[broadstrokes]: thoughts on information / publishing / the internet

article that sparked this thought: http://is.gd/l4H :

I feel that traditional publishing has about 10-15 years left as a successful business model. Quite noticeably, the web-enabled publishing model has broken paradigm and taken us into the future.   It’s brought a new age, where information flows more freely than ever before. We are arguably arriving in our third epoch of the web, very soon – if not currently.

I feel there is a large scale perceptual shift slowly occurring across the general Internet user-base – as we become increasingly networked together, and aware of the growing number of web services we’re expected to use and be current with. As the dissension towards being overly connected grows, the backlash will breed a more intelligent network, a new series of patterning and information models will emerge from this thought process.

New sciences ensure that we are further than ever before. As we further realize it, systems biology will play a more important role in the way we pattern the data accessed via the web.  Relevant, relatable, and appropriate use of informatics and related sciences will ensure our success in this endeavor.

Our world is changing.  If you’re here and reading this, welcome – for you are currently affecting global change.  Realize it or not. From the invention of the wheel, the Arabic number system, to 1,200 baud, we’ve come a long way. Welcome to the future.


[abstract #1]: abstract images project.

abstract #1

this is image #1 in an abstract series. This series will be of images that appear almost entirely abstract. This project will focus on studies of light and shadow, seas of color, and beautiful abstraction. This idea is long overdue to culminate, expect it in the coming months. I lost my work on this project in the great-data-loss-of-2008, however I fully intend to re-birth this idea. Here’s that beginning. :]

[francesca]: my cat likes to help me garden.

francesca asleep by plants

This is my kitty, Francesca – being cute. She fell asleep next to the herb garden, after some rigorous kibitzing on my gardening techniques. ;] I was trying to grow some Hopi Amaranth, and some Holy Basil. The cat ate both. I’ll perhaps try again soon, and document the progress if it goes well, or if it doesn’t. It’ll be interesting for us to track what happens.. The first time through, the seeds for the Tulsi (Holy Basil), sprouted and were an inch tall in 6 days. Amazing. Also, the seeds are from seeds of change, and are certified organic by the Oregon Tilth.

I was attempting to grow the plants with 150 watt light bulb from Verilux, and using photo light stands that I have already to hold them up. It was fun, but didn’t ultimately work out due to the cat eating the plants as they got bigger.

[valley floor #1]: from atop Durnst Peak

This quickly became very cold up here, and was wonderfully refreshing. The wind was howling! It was however, quite gorgeous, and drive down was indeed rewarded with dinner at the bottom. I thoroughly enjoyed this part of our recent trip to Southern California for mothers day weekend; turned vacation. April and I drove up here as a special treat for my birthday, which went relatively un-celebrated back in January due to a lack of strategic planning. [I’m actually born January 21st.]

The drive is fun, and goes through the countryside – away from Santa Clarita, towards Lancaster and Palmdale – ultimately ending up connecting to Pyramid Lake/Castaic area, and passing through the small towns of Lake Hughes, CA / Green Valley. If you’re unfamiliar, and in the area, travel down Boquet Canyon Road, in the direction of Palmdale – you’ll find all sorts of cool nature areas to explore!

first posting @ omfglol.org

Hey looky.  Here I am.  Short blogging introduction:  I’ve been a live journal user since January 15th, 2002.  Been around since well before then, however I was not blogging, or doing anything like that.  Here is the latest iterative evolution of such…  


Feel free to sign up, and watch this space, intriguing things will happen here – and at whatever pace I update them.  Feel free to consider this as a portal into the world of Omar.  Or something to that effect.   A little note about the URL:  OMFGLOL.org  simply is modeled after the way I like to live my life…. I like to laugh, and feel joy, and always have fun with the activities I’m doing, and the people I’m spending my time with..  Life is too short to not do so in my opinion !  So, hence…

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