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scriptingNews outline for 12/6/2000

Author:Dave Winer
Posted:12/6/2000; 5:43:21 AM
Topic:scriptingNews outline for 12/6/2000
Msg #:22011
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Safe arrival 

I'm wiped out, sat in coach cramped in one position for four hours. I was not happy. The schmoozing has already begun. Shared a cab with Alan and Sue Cooper. Brent has arrived too. Next we're going to dinner. I have a fast net connection in my room, only $10 per day. Worth it. I love you all, take care, see you tomorrow.


Strange dream last night. Walking at night on the streets in NYC, end up somehow in a dark empty poor neighborhood with a fat wallet. A young child is with me, not an innocent child, a hardened city-wise kid, who knows it isn't good. I know it too. Walk down a street, hit a fence. Can't get through. Go another way, can't get through. "We're going to get killed," I think. I hear voices. The kid and I crouch behind a car. Men dressed as gang members, talking loudly arrive, standing just on the other side of the car. They discover us. I stand up. Now what? I think (as I imagine the horrors that are about to happen to me and the kid). I offer the leader a cigarette. He takes it, empties the tobacco into a rolling paper, mixes in some hash, and passes it around. We laugh. They explain that they set their neighborhood up this way so the bad guys would stay out. What a relief. Did my mind prepare the whole story for me this way? How many levels of dreaming was I doing?

Maureen Dowd: "It's sad to picture Al Gore, his brain all caked, locked up in his spooky vice-presidential mansion frantically crunching the numbers and e-mailing on his Blackberry and laptops and speed-dialing Tallahassee."

Maybe Gore should run a weblog?

Yes they're hot 

I've become friends with James Hong, the brilliant young founder of AmIHotOrNot. They're running at 10 million hits per day now. It's a unique Web community because it's gender balanced, equal numbers of men and women. A SOAP app lurking behind a browser interface. James conceived it that way. "What would make the most compelling SOAP app?" That's the derivation of AmIHotOrNot. It's no accident James and his brother started XMethods.Com, a registration point for SOAP services. Reminder to ask James to include the ManilaRPC interface in his database.


Finally for today, let me be the first to wish you a happy 2001 Space Odyssey New Year. As Jerry sang, what a long strange trip it's been! Off to New Orleans..


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