Cairo’s been a lot of fun these past two years, but now I’ve been asked by the Swedes to move to Shanghai to set up two new websites aimed at the 300+ million Chinese who have gotten online this past decade.
One site will be informational, a localized version of Sweden.se in Chinese. The other will integrate with the Swedish pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010, and here we hope to have some cool 3D web technologies on show.
Besides Shanghai’s famed food, the other reason I really want to go is the fact that this century’s longest total solar eclipse, on July 22, 2009, has Shanghai as its bull’s eye. I have yet to see a solar eclipse, so I am not about to let this one get away (weather permitting).
What are the implications for Ogle Earth? When I started this blog back in the summer of 2005, I had rather more time on my hands. That hasn’t been the case for a while now, but my new job will be full-time and then some. I mooted closing the blog, but the fact is that I really enjoy writing many of the posts. So here’s what I am going to try to do:
From now on, Ogle Earth will only focus on the geopolitical implications of all this neogeography — censorship attempts by governments, citizen activism, humanitarian and disaster relief, science outreach, and of course mainstream media failing to report all this accurately:-)
I will no longer be writing posts that link to other exciting neogeo developments on the web, nor write up newsworthy product announcements. Unlike in 2005, there are now plenty of blogs that do an admirable job of covering this space, not least by the likes of Google and Microsoft themselves. I can’t guarantee, however, that I won’t occasionally post about jaw-dropping new technologies or tools I come across.
I hope to be able to write one or two posts per week, but since the relevant bloggable events don’t follow a quota system, neither will I. Also, the next month will be really busy, so please bear with me.