Wave of the Future

As much as I inherently cast a suspicious eye towards large companies, I have to say, Google regularly knocks my socks off. I’ve just learned more about their huge new project, Google Wave, and not only are my socks knocked off, my jaw is on the floor and my eyes are popping out of my skull. Google Wave is “email, if it were created today”–but it’s much more than that. It’s a groovy orgy of email, IM, wikis, collaborative documents (like Google Docs) and more. My gut instinct is to agree with Jason Griffey when he says “it’s the biggest revolution in communication online since the invention of email.” I think the implications and possibilities of this technology are astounding. But what makes it even more amazing in potential is that Google is making Wave open source and encouraging developers to create extensions and robots, but also to make of the platform and the protocol what they will. Seriously, this could he huge.

To get a better sense of how Google Wave will work and what the potential is, watch the video of the developer preview from Google I/O 2009. (Warning: the video is over an hour long and not always incredibly exciting. I watched it in chunks over 3 days.)

For a different perspective on Google Wave, check out “Five Reasons to Be Terrified of Google Wave.” Personally, I think the worrying sounds a bit shrill, but it’s good to look at all sides of the matter.

In Brightest Day…

I love fan-made media. My friends and I all did fan-made stories and comics when we were kids, and I absolutely grok the urge to create your own stories using characters and settings that you love passionately.

I particularly love well-done fan-made media. This fan-made mock trailer for an imagined Green Lantern movie, starring Nathan Fillion, is so well-done, I jizzed in my pants. I love Green Lantern, and Nathan Fillion would be perfect as Hal Jordan. Yo, Hollywood! Please make this movie and do it well!

Why is the World in Love Again?

I’m probably going to lose some geek cred by admitting this, but here goes: I’ve missed every chance I’ve ever had to see They Might Be Giants live. So when I found out they were going to be playing in Kansas City in May, I immediately bought tickets. I knew Julie wouldn’t be able to go, due to her current night schedule for work, but since Morgan was graduating from elementary school and the sixth grade, I really wanted to take her to her first real rock concert. Morgan and I were even more excited when we heard the plan for the concert was to all of the songs from their album Flood in the order they appear on the album.

I’m happy to say the band exceeded my expectations. I’d always heard they were a great band to see live, but I was still floored at what great performers they are. John Flansburgh in particular is just amazing, bouncing around the stage and playing to the audience with incredible energy. They opened with a batch of different songs, then launched into Flood, and finished the night with two short but vibrant encores. John Flansburgh closed the show with one of the best last lines ever: “We’d like to keep playing for you all, but my guitar is fucked up. Good night!”

Morgan declared the show “awesome” and said this was “an awesome graduation present.” High praise indeed from an almost-seventh-grader! Me? As awesome as the show was, what made it really special for me was taking my daughter along. The performance alone made this one of the best shows I’ve ever gone to. Having Morgan with me for her first concert kicked it up to number one.

A New Frontier

I saw the new Star Trek movie today. What can I say? I loved it! I think it’s fantastic! It’s exciting, dramatic and funny, full of adventure and wonder. It makes just the right number of homages to the original series and movies, while allowing this cast to make the roles their own. (Karl Urban and Zachary Quinto are particularly good.) If this cast and crew make more Star Trek movies, I will happily and enthusiastically see them (even the odd-numbered ones).