I would like to write a bit about Heroes. And as much as I am a fan of the sci-fi drama series, I’d like to write a bit about my own heroes. People who inspire me, and who teach me something about myself. Since I’m easily inspired, and know very little about myself, I have many heroes. But some are extra special, and they deserve some sugar from me on this blog. Especially since they’re family.

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Quit the web 2.0/web 3.0 crap already!

Sorry for the strong title of this post, but that’s how I currently feel about the whole web 2.0/web 3.0 hype. People who are shouting about, saying that something is very ‘Web 2.0’ (or worse: web 3.0) make my skin crawl. Worse, it’s spreading like a virus, now everything needs to be ‘two point oh’. Stop it! You’re all acting silly, and you don’t know what you’re talking about!

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Watchmen movie

This looks interesting, the trailer for the upcoming movie Watchmen. I like superhero movies -although definately not all of them- but this take on superheroes looks very promising.

Watchmen is an upcoming 2009 American film that adapts Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ 1986 comic book limited series Watchmen. Directed by Zack Snyder, the film adaptation stars Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley, Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Matthew Goode, Stephen McHattie and Carla Gugino. Set in an alternate 1985, the film follows a group of former vigilantes as war begins to break out between the United States and the Soviet Union. The film began shooting in Vancouver in September 2007 for release on March 6, 2009. Like his previous film 300, Snyder closely modeled his storyboards on the comic, but unlike 300, he chose not to shoot all of Watchmen using chroma key and opted for more sets.

(source: wikipedia)

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The sense and nonsense of Twitter

You probably know about Twitter, the so-called microblogging network. If you haven’t heard about it, don’t worry, you’re not missing something vital -I think. But I’m definately not sure, and that is basically what this post is about.

I joined Twitter on july 18 2008, so at the writing of this post, I’ve tweeted for 3 months. I joined because I wanted to try out the popular Twitterific app for my iPhone 3G. I started following a few people I know of, as I had no idea which ones of my friends were a member of Twitter. I followed the tweets made by people like Molly Holtzschlag, Dan Cederholm, Jeffrey Zeldman, Jeremy Keith, Veerle Pieters, Dan Rubin, Derek Featherstone. People who I have never met, but whose work I admire.

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The Giant Global Graph

I posted this article at designed.nu, a weblog is about design. Design commentary usually focuses on the aesthetical and artistical side of what is considered design. But this particular post is about the original design of the internet, the world wide web and the giant global graph. -Huh? The what? Exactly.

Let me explain. When just about any blogger comments on the development of the internet and the world wide web, long discussions about web 2.0, web 3.0 and all kinds of concepts usually follow. And when that blogger considers to rename the world wide web into something as obscure as the Giant Global Graph, this normally is greeted with laughter at that person’s expense. Enter the latest weblog post of Sir Tim Berners-Lee. -Huh? Who? Exactly.

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Note to gov: don’t make your texts too simple

The Dutch government aims to keep their texts simple and clear. This as part of its policy to make its contents accessible without discrimination. In order to achieve this goal, a lot of texts and forms are being reviewed on their complexity and readability, guidelines are created on how to write readable simple texts and a lot of research on text readability is being conducted. Bureau Taal (The Language Agency) has written a very nice booklet on language readability and levels of understanding. Basically, there are 4 levels, with 2 sublevels. A1 being the most simple text, and D2 the most complex. European Research indicated that most government texts are written in C1 and C2 level, while only 15% of the population fully understands those texts.
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The case against organised leadership in open source communities

Everything you say tho seems to me to be a point for my personal case *against* organised leadership within the XOOPS community. Especially since creating a hierarchy and organization is it’s primary *goal* and not a tool to accomplish the actual goal: to develop a world-class product, and provide great community support, all in the spirit of open source software.

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