24 April 2007

Warum ich so weise bin

I often complain to interviewers that 'weblog' is the least interesting of my many neologisms. Here's a sampling of others:

  1. meta-expressive (1974) = inauthentic, expressing an image rather than a reality

  2. noofog (1974) the stupefying side of the noosphere-- pressure to conform making us blind (cf negative intelligence, below)

  3. ron riddles (1975-friv) riddles where the answer is a portmanteau of two phrases eg 'TS Eliot Ness' (Who wrote 'Sweeney among the Untouchables'?) or 'The arm and hammer throw' (What's the intensest sport at the leper olympics?)

  4. priorating (no date) rating by priority

  5. [Greek letter phi], [Greek letter psi] (no date) philosophy, psychology (abbreviations)

  6. junk-food vegetarian (1977?) no meat in soda or potato chips

  7. filters, speeds, and scales (1978) three exercises for deepening understanding of any given phenomenon-- picture the world as pitch black except where the phenomenon supplies a bit of colored light (this directly led to the tree-of-life/worldtree visualisation); picture the phenomenon at microscopic scale, at macroscopic scale, slowed down and speeded up

  8. literary indications (1978) images from novels or other literature that capture some nuance of human behavior, i used to save these on index cards that i then sorted and re-sorted

  9. cybernetic psychology, robot wisdom (1979) a scientific methodology that builds from literary indications (qv) to computer simulations of realistic human behavior

  10. appublication (1979) making public

  11. pyschology, spychology (1979-friv) bad psychology, good psychology

  12. antimath (1979) a simple notation system for story-skeletons, based on comic strip conventions [more]

  13. cx. (no date) contrast (cf 'cf')

  14. lifelines (1984?) a cross between antimath and feynman diagrams, evolved into worldtree model [more]

  15. friv (1985) frivolous

  16. romantic psychology (1988) narrowly, the scientific study of romantic love; broadly, the complement of cognitive psychology [Solace]

  17. storycycle (1988?) compilation of literary indications into a (usually) cyclical monomyth [more]

  18. fractal-thicket indexing, semantic topology (1991) a generalisation of antimath that builds complex content by repeatedly creating 'cross-products' of any simple hierarchy with itself [more]

  19. usual stories (1992) a way to defuse AI's 'frame problem' by considering any content-node to imply the full usual storycycle of that content-item [more]

  20. task-savvy applications (1993) applications with enough a.i. to guess what you're trying to do [more]

  21. confabulating arranger (1994) a model for interactive fiction in which the past is created backwards [more]

  22. alt.music.alternative.female (1994) newsgroup [newgroup]

  23. misery pizza, misery burritos, etc (1994?) ersatz entrees using lowest-possible-cost ingredients: white bread, ketchup, american cheese food, pork'n'beans, etc

  24. the responsible party (1995) semifictitious 'conservative left' political party

  25. naive witness (1995) heuristic visualisation of unprejudiced guy-in-the-street [more]

  26. chase-down design (1995) writing webpages so they start by cutting-to-the-chase [more]

  27. parent test (1995) judging political candidates (etc) by whether you'd want them as parents [more]

  28. static a.i. (1995) knowledge representation [more]

  29. skeptical correctness (1995) jumping to conclusions based on 'scientific' prejudices [cite]

  30. self-knowledge horizon (1995) what alan watts called 'the taboo on knowing who we are' [more]

  31. AI complementarity principle (1995) the idea that an expert system capable of understanding a domain should equally be able to generate a simulation (or a vision sytem to generate an image) [more]

  32. pork'n'beans vegetarian (1995?) it's not enough pork to bother paying double for the vegetarian beans

  33. w3* (1996) trick for distinguishing search keywords from ordinary words [more]

  34. full-disclosure capitalism (1996) capitalism might not be so bad if businesses were fully transparent [more]

  35. negative intelligence (1996) internet phenomenon where bad ideas drive out good [more]

  36. philosophy lab (1996) the idea that philosophical ideas could theoretically be tested in an advanced computer simulation of human behavior [more]

