Archive for April, 2006

Viral video campaign how-to

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

Something is in the making at Mindjet: Lights! Action! Spread! — How to Make an Online Video Viral.

Enterprise adoption of Web 2.0 collaboration

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

Interesting discussion:

Since We Met

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

The Bill Evans Trio: “Since We Met”. Recorded live at the Village Vanguard, New York City, January 11-12, 1974. Bill Evans, piano. Eddie Gomez, bass. Marty Morell, drums.

Wonderful.

Ross Mayfield: Power Law of Participation

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

Worth reading: Power Law of Participation

Digg is the archetype for low threshold participation. Simply Favorite something you find of interest, a one click action. You don’t even have to log in to contribute value, you have Permission to Participate. Del.icio.us taps both personal and social incentives for participation through the low threshold activity of tagging. Remembering the URL is the hardest part, and you have to establish an identity in the system. Commenting requires such identity for sake of spam these days and is an under-developed area. Subscribing requires a commitement of sustained attention which greatly surpasses reading alone. Sharing is the principal activity in these communities, but much of it occurs out of band (email still lives). We Network not only to connect, but leverage the social network as a filter to fend off information overload. Some of us Write, as in blog, and some of us even have conversations. But these are all activities that can remain peripheral to community. To Refactor, Collaborate, Moderate and Lead requires a different level of engagement — which makes up the core of a community.

Another year of KQED

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Just renewed my KQED membership. Still the best radio in the Bay Area.

Ain’t she a beauty…

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Delightful pictures of the Citroën DS on Flickr.

Too bad Netflix doesn’t deliver any meaningful results for the same search yet, because movies with this particular car in them are likely to be good (think Ventura, Gabin, Delon, Trintignant, Piccoli, Montand, Belmondo etc.).

The high cost of cheap gas

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

It’s that time of year again when people are complaining about high prices at the pump. Politicians on both sides of the aisle are even calling for the president to intervene and keep oil companies from price-gouging. The blame-game is on.

That’s all silly, of course. World demand has gone up over the past few decades and is expected to increase even further in the years to come. China and India, anyone? World supply simply hasn’t kept up. Yes, yes, there’s regulatory issues here in the US that make things worse, and taxes, and the refineries pose a bottleneck that’s a real drag, and if we were only allowed to drill in Alaska that would certainly add a few gallons to the bucket.

But the bottom line is: We need to change our ways. We need to conserve. We need to stop burn fossil fuels. We need to kick our oil habit. We must develop the alternatives now and make the switch to regenerative sources of energy.

And don’t anyone tell me it can’t be done. It has already been done, just not on a larger scale. The sooner we get started, the better. I still want that car.

Our use of and our dependency on oil clearly has had some very negative side effects (environmental and political). Making the switch will spur innovation. And maybe in the end we can tell our kids some day we did good. Or at least we tried.

(Apparently, I can’t claim to have come up with the title of this post: Google)

Scrum

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

As of last week, I am a Certified ScrumMaster (CMS).

What is Scrum?

Scrum is an iterative, incremental process for developing any product or managing any work. It produces a potentially shippable set of functionality at the end of every iteration.

I can recommend Netobjective’s course:

ScrumMaster Certification (CSM) Agile project management is as radically different from traditional project management as agile processes are different from traditional methodologies. One of the most popular agile methods is called Scrum, and this course is about managing Scrum projects. Rather than plan, instruct and direct, the agile project manager (called the ScrumMaster) facilitates, coaches and leads. In this course, you learn how to make a development team, a project, or an organization agile, and at course completion, you are certified as a ScrumMaster. The course consists of lecture, hands-on discussions and exercises, case studies, and examples used to educate you in the way of the ScrumMaster.

Now waiting for my first Scrum project.

More:

Guernica

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

On this day, 69 years ago:

The bombing of Guernica was an aerial attack on April 26, 1937, during the Spanish Civil War by the German Luftwaffe squadron known as the Condor Legion against the Basque city of Guernica. It was the first aerial bombardment in history in which a civilian population was attacked with the apparent intent of producing total destruction.

Pablo Picasso’s painting Guernica can currently be seen at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid.

Structured blogging website available in German

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

Visit StructuredBlogging.de or read the launch announcement: StructuredBlogging.de ist online! (in German).

German startups Plazes and OpenBC are both among the list of the supporters for the structured blogging initiative.

I admit I have yet to give it a try, though. Oh well, one of these days.