I have found myself thinking about things, and how to connect things to the net, quite a bit recently. I'll be blogging more about it here and elsewhere.
By "things" I mean more precisely devices at the edge of the network that are not on the network in the usual way. You can't connect to them directly, but they can send and receive messages via sensors and actuators that figure out what they are doing and instruct them what to do. In the middle of this network there are message routing systems, and at the human edge there are various points where people need to make decisions about what should happen next.
Things are fascinating in many places that the web is not. Treating web site visitors like so many pinballs through a funnel dehumanizes them, but that's a lot of what makes people focus on user behavior.
I've been building things out of smaller things, learning how to plumb them together, understanding message flows and designing out behaviors. It's transformative in the way that making web pages never will be transformative. The task now is to write some of this stuff up, the late night experiments and the discovery of new hardware and the task of plugging things together and making them work.