Friday, June 29, 2007

Are presentation slides evil?

So asks FLS (Fresh Lime Soda). More of that question and some answers here.

Take-away for me is: Perhaps it's not, unless you can easily produce video presentations. Especially if yours are hosted on Viddler. Its WOV: Upload, Enhance, Share your videos.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

How does one up the ante on social bookmarking?

Give it a wiki spin.

That's precisely what is doing.

Via Cory Doctorow.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Enya, A day without Rain

NY Times shifd

What does it take to produce a tool to seamlessly shift between mobile and Computer? See below.

  • RFID Reader (USB) and an array of RFID Tags
  • Mobile Phone (Sony Ericsson)
  • Java (Phidget API/Library)
  • PHP
  • MySQL
  • Scriptaculous
  • Yahoo! UI Library
  • Yahoo! Local Search API (version 2)
  • Yahoo! Maps - Map Image API
  • SMS (Email gateway)
  • BBC, Yahoo and New York Times Feeds
  • Guinness Beer
See the demo here. Via Duncan Riley.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Mind maps at

I am testing inline frames using a broad visual map of "Creating a Culture of Collaboration in Online Communities." See below.

If the iframe doesn't work, you may wish to follow the link here.

Monday, June 25, 2007

A rather compelling WOV

Be the Change.

Karmatube hosts Videos that help make a difference.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Shameless Self-promotion 2.0? says you can showcase your talent (not just the singing or dancing type) via video uplaods. From opening a beer bottle with paper to funny English lessons.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Virtual HR

Got this from the Freakonomics blog.
"Employers are starting to experiment with using Second Life to conduct job interviews. Candidates can create avatars and set up meetings at virtual job fairs in which they 'communicate with executives of prospective employers as though they were instant-messaging'."
More from the WSJ.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

The Institute For Figuring

Don't know about you but I like the way they combine Art, Science and Maths. More at the IFF website.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The day a window fell in love with a penguin


Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Visual Click Tracking

Crazy Egg is a click-and-view Web analytical tool in more ways than one.

Might as well call it a WOV: Track. Analyze. Improve (your Website).

Via Nick Gonzales.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Be careful what you post

"The internet never forgets anything." Thus argues Iain S Bruce.

"Anyone can mess up in real life and recover from the mistake by supplementing it with the sort of good works and solid behaviour that makes people discount their indiscretions, but in cyberspace that moment is frozen in time."

Quoting Paul Allen: "For years to come people will be watching your antics online, but they will do so out of context. That joint you smoked at a student party might well have been a once-in-a-lifetime thing never since repeated, but thanks to the photo a friend put on his web page the event could haunt you for the rest of your days."

This has serious career implications.

In the UK, for example "[a] quarter of the HR decision-makers surveyed admitted to rejecting prospective employees based on personal information found online. "

More seriously, ‘People are losing their jobs, relationships and even their lives as a direct result of exposing so much of themselves online’.

Thus Bruce stresses the need for public education programme focussing on web privacy issues.

More here.
Prometheus Unbound

I am starting a serialized version of I.M. Richardson's "Prometheus and the Story of Fire" (1983) here. Would appreciate feedback.

The book designed for kids is available here.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Trust and Web 2.0

Michael Swaine writes that "[t]rust is always important in business, but it is fundamental to Web 2.0 in a way that it wasn't to earlier Internet businesses. "

I like "The Sociology of Web 2.0" part which makes a compelling argument against a cookie cutter approach to bootstrapping Social Websites.

Incidentally, I'm tempted to experiment with discussions around this topic using Thinkature here. (it looks like a visual wikispace to me). Will need to give out invites for that purpose.
Publisher's Paradox

Mark Frauenfelder at points to a Britannica blog containing an anti-internet rant titled "Web 2.0: The Sleep of Reason Brings Forth Monsters". Clay Shirky responds in part: "Academic libraries, which in earlier days provided a service, have outsourced themselves as bouncers to publishers like Reed-Elsevier; their principal job, in the digital realm, is to prevent interested readers from gaining access to scholarly material."

The sense I am getting is: "Perhaps resistance is futile."

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

This just in (31). reports that iPhone supports Web 2.0 third party applications.

And to think that about five months ago, no one could perhaps be sure whether Jobs believed in openness.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Presidential Miis Boxing


Create discussion (concept) maps of contents on the web. Still rough around the edges, but has huge potential. No downloads nor installations necessary. Could be an online counterpart of Cmaps.
Free Online Courses from C-net

From Better Presentations to Wireless Security

Here's a sampler.

BTW Happy Independence Day, Philippines

Sunday, June 10, 2007

The Wales Rules for Web 2.0

Tom McNichol, Business 2.0 Magazine senior writer shares Jimmy Wales' prescriptions for tapping Wikipedia users' enthusiasm. My comments are in parentheses.
  1. Be Proactive (It's about sharing a platform for participation)
  2. Be Transparent (What could be a better way to keep your integrity)
  3. Be Frugal (Reminds me of Barack Obama:"Money is not the only answer, but it makes a difference."
  4. Be True to Your Brand (Some things like open source are just non-negotiable)
  5. Be Trusting (Sometimes you got to believe in "spontaneous good behavior")

Saturday, June 09, 2007

Shameless plug

!people now sports bookmarks and forum view (apart from the community blog view).

Friday, June 08, 2007

WOV sighting of the day

Introduce. Communicate. Sell "an online community for inventors to show the world their innovations."

Thursday, June 07, 2007


Check this and this out.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Smile You're on Candid Google Map Street View

Googlemapsmania offers 6 Ways to Find Cool Google Maps Street Views.

If you're up to it, you may even "Submit, Tag and Vote for Street View Spots found on Google Maps" at Street Spotters.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Bob Marley's "Exodus" released on limited edition USB stick

Only about 4,000. I can imagine all of them quickly getting snapped up even before you utter "No DRM".

More here. Via Donald Melanson.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Perspective on E-Portfolio from Down Under

Just thought I'd take note of some of Graham Wegner's thoughts and research work around e-Portfolio. Here's where he assembled them.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Economic analysis of leaving the toilet seat down

Seriously funny take on economics of "trivial" things. Even references 2 separate studies.

Thanks to Cory Doctorow.

Now I am wondering if economists are running out of objects/activities/events to study.

Perhaps they could take a look at the "political economy" of the toilet below.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Wii Sports Weight Loss Program

Not that I need it.

"A 10 week program. Each day you should be playing about 30-45 minutes active Wii Sports."


Boxing Playtime: 15 minutes; Calories burned: 121
Google Street View camera

More here.

Next up! Real-time user generated content for traffic conditions.