Why meta? I’m interested in metadata, and especially library linked data and the Semantic Web.
Why fractals? The blog banner is part of the Mandelbrot set, generated by Fraqtive 0.4.5 (x = -0.36034741350218 ; y = -0.6848022812987 ; z = 10^5.24 ; r = 0.0 deg). It looks like a high-level, low-level, any-level diagram of the Semantic Web. Each cluster could be a set of data triples with a common subject URI (bibliographic resource, person, concept, whatever). Or they could be application profiles. Or knowledge organization systems (KOS). You can’t tell what level you are on; the patterns are similar at all levels.
Is the Semantic Web going to be this complex? I think it’s going to have enormous quantities of data triples, the bulk of which will be created by machines or end-users rather than professionals. It will contain enormous numbers of application profiles which users can create for themselves to support personal information environments. And I look forward to enormous proliferation of personal KOS reflecting individual users’ categorizations of their world, ranging from subsets of standard schemes like Library of Congress Subject Headings and the Dewey Decimal Classification, through the KOS of the Celestial Empire of Benevolent Knowledge in Borges’ The analytical language of John Wilkins (see also Borges: Pathways of the (postmodern) mind), to folksonomic tag sets like “nice”, “faverit book”, “must read”, and “Christmas present for Charlie”.
- Colours: On being blue (wc/gb); White light (wc/gb), and to infinity and beyond with anything else by Rudy Rucker
- Self-reference: Gödel, Escher, Bach : an eternal golden braid (wc/gb)
- Games and puzzles: The annotated Alice (wc/gb) and anything else by Martin Gardner and Lewis Carroll/Charles Dodgson.
- Fractals: The fractal geometry of nature (wc/gb); MaxFrac .
- Perceptions: Extraordinary popular delusions and the madness of crowds (wc); Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 2 (No fear Shakespeare / Bartlett’s Familiar quotations)
- Connections: Feynman lectures on physics: Quantum mechanics (wc/gb)
- Language: Finnegans wake (wc/gb)
(I haven’t read most of these for some years now, and with one I only managed the first two pages – you can guess which.)
Or maybe it’s just little fluffy clouds …