Frans Lanting on Life

I just heard Frans Lanting speak at National Geographic. He gave a quick tour of his recent project – Life: A Journey Through Time. The goal of the project was to take pictures of the past that can be found in today’s world. It was an ambitious project that took Frans seven years to complete. The photos are simply staggering.

One of the Life project’s branches is Life Music. Philip Glass wrote a score of a multimedia production of the project. Watching a bit of it made me think of Koyaanisqatsi. I haven’t watched that in a while… now an IMAX/HD version of that would be worth checking out.

What could possibly go wrong?

Indonesia to try and plug mud volcano with concrete balls.

First, that headline is in dire need of a comma or two. I didn’t know that volcanoes can spew different things. Mud volcano. Lava volcano. Refurbished iMac volcano. It is truly amazing what nature can produce. Also, I didn’t realize that volcanoes could have balls, let alone concrete ones.

I’ll give Indonesia an A for creativity and effort. I just wonder what happens when the volcano is full of concrete balls. In the future will we read a headline that says: Indonesia pummeled by concrete balls launched from constipated mud volcano. Tune in and see.

SPML Decision Followup… followup

Conor has graciously explained the “strangeness” I felt in the Advanced Client scenarios. He explains that this part of advanced client work:

addresses the problems involved in provisioning functionality to a secure container that is associated with a user somewhere nearby

That snippet was enough for me to grasp it. Read the rest of what he has to say for more.

I wanted to clarify on two points he made. First:

Ian seemed to connect this work to Cardspace, Higgins, and OpenID. I am not aware of this connection.

Agreed. This was a case of my braining running ahead of my hands. I started with the ICP stuff and somewhere along the line my brain hopped on to a different topic… sorry, lack of conversational turn signals. This (barely) provides a little bridging between my thoughts.


Ian seemed to think that this provisioning was just about provisioning a credential. That isn’t the case.

That would be my user provisioning baggage. Account/credential = functionality. Dogmatic on my part. The reality is that a collection of attributes can (and do) define different sets of functionality and/or access. We used to call them virtual accounts in my IBM days.