Archive for June, 2005

Wikis, Weblogs and RSS: value-gains through decentralization of control

Thursday, June 16th, 2005

Kevin Werbach, Philip Evans, Janice Fraser, and Ross Mayfield discuss Wikis, Weblogs and RSS: What Does the New Internet Mean for Business? (registration required).

Wow!

Wednesday, June 15th, 2005

What a nice piece of machinery (my Apple PowerBook G4 that is) …

I switched.

Wednesday, June 15th, 2005

Just about to open the box: Apple PowerBook G4, 15.2-inch screen, 1.67GHz, 1GB RAM, 100GB Hard Drive etc. etc. etc.

Congratulations, Class of 2005!

Wednesday, June 15th, 2005

Attended 5th grade promotion ceremony at Terrell Elementary School today:

Ladies and Gentlemen Abrahams, Adera, Alvarado Villa, Baker, Bentz, Berhe, Boakai, Brewer, Carrasco, Carver, Castaneda, Chaulklin, Chavez, Cherney, Christensen, Chung, Corral, Degerli, Dinh, Do, Doan, Dominguez, Espinosa, Estrada, Estrada, Figarella, Fofanah, Garcia, Glindo, Gomez, Gonzales, Gonzales, Graef, Gutierrez, Healy, Hernandez, Hernandez, Hoang, Huerta, Jenkins, Kang, Katich, Ketebe, Kupneski, Lopez-Portillo, Lugo, Lujano, Macias, Major, Martinez, McBrian, Mini, Mohamed, Molina, Newsom, Ngo, Nguyen, Ortiz, Ortiz, Palma, Papagayo, Paredes, Parra Gomez, Rinaldo, Rogers, Rogers, Sage, Sanchez, Schlick, Shacher, Shahin, Shiraki, Swindell, Talavera, Tharp, Thornberry, Ti, Tigistu, Tuggle, Tydingco, Valadez, Vela, Virrueta, Vu, Wilson, Ybarra, Zendejas-Galvan:

Congratulations to all you aspiring pro-footballers, writers, veterinarians, dancers, lawyers, artists, nurses, engineers, and what not: Good luck with your future endeavors! Have a nice summer!

Tsunami warning cancelled

Tuesday, June 14th, 2005

The tsunami warning has been called off. Phew!

Tsunami warning issued for California coast

Tuesday, June 14th, 2005

A tsunami warning has just been issued for the whole of the California coast after a 7.4 earthquake hit approx. 300 miles north-west of San Francisco. Expected arrival time is 9.23pm.

RSS advertising best practices

Tuesday, June 14th, 2005

Bill Flitter of Pheedo has posted their Best Practices for RSS Advertising.

Collective Wisdom

Monday, June 13th, 2005

Three weeks ago in May, I had a chance to join The Presidio Dialogues for a very refreshing conversation on “Thinking Together: When Everyone is Smarter than Anyone.” Two case studies mentioned that night caught my attention: Juanita Brown’s The World Café (an approach to large-group collaborative dialogue) and Bob Horn’s Mess Maps (download the Multnomah County, Oregon example on “Public mental health”, PDF, 367kb to get an idea what mess maps are about). They both tie very nicely into what James Surowiecki describes in his book, The Wisdom of Crowds (ISBN: 0-385-50386-5):

“[...] under the right circumstances, groups are remarkably intelligent, and are often smarter than the smartest people in them. Groups do not need to be dominated by exceptionally intelligent people in order to be smart. Even if most of the people within a group are not especially well-informed or rational, it can still reach a collectively wise decision.”

I hope to hear more on how to tap into a group’s “collective wisdom” next week in New York and Minneapolis.

Getting paid

Monday, June 13th, 2005

Got my first paycheck the other day (for my European readers: What’s a paycheck?). Just a modest $712.50, but hey - it’s a start! Now the question is: should I cash it … or frame it and put it up on the wall somewhere (for future reference)?

The European blogosphere(s)

Sunday, June 12th, 2005

Loïc Le Meur did a presentation yesterday at reboot7 on The European blogosphere. Very insightful for a number of reasons. For once, it’s a wiki (platform: Socialtext), built within 24 hours, content courtesy of many contributors. I guess you could call that collaboration …