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Banish Farmville

I must say a big thank-you to Facebook. Apparently they have been trying to ban [^] the Fluff Busting Purity [^] Greasemonkey script for browsers other than Internet Explorer.

Purity cleans-up all of those Farmville and Mafia Wars updates that clog your live view, getting in the way of status updates. Facebook are trying to ban the script even though Greasemonkey [^] running in my browser, not on their servers.

Facebook, without your bullying crackdown I would not have found out about this wonderful tool. Purity even lets you choose what to ban and what to let through, come on Facebook isn’t this something that you could give everyone? But I guess that would get in the way of your advertising revenue.

Internet: Giant Copy Machine

I have just found an interesting post by Kevin Kelly about the nature of the internet [^] – Better Than Free.

“Our digital communication network has been engineered so that copies flow with as little friction as possible. Indeed, copies flow so freely we could think of the internet as a super-distribution system, where once a copy is introduced it will continue to flow through the network forever, much like electricity in a superconductive wire…When copies are super abundant, they become worthless. When copies are super abundant, stuff which can’t be copied becomes scarce and valuable.”

The internet is designed for information flows. One of it’s key characteristics is that the flow will route around any blockages or rough spots.

Escher "Drawing Hands" 1948

Escher "Drawing Hands" 1948

It’s interesting having the internet spelled out as being a “giant copy machine”; but that has been done before. What makes this post interesting is the “Better Than Free” aspect.

To be better than free something needs to be unable to be easily copied, replicated or forged. Kevin Kelly identifies 8 qualities, “generatives”, that make a thing unique; among them are Immediacy, Accessibility and Authenticity.

If a supplier has a product that has one, or more, of these attributes then it maybe something that people will be willing to pay for rather than taking a free altenative. It will be by embracing these characteristics that businesses will be able to compete against free, and maybe even thrive in the future.

Guerrilla Gardening

Guerrilla Gardening websiteGuerrilla Gardening [^] is all about the “… long-term cultivation and care for some otherwise miserable and neglected land.”  In simple terms it means bringing barren patches of earth, like traffic islands and median strips back to colourful and productive life.

The Guerrilla Gardening Blog [^] is all about the goings-on in central London, but the movement is world-wide. I stumbled into this from an article in the LA Times [^]!

Martin Luther King Day

Monday was  Martin Luther King, Jr Day in the USA.

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love
will have the final word.
Martin Luther King, Jr. via ( [^])

Let’s hope that this dream can become a reality.

Global Warming Greed

 What can I possibly say – you know that I really want to say “only in America!”  But sadly this litigation rash seems to be spreading. 

Among the nightmare scenarios of global warming, there’s one only now coming into view – and it’s definitely manmade: As predictable as the rising seas, we can expect a flood of class-action lawsuits trying to cash in on the issue.  Overlawyered: A Climate of Greed Never Changes [^]

So it seems that some “clever” lawyers have worked out that there is a big pot of gold out there.  The one thing that we can be certain of is that they are looking to get their hands on it – they just haven’t worked out how yet!  I doubt that we will be seeing them putting their hands in their pockets and helping the genuine victims.

Thanks to Overlawyered[^] for pointing out some of the absurd happenings in the legal world.