29 April 2008


Edited "Spark" interview now available

Nora Young and her fab hat at Flickr.comYou already heard the full-length unedited version of my interview with Nora Young (pictured) of CBC Radio's "Spark." Now here's the edited version in the latest complete episode of the show, with extra bonus material including me reading some of my blog posts, and my podsafe tune "Striking Silver" as background music.

You can download the whole episode as an MP3 file, or if you're subscribed to the Spark podcast, you'll get it automatically. If you prefer to hear "Spark" on the radio, it airs Wednesday, April 30 (tomorrow) at 11:30 a.m. and Saturday, May 3 at 4:00 p.m. (a half hour later in Newfoundland, of course), on CBC's Radio One network, which is 690 AM in Vancouver. This episode also features internetfamous blogebrities such as Merlin Mann and Amber Mac.

Finally, if you have any doubt at all that "Spark" is a cool show, they just received a promo message recorded by freakin' Strong Bad! How awesome is that? (MP3 also available.)

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Darren points to Legacy Locker, which is a start (though how good a one is an open question) to dealing with our digital legacies after we die. Dave Winer also had some interesting ideas about "personal endowments" back in 2007.
VitalLock's forthcoming approach is to build a platform with an API that social sites and indie developers can create RIA's and interfaces to to handle the federation of both public keys for encryption and the verification process itself. VitalLock will facilitate not just passwords but also Video, Image, Text, Account and Link (VITAL) data. Our add on services will include encryption enveloping so that your data is legally privileged (LegalLock) and permanent archival (EchoLock) these services will be forthcoming in 2009 from https://VitalLock.com
Well, okay, but again we're depending on new startup companies (Legacy Locker, VitalLock) to outlive us. I'm not even all that stressed about having passwords and personal information available -- my family can get to that without too much effort.

But keeping my existing online digital presence available (my blog, my photos, etc.) for posterity, so that links to my site don't break, and so my kids can read it when they're older -- those are the sorts of solutions I'm looking for.