Re: Information - what is it?Robert Foster <Robert.Foster@radiology.msu.edu>
Date: Wed, 8 Jun 1994 18:21:31 +0200
From: Robert Foster <Robert.Foster@radiology.msu.edu>
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Subject: Re: Information - what is it?
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:: From: Alastair Aitken CLMS <ZPALASTAIR@cluster.north-london.ac.uk>
:: Date: Wed, 8 Jun 1994 12:58:36 +0200
:: Lying in bed last night I thought of information on the web in terms of
:: candy floss. I probably spend too much time on usenet (sorry) but the
:: image is not bad. A needle in a haystack also springs to mind.
On the other side of the pond, in the US, we have something called
cotton candy. A mess of thin cottony-like sugar and flavor on a paper
cone. Is candy floss the same thing? :) I see you write from the UK.
:: Information is all things to all men, all women. Our own particular needle,
:: vector(?), is what we want and our problem is how to find it. E=mc2 (can't
:: quite format that one) is information about the world which is completely
:: packageable - it matters and it means something. It is also a starting
:: point for Manhattan to North Korea.
:: This is my favourite list.
:: Tell me to shut up.
Don't shut up, just talk to yourself a little more often. :)
:: Al. <-:< (email@example.com)
But seriously, I notice that mosaic implements a .mosaic-global-history
file that contains entries stored from a user's selections in the form:
followed by a date.
This is stored in the user's home directory and would best be kept as
a private access file. It seems to me that this would be a good place to
start with a user defined *thread*. Allowing a user to log, format the
sequence, edit these entries in to a customized home page, format them
in a visual way, group them semantically, etc. is something that I have
already wished for already. Perhaps some browsers implement this
Robert K. Foster
Analyst / Designer / Programmer
Mid-Michigan MRI, Inc., Lansing, MI, USA