Archive for July, 2006
MSNBC’s Meet the Press is good again tonight. Tim Russert is grilling both Israel’s Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Dan Gillerman and Lebanon’s Special Envoy, Ambassador Nouhad Mahmoud on the violence in Israel & Lebanon (transcript).
If the purpose of journalism really is to provide citizens with accurate and reliable information they need to function in a free society, then Russert is doing a very good job.
As an additional bonus on tonight’s program, hear Tom Friedman provide his excellent insights yet once again.
Via blog81: openBC IPO
Since feedback has been very positive, we’re trying to throw another Web Monday Silicon Valley. A date has been set for August 14, the exact location has yet to be determined (probably Palo Alto or San Francisco or somewhere in between). If you have a venue that can fit 20-30 people and has wi-fi please let me know.
As a quick reminder, here’s what Web Monday is all about and why it might be interesting for you:
Web Monday is an informal gathering (in and around Germany) aimed at bringing together developers, designers, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, researchers, web pioneers, inventors, bloggers, podcasters, end users and other folks interested in web 2.0 (in the broadest sense). The goal is to better connect the German web 2.0 scene as well as improve transatlantic idea exchange between Germany and the US (and â€“ hopefully â€“ help bring some of those good Silicon Valley vibes to Germany).
Since its inception in November 2005, Web Monday has spread fast: meetings are now being held in a number of German cities on a regular basis (among them 7 of the nation’s top 10 biggest) and have attracted several hundred repeat participants so far.
Anyone involved in web 2.0 or neighboring fields who has an interest in German-US business (or any kind of “bridging” between the two, for that matter) is most welcome to join. Whether you are from Germany and live and work here in Silicon Valley (and want to help spread the love), or whether you are from Silicon Valley and have ties to Germany â€“ Web Monday Silicon Valley is your chance to present your product, your service, your startup, your cool new project or your next big idea to a growing audience of German web aficionados.
It’s also worth noting that while there is certainly a good deal of focus on Germany, we are very open to our neighbors in (or from) Switzerland, the Netherlands, Poland, France, Austria etc. I am convinced that there is a lot we can all learn from each other when it comes to importing innovation best-practices to our respective home countries.
Two events worth mentioning:
The other day, I heard Johannes Ernst give an interesting presentation at SDForum’s Collaboration SIG meeting on Why User-Centric Digital Identity Matters. I had first met him last July in San Francisco at Planetwork’s July meeting where he talked about Light-Weight Identity (LID). This time around, however, it seems like there is more behind the story, and the whole identity business is really picking up steam. See his blog post and slides (PPT gZipped).
Last night, I was at SF Web Innovators’ Network 1.8 in San Francisco (hosted by Atlassian at their beautiful SF office) . Met a whole lot of people (old and new). And Marc Canter gave a quick demo of his new PeopleAggregator service, which is promoting open standards in the fields of attention, tagging and digital identity.
PeopleAggregator may not look very pretty at the moment (compared to other web 2.0 sites out there) but the concept behind it strikes me as quite powerful. I signed up and will definitely give it a try.
The 700 Club. First heard about it in 1987 or so, first got to watch it in 1989. I must have spent many a night watching (along with the plethora of other infomercials). But The 700 Club was different, a true evergreen. It still amazes me after all these years what a brilliant business this must be: selling the meaning of life to an audience eager to find peace of mind.
Ordered a bunch of books today that had accumulated on my Amazon wishlist over the past few months:
- Defensive Design for the Web: How to improve error messages, help, forms, and other crisis points (Voices That Matter) — 37signals
- A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction (Center for Environmental Structure Series) — Christopher Alexander
- The Deliberative Democracy Handbook: Strategies for Effective Civic Engagement in the Twenty-First Century — John Gastil
- Cultivating Communities of Practice — Etienne Wenger
- Visualizing Argumentation: Software Tools for Collaborative and Educational Sense-Making (Computer Supported Cooperative Work) — Paul Arthur Kirschner
- The World Cafe: Shaping Our Futures Through Conversations That Matter — Juanita Brown
- Hollywood Haven: Homes and Haunts of the European Emigres and Exiles in Los Angeles (Studies in Austrian Literature, Culture, and Thought Translation Series) — Cornelius Schnauber
Mario Sixtus: Blogging Beirut
Worth a read. Something about how this war is going is very wrong. Of course, the subtleties and the complexities and the overall sick twistedness of this conflict seem to escape most of the prime time television news media. Once again, the only valuable insights I’ve come across so far have been on KQED public radio.
My gut feeling tells me that the vast majority of people in the Middle East probably don’t want war. They don’t want their sons and daughters to get killed. They don’t want to lose their homes. They don’t want to flee their cities. Their desires are nothing out of the ordinary: health, small dreams, a future. Somehow, they keep getting screwed.