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There must be some way out of here, revisited

Saturday, April 11, 2009 by Dave Winer.

A picture named coraline.gifLast week I wrote a piece that was only superficially about the finale of Battlestar Galactica, it was also about Twitter -- as almost everything seems to be these days.  Permalink to this paragraph

There's been an interesting discussion that started on Twitter but developed in FriendFeed, about historic parallels, wondering if Netscape was to Microsoft as Twitter will be to Google.  Permalink to this paragraph

I reserved judgement on BSG, I think I have to watch the whole series again to figure out what it was about. There's some stuff I don't understand, for example, at the beginning they make it plain that humans created the Cylons, in relatively recent history, but as the series progresses they go back further in time, and it seems there were Cylons long before humans had the technology to invent them? Weird. But I'm sure there's an explanation. Maybe you can offer a clue in a comment? Permalink to this paragraph

Anyway, I'm halfway through the first part of the opening miniseries, and as the bombs were going off, as Caprica is being destroyed, Balthar says: "There must be some way out of here." Permalink to this paragraph

Holy Hannah! Permalink to this paragraph

I stifled a shriek when I heard this (it would be unbecoming for a person of my stature and girth to shriek). What craftwork. Even if they went back and watched it and decided to make Watchtower the theme song, or if they planned the last episodes as they were writing the very first one -- it's amazing continuity and attention to detail. Now I really want to watch the whole series again.. Permalink to this paragraph

Anyhow, I'm totally loving the 40-twits project. I'm looking for two or three other prolific Twitter linkers who cover tech and politics to join our little club of curators. Be sure to say what your Twitter account is. I have lots of ideas for continuing the development. It feels like a project with legs. Permalink to this paragraph


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A picture named dave.jpgDave Winer, 53, pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in Berkeley, California.

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