The fundamental force of the cosmos: Coincidence
Over at Tom Peters' site I posted a bit about Netflix's policy on who gets which DVD's first, citing an anonymous research paper on the topic. Who do I hear from afterwards but my old friend Mike Muegel. Turns out, he's the anonymous writer. He says: It was a fun little project, as it was so obvious what was going on, especially after I set up the 2nd account. And I enjoy writing custom Web robots and charting. Oh how I love my graphs... By the way, Mike notes that he's looking for his next job. If you want to... From Joho the Blog
on March 26, 2005 at 8:48 p.m..
I admit it: Much as del.icio.us has intrigued me, I could never quite figure out how to use the darned thing. Lucky for me, Eric Feinblatt
turned me on to a screencast
on the topic by John Udell. If you’re like me and you haven’t quite been able to get… From e-Literate
on March 26, 2005 at 7:48 p.m..
Scuttle - An Open Source Social Bookmarking Tool
Marcus Campbell has released Scuttle, an open source bookmark manager (think del.icio.us, but hosted on your server), built on PHP and MySQL and released as open-source under the GPL. I'm interested in this because I have been looking for a method for my 4th and 5th grade students to catalog and organize their web resources on the building network. While tools such as Furl and del.icio.us are interesting, the one thing that has held me back from using these with my students is the whole aspect of requiring them to register with a third party. By running a tool such... From Education/Technology - Tim Lauer
on March 26, 2005 at 5:48 p.m..
Anthologizing the blog
I'm still looking for ways to grapple with the transience of the blog -- a writer's best work slides down the screen into the archive, most likely to be lost there. It occurs to me that we could take advantage of an intersection between the category feature of most blog software and the way the more complex of these products allow you to add additional text fields. Let's say you add a text field to your composing screen and call it "anthology" and when you're finishing a post you... From Weblogs in Higher Education
on March 26, 2005 at 3:52 p.m..
Three or four sides of expertise
By chance I've been reading things that touch on the character of our relationships with expertise. In the new book of interviews between Robert S. Boynton and notable heirs of the New Journalism tradition, called The New New Journalism, I started by reading the conversation with one of my favorites, Calvin Trillin. (Who, by the way, resists being called a new journalist and is quite satisfied to be called a reporter...) Trillin spent about fifteen years reporting... From Weblogs in Higher Education
on March 26, 2005 at 2:49 p.m..
Controlled and suggested vocabularies: Are tags making us dumb?
Companies like Boeing spend years developing controlled vocabularies to drive ambiguity out of their technical documentation. For example, tech writers might be told to use the word "turn" but not "twist" when describing any circular motion involving a tool. And, at Corbis, the home of millions of digital images, the in-house cataloguers might be told to use the word "shore" and not "beach" when describing coastal photos. But no one is in a position to write a controlled vocabulary for the Internet, And if they were, you can be sure that many of us would be twisting the night away... From Joho the Blog
on March 26, 2005 at 1:48 p.m..
The GlobalVoices blog is getting really interesting. It's a Berkman-sponsored place for talking about ways in which we can get better at hearing blogs from other parts of the world. For example, recent articles include: An Iranian presidential candidate starts blogging, two Malaysian bloggers talk about the role of blogs where the MSM are tightly controlled, and sources of information from newly-tumultuous Krygyzstan.... From Joho the Blog
on March 26, 2005 at 1:48 p.m..
The persistence of almost nothing
There are very few things in this world that don't change, or that you can count on being the same upon returning after a long absence. I can count on one hand the places I still frequent that were regular visits for me as a child in the 70s and a 80s: my grandparents' house in western Massachusetts; our summer home on Nantucket; and again this winter, Mad River Glen, a ski area in Vermont. My grandparents home has a new back staircase and different furniture. Nantucket has changed quite profoundly: from our deck you now look upon a house where there used to be woods. But after a lon From megnut
on March 26, 2005 at 12:45 p.m..
A Dream for a Future with Alternative Energy
"America has become a vassal state to OPEC. Our military men and women are offered as a serf army to the OPEC nations. We use billions of US tax dollars and the blood of our soldiers to preserve the power of these unpopular governments. Wind power and solar energy could quickly free us from OPEC's shackles." - Hulagu's Web In the first quarter of 2005, the cost of a gallon of gas climbed to the highest price ever. In that same period ExxonMobil, the behemoth global oil company, surged forward as the largest and most profitable corporation in the world valued at more than $402 bi From kuro5hin.org
on March 26, 2005 at 11:45 a.m..
Robots Are Ready to Rumble
Folks who are drawn to mangled metal and screeching saws will congregate this weekend at RoboGames, where robot combatants put the pedal to the metal. Daniel Terdiman reports from San Francisco. From Wired News
on March 26, 2005 at 10:45 a.m..
TSA Work Sloppy, but Not Illegal
Homeland Security fails to keep airline passenger records safe and issues false information about data transfers, but these mistakes aren't against the law, a report says. By Ryan Singel. From Wired News
on March 26, 2005 at 10:45 a.m..
Finished My Book
I'm happy to report I've just emailed the manuscript for my next book, "Get Back in the Box," to the editor, and I feel much lighter as a result. Sure, there's edits ahead, but the biggest step is complete.I'll post more about the new book as it gets closer. I think it will succeed in doing for business and organizations a lot of what it was I trying to do for Judaism: showing that a renaissance, open-source mindset leads to great innovation. Luckily, many businesses have less at stake in maintaining certain belief systems - and their somewhat mercenary attitude From rushkoff.blog
on March 26, 2005 at 1:45 a.m..
Guest blogging at Tom Peters
I'm doing a little guest blogging at Tom Peters' blog. For example, I just posted something about Netflix's way of deciding who gets which titles when... As I've said before, I'm a big admirer of Tom, so I'm thrilled to get to blog there for a bit. [Technorati tag: TomPeters]... From Joho the Blog
on March 26, 2005 at 12:47 a.m..