January 2, 2008
Here Comes the Stuff
- I got a Chumby. I was vaguely embarrassed about this for a while, but wow, my family and I had a lot of fun with it over the holidays. Well, to be specific: We didn’t actually do anything with it. The Chumby kinda just sat around. But it kept cycling through Flickr photos, through weather reports from San Francisco (a riot in Michigan, let me tell you) — just this little pulsing presence in the bookcase.
- I read a Neil Gaiman short story on the plane home about a gargoyle. I love the idea of the gargoyle: small, ugly, but a potent protector.
- I know this is old news, but how great is it that long-lived background processes on UNIX servers are called daemons?
- There was a lot of whimsy and wizardry floating around in the early days of computing.
- Which brings us to this: Mike Kuniavsky’s speech about ubiquitous, embedded computing, and the notion that maybe a good metaphor for our interactions with this stuff will be… magic. (You can get the gist just by flipping through the PDF if you don’t have time for the MP3.) I like it.