August 31, 2006
Olbermann Channelling MurrowI would normally not quote someone's words in their entirety but these are troubled times and the more readers the better. Keith Olbermann on MSNBC last night (video available here):
August 23, 2006
First They Ignore You, Then They Invite You To Pay Them Large Sums of Money for Five Minutes of "Fame", Then They Fight You, Then You Win. Or Something Like That.I got an offer this morning from Ryan Carson, of Carson Workshops, the people who put on expensive seminars and conferences that attract Web 2.0 wannabes wishing to be in the presence of the creators of Flickr, Del.icio.us, and the like.
Here's the email, fully fisked for your enlightenment:
We'd like to invite you to demo EDVB at our large conference. (((It's been Eventful since September 2005.)))
You'll be able to get the entire audience of 900+ people excited about EDVB. (((It's Eventful. And how many of those "900+" people are not techie early adopters?))) It's going to be a powerful marketing and PR opportunity. (((Translation: you'll get a chance, just a chance, mind you, of getting Michael Arrington's attention.))) With companies like Google, Yahoo, Digg, IBM, Sun, Technorati (and more) attending, you'll be able to get your message out to the people who are shaping the industry. (((Have you noticed that the "shape" they're "shaping" this "industry" into is rather quite spherical, and rather quite fragile, shiny and translucent? I think it's called a, oh, what's the term... "bubble", yes, that is the term I was thinking of.)))
Our conference is called "The Future of Web Apps" and more info can be found at [http link removed] (((This conference actually is "The Current State of Web Apps", and doesn't really represent the future, in my humble opinion.)))
There are only five demo spots left (Sxip, Adobe, MercuryGrove, ThinkFree and Celum Imagine are already signed up), so please let me know if you'd like to be involved. (((What, no Kiko demo? Oh, wait, there's no more Kiko.))) The fee is $4500, but if you get back to me by Friday (Aug 25th), we'll knock $500 off that. (((Let me get this straight. For four thousand five hundred dollars, er, four thousand dollars if I act quickly, I could buy a five-minute ride on the TechCrunch Vortex Machine? Think of the fame! Think of the riches! Think of the nausea afterwards!)))
Hope to hear from you soon! (((Are you hearing me now?)))
August 22, 2006
Bringing Blogumentary to San DiegoI wanna see Chuck Olsen's BLOGUMENTARY documentary on the blogosphere. I wouldn't mind having the filmmaker show up too. In fact, if he showed the film then stuck around for a Q&A afterwards, that would be fantastic.
If you're in San Diego and you'd like to see this event happen, join this demand by clicking "Demand it!" below:
If you're not seeing the flash object above, click here.
Or, if you want this event to happen in your city, just click "Demand it!" above and start a new demand in your city!
Tech Headline of the DayA story at Enterprise Web 2.0 entitled "What KnowNow Knows Now That It Didn't Know Then".
August 21, 2006
Strong AngelDan Gillmor writes,
Well, there you have it. San Diego bloggers, you've been called to duty. Want to "explore innovations in humanitiarian response capabilities"? Want to test the "interoperability, reliability, and flexibility of proposed social and technical solutions"? Have you been itchin' for an "adverse environment designed to maximize learning, sharing, and experimentation"? Well now's your chance.
Frankly the whole thing sounds fairly creepy in a Military Industrial Complex kind of way, starting with the moniker "Strong Angel" -- oh, wait, that's "String Angel III". Sounds like the second sequel to a 80s B-movie which was itself a knockoff of Top Gun.
The Strong Angel website is a piece of work. Dense multisyllabic prose right out of some Pentagon assessment report. Also interesting are the sponsors: Microsoft, Cisco, Google, Office of the Secretary of Defense... that's a nice combination right there.
Check out the Microsoft blurb: "Microsoft Humanitarian Systems (MHS) is an expeditionary team under Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie, tasked with investigating and building working models of advanced solutions to address collaborative aspects of some of the most vexing, emotionally-charged, and least-served human interaction problems, including relief, development, conflict resolution, human trafficking, and human rights. The team is founded on the premise that significant, forward-looking collaborative solutions can emerge when they are designed for - and developed in - complex environments where networks are unreliable, equipment fails, trust is lacking, training is minimal, users are highly mobile, and information overload is the norm."
What Strong Angel III needs is not San Diego bloggers to cover it, but none other than Bruce Sterling. His report is something I would enjoy reading.
August 09, 2006
Those Pesky RepublicansSomewhere in the world there is a computer hard disk drive spinning around vigorously and on this disk drive is a data file and in this data file is my name and contact information. And somewhere in the world there is a computer whirring away while running a piece of software that the Republican Party is using to access the information from the data file that is on that disk drive. Including my information.
Unwanted paper junk mail (like this) sent to my mailbox from Republican candidates and causes. Unwanted email spam from Republican candidates sent to my email address.
What is notable about the spam is that NOWHERE is there any mention of the word "Republican" or "GOP" or anything that would indicate what party affiliation these people have.
For instance, I just got an email from the organization trying to get Lynn Swann elected Governor of Pennsylvania. (I live in California. Why I get emails from the Republican candidates in Pennsylvania is beyond me.) Here it is:
Initially I was wondering, "who is Swann Matthews"? Sounds like an anchorman on CNN or something. And what is that red blob stuck between the "a" and the "n" in the logo? Oh, I guess it's the red state of Pennsylvania?
Amusingly, the disclaimer at the botton of the email says, "You are receiving this email because you or someone on your behalf signed up to receive email updates from our campaign." Heh. It is so nice to know that someone went to all that trouble and acted "on my behalf" by signing me up to receive emails about a candidate for governor of a state I do not even live in.
And then there is the mystery. Nowhere in the email does it say what party affiliation Swann has. I don't follow Pennsylvania politics so I have no idea.
So I went to his site. Here's the home page:
Nowhere on his home page does it mention he is a Republican. Nowhere on his "About" page does it mention he is a Republican. I had to go to Google Advanced Search and scour Lynn Swann's website to find any mention of the word "Republican". It's in there, but it is in very deep obscure pages and mentioned in some press clippings and testimonials. The casual visitor to the site is simply not going to find it.
Of course, Wikipedia's page on Swann mentions it in the first sentence of the first paragraph. Thank you, Wikipedia.
Why is it these Republicans are so reluctant to identify their party affiliation? Could it be because to do so is hazardous to one's chances of winning an election? Me, I think they're just embarrassed to admit it. (After all, they've pretty much given up on their Republican oath).
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