Happy New Year!

2007 has ended, and we’re off to a start in Two Oh Oh Eight. To welcome the new year this post will be full of nonsensical fun, as an aside, perhaps, to all the serious thought that goes on around Novelr every other day of the year.

The Kindle

When the Kindle first came out the entire blogosphere dedicated huge chunks of their time to talk about Amazon’s brave move into the ebook market. I admit they’ve got a lot going for them, but I was also wary of talking about it – wasn’t everyone else already doing so? Now that the hype has died down somewhat I can wade through the aftermath and find the good stuff. Here’s Phillipe Stark saying some honest-to-goodness things about the Kindle.

The lolcat Bible

‘Oh hai. In teh beginnin Ceiling Cat maded teh skiez An da Urfs, but he did not eated dem.’ Need I say more? Priceless.

Up Yours, Keen

We’ve seen Keen angering just about everyone with his Web 2.0 polemic The Cult Of The Amateur. Bill Hilton’s written a great piece about ‘Amateur vs Amateurish‘, Tinstaafl pointed us to another great response to Keen’s book, and now I’ll help out with this Youtube vid of extravagant predictions. Not really sure why – it might be the accent, it might be the cool animation, but I’d like to think it’s the unrestrained gleefulness in the narrator’s voice that gets me going. Watch it. Vairy funny.

Hangovers notwithstanding, Novelr wishes everyone a very happy new year.

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  • http://wincingatlight.com wincing.at.light

    That LOLCAT Bible link may be the funniest thing in the history of the world.

  • http://www.novelr.com Eli James

    Ceiling Cat bless you!

  • http://55aday.blogspot.com Carl Jeffries

    The LOLcat Bible reminds me of the old SPAM bible. Oh, the memories.

    I was digging the outlandish video predictions until companies start conglomerating and eventually one company seems to practically own the internet. He doesn’t see this is a problem? Really?

  • http://darkmatterswebnovel.com Theron Gibbons

    The video seems to fail to consider that the current media is not stable, and probably never will be. With so many musicians, writers, artists, creators, stepping outside of the traditional third party operation, it wouldn’t surprise me that the big media are getting nervous. But I don’t see their attempts at modeocreation as being so flawlessly enacted toward an end goal of intellectual subjugation.

    Knowledge integration and application, however, is exponential. Currently, chips are being designed that consider the use of light to transmit data at blazing speeds, and electron spin to help determine logical process outcomes. Once the light transimission of data exchange becomes multifrequencial, and the outsourcing of electron spin is combined with binary processes, the medium will again undergo a considerable shift, not only in expression, but in method of integration, collation, and calculation. (As published in Scientific American)

    With the shift in knowledge application and understanding, one has to wonder, more significantly, when the machines will stop thinking for us, and start thinking for themselves.

  • http://www.novelr.com Eli James

    @Carl: I think he just wanted to have some fun. I stopped believing anything he said after ‘Google merges with Microsoft’. God.

    @Theron: Yeah. There’s no use denying rapid changes are going to shift our perception of media and news dissemination. If the technology defines the means, then there’s no seeing the end in all of this, since change in technology isn’t going to be slowing down anytime soon.