Vote for the Future

I’m proud that the Wetmachine site I’ve been part of is a finalist for
best Technology blog
of 2008. Well, sort of a finalist…

The 2008 Weblog Awards

I’ve been blogging here about my experiences with an ultra-cool change-the-world high-tech project (and now it’s commercialization) since October, 2004.

My part is called “Inventing the Future”, and some of my colleagues on the site are a Sci Fi author, a net/media access lawyer, an economist, and occasionally a Planet Green TV producer. Mostly I write about how great things are going to be in the abstract but almost-here future and everyone else writes about why things are perhaps really not very cool right now.

By any measure, the legal section by policy wonk Harold Feld is really the star attraction. He’s terrific, and the original nominators clearly had him in mind. But since he writes on law and the contest judges placed us in the finals for “Tech”, I’m choosing to pretend to general acclaim all around.

We are getting killed by gizmodo and ars technica and, well, everyone else, and that’s as it should be: they have real reporters and readers and such. Of all the categories, do you suppose anyone would mind if we hacked a victory for Tech? Perhaps we shant.

But if you’re inclined, vote at You can do so once each 24 hours. (Alas, you need to have Flash installed. No iPhone voting. Kind of a cute way to cut down on robots, though, so that a simple automated voting program would have to encompass a flash emulator…)

About Stearns

Howard Stearns works at High Fidelity, Inc., creating the metaverse. Mr. Stearns has a quarter century experience in systems engineering, applications consulting, and management of advanced software technologies. He was the technical lead of University of Wisconsin's Croquet project, an ambitious project convened by computing pioneer Alan Kay to transform collaboration through 3D graphics and real-time, persistent shared spaces. The CAD integration products Mr. Stearns created for expert system pioneer ICAD set the market standard through IPO and acquisition by Oracle. The embedded systems he wrote helped transform the industrial diamond market. In the early 2000s, Mr. Stearns was named Technology Strategist for Curl, the only startup founded by WWW pioneer Tim Berners-Lee. An expert on programming languages and operating systems, Mr. Stearns created the Eclipse commercial Common Lisp programming implementation. Mr. Stearns has two degrees from M.I.T., and has directed family businesses in early childhood education and publishing.

One Comment

  1. Hey! We haven’t lost yet! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell No!

    In football terms, we have a situation called “fourth and long”. We’re down by six points and have only time left for one play. In our case, we’re fourth and 99. (Typical wetmachine readers may not know what football is, so let me explain that it is a quiddich-like sporting contest played with an oblong sphere and involves much grunting of heavy men.) But we may yet prevail! Stranger things have happened (althought at the moment I cannot think what any of them might be).

    One nice thing that has come out of this contest is the blog love from jon swift and a few other places. That’s been gratifying indeed.

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