Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Playing with "lifestreaming"

After reading this article about "lifestreaming", I got a little curious.

Lifestreaming is apparently a name for software that aggregates all the feeds that you create on the web. For example, your del.icio.us posts, your blog posts, your Flickr posts, your Facebook status posts, etc. all have RSS feeds, and you can tell your lifestreaming service to automatically aggregate all those feeds to create a kind of uber blog.

To show that its different from a blog, some are experimenting with different layouts, such as posts that scroll horizontally like a timeline rather than vertically like a traditional blog.

I'm not really sure what use they are. I could see how it could be usefull for me to look at my own "lifestream" to remember something important I tagged or something on the Internets. But I'm not sure how other people would use a person's lifestream. Or why they would bother.

But in the interests of finding out, I made one, here. So far I'm still not sure why someone else might want to read it, but it is kind of fun seeing all the stuff I've been posting. Heck, its got me posting two blog posts in a row!

Perhaps, though, that's only productivity borne of novelty. We'll see!

GAL Justice

I've been learning about discussions of Global Administrative Law, which is a legal framework for understanding all the various global bodies that now create so many regulations and standards that are important for how our global society works.

I ran across this article on CNN today about a Justice Department prosecution of individuals who had stolen 40 million credit card numbers.

The article points out that the crime is a global one. "Three of the defendants are from the United States; three are from Estonia; three are from Ukraine, two are from China and one is from Belarus."

The individuals were apparently prosecuted under American law. I'd be curious to know how effective American law is at prosecuting people outside of America who commit crimes like this. Are other countries bound to extradite the perps? Is there an automatic procedure, or does every extradition have to be negotiated individually?

When more crimes can be global like this, what structures of justice are most effective for protecting the rights of the accused, punishing guilty people, and even deciding what the rules for a global justice system should be? Who has the power?

Monday, August 4, 2008

Offshore drilling is useless.

From TIME magazine:

The Bush Administration estimates that expanded offshore drilling could increase oil production by 200,000 bbl. per day by 2030. We use about 20 million bbl. per day, so that would meet about 1% of our demand two decades from now.