Tao and words
The purpose of words is to convey ideas. When the ideas are grasped, the words are forgotten.
Where can I find a man who has forgotten words? He is the one I would like to talk to.
The Way of Chuang Tzu
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- fountain pens
- Griffin & Sabine
- Japanese garden
- URL shortener
Travel and wisdom
It is experience that is the ultimate teacher. That is why wise people travel constantly and test themselves against the flux of circumstance.
A Random Quote/Thought
"Anybody want a sandwich?"
"Green and brown."
"What's the green?"
"Either very young cheese or very old meat."
"I'll have the brown."
Tag Archives: web
…with apologies to Robert Pirsig.
When I coined the phrase that is the title of this blog post in a 1995 essay, it was unique on the Web, at least to the extent one could judge back then from AltaVista. Even today, a Google search on the exact phrase is likely to show only this post plus one other hit (at sherryart.com) where the essay was mirrored.
In the two previous posts on this topic, I calculated that, all other things being equal, the pool of 62^6 = 56,800,235,584 six-character strings from which bit.ly is currently assigning shortened URLs has a projected “exhaustion date” somewhere around the year 2030.
This inexact prediction is more than an idle curiosity because of the nascent effort of 301Works, under the aegis of the Internet Archive, to preserve re-directs even if, especially if, a URL-shortener goes belly-up or merely stops supporting already-issued links. More than 20 companies have joined 301Works, and bit.ly made this commitment on its corporate blog last November:
In Part I, I calculated that bit.ly is currently using a pool of 62^6 = 56,800,235,584 six-character strings that it can assign as re-directs, for example, to provide URL-shortening for tweets that are up against Twitter’s 140-character limit.
The URL-shortening service, bit.ly, is heavily used on Twitter to help members stay within the 140-character limit for each tweet (post). According to a brief story by Ben Parr in Mashable, bit.ly took over first place in this market from TinyURL last August. If you are wondering how this could possibly be a “market” or why anyone would care, see the longer piece by Michael Arrington in TechCrunch from almost exactly a year ago.