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I’m going to Hollywood!

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Ok, not quite. But doing a daily TV talk show from Oracle OpenWorld 2009 this year was tons of fun (remember, that’s where I work). There’s something about live video that’s really fresh, definitely something we will explore further.

Here’s the program site in case you’re interested. If you were among the millions who tuned in, here’s a good place to give feedback. Thanks!

Not in Austin? How about DIYxSW!

Saturday, March 14th, 2009

Man, I’m so bummed I can’t be in Austin at South by this year for all the amazing partinsightful sessions and enlightening panel discussions, not to mention the great beernice people.

If you’re similarly stricken, come drown your sorrows and join the alternative backchannel:, channel #diyxsw

It’s BYO beer.

IAP2/NCDD Northern California joint meetup, August 19 in Berkeley

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

The local IAP2/NCDD Northern California joint meetup I initiated earlier this year is coming together nicely.

Joint Northern California chapter meeting of the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) and the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation (NCDD).

Learn more:
IAP2 —

There’s significant overlap in interests, tools, and experiences, and we want to broaden our local network of local facilitation, public participation, and dialogue & deliberation professionals.

The agenda is fairly informal. There will be brief talks or presentations, with plenty of time for conversation and networking.

We’re meeting for the second time next week:

When: Tuesday, August 19 at 6.30pm
Where: NextNowCollaboratory, 1250 Addison, Berkeley, CA:

For more info and to RSVP, go to Upcoming or Facebook or join our Google group.

Feel free to bring your friends and colleagues!

Obama Berlin speech tag cloud

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Thought I’d condense Obama’s speech in Berlin, Germany today into a tag cloud:

Wordle: Barack Obama Berlin Speech: 'A World That Stands As One'

I used Wordle, which does a really nice job at creating tag clouds.

Beta invites (don't bother)

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Another thing about the occasional startup:

They make you sign up for beta notification. Then you learn about their launch by accident — after the fact.



Friday, October 5th, 2007

Recommended reading on what Web 3.0 isn’t and why:

Stowe Boyd: Jason Calacanis on Web 3.0

I personally feel that Web 2.0 has a long way to play before we can advocate jumping onto some new wave. Have we seen the full culmination of the social revolution going on? No, and I think it will be awhile before we do.

Personally, I feel the vague lineaments of something beyond Web 2.0, and they involve some fairly radical steps. Imagine a Web without browsers. Imagine breaking completely away from the document metaphor, or a true blurring of application and information. That’s what Web 3.0 will be, but I bet we will call it something else.

Tim O’Reilly: Today’s Web 3.0 Nonsense

… There’s definitely something new brewing, but I bet we will call it something other than Web 3.0. And it’s increasingly likely that it will be far broader and more pervasive than the web, as mobile technology, sensors, speech recognition, and many other new technologies make computing far more ambient than it is today.

But in any event, the next meme to take hold will be broad based, with many proof points, each showing another aspect of the discontinuity. Anyone who says his startup is the sign of this next revolution is just out of touch.

I find myself particularly irritated by definitions of “Web 3.0″ that are basically descriptions of Web 2.0 (i.e. new forms of collective intelligence applications) that justify themselves as breakthroughs only by pretending that Web 2.0 is somehow about ajax, mashups, and other client side technologies.

So there you have it. What we need is better imagination, and less of the versioning.

Btw, Stowe had another nice article on the social graph meme that’s currently making its rounds: Dave McClure Is Wrong, Continued: Social Graph v Social Network

BarCampBlock: Palo Alto, August 18-19

Thursday, July 19th, 2007

You know what to do…

My Akismet has caught 100,000 spam comments this year so far!

Saturday, July 7th, 2007

I installed Akismet on New Year’s Eve.

A short while ago, it hit the 100,000 mark. That’s 100,000 spam comments caught this year so far, or 500+ per day, or 20+ per hour.

Somehow, I find it mind-boggling that we still — remember? it’s 2007 already — haven’t really found a way to combat spam effectively.

What if you had to make a deposit first before you can leave a comment? A deposit of, say, a few bucks, e.g. via a third-party broker (could vary depending on the type of blog, the time passed since the original post, what information we have about the comment author etc.)? Then, if I deemed your comment spam, I would get the money (minus a small fee for the broker). Someone please build this?

The benefits of bankruptcy

Saturday, January 27th, 2007

Robert Young at GigaOm: Bankruptcy: The Opportunity to Fail

A former mentor, and a very smart man, once told me that the greatest invention in this democracy and capitalist system we live in and know as the United States is, of all things, bankruptcy. Yep, bankruptcy… the opportunity to fail.

Simply put, we live in a country that encourages dreamers to take risks, and the laws protect those “entrepreneurs” from the potentially excessive consequences of failure. Bankruptcy laws enable risk-takers to protect themselves and start over. There is no other nation on this planet that by its very by-laws fosters such an economic environment. This spirit, the acceptance of failure, while counter-intuitive, is crucial to this country’s enormous success within the world economy.

Sure enough, a couple of folks from Germany weigh in (both are non-German):

Anne Koark says:

I am British and have been living in Germany for 21 years. In 2003 I went bankrupt with my company. Here failure is completely stigmatized. So much so that many entrepreneurs affected by failure are suicidal. …

Anon says:

… I’m also an ex-pat American living in Berlin, Germany. What this country largely lacks is the spark of originality and creativity coming from America’s entrepreneurs. As an American, you take all that for granted until you move away. Americans really have a knack for coming up with new ideas, and should be proud of this.

My fellow Germans: Unless we make it easy to fail, we won’t get anywhere.

Election 2008: What’s the winning technology stack?

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

Tim O’Brien has a great post: 2008 Presidential Technology Race: Urchin, Online Video, Linux, Apache

Linux and Apache are Presidential Material

The first thing to notice is that a majority of the field is using Open Source - Linux and Apache are presidential technologies. It’s also interesting that the agreed upon front-runners are both using ASP.NET, what does that say about the relative cost of implementing ASP.NET (both McCain and Clinton are ahead in fundraising, but you wouldn’t necessarily say that the Brownback campaign is flush with funds). Obama wins the award for Web 2.0 simplicity, Edwards wins the prize for compelling design and innovation, and Vilsack and Kucinich are tied for the least polish. I was surprised, I wouldn’t have thought that Biden was a Zope kind of guy, but I also wouldn’t have guessed that the most conservative candidate to date (Romney) would be running a J2EE site. I didn’t get a sense of excitement from the Dodd, Biden, or Brownback sites even though they all appear to be professionally designed.

One thing that’s missing from the study is the degree of RSSification of the various sites: blogs posts, comments, events, events in my zip code, videos, podcasts, press releases etc. — My guess is more people will want to subscribe to those over the coming 22 or so months.

Anyway, we can expect lots of good things come out of this election cycle.