The World Wide Web is 25 years old today, thanks to Tim Berners Lee, who I had the pleasure of seeing at last year’s SXSW. He released his code to the world for free in 1990, turning the “Internet from a geeky data-transfer system embraced by specialists and a small number of enthusiasts into a mass-adopted technology. More
The World Wide Web is 25 years old today, thanks to Tim Berners Lee, who I had the pleasure of seeing at last year’s SXSW. He released his code to the world for free in 1990, turning the “Internet from a geeky data-transfer system embraced by specialists and a small number of enthusiasts into a mass-adopted technology. More

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7 articles to read this weekend

Every week I compile my favorite reads from across the web. While the articles typically fall into the areas of creativity and life hacks, they also show what’s happening across the world.

Creativity Becomes an Academic Discipline. Creativity is a mindset, a desire to problem solve and think different about everyday things. Everyone is creative but not everyone likes to turns on their creativity gene, probably because it involves possibilities rather than absolute certainty. What we know today could be extinct tomorrow. Creativity begets innovation which begets progress.

Life is a game. This is your strategy guide. You won’t go anywhere in life without a lot of focus, willpower, and grit. Today’s technologies disrupt pursuit of the remarkable. Maybe we should do the hardest things first, and last.

‘Don't get bigger, get weirder': Things I've learnt from 5 years of The Story. Side projects are always fun, a strategy for keeping life personal, challenging, and rewarding. This blog started as a side project. So did my books, my music, and pretty much anything I’ve ever done including sports. But once you start, you can’t stop. Be consistent. You started it for a reason after all.

What Is The Point Of A Website In 2014?. Your website should be your first touch point, simple enough to explain who you are and what you embody. It should aggregate only the fine points, unless of course you’re a retailer with heaps of product, then it should focus on E-commerce. Own your voice. Start by owning the content on your own domain.

Talent Is Persistence: What It Takes To Be An Independent Creative. The best part about the Internet is showing your work as it’s produced; this means showing your shitty rough drafts but also displaying your finished product. People want to be taken along a journey, to see your flaws and corrections. The story is in the work.

Whose Turkey Is It?. I’ve visited Turkey twice in the last two years; sure, some of it is backward but a lot of the people are modern and forward-looking. Prime Minister Erdogan is just a power-hungry politician, looking to grow the country under religious, traditional values. The Gezi Park protestors checked that power last summer. Church and state are separate for a reason. True democracies take more pragmatic approaches over time.

Tim Berners-Lee: we need to re-decentralise the web. The inventor of the World Wide Web criticizes the Balkanization of the web, the tendency for governments to create intranets that allow them to censure Internet activity. China is not the only country controlling what its people see in the web. An Internet for nation-states is antithesis to the democratization of information Berners-Lee created the Internet for.


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The Open Internet With Tim Berners-Lee

Notes from SXSW:  The Open Internet With Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the World Wide Web:  A lot coding today is pre-packaged.  Any person can edit their photography or iTunes library without knowing the programming behind it. “Completely ignore how something is to be used.”  Tim’s way of encouraging creation and connecting it to other things.  We can’t always see what’s right in front of us.  Plus, someone else might do the connecting in which built a part.  “3D desktops are around the corner.”  He didn’t elaborate on this but augmented reality is coming quick (see Project Glass).  “The Internet is like the air you breathe.”  This is why Egyptians erupted as soon as the government shut it down.   Spying can be more “insidious” than blocking the Internet.  By leaving the Internet open, the government can track your every move.  “URLs will be around forever.” Tim predicts that GIFs may die however since they are just the latest creative sensation. The Internet must make it easy to “stroke” the artist’s content with micropayments. Ten cents can really add up. 

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This project is experimental and of course comes without any warranty whatsoever. However, it could start a revolution in information access.

— Tim Berners-Lee, the founder of the Internet

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