Archive for November, 2006

Half-baked.com

Friday, November 10th, 2006

I’m spending the day at the Citizen Summit at Citizen Space (Citizen Agency’s new office — nice place). As somewhat of an unexpected treat, Dave McLure did a round of Half-baked.com.

HalfBaked.com is entrepreneurial improv theatre that he co-invented: Foo Camp 2006, HalfBaked, & the Art of Geekery.

How it works:

As a group, collect 50 words. Break up in groups of five. Choose two words and announce your company name (word1word2.com). Come up with a business plan (name, concept/product, revenue model, marketing plan, logo, tagline). Pitch to experts and VCs. Have your startup judged and voted on by the group. All in under 30 minutes. Celebrate the insanity!

Can you do something very quickly in short format? It’s all about speed!

This was first done at Foo Camp 2006. The winner then? Bottlecap Porn.

The winner today? Donut Divorve. Divorces are usually very time-consuming, costly and not a lot of fun. Donut Divorce wants you to be able to get a divorce in the time it takes to buy a donut. It’s an online service. Both parties can invite all their friends and family to help duke out the details of the split. Donut Divorce makes money by taking 10 percent of any settlement that’s reached, which — in part — will be redistributed amont the contributors. Of course, there’s point rewards and reputation systems and lots of web 2.0 bells an whistles.

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Freudenshow — Trash comedy TV from Germany for people with attention deficit disorder

Friday, November 10th, 2006

So I finally got around to watching the first three episodes of Die Freudenshow. Comes with a flavor of subversiveness that I like. Might be on to something. Check it out!

Web Monday Second Life, November 13

Friday, November 10th, 2006

For the fourth time, Web Monday Second Life will meet this coming Monday. More info and RSVP on the wiki. After last month’s grandiose debacle (and I mean that in the best possible way — everybody still had a good time and a lot of things could be learned), Corecon has invested in the infrastructure (more seats, maximum number of attendees has been raised 60) and has also put quite a bit of effort into creating training materials.

As of today, 30+ people have already signed up.

Web Monday 2007 — Take the poll!

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

For everyone who has attended any of the more than 50 Web Monday meetups over the past twelve months, I would like to invite you to take part in a little survey that I just set up.

It’s absolutely low-tech, simply email me your answers to the following questions:

  • The meaning of life — Who are you and what brings you to Web Monday?
  • Pretty good stuff — What do you like most so far?
  • Not so hot — What do you see needs the most improvement?
  • Eureka! — What did you learn?
  • This way, please! — Your suggestions and ideas going into 2007!

The poll will be active through November 21, 2006. The results will be published shortly thereafter on the Web Monday wiki.

Thank you all very much!

MobileMonday Germany is live!

Tuesday, November 7th, 2006

Great news for the mobile community in Germany: MobileMonday Germany

Welcome to MobileMonday – the global community for mobile professionals.

MobileMonday is about promoting the mobile industry and fostering cooperation and networking among industry people and their companies, by providing opportunities to meet colleagues face-to-face and virtually. The focus of the organization is networking events, which are normally held on the first Monday of every month.

MobileMonday started in Finland in September 2000 and has since spread to over 30 chapters throughout the world, in the US, Europe, Asia and Australasia. The working language is English to reflect this international spirit and events are mainly held in English too.

You can find more information about the parent organization here, as well as catching up with industry news and information.

MobileMonday Germany aims to replicate the movement’s success and will be holding networking events in Munich and Dusseldorf on alternate months. Other cities may follow and if you’re interested in starting another MobileMonday, please get in touch by using the contact information above.

The events are typically split into two parts. The first part of the evening features 3 or 4 short presentations from speakers about a theme chosen for the evening. This is followed by the opportunity to network with the speakers and other attendees.

We’re looking forward to meeting you all and taking the mobile industry into the exciting times ahead.

I’m glad to see this moving forward (I was briefly in touch with two members of the founding team earlier this year). I’ve been to a couple of MobileMondays here in the Bay Area, which were both very good quality, and I hope the German community will embrace this new opportunity for idea exchange.

The first two events will be held in Dusseldorf (December 4) and Munich (February 7). MobileMonday Germany is looking to expand into other cities as well. If you are working in the mobile sector, just make yourself heard.

Via mobinauten mobile 2.0: The Seven Mobile Knights

Factcheck exposes inaccuracies in 2006 campaigns

Sunday, November 5th, 2006

Factcheck has been reporting from the campaign trail once again this year. They just published their summary: The Whoppers Of 2006 — We review the worst deceptions from House and Senate campaigns.

Summary

The mid-term elections of 2006 brought an unprecedented barrage of advertising containing much that is false or misleading. We found examples of disregard for facts and honesty – on both sides – that would get a reporter fired in a heartbeat from any decent news organization.

Candidates, parties and independent groups have faked quotes, twisted words, misrepresented votes and positions, and engaged in rank fear-mongering and outright fabrication. Here we review some of the worst deceptions we found.

Analysis

We haven’t addressed every false or misleading statement in 2006 House and Senate campaigns – there were too many of them and our resources are too limited for that. For the full record of our work please refer to the earlier articles on the home page and in our archive.

Disregard for Facts

Much of what we found went well beyond the bounds of honest advocacy, and would warrant dismissal for any reporter who tried to pass it off as an accurate news story. We believe reasonable citizens will also find these distortions to be unacceptable even in political advertising, where a certain amount of puffery is expected and tolerated. It’s one thing to present your own case in the best light and to point out the flaws in your opponent. But a lot of what we encountered was far from the truth. …

Factcheck is a great service and recently won PoliticsOnline’s The Top 10 Who are Changing the World of Internet and Politics award.

Update 2006/11/05: In the title, it must say “inaccuracies” (not “accuracies”).

Free Hugs

Saturday, November 4th, 2006

I’m sitting at Lulu Carpenter’s Cafe in Santa Cruz, CA. And since Santa Cruz is known for being a town full of weird people, I might as well point to the Free Hugs Campaign.

Sometimes, a hug is all what we need.

Free hugs is a real life controversial story of Juan Mann, A man whos sole mission was to reach out and hug a stranger to brighten up their lives.

In this age of social disconnectivity and lack of human contact, the effects of the Free Hugs campaign became phenomenal.

As this symbol of human hope spread accross the city, police and officials ordered the Free Hugs campaign BANNED. What we then witness is the true spirit of humanity come together in what can only be described as awe inspiring.

Watch the video on Youtube.

And now imagine and go save the world…

The top 10 ways the Democrats can win the 2008 elections

Saturday, November 4th, 2006

Listen.

US Presidential Speeches Tag Cloud

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

This is cool: US Presidential Speeches Tag Cloud

Via: Digg

Amberjack crunched

Friday, November 3rd, 2006

Amberjack launched the other day and has already been featured on Techcrunch: Amberjack Makes Site Tours Easy

About Amberjack:

Amberjack is a lightweight Open Source library, enabling webmasters to create cool site tours.

By guiding your site visitors, Amberjack tours can greatly improve the usability of your website.

The Amberjack JavaScript library is lightweight (~4K), stable, LGPL licensed, browser compatible, set up in 2 minutes & super-easy to customize.

Best of all, nothing must be installed or learned. Use the Tour Wizard to create great looking and helpful tours for your site or intranet application.

Amberjack is a private, non-profit project by Arash Yalpani, who is based in Berlin, Germany. He recently launched Webride, an interesting service that automatically attaches discussion forums to any web page.

Wow, that makes two posting about web stuff from Germany today.