So I have been this serial entrepreneur for a really long time and over the years I have learned a lot. More recently though I have been thinking and come to realize that what I want to do is not on the internet at all. I mean, I use the internet to promote what I have going on, but what do I have going on really? My Instagram is about me being a Bearded Villain. My facebook is a mixture of a bunch of bullshit. My LinkedIn exits, as does my twitter but I don’t really maintain either…hell my Tumblr is the same way. Here is the thing, I post to these things to let you know I am working on something. I feel like I am trying to stay relevant in your eyes, relevance does not make me money nor does it make me happy. For the life of me, I am wondering why in the fuck I am on social media at all. It is not my job but I sure as hell have made it one. I only have Facebook to keep up with my kids (all grown now) who do not talk to me for one reason or another. I look at pretty girls from time to time and I am a car and music buff. I have come to a point in my journey that I feel like none of that shit is important to me and keeping me from reaching my goals. Don’t get me wrong, I think social media is great. But for me, it has replaced the television. The first thing I do in the morning is to grab my phone and head for the bathroom to shit, shower, shave, and check my email, stocks, crypto, and social got damn media. In that order.
What do I do to get that time back? Not a got damn thing it’s gone and I cannot – now going forward I am going to have to manage the time I spend on the internet a lot closer and so that got me to thinking about the businesses I have online. I find myself working on them and then sliding over to social media. If I paid as much attention to businesses as I do my social media they would probably be doing way better than they are now. Speaking of other businesses I have made the decision to shut down my t-shirt business and magazine and popup barbershop. A lot of things I do now do not allow me to continue to put the kind of time I need to put into these other businesses I have and I have not built them out where I could add a team of people to work it for me. That could still happen, I am just not promoting and marketing them at the moment. Maybe down the line, I will.
Right now there needs to be a mathematical plan where A and B help C and D make E in a massive way.
Stay tuned I am just airing out my thoughts. Watch what comes next. Today it’s about rebalancing my focus.
Analemma inverts the traditional diagram of an earth-based foundation, instead of depending on a space-based supporting foundation from which the tower is suspended. This system is referred to as the Universal Orbital Support System (UOSS). By placing a large asteroid into orbit over earth, a high strength cable can be lowered towards the surface of the earth from which a super tall tower can be suspended. Since this new tower typology is suspended in the air, it can be constructed anywhere in the world and transported to its final location. The proposal calls for Analemma to be constructed over Dubai, which has proven to be a specialist in tall building construction at one fifth the cost of New York City construction.
Orbital mechanics for Analemma: geosynchronous orbit matches earth’s sidereal rotation period of one day. The tower’s position in the sky traces out a path in a figure-8 form, returning the tower to exactly the same position in the sky each day. Ground trace annotated with 24-hour segments corresponding to the towers position over a specific geographic feature
Unrolled Orbital Path: Chart showing a typical daily cycle for an inhabitant of Analemma. Business is conducted at the lower end of the tower (F) while sleeping quarters are approximately 2/3 of the way up. Devotional activities are scattered along the highest reaches (A, B, D), while surface transfer points (G) take advantage of high topography. The size and shape of windows changes with height to account for pressure and temperature differentials. The amount of daylight increases by 40 minutes at the top of the tower due to the curvature of the earth
Views out from various heights along the tower calibrated to the 24-hour orbital cycle. The size and shape of windows changes with height to account for pressure and temperature differentials
Manipulating asteroids is no longer relegated to science fiction. In 2015 the European Space Agency sparked a new round of investment in asteroid mining concerns by proving with its Rosetta mission that it’s possible to rendezvous and land on a spinning comet. NASA has scheduled an asteroid retrieval mission for 2021 which aims to prove the feasibility of capturing and relocating an asteroid.
Analemma can be placed in an eccentric geosynchronous orbit which would allow it to travel between the northern and southern hemispheres on a daily loop. The ground trace for this pendulum tower would be a figure eight, where the tower would move at its slowest speed at the top and bottom of the figure eight allowing the possibility for the tower’s occupants to interface with the planet’s surface at these points. The proposed orbit is calibrated so the slowest part of the towers trajectory occurs over New York City.
Analemma would get its power from space-based solar panels. Installed above the dense and diffuse atmosphere, these panels would have constant exposure to sunlight, with greater efficiency than conventional PV installations. Water would be filtered and recycled in a semi-closed loop system, replenished with condensate captured from clouds and rainwater. Developments in cable-less electromagnetic elevators have effectively shattered height restrictions imposed by elevator cable spool volume.
While researching atmospheric conditions for this project, we realized that there is probably a tangible height limit beyond which people would not tolerate living due to the extreme conditions. For example, while there may be a benefit to having 45 extra minutes of daylight at an elevation of 32,000 meters, the near vacuum and -40C temperature would prevent people from going outside without a protective suit. Then again, astronauts have continually occupied the space station for decades, so perhaps it’s not so bad?
Analemma Tower is a proposal for the world’s tallest building ever. Harnessing the power of planetary design thinking, it taps into the desire for extreme height, seclusion, and constant mobility. If the recent boom in residential towers proves that sales price per square foot rises with floor elevation, then Analemma Tower will command record prices, justifying its high cost of construction.
