Sunday, May 27, 2007

Gustavo's Live™ Space

And here is Gustavo's Live Space:


It has photos, lists of books and links to other good audio content.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Qual o Adorno Desta Vida?

Qual o Adorno Desta Vida?
Letra: Sarah Poulton Kalley
Música: Hubert Platt Main (adapt)
John Walter Clancy (harm)

Qual o adorno desta vida? É o amor, é o amor
Alegria é concedida pelo amor, pelo amor
É bondoso, é paciente, não se torna maldizente,
Não se torna maldizente este meigo amor

Com suspeitas não se alcança doce amor, doce amor
Onde houver desconfiança, ai do amor, ai do amor!
Pois mostremos tolerância; muitas vezes a arrogância,
Muitas vezes a arrogância murcha e mata o amor

Mesmo quando for custoso, nutre amor, nutre amor.
Ao irado e mui furioso mostra amor, mostra amor.
Não te dês por insultado, mas responde com agrado,
Mas responde com agrado, vence pelo amor

Pois, irmão, ao teu vizinho mostra amor, mostra amor.
O valor não é mesquinho deste amor, deste amor.
O supremo Deus nos ama, Cristo para os céus nos chama,
Cristo para os céus nos chama, onde reina o amor.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Semantic Web, Semantic DNS, browsers

I begin to like Firefox and Mozilla. There are two very interesting projects:
Annotea. It is a good base to bootstrap the semantic web. It is interesting because it leverages the multitude of existing content on the web, and allows structured annotation on top of them. They have server reference implementations, which are very intersting. Hey, where are the meta-servers and the new generation of semantic "DNS" (or "Semantic ONS", RFID fans)?

Annozilla is also an interesting animal. It is like Annotea for Mozilla. Too bad the development seems to be going very slowly. Also I can't quite understand what Netscape has to do with all this. I hope these nice ideas were not thrown into the garbage because of Netscape 'pulling the plug'. Despite what the various marketing groups will say, we all need a good and sound Semantic Web (or semantic web).
Interestingly enough, I see very good support for RDF in Mozilla, even though the documentation seems cryptic at times.

As for IE, I see no activity related to RDF (or OWL, or annotation). Plug-ins and extensions for IE are difficult and too close to the OS. You are looking at C++ very early on, still using COM (no .NET). I can see good support for feeds (RSS, Atom, etc), but that's it. Oh, yes, and a strong marketing behind "Web 2.0", with few cases of one explaining precisely what it is.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

How (not) to speak of God

I'm really liking the book "How (not) to speak of God", by Peter Rollins.
Here's the beginning of Chapter 2: "
There is an old anecdote in which a mystic, an evangelical pastor and a fundamentalist preacher die on the same day and awake to find themselves by the pearly gates. Upon reaching the gates they are promptly greeted by Peter, who informs them that before entering heaven they must be interviewed by Jesus concerning the state of their doctrine. The first to be called forward is the mystic, who is quietly ushered into a room. Five hours later the mystic reappears with a smile, saying, 'I thought I had got it all wrong.' Then Peter signals to the evangelical pastor, who stands up and enters the room. After a full day has passed the pastor reapears with a frown and says to himself, 'How could I have been so foolish!' Finally Peter asks the fundamentalist to follow him. The fundamentalist picks up his well-worn Bible and walks into the room. A few days pass with no sign of the preacher, then finally the door swings oopen and Jesus himself appears, exclaiming, 'How could I have got it all so wrong!'