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Sunday, December 10, 2006day link 

My friend James Newton was asked by one of the hubs in Viaduc, the biggest French social networking site, to write something about himself. He wrote the short rundown of his life story included below. Which I found so entertaining that it might inspire me to write my own life story in a few paragraphs. I don't think I've ever done that, and it is probably a good exercise. Not very easy, actually, as it is hard to boil many years of experience into just a few words, and it is hard to know what really might be interesting to others and what wouldn't. A CV is usually not very interesting, but the story often is. Anyway, here's James:

I was born in October 1971 in Bristol, Great Britain, of very young parents of Anglo-Irish origins. At the age of two, I was taken to Australia to live with my adoptive parents, who already had two sons.

The latter are what we generally call “globetrotters” who would blindfold their eyes, throw a dart at a world map and wherever it stuck, would drop everything and move there.

We spent several years between Melbourne, Sidney and living in a wooden and corrugated iron house in the bush north of Brisbane, Queensland (check Bauple in Google Earth™ and you’ll get an idea of what it was like). A great life for a child, though life with no running water and no electricity, among the cane toads and snakes, was probably not the ideal life for my parents.

My mother, who was a potter, sold her wares and my father set up a fruit and vegetable stall at the side of the main road along the Great Barrier Reef.

We finally hopped back to the United Kingdom via Malaysia and the Arab Emirates and spent another few years in Cornwall where my Father ran the large garden centre (Plymouth).

European culture was new to me. I had to wear shoes (very painful at first) and found that in the summer, you could expect 17°C and rain, what you get in winter Down Under. I also found that there was another national anthem than Waltzing Mathilda.

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IndieKarma is a good idea, but nevertheless, I've turned it off on my blog here.

The idea is that visitors to a website, like a blog, would automatically pay a very small amount (1 cent) whenever they visit the blog. That would create a sort of attention economy where, if you have many visitors, you'd also receive a bit of income from it, which maybe would pay the costs of hosting the site.

At an earlier point in the history of the Internet, that could have been a really big idea. Would be quite reasonable if it worked like that. Otherwise, if you put up some very popular content for free on the net, you might well get killed by the bandwidth costs.

But at this point the idea might not catch on. Yes, one can sign up to voluntarily participate in something like that, which is what IndieKarma offers. But relatively few people do. There are right now 1088 people who signed up for it as users, and 461 sites, and the users have given a total of 4778 donations of 1 cent. Doesn't really add up to much.

I started off with the $1 credit one would get automatically, and I put the javascript code on my site. And, well, there has been some 'donations' every day, but I'd also get charged 1 cent when I accessed my blog myself. So, anyway, after a few months, that has added up to a balance of $1.07. I made 7 cents. Great, thank you for the support everybody. But that doesn't really make it worth it to bug everybody with a pop-up message about joining IndieKarma. So, off it goes.
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