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Brand and Culture: Jasmine got a blog!

October 26th, 2005

So much happened in the last 3 weeks while you’ve been deprived of my piercing insights, its hard to know where to begin catching up.

To me the most exciting news is that Jasmine now has a blog, brandxculture (pronounced ‘brand and culture’). Truth be told she has had it for a while, but only recently officially launched it.

My favorite posts so far are

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Serenity

October 3rd, 2005

I’m going to go against the apparent conventional wisdom, and note I hated Serenity, am utterly disappointed, and hope that if they ever revive the show they’ll ignore all events of the film.

The show for all its comedy, and western aspects functions as noir. The characters are very minor, very small characters in a very large, very mean universe. They’re buffeted by the forces beyond both their control and understanding.

In the movie, they’re heroes, and not just the everyday heroes of the show, but larger then life super heroes? Rescuing the universe from evil gubermint plots? And it all fitting together all right and tight, everything neatly explained from River to reavers.

Blah.

The actors did their usual great job, unfortunately this brainless action flick gave them nothing to work with.

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In NYC This Weekend

September 28th, 2005

Current plans are to head down to NYC this weekend.

I’ll be hanging in Queens with friends, maybe we’ll celebrate Stephan finishing his thesis Unions in a ‘Globalized’ world: has globalization undermined the efectiveness of unions, and what strategies might be effective in responding? (or maybe I’ll just sit there with a copy and a dictionary)

Hopefully we’ll get together a Serenity viewing party (rumor has it that Mr. Social Design Notes himself, might also be a fan),

Definitely I’ll be at House 2.0 Saturday, with Amit, whose book just sold out its first two print runs.

And if there is any time left after all that, maybe a little a neighborhood scouting.

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Serenity

September 21st, 2005

I’m not sure yet if we’ll be in Boston or New York on the 30th, but I know what I’m doing … watching Serenity! (not, unfortunately, Santa Cruz as originally planned)

Any movie going parties forming in either city? Looking to add 1 fan, and 1 skeptic to the mix?

update: from brian in the comments:

Serenity will have some competition on the 30th, as the lavish Henson studio production of Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean’s MirrorMask opens that day as well.

Oh my! I had forgotten that was out there, Henson, Gaiman and McKean. (I wonder what ever happened to Gaiman/Froud Tam-lin project?

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Corporate Media’s Race Bias

August 30th, 2005

White people find things. Black people loot things.

And from the archives The Invisible Whiteness of Beer Riots

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Report Back: FOO Camp

August 28th, 2005

My Foo Camp report back is a little late coming I know, but a few quick scribbles (if I had more time, I’d write less).

A great time was obviously had by all, except for the handful of souls who were too cool for it. I was not among those, self proclaimed web fanboi that I am. To the extent I had no agenda for the weekend it was a wild success, to the extent it could have been even better, I’ve got a few thoughts.

Squid Labs

Squid Labs are my new heroes, its one things to do inscrutable and mind altering hardware hacks, its another to incorporate training, and knowledge sharing for all ages as a core component. Instructables is an awesome attempt to open source knowledge, while Howtoons are just brilliant. The work by Saul Griffith, on self-replicating machines made me wish my math was better, a hard feat. The reality enhancing devices had more of an “oh wow” factor, but what really sealed it for me, is they all travelled up in a modded school bus, full chopped up bikes.

Microformats

I felt like I saw early potential in microformats, and yet am also sort of late to the koolaid drinking party. The best definition I ever heard of artificial intelligence is that AI is the technology that is perpetually 10 years away, in the sense that once a problem domain has been solved (I believe the germane example at the time was computer vision) it is no longer considered AI. I wonder if the Semantic Web is a similar movable feast, and microformats are one of the first spin-offs.

I was impressed by Tantek and the other folks I met working on microformats in that they deeply understand the power of reuse, and more importantly understand that the social hack they’re pulling off is significantly more difficult then the technical one, and more important. That community/communication focus makes me think microformats will be a winner, and hCalendar is certainly the first standard I’ve ever seen that could enable a simple “add this to my calendar” technology.

When 2.0

Saturday morning we did a mini-calendaring track. Michael Radwin, Adam Trachtenberg, Larry Wall, Ray Ozzie and I spent an hour riffing on timezones, leap seconds, and the dismal state of calendaring libraries. (It was also noted that the Olson database might have a “Postel problem”, in that it is unspecified what happens when the maintainer dies)

We were joined by Andy Baio (Upcoming), Brian Dear (EVDB), Jesse Vincent (Reefknot, Data::Ical), and others for what I think will be an interesting ongoing conversation about the future of calendaring.

What take away was of the morning session was that it would be simple, and very easy to build a RESTful web service access to the Olson DB, keyed by region, lat/long, street address and the desired date. You could even support 304s as all the various change information is captured in the timezone files. Personally I’d also like some way of surfacing the rich, and eccentric commentary also contained in the files.

Other hilights were Quinn’s functional body mods talk (scary cool, get her to give you this talk), the potential of seriously messing with the mobile carriers, meeting a bunch of virtual friends/heroes IRL, Mark Fletcher’s talk on Bloglines’ crawling architecture, Segways, ice cream sundaes, free books, and generally incredibly high level of articulate, communicative geeks.

Self Organizing Technologies (for Humans)

Saul’s presentation on teaching machines to self organize was brilliant, and yet, to me, ironic. By sitting there learning about his work, I was missing half a dozen other sessions I would have killed to be in. FOO Camp is billed as a “self organizing” event, and to the extent that O’Reilly does a good job of providing people, space, food, and something like a rough skeleton it, this is true. But the techniques it used, could use an upgrade, it was very much “Self Organizing 1.0”

But not all self organizing is a like. Burned into my mind is the rugby scrum the first night, as 200 geeks pressed into a small space, trying to desperately scrawl and juggle their ideas across the grid. Many events that shouldn’t have been scheduled against each other were, and if you weren’t willing to push, and kick shins, then you didn’t have much say in when you’re session would be scheduled for. This is the kind of thing that gives anarchy a bad name.

I’ve seen it work better, any number of communities have better techniques, and groups like Aspiration and Blue Oxen are in the business of organizing self-organizing events. If I were to lead a session next year it would on “Self Organizing Technologies for Humans”.

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