A good example application might be in the realm of personal health care. With a "nutrition" plug-in, a 'blogger could record and track what they ate and could generate a report they could use with their healthcare professionals to improve their diet.
Another example might be a "bird sighting" plug-in that would help a bird watching blogger track their life-time species list and allow scientific analysis of sighting patterns using web spiders.
This requires a couple of things. First it needs a schema / API that defines how 'blogging tools should capture arbitrary data and/or render some kind of applet that captures the data. Next it requires a systematic way for plug-ins to include tagged data in or with a post. Third it needs tools to crawl through a blog, extract the data posted with a plug-in, aggregate that data and generate some kind of meaningful display of that data.
If you're interested in working on something like this drop me an e-mail.
Family Tech Support Continued...
I could go into a long rant about what went wrong, but let's just leave it that incomplete information sure doesn't help.
We talked about the immediate need for an educational DVD with commentary by various judges for coaches and vaulters. We also talked about the need to develop some "B Roll" footage to get more / better TV coverage of Vaulting, and the long term prospects of getting vaulting produced for TV like gymnastics, figure skating and other equestrian sports.
These ideas are some that I've been thinking about for the past few years as an extension of the video taping and digital music stuff I've done.
Family Tech Support
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Fun with Vectors
Consider a database that recommends movies. First users enter ratings, 1 to 5 stars, for movies they have seen. The database represents each rating as the component in dimension of a particular movie of the user's preference vector. Then when a user wants a recommendation, it searches for other user's preference vectors that point in similar directions and include movies that the user hasn't seen.
Given the ratings above, the database would expect Bill to give the new Keanu Reeves movie, "Constantine", a rating of just over 4 because Bill's preference vector most closely matches Bob's but tends to be a little higher on average. The example above uses 8 & 9 dimensional vectors, but a web site like NetFlix probably uses vectors with hundreds and hundreds of dimensions.
Cubby Prototype Built
Sleep is a good thing! We should do it more.
Thus my brain wasn't in much of a mood to sleep anyway, when the local cops must have chased someone down the alley behind our house. Think guys with flashlights, police helicopter over head, barking dogs, etc. It was all over in about 10 minutes, but I was wide awake.
It was almost three by the time I finally fell asleep. My alarm on work days goes off at 3:45 AM.
Found this while digging around my computer and just had to add it to my blog.
Dad Needs a 'Blog
I think I'm going to set up a blog for my Dad. He's running marathons for his retirement and likes to publish photos and race reports. His current web site, is hard to navigate and has an utter lack of color and/or graphic design.
I ought to be able to find a running template that I can tweak to fit my Dad.
Dad also probably needs a good photo gallery / album scripts for his web site. But I haven't found one I like yet.
Words of Wisdom?
I think that G.Tom (my grandfather / my mom's dad) would have liked the idea of a blog.
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