January 16th, 2006

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Walter Jon Williams is blogging, and one of the more interesting pieces he's written is on his involvement with the Last Call Poker alternate reality game.

If you look at the site, you’ll find that it seems to be a place to play online poker. When you register to play, you’ll be asked to provide the day of your death.

You’ve got to be dead to play Last Call Poker. That’s sort of creepy, but that’s just the beginning.

Once you start poking around the site, you’ll find that the man who founded the site is dead, and that his son was murdered. Other murders seem to be connected to the first. Clearly there’s something going on here.
Fascinating stuff
For the player, the Alternate Reality Game has no boundaries. Federal Express may deliver you jars of honey that contain opaque messages from aliens. The phone may ring, and a character caught in a burning building may demand your help. Players— total strangers— may be called to graveyards throughout North America, or to Regent’s Park, or to Times Square, for the purpose of aiding each other in the solution of mysteries, the breaking of codes, or the confrontation of enemies.
I think I need to find one of these sometime - I rather like the idea behind them.

Pretty much the first article I wrote on blogging...

How about a blast from the past?

This, dating from some time in 1999/2000, is the first article I wrote on blogging. It's from a web development series I wrote for PC Plus, and is on building and running a blog using a copy of Access. Note how carefully I use the term "web log" throughout the piece...

How to publish Databases on the Web
Last month we looked at using web design tools to publish databases on the web. This month Simon Bisson looks at using database packages to create web pages and web sites.

The web stopped being a static place a long time ago. Visit any large web site, and you can be sure that the content you’re seeing was generated just for you. Dynamic web content means that pages can be tailored to browsers, and personalised if you’ve left your details on the web site. It also means that the site’s developers don’t have to worry about the page layout – as templates and content delivery engines allow text and images stored in databases to be turned into web pages.

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Too many mailing list emails today contain links to video memes that have been around the block far too many times. They also have one more thing in common - they all point to videos that are stored on Google Video.

"Google Video: making it easier, and quicker, to annoy the entire world."

I guess we have one thing to be glad about: that damn crazy frog appeared before Google's video tools...

No more, I beg of you! Please...

(People emailing links to David Hasslehof singing "Hooked On A Feeling", I'm looking at you. Yes, you.)