Archive for November, 2006

Day After Tomorrow

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

I got your letter today
and I miss you all so much here
I can’t wait to see you all
and I’m counting the days here

I still believe that there’s gold
at the end of the world
And I’ll come home to Illinois
on the day after tomorrow

It is so hard and it’s cold here
and I’m tired of taking orders
And I miss old Rockford town
up by the Wisconsin border

What I miss, you won’t believe
shoveling snow and raking leaves
And my plane will touch down
on the day after tomorrow

I close my eyes every nite
and I dream that I can hold you

They fill us full of lies, everyone buys
’bout what it means to be a soldier
I still don’t know how I’m supposed to feel
’bout all the blood that’s been spilled
Will god on this throne
get me back home
on the day after tomorrow

You can’t deny, the other side
Don’t want to die anymore then we do
What I’m trying to say is don’t they pray
to the same god that we do?

And tell me how does god choose
whose prayers does he refuse?
Who turns the wheel
Who throws the dice
on the day after tomorrow

I’m not fighting, for justice
I am not fighting, for freedom
I am fighting, for my life
and another day in the world here

I just do what I’ve been told
We’re just the gravel on the road
And only the lucky ones come home
on the day after tomorrow

And the summer, it too will fade
and with it brings the winter’s frost dear
And I know we too are made
of all the things that we have lost here

I’ll be 21 today
I been saving all my pay
And my plane will touch down
on the day after tomorrow
And my plane it will touch down
on the day after tomorrow

Music and lyrics by Tom Waits and Kathleen Waits-Brennan (from the album Real Gone)

Technology and Politics Camp, December 17

Thursday, November 23rd, 2006

Meet me at Technology and Politics Camp, December 17 in San Francisco.

The Technology and Politics Camp is intended as a hands-on day of networking, brainstorming, and planning for organizations working at the intersection of politics and the Internet (or technology in general). The idea came out of the Technology and Politics session at BarCampStanford.

The general goal is to create stronger and more coherent coalitions devoted to democratic technology, freedom, social justice, and sustainability.

This is the re-scheduled Barcamp TechnoPolitics that I had announced here.

Silicon Valley’s pheromones of invention

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

Stowe says: Through the Eyes of Out-Of-Towners

There is a sensual element to the hothouse atmosphere of today’s Bay Area, an almost narcotic scent that invisibly infiltrates every party and reception, the pheromones of invention, that desire to create that’s almost a tug in the genitals. And of course, there is still the foundational lust — real lust — underneath it all, too.

The out-of-towners fly in, get drunk on this buzzy, fizzy, heady mix, and they never feel right when they return to Cody Wyoming or Australia; they can’t wash the mouthfeel of San Francisco out of their heads when they return to Berlin or Boston. It’s like a tattered postcard of hootchie dancers, smuggled home, kept under a sweaty pillow, and they can’t shake off the sense of missing something, something very hot, pressing and immediate, like getting caught in traffic en route to what you bet was going to be the best date of your life.

I admit I took a sip from the devil’s cup, too.

FF2 is slow

Monday, November 20th, 2006

I upgraded to Firefox 2.0 the other day and it’s beyond slow. Pages that take under a second to load in Safari take up to 30 seconds to load in Firefox.

It seemed ok at first but then it kept crashing repeatedly for no reason and has been slow ever since.

Anyway, it’s driving me nuts. Ugh!

Web Monday Kaiserslautern, November 20

Saturday, November 18th, 2006

Yet another addition to the pack: Web Monday Kaiserslautern will be held at the Fraunhofer ITWM in Kaiserslautern on Monday, November 20. Welcome, guys!

Oh, and they plan to have live video from the event. Sweet!

Elsewhere across Germany, Berlin, Kiel, and Bielefeld are also happening.

What the Fleck?!

Thursday, November 16th, 2006

So Fleck is live and it’s some sort of web annotation layer thingy:

Fleck.com wants to add a new layer of interactivity to the web. Fleck is inspired on a story written in 1945 by Vannevar Bush and an article titled ‘We Are The Web’ by Kevin Kelly.

Vannevar Bush predicted a machine called the Memex that would allow people to surf from one information page to another. Some people say that Hypertext and the World Wide Web are based on or at least inspired by the Memex.

Kevin KellyOne thing that the Memex had and the web doesn’t is the ability to add new content to every page it contained. After reading the Wired article by Kevin Kelly we decided to try to add a new level to the web by adding new tools that would allow its users to add information rather than just consuming it.

Fleck allows you to interact with pages on the web just as if it were pages in a magazine. You can save your annotated page for yourself, send it to friends or colleagues or use it in your blog.

You can start using Fleck right now. It’s free and what’s best: you don’t have to install anything on your computer. Try the search box at the top of this page or add Fleck to your browser with a Bookmarklet or Extention.

Fleck was founded by Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten, Patrick de Laive and Arjen Schat and is privately funded.

Interesting.

Marshall has more over at Techcrunch: Fleck Offers Zero Friction Web Annotation

So if you feel like Flecking along, why not start with this page right here?

Oh, and check out how they launched their site to the public. Pretty creative.

Creating Building Blocks for Independents

Sunday, November 12th, 2006

Earlier this year, Tantek Çelik gave a presentation at the SXSW Interactive conference on “Building Blocks for Independents” and has meanwhile launched a wiki to help expand these ideas.

Sunday hard rock!

Sunday, November 12th, 2006

I recently picked up a CD with Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in a recording from 1958 featuring legendary US pianist Van Cliburn. I so need to catch a live performance of grand piano and orchestra. It’s been years and I’m due for my next fix. Good stuff.

Trivia factoid: As a kid, I used to play with legos for hours on end listening to the LP.

German college student social networking site StudiVZ.de — Case study in corporate communications

Sunday, November 12th, 2006

Karsten Wenzlaff has written an in-depth article on StudiVZ.de, the largest German social networking site for college students with an alleged 1M users, that covers a lot of the recent criticisms regarding both the founder’s as well as the company’s behavior and communications: StudiVZ - The glamour is fading (or a chronic on how lack of PR can ruin a good idea)

Via Basic Thinking: Social Networks : StudiVZ als gute Case Study

World Fitness 100

Saturday, November 11th, 2006

Today is day zero of my upcoming World Fitness 100 (an amazing personal wellness program that I have yet to get trademarked). You know, that whole anima sana in corpore sano business. Should help with some of the things I’m working on right now.

So, see you again on February 19, 2007.

Oh, and to all my listeners back in beautiful Rhineland, Germany: Alaaaaaaaaf!!