Friday Four: What I clicked this week

Fast Company: HTML5 it

Giovanni Calabro writes:

Long and painful is the road of overcoming buzzwords and catchphrases in the interactive space. I’ve had to isolate the specific qualities that result in a “Web 2.0” solution. I’ve had to “make social” experiences from inanimate technologies. Yes, I can smell new jargon five months out. And thanks to Apple, Google, and Adobe, soon I’ll be reading request-for-proposals that require me to take a new experience and “HTML5 it.

O’Reilly Radar: “Hackers” at 25

Twenty-five years ago, Steven Levy coined the term “hacker” and identified the movement. Mac Slocum interviews him now:

One of the precepts of the hacker ethic — which I tried to codify based on what I saw as the implicit assumptions of hackers for various generations — was that you can create art and beauty on a computer. That was a crazy idea back then, but now it’s pretty obvious. The super edgy ideas at that time are now so mainstream you don’t even think about them.

Gartner: Interview with James Burke

You may remember Burke as the creator of the groundbreaking TV series Connections. His newest project is called The Knowledge Web. David Mitchell Smith interviewed him:

I think information technology is going to give the rest of the world the capabilities that only we used to have. And we will soon be faced, in terms of marketplace, with competition that we’ve never seen before at a level we haven’t seen through history. I think without further innovation on our part, we’re going to have to try very hard just to survive. And I think that is a good thing.

(via Human 2.0)

LEGO domino row-building machine

Exactly what it sounds like: LEGO machines that create rows of dominoes. If you’re guessing in advance that this is probably super cool, click through and watch the video to have your guess confirmed. (Warning: Dangerously hypnotic.)