Type: Speculative Location: Western Hemisphere Completion: November 2016 Updated: June 2018 Design Architect: Clouds Architecture Office
Project Team: Ostap Rudakevych, Masayuki Sono, Kevin Huang
Is that a dial-up modem ringing in your ears, or are you just looking at today’s Google Doodle? It might be both, because March 12 marks a special moment in the history of the internet — the birthday of the World Wide Web.
Wondering what the difference is between the world wide web and the internet? Rethinking your ability to explain what the web actually is? Strap in, because the answers are fun and inspiring, and there’s no time like a birthday to time travel through internet history.
Before there was the web, there was the internet — a.k.a. ARPANET
A quick refresher on the basics: The first person to invent anything like a modern computer was British mathematician Charles Babbage, who spent the 1820s and ‘30s developing the concept for a programming machine which contained the equivalent of a modern computer processing unit. About 110 years later, scientists finally built what would become the modern computer as we know it, and the first computer company, the Electronic Controls Company, was founded.
The internet, however, comes to us not from a computer company, but direct from the United States’ Cold War military strategy. In the 1960s, American intelligence officials were seeking ways to diversify their information caches, not only so that information would be easier to share among operatives, but so that, if foreign agents managed to destroy one cache, they wouldn’t be destroying all of the military’s intel. At the time, the military organization ARPA, short for the Advanced Research Projects Agency, was a pioneer in computer innovation.
Enter two young MIT grad students named Leonard Kleinrock and Larry Roberts. In 1961, Kleinrock developed his thesis around the idea that computers could talk to each other if they could carve up their information into tiny, easily transferrable packets. In 1966, Roberts took this idea to ARPA and used it to build something called the ARPANET. A US Defense project, it was the first working computer network, and formed the basis for the modern internet. A few years later, two more ARPANET architects, Bob Kahn and Vint Cerf, created the modern internet protocols for information-sharing between computers that are still in use today.
In a nutshell, the internet still runs on Kleinrock’s basic idea — the dissemination of information that’s split up into small amounts for easy transmittal. But these days, it’s a little more elaborate: Namely, it’s what connects our phones and laptops to servers full of information and puts content on our screens when we type in website addresses. It does this via the World Wide Web. And we have tech legend Sir Tim Berners-Lee to thank for it.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee basically jotted down the design of the World Wide Web for kicks, no big deal
The internet and the web are not the same thing, even though we frequently talk about them as if the two terms are interchangeable. The internet is a giant network of computers that are united by their ability to communicate and exchange information through the network. When you go “online,” you’re putting your computer in touch with all the millions of other computers that are connected to the network, a.k.a. the internet.
The World Wide Web is a universally accepted way of accessing the internet. If the internet is an invisible information superhighway, the web is the magic carpet that lets you travel along the highway, allowing you to comprehend everything you do and see along the way — almost as if you’re soaring, tumbling, free-wheeling through an endless diamond sky.
The web as we know it was first formalized as a plan by Tim Berners-Lee, when he was barely over 30 himself. The year was 1989, and Berners-Lee, a former trainspotter turned physicist turned self-taught computer scientist, was working at CERN, the famed particle physics lab in Switzerland, as a computer research fellow.
Computers had been talking to each other for decades by this point, ever since ARPANET really got things underway. Email and newsgroups were both well-established. The operating system Unix had been around since the ‘70s. Hell, video games had been around 1958. (The first video game looked like this.)
But there was no integrated system for how to easily write, transmit, and store interconnected information across computers in an organized way. There was no streamlined system for how to put information on a server and then allow all computer users in a network to easily access it.
So Berners-Lee sat down and wrote one.
On March 12, 1989, Berners-Lee submitted an information management proposal to his boss — astonishingly called “Information Management: A Proposal.” Within that proposal, as shown in the diagram below, he outlined his idea for a computerized system that would allow users to write, format, and interlink content (think: webpages) through hypertext (think: links you click on to get to webpages).
In the proposal, Berners-Lee modestly spoke of wanting to use hypertext, a.k.a. links, to help CERN deal with information storage issues. The ability to run a clean interface, e.g. your web browser, to present messy, complicated computer code to the user in a nice friendly, universally standardized format would, he noted, “be a boon for the world.”
This is how he first conceptualized the concept of a browser receiving information from a server:
His boss’s response? “Vague, but exciting.”
And just like that, the internet was born. Berners-Lee got permission to build his system-thingy, which he modestly named “the World Wide Web.” Throughout 1990 he would go on to write the world’s first web server and the world’s first browser client, and to dictate the way computers parse URLs, HTTP, and HTML. So basically, this guy invented the way that we access and consume information on the internet.
Wondering what the very first web address was? It was a CERN address, the modest http://info.cern.ch/. It’s still online today, and it’s a tiny Brutalist gem.
As for Berners-Lee, he went on to become a major internet thought leader, and an outspoken proponent of Net Neutrality. He was among the first people inducted to the Internet Hall of Fame in 2012. He was knighted for the feat of creating the World Wide Web, in what was surely the most justifiable knighting since Heath Ledger. And since we have him to thank for the fact that I can embed A Knight’s Tale jokes in an otherwise serious piece about the history of computing, I doff my cap and bells in your honor, Tim. Thanks for the last 30 years of connectivity and culture.