Archive for July, 2005

Happy birthday!

Monday, July 4th, 2005

Real quick, before the day is over: Happy birthday, America!


Monday, July 4th, 2005

Interesting idea: HonorTags.

What the HonorTags Stand For

HonorTags are self-identification by bloggers, PR folks, enthusiasts and several other categories of writers, podcasters, and other content creators.

This is a bottom-up, voluntary system. We think it has the potential to help readers and creators alike.

The readers get the author’s intentions up front. This is not meant to be a gauge of quality, political positioning (it’s totally nonpartisan) or whether the postings are G-rated or pornographic.

What’s in it for the creators? They get increased control over how they’re identified. They can enhance credibility and trust. It could also help them affiliate with others into networks. And, just maybe, this could enhance legal protection as a journalist.

What’s in it for the reader? A helpful tool, or the beginnings of one, to find relevant and/or trustworthy stuff online.

Lack of confidence

Monday, July 4th, 2005

One challenge Germany seems to be facing today is an overall lack of confidence (and vision, direction and leadership, for that matter). While the no-confidence vote by the German Parliament on Friday - brought about by German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder - may clear the way for a possible early general election in September, the question - to me - remains whether or not this will have any positive impact.

To say it in the words of the project world, here’s a list of shortcomings that may explain why the German government is doing so poorly:

  • Vage requirements
  • Poor specification
  • Stakeholder conflicts
  • Failure to plan
  • Poor cost and schedule estimation
  • Poor controlling
  • Poor change management
  • Inappropriate staff (skills that do not match the job)
  • Failure to manage user expectations

Instead of simply holding yet another vote, we should go back first and develop the options we want to vote on. Maybe this is a good time we had a debate about where we want to be headed as a country, and what our goals and our priorities should be. Simply put, we need to answer the question of where we want to go and how we best think we can get there.

It will be interesting to watch if any of the political parties decide to participate in that discussion. So far, all I can see is of very little substance.

Batman Begins

Sunday, July 3rd, 2005

Acceptable. Wonder how Gene likes it.

The case for social bookmarking

Friday, July 1st, 2005

Clay Shirky on Ontology is Overrated: Categories, Links, and Tags. Ties in neatly with the whole wisdom of crowds thing:

As Schachter says of, “Each individual categorization scheme is worth less than a professional categorization scheme. But there are many, many more of them.” If you find a way to make it valuable to individuals to tag their stuff, you’ll generate a lot more data about any given object than if you pay a professional to tag it once and only once. And if you can find any way to create value from combining myriad amateur classifications over time, they will come to be more valuable than professional categorization schemes, particularly with regards to robustness and cost of creation.

MIT Weblog Survey

Friday, July 1st, 2005

Participated in MIT Weblog Survey, a general social survey of weblog authors being conducted at the MIT Media Laboratory.

War of the Worlds

Friday, July 1st, 2005

Thin storyline, one-dimensional characters without exception, but a gazillion dollars worth of lame special effects to make up for it. Spielberg’s latest is just plain boring! C’mon, Hollywood, you can do better! Definitely not worth the $9.75 …