This is not actually a commercial site, but may conceivably become one. It was created without any commercial intentions, but the conspicuous success of any of its products might someday lead to their commercialization.
MidnightMemos.com existed briefly for the creation and distribution of a single piece of free open-source software, designed to allow the person who has a sudden flash of insight at an awkward hour to quickly and conveniently create a memo capturing this idea, which will then be automagically given redundant storage on a local hard-disk, a cd-rom drive, and over the Internet to some appropriate location. After the memo is stored it will also be considered as an item of data, which will then be processed in many elaborate ways while the groggy innovator goes back to sleep.
The Midnight Memos software package will be available for downloading and alpha-testing sometime in the spring of 2002. It is being written entirely in the Python programming language, and will be registered with one of the open-source software-development communities like SourceForge.net — but please continue to watch this new MidnightMemos site for more information, now and even after the move to SourceForge.
Midnight Memos is based on the author’s lengthy experience in jotting down memos on the backs of envelopes or in the small text files that litter his hard disk. Here is the directory listing for the tiny file that initially stored the simple memo dashed off by a very sleepy person earlier — on December 31, 2001:
midnig~1 txt 45 31/12/01 10:49 midnight_memos_page_on_techfant.txt
And here is the entire line of text that was typed in at that time:
“midnight memos, etc., nice web page name”
I hope you agree with the sentiments expressed by those seven words.
A example data file containing several such microscopic midnight memos, ripped from their author’s exhausted brain in a mad race with the onrushing shadows of sleep will be provided with the source code for test purpose, and perhaps for contemplation as well. This data file is a Memetic Flower , or perhaps part of a larger memetic flower which includes this web page.
The Midnight Memos name is something of an in-joke, attempt at sarcasm, or perhaps just wishful thinking, since it alludes to the faint hope of the author actually being at or anywhere near sleep when midnight arrives, something I almost never achieve. If you look closely at the directory entry you may notice that it states the file was created at 10:49 am, which was Pacific Standard Time. Why would I need something for midnight memos if I am writing them just over an hour before noon? Well, I hadn’t gotten any sleep since early the previous day (or perhaps earlier — the whole of last week was rather a blur). Regardless of the actual time-of-day, it was midnight for me, and I very badly needed to capture the idea of making a MidnightMemos website before losing consciousness, and so I did, in 45 characters of text. I hope you agree that this was time well spent.
For website debugging purposes, here is a link to an earlier version of this page on another site. The page you see if you actually use the domain name, www.MidnightMemos.com — this page you are reading — is something altogether different, a temporary kluge to get around the worthlessness of expensive websites hosted by the odious NetworkSolutions.com which VeriSign.com reportedly paid 19 gigabucks for. I’m not getting my money’s worth from Network Solutions, and I rather expect VeriSign won’t either.
Midnight Memos was created on the last day of the year 2001. It should become available — at first only as this page — when Network Solutions does their nightly update of their domain name server information, nominally at the stroke of midnight , the precise time that brings us the New Year , on January 1st, 2002 . A Happy New Year and Best Wishes to everyone!
Requirements analysis, design, and implementation details (and eventually downloads) are being made available from the SocialTechnology.ca website, and various technological fantasies for much more advanced tools based on the same underlying mathematical algorithms will soon be available there and at the new TechnologicalFantasies website.
Copyright © 2001 and 2002, Douglas P. Wilson All rights reserved. This is currently a non-commercial site, so these rights, although reserved until the details can be worked out, will be freely released on something like the GNU open-source software license from the Free Software Foundation, the license which will be used for the Midnight Memos software.
Related Web Pages are:
The main Social Technology page.
FindCompatibles , the key page, with the real solution to all other problems explained
Technological Fantasies , a page about future technology
Practical Immortality , not the immortality of the body, nor making a copy of the mind in a machine, but actual transfer of a person, personality, memory and consciousness into a supercomputer
Social Tech a page about Social Technology, technology for social purposes. I think I was the first person to use this phrase on the Internet, quite a long time ago.
Roughly corresponding to these web pages are the following blogs :
FindCompatibles devoted to matching people with friends, lovers, jobs, places to live and so on, but doing so in ways that will actually work, using good math, good algorithms, good analysis.
Technological Fantasies devoted to future stuff, new ideas, things that might be invented or might happen, such as what is listed above and below.
Practical Immortality yes, practical immortality. Don’t write this off as insanity, please. See the first entry in the blog first.
Sex-Politics-Religion is a blog about these important topics, which I have been told should never be mentioned in polite conversation. Alright that advice does seem a bit dated, but many people are still told not to bring up these subjects around the dinner table.
I believe I was the first person on the Internet to use the phrase Social Technology — years before the Web existed.
Those were the good old days, when the number of people using the net exceeed the amount of content on it, so that it was easy to start a discussion about such an upopular topic. Now things are different. There are so many web pages that the chances of anyone finding this page are low, even with good search engines like Google. Oh, well.
By Social Technology I mean the technology for organizing and maintaining human society. The example I had most firmly in mind is the subject of FindCompatibles , what I consider to be the key page, the one with the real solution to all other problems explained.
As I explained on my early mailing lists and later webpages, I find that social technology has hardly improved at all over the years. We still use representative democracy, exactly the same as it was used in the 18th century. By contrast, horse and buggy transporation has been replaced by automobiles and airplanes, enormous changes.
In the picture below you will see some 18th century technology, such as the ox-plow in the middle of the picture. How things have changed since then in agricultural technology. But we still use chance encounters, engagements and marriages to organize our home life and the raising of children.
I claim that great advances in social technology are not only possible but inevitable. I have written three novels about this, one preposterously long, 5000 pages, another merely very very long, 1500 pages. The third is short enough at 340 pages to be published some day. Maybe. The topic is still not interesting to most people. I will excerpt small parts of these novels on the web sometime, maybe even post the raw text for the larger two.
This site includes many pages dating from 1997 to 2008 which are quite out of date. They are included here partly to show the development of these ideas and partly to cover things the newer pages do not. There will be broken links where these pages referenced external sites. I’ve tried to fix up or maiintain all internal links, but some will probably have been missed. One may wish to look at an earlier version of this page , rather longer, and at an overview of most parts of what can be called a bigger project.
Type in this address to e-mail me. The image is interesting. See Status of Social Technology
Copyright © 2007, 2008, 2009, Douglas Pardoe Wilson
I have used a series of e-mail address over the years, each of which eventually became out of date because of a change of Internet services or became almost useless because of spam. Eventually I stuck with a Yahoo address, but my inbox still fills up with spam and their spam filter still removes messages I wanted to see. So I have switched to a new e-mail service. Web spiders should not be able to find it, since it is hidden in a jpeg picture. I have also made it difficult to reach me. The picture is not a clickable link. To send me e-mail you must want to do so badly enough to type this address in. That is a nuisance, for which I do apologize, but I just don’t want a lot of mail from people who do not care about what I have to say.