  37. propanoia (1996-friv) the unfounded fear that a Usenet newsgroup's messages don't propagate to your site [cite]

  38. pride cycle (1997) the storycycle/monomyth behind Finnegans Wake-- hero sins, falls, rises via conformity or experiment [passim]

  39. hypertext lab (1997) the notion that web-design theorists ought to use their sites to experiment with new design ideas [more]

  40. elvis index (1997) search-engine popularity ranking normalised to standard term 'elvis' [more]

  41. weblog (1997) a log of interesting web readings in reverse chronological order

  42. ?* (1997?) uncertain. eg '?x' is short for 'x (?)' (after Herring)

  43. gotcha-links (1998?) web links that without warning entrap you in (eg) slow-launching helper apps like Acrobat [more] a special case that throws you out of your surf history is the ejection seat

  44. e-communication, e-video, e-audio, s-text, h-text, h-audio, h-video, p-text, p-video, p-audio (1998) electronic/spoken/handwritten/printed communication/audio/video/text [more]

  45. new game (1998) an approach to finnegans wake via close reading of manuscripts in the order they were written [more]

  46. liquid page (1998) later and more widely called 'liquid html' [more]

  47. xhtml (1998) my original proposal was better than what They ended up with [more]

  48. project-proposers anonymous (1998) 12-step group for people who have better ideas than follow-thru [more]

  49. nuppies (1999?) compulsive one-uppers [cite]

  50. iq infinity (1999?) heuristic for studying joyce-- that he knew everything

  51. en-passant linking (1999) web links that can only be detected by (eg) blue underlined text [more]

  52. one-layer web design (1999) making portals that flatten out all web resources so they're a single click away, by linking every useful subpage of a site, not just the main page [more]

  53. resource pages (1999) sifting thru all web resources on a given topic and linking all the best ones in an organised way (search engines should someday do this automatically) [more]

  54. mournography (1999) orgies of exploitative sentimentality after tragedies [cite]

  55. first-cut parser (1999) document-parser that finds a likeliest interpretation for each segment of a text [more]

  56. stripped-grapes web-design (2000?) tables of contents (etc) that link to subpages with no description but the page-title [more]

  57. url-hacking (2000) studying the structure of complex urls so you can customise them [more]

  58. content-centered web design (2000) web-design that foregrounds the content rather than the design (eg avoiding sidebars and other distractions) [more]

  59. text buttons (2000) a design philosophy that tries to minimise hard-to-read blue underlined linktext by isolating the link at the end of text, with a single word description, usually of its document type [more]

  60. hyperbolic linking (2000) topically closer pages should have more links on a given page [more]

  61. phat (2000) high-bandwidth (of webpages)

  62. information density (2001) eg 'faqs' are high density [more]

  63. text-blocks and separators (2001) alternative to uptight 'hierarchies of containers' model of text [more]

  64. minoan illuminati (2001) mostly tongue-in-cheek reconstruction of Bronze Age Crete, emphasizing their remarkable disdain for giant ego-monuments [more]

  65. jumpbar (2001) a row of offsite links at the top of a blog (or any page) so you can quickly jump elsewhere if there's nothing new there [more]

  66. mindwrestling (2001) ESP-based power-struggles [more]

  67. content stubs (2001) interface elements that can be expanded to reveal more content/choices (eg menus) [more]

  68. contemplation-factor (2001) how many calories does it take to contemplate something [more]

  69. html-junk (2002) webpage cruft [post]

  70. ToC-footers (2002) putting site-links at end of (one-column) document [more] rediscovered 2007 [blog]

  71. the Necessary Web (2002) just the faqs, sort of [more] [more]

  72. W3C secession (2002) top-down amateur a.i. has got us on the wrong track entirely, time to start over [more]

  73. the pragmatic web (2002) semantic web optimised for relevant content [more]

  74. action hypertext (2002) web-authoring tools should accommodate dynamically evolving pages [more]

