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Saturday, November 11, 2021

Already tapped out on all that Web 2.0 jazz? Well get set: Web 3.0 is in development, building an Internet content-guide that’s less text-dependent and more artifical intelligence/semantic in structure.

The classic example of the Web 2.0 era is the “mash-up” — for example, connecting a rental-housing Web site with Google Maps to create a new, more useful service that automatically shows the location of each rental listing.

In contrast, the Holy Grail for developers of the semantic Web is to build a system that can give a reasonable and complete response to a simple question like: “I’m looking for a warm place to vacation and I have a budget of $3,000. Oh, and I have an 11-year-old child.”

Under today’s system, such a query can lead to hours of sifting — through lists of flights, hotel, car rentals — and the options are often at odds with one another. Under Web 3.0, the same search would ideally call up a complete vacation package that was planned as meticulously as if it had been assembled by a human travel agent.

The promise of a more cooperative Web has been floated around since the beginning. It’ll be a while before it comes even close to reality; for instance, for all the hype over how tagging has revolutionized image searches, it’s still a reliance upon text indexing. I imagine the wild projections for Second Life and other increasingly-complex online communities are a further step toward making data retrieval more assumptive.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sat 11/11/2021 07:37:18 PM
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Do you enjoy hanging out at your table after dining in a fine establishment, just soaking up the ambience? Then you’ll want to avoid the new Gordon Ramsay at The London, where a two-hour time limit is being imposed during prime business hours.

Two hours and you’re out. Two hours and you’re done, finished, dislodged from your perch in the restaurant’s more formal dining room (there’s a less formal one, too) and escorted to a special lounge area where you may have coffee or a cordial and do your lingering, should you be intent on lingering.

I generally don’t like being hustled out after paying obviously inflated prices for overhyped chef creations. However, I can see this being accepted if it’s presented as part of a broader “dining experience”, i.e. something more than just having food shoved under your nose. Assuming the restaurant instructs the staff to gracefully escort patrons into the lounge area, rather than expell them from the table, and it could become nice additional touch.

And if The London’s guests won’t leave their tables willingly, the restaurant can always smoke them out: Set up a monitor on the offending table, and play Ramsay’s crappy reality show “Hell’s Kitchen” on it. I guarantee the malingerers will amscray inside of five minutes.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sat 11/11/2021 06:58:29 PM
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That slap-shooting fellow above is the mascot for the AHL Milwaukee Admirals. You’ll notice his wooden peg-leg; and if you look real close, you’ll also notice that the “hockey stick” he’s swinging is, in fact, his complete leg bone.

Now that’s inventive. There’s even a story behind it:

The Admirals new logo is actually an aged version of the team’s logo from the late 1970’s, a short young lad, who was lost in the waters of Lake Michigan back after the 1981 season and was recently found. The only thing that managed to keep him alive all these years was his fighting spirit. In fact, after one of his legs fell off, he used it as a hockey stick to hone his skills.

Consider it an inspirational story for hockey players and drowning victims alike.

Not every Admirals fan is going along with this:

Give me a break, that’s pretty lame if you ask me. Trying a bit too hard to jump on the Pirates of the Caribbean craze are we? Give me the old image of a weathered admiral steering the ship towards some wins. That or change the team’s name so it makes sense.

In the early going, the Ads are bringing up the rear in the American Hockey League West Division standings. So if that persists, it might not be long before this boney sailor gets tossed back into the drink.

This may not be the first time an existing team mascot was de-skinned. When the Tampa Bay Bucs unveiled their current skull-and-crossed-swords logo back in 1997, it was suggested that the headbone in question was none other than the franchise’s original symbol, that creamsicle orange-loving Bucco Bruce, done in for his more fearsome makeover.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sat 11/11/2021 05:47:05 PM
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