Thursday, May 31, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
Not if you have a sense of proportion.
Here's Cory Doctorow's experience with homeworks:
"I was lucky enough to attend excellent, publicly funded alternative schools through my educational career. We had homework, but we were also given a
lot of time for free play, and a lot of free rein to choose our subjects and design our curriculum -- I remember spending half of the fourth grade working my way through two or three math textbooks and the other half designing and writing a parody of MAD Magazine, to the exclusion of all other work. The next grade I ollowed the class for most of the semester, except when I didn't. In high-school, I took a year off, moved to a little house in Mexico, and wrote stories. All of this stuff contributed more to my learning than any amount of worksheets and homework ever could have."
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Imagine a government in turmoil over YouTube clips.
Read Cory Doctorow's post on Croatian politicians fighting over "funny" YouTube videos of the Interior Minister.
Then wonder how politicians elsewhere will handle similar events.
Friday, May 25, 2007
aka Feature Fatigue
Perhaps we can apply Pareto's rule here? "80 % of consumer satisfaction is supplied by 20% of the product features".
via David Pescovitz.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
I wonder how much sales the books generated.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Inquirer.net reports that Sweden will open the first 'embassy' in web world of SL.
Rounding up the rest of the top ten are
Reminds me of a point of comparison in Knowledge Management where the Scandinavian model (focusing on the dynamics of people engagement) seems to be more powerful than that of the American model (which emphasises success around considerations of efficiency).
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Try entering "Social Software" to see what I mean . Here are the TIME* and SPACE results.
* The returned dates validated results of my "brute force" research efforts on the history of social software portion of an earlier paper I wrote about Social Software and Community Learning .
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
"Starting with nothing more than a vision, an empty shell, a laptop and a jar of nutella, Tav will:
- Conduct a social experiment at open collaboration to …
- Enable people to do what they want to do and …
- Create a profitable billion dollar company.
All in 24 weeks!"Jury's out until November 18, 2007.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Ian Bogost writes about the the cultural and social future of exergames (Exercise + Games portmanteau) in Persuasive Games: The Missing Social Rituals of Exergames
In the process, he had to take the Wii for a "stress" test. Bottom line is:
Monday, May 14, 2007
Voting (Read: Participation in an electoral process) for the "right" people ...
I am still thinking of one. Do not hold your breath ...
Might as well choose not to vote. Have not
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Got this off seth's Meebo blog.
"Where did those pesky little emoticons come from? I mean, originally? It turns out we all have Scott Fahlman to thank! The original forum posting, grabbed from Wikipedia, was:
19-Sep-82 11:44 Scott E Fahlman : - )"
From: Scott E Fahlman
I propose that the following character sequence for joke markers:
: - )
Read it sideways. Actually, it is probably more economical to mark
things that are NOT jokes, given current trends. For this, use
: - (
Friday, May 11, 2007
In the midst of all the actions/verbs swirling around Social Software/Web 2.0, I attempted to summarize what I'd like to think is a broad WOV set.
More meta information on 2D2C.
BTW the image is sitting in Flickr.com. Their blurb declares: "The best way to store, search, sort and share your photos."
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Dee Hock had been preaching and practicing chaordic concepts when he was interviewed at the turn of the century (2000) by Smartleadership.com. "Hock coined the term to describe any organization, system or business that is "self-organizing, self-governing, adaptive, nonlinear, and complex, and which harmoniously combines the characteristics of both chaos and order."
More of his ideas in his 2005 book One from Many. Now for the rest of us, the challenge could perhaps be how to harness the value of "engagement at the edge" of chaos and order.
Suddenly I'm reminded of Espen Andersen's take on blending dot.com and dot.org.
BTW this post was provoked by randommind's blog: Who da boss when it comes to social software in learning organizations?
eSchool News reports about the the latest trend in job seeking with a reference to what they call the YouTube generation.
Don't be surprised if employers run searches on "applicants' social-networking personal pofiles." I guess it's time to rid photo galleries of compromising items.
Sunday, May 06, 2007
I am running a mash-up of freedictionary and yahoopipes:
Here's the result of my experiment. Still figuring out how this can be useful. Perhaps some sort of Pictionary?
Saturday, May 05, 2007
Friday, May 04, 2007
Thursday, May 03, 2007
In an article "Digg users show who's the boss in Web 2.0 world" Dan Moren writes a compelling analysis of the HD-DVD cryptographic key caper and discusses how the ensuing legal actions just couldn't hack it (pun intended).
Here's the "hydratic equation". About 2,000 blog mentions today. You may wish to track it periodically.
Dialstation: call-from-your-mobile-phone project
In beta and offers free 20-minute call. Haven't started using the service though, but could perhaps be worth looking into.
The following is part of the blurb:
Not only do you get some free credit when you first try Dialstation, but we also credit your account whenever somebody calls you on Dialstation! Every person you call will receive 20% of the value of the call as a credit in their Dialstation account. Another reason they will be glad you called!
Dialstation is a product of Telekommunisten, we seriously care about the world we live in. We are anti-war, against corporate globalization, and against racism and inequality.
We are a 100% worker owned and operated technology company. Every cent you spend on Dialstation contributes directly to the service you receive and supports the work we do.
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Intriguing findings and arguments by Richard Florida in this follow up book to "The Rise of the Creative Class".
I like the part where he argues that if we "[p]ut these three ideas together -- that creativity is the most important source of wealth in the modern world, that every human being is creative, and that people everywhere place a high value on engaging creative work -- and you begin to see the scope of the [economic] transformation." The book seems primarily addressed to U.S. audience though.
Would be interesting to think about and see this happen in emerging economies in a slightly different way (Read: Bottom-up)