  75. the Joyce police (2002) cruising joyce-sites for errors and issuing citations [more]

  76. EWRs (2003) epiphanies-while-reading [less]

  77. etymogeny (2003) a way of sorting words/concepts according to when the nervous system became capable of dealing with them [more]

  78. page memory (2003) the universal ability to recall where on the two-page spread an interesting bit occured [thread]

  79. v* (2003) very (eg vshort, varcane, vfriv)

  80. Philosophy Markup Language, History-of-Science Markup Language, Rhetorical Markup Language (2003) what they sound like [more]

  81. goldfarb's conjecture (2003) the illusion that text styling should be associated with semantic markup [more]

  82. grand metasynthesis (2004) aka The Singularity, but with an eye to the sorts of problems that will actually have to be solved along the way [more]

  83. crystal tags (2005) hypothetical elaboration of nntp (network news transfer protocol, ie usenet/netnews/newsgroups/DejaNews/GoogleGroups) to replace email, blogs, and newsfeeds [more]

  84. view-scaling (2005) optimally fitting the view of any object to the allocated space [more]

  85. hoaxtop (2005) negroponte's olpc (a cellphone designed by the proverbial committee) [more]

  86. Gg* (2005) Google (eg GgW = GoogleWeb, GgI = GgImages, GgN = GgNews, etc)

  87. I'm-an-idiot day (2005) confess a weakness on the 13th of every month? [more]

  88. weather giant (2006) visualisation of height of weather-phenomena via imaginary giant [more]

  89. zipless blogging (2006) effortless blogging, interface-wise [more]

  90. yahoo zodiac (2006) a more-or-less disciplined theoretical visualisation of a web ontology [more]

  91. radial ontology (2006) any visualisation of an ontology that puts the root (of the 'tree') at the center [more]

  92. heraldic barcodes (2006) schematic icons that encapsulate a lot of metadata for easy human scanning [more]

  93. OS avatar (2006) inevitable interface feature where your OS tracks your current state [more]

  94. self-conscious computing (2006) building debuggers' TRACE function into hard- and software at deepest level [more]

  95. radio goggles (2006) visualisation experiment intended to explore why radio reception is so unpredictable [more]

  96. pluripedia (2006) an evolution of wikipedia where multiple versions of each article are ranked according to your circle of trusted referees [more]

  97. mini-blogs (2006) a 'view' that should be available on all web2.0 sites, allowing you to publish your own edition of the site's ongoing content, and to subscribe to others' miniblogs [more]

  98. Glass earworms (2006) insane atonal earworms [more]

  99. Polti vocabularies (2006) catalogs of (eg) plot skeletons [more]

  100. worldtree (2007) was 'tree of life' (2005) 3D-worldlines visualisation of unique tree of life on Earth [intro]

  101. discourse patterns (2007) a pattern language for rhetoric [more]

  102. jLo notation (2007) shortening a two-word phrase by appending the lowercase initial of the first word to the capitalised last word

  103. wBu (2007) GWBush = Pere wBu, wBu Roi (apologies to aJarry)

  104. floaters (2007) blog-posts postdated so they stay at the top

  105. meretocracy (2007) government by the most meretricious

  106. tag portals (pending) the idea that any site with tagging should encourage taggers to create a portal-page for each tag, that gives an overview of everything the tagger thinks is important about that tag

  107. net scouts (pending) incentive program for net.illiterate adults via 'merit badges'

  108. Smithee dreams (pending) dreams with abysmal 'production values' eg plot holes, lousy special effects

  109. dissipedia (pending) a wikipedia of links to negative criticism of ideas/people/etc

  110. hypodata (pending) eg footnotes (cx metadata)

  111. hypertext mashup language (pending) inevitable evolution where web markup allows multiple pages to be customised and/or combined

  112. chronogram (pending) a graph with time as the Y axis (flowing up) and space as the X

  113. .5* (pending) semi- (eg '.5friv' = semifriv)

  114. pagestream (pending) eg your browser history, or your linkblog, or a page of search-engine results