I think.
A couple of weeks ago Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand celebrated the ‘porting’ of Creative Commons licences. This means that we New Zealanders can apply Creative Commons licences to our work and know the licences have been adapted to the peculiarities of our law. Although the ported licences are not yet showing up on the CreativeCommons.Org site they can’t be too far away. (Unported licencing here)
TED videos are all the rage at the moment. What about the TED blog? It’s a great way to keep up with new videos as they are released. This blog post from August has a list of a 100 websites that you should know and use.
Speaking of TED videos, I’ve been following the development of an amazing internet tv and video player. Miro is free, opensource and under constant development. Currently it’s at revision 0.9.9.9.1 (it’s definitely ready for general consumption!) and as solid as a rock on both XP and Vista. I haven’t tried it on the Mac but apparently it works equally as well on both the Mac and on Linux machines.
So why Miro? Because its good looking (and that matters!) but also because it allows you to subscribe to video ‘channels’ and then to download from those channels. You can use Miro to download YouTube, Google and other videos The programme makes it really easy to find and download a host of really interesting video content. But that’s only half of it. Miro is designed to encourage people to share their own work.
There’s an opportunity to build a new, open mass medium of online television. We’re developing the Miro internet TV platform so that watching internet video channels will be as easy as watching TV and broadcasting a channel will be open to everyone. Unlike traditional TV, everyone will have a voice. (from the Miro blog)
The developers believe that Video RSS is central to the future of open publishing on the internet. They are pushing the ideas of open access, open standards and open source.
And finally, seeing as we’re talking open standards … my current favourite gapingvoid cartoon.