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Converge South – Oct 13 and 14

Paul, · Categories: General, Information Commons, Virtual Communities

Part of me is saying that holding a conference that begins on Friday the 13th is a scary bit of scheduling. But Ed Cone assures me that this year’s ConvergeSouth in Greensboro, NC will be even better than last year’s — and that one was killer.

In talking with Ed last night, I’m convinced they’ve done the right thing and will be ready to roll.

ConvergeSouth

Science Blogger Conference – Jan 20, 07

Paul, · Categories: General, Information Commons, Virtual Communities

Anton “Mister Sugar” Zuiker writes:

We’ve just announced the Triangle Science Blogging Conference for Sat, Jan 20, 2007 in Chapel Hill, NC. I’d appreciate you sharing the news with anyone who you think would be interested in the conference. I’ve posted the announcement here.

Conference details are at here.

ibiblio.org is proud to be one of the first sponsors for the event.

Science Blogging

Carrboro Music Fest – Today

Paul, · Categories: General

We saw the bands setting up for their first sets as we drove back from church. They started playing at 1 (about 30 minutes ago). WCOM may be doing live on the spot or the Middle School Radio Club could be spinning.

Head down to Carrboro for the Music Fest (site here).

danah boyd talk now on-line

Paul, · Categories: General, Information Commons, Virtual Communities

If you missed danah boyd‘s recent visit to UNC — or if you want to revisit the talk, Joey has the talk online as part of the ibiblio speakers videos. Check her out here.

Fred in Forbes on FaceBook

Paul, · Categories: General, Virtual Communities

Fred Stutzman gets sourced as Forbes does a brief on the possible sale of FaceBook.

Fred’s para:

Facebook is “nothing short of the identity of an entire generation,” says Fred Stutzman, a graduate student at the University of North Carolina who studies the site. “If you can leverage data about the entire 17 to 24 demographic over marketing for the next 30 years, what’s a billion dollars? It can turn into so much more.”


Fred has further reflections on his own blog.

Edgers on Byrds

Paul, · Categories: Alumni and other friends, Amusements, General, News of News

Early Byrds

In the Boston Globe today, Geoff Edgers reviews and recaps Roger’s band, the Byrds, on the occassion of the release of a new boxset of their work. Amongst the Edgers work is a great narrated slideshow of the band’s history and an oral history constructed from interviews with the living band members sans David Crosby.

Public/Private Powers of 10

Paul, · Categories: Alumni and other friends, Amusements, General

David McConville‘s office/home/studio in Asheville is a great Power of 10 homage to Buckminster Fuller. Check out this Flickr set of the outside. The slideshow version is worth your art appreciation time.

They started from this design document [pdf].

Car-Free Day Tomorrow 9/22

Paul, · Categories: General

One thing I like about being in Chapel Hill where the bus rides are free, our new Town Manager participates in Car Free Day:

Many Town of Chapel Hill employees, including Town Manager Roger Stancil, will leave their cars at home on International Car Free Day this Friday, Sept. 22. Mr. Stancil encourages employees to join him in exploring new ways to commute to work. He plans to take a 7:40 a.m. Chapel Hill Transit NS bus from Southern Village to the corner of Columbia and Rosemary streets and walk to Town Hall at about 8 a.m. Several Town department heads are expected to join him for the ride and walk to work.

Thai coup d’etat blogs and networks

Paul, · Categories: General, Information Commons, Virtual Communities

Songphan’s iTeau Dirt has collected links to sites covering the coup in Thai — in English and in Thai.

He also has a smart and informative entry on “Seeking Information in a Critical Situation: 2006 Thai Coup d’Etat” which is personal and reflective.

When in History?

Paul, · Categories: Alumni and other friends, General

Or better when on History Channel? Inquiring minds (and relatives) have been asking: You did this take with Heather Hesketh for the History Channel a month or so back and we haven’t seen the show yet. When will it air?

I wanted to know too. I heard sometimein 2007. Now I have a letter from the good folks at the Department of Cultural Resources telling me that they hear that it’ll run in June, 2007.

Google’s Craig Silverstein at UNC 10/26

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Craig Silverstein
Who: Craig Silverstein, Google Tech Director (and 3rd employee)

When: Thursday, October 26, 4 – 5:30 pm
Where: Medical Biomolecular Research Building

Sponsor: Health Sciences Library

Registration (required) and Additional info:

Panelists to respond: Dean Jose-marie Griffiths, Dean Barbara Rimer, Fred Stutzman, Librarian Carol Jenkins, and Paul Jones

Questions for Craig may be submitted in advance

Google logo designers reject Talk-like-a-Pirate logo

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Hit be so sad; hit makes me heart quake like a tub in a storm. No logo! But a great rejection letter.

ConvergeSouth – October 13

Paul, · Categories: General, Information Commons, Virtual Communities

Ed Cone writes to remind us of Greensboro’s premier blog/culture/technology gathering, ConvergeSouth, to be held Friday and Saturday October 13 and 14.

Amongst those attending and leading sessions will be:
Elizabeth Edwards of OneAmerica Committee
Jim Rosenberg aka Mr. Sun
Lex Alexander – The Greensboro Model
Robert Scoble – 10 Ways to a Killer Blog
Maryam Scoble – Maryamie
John Robinson – Editor, News & Record
Allen Johnson – N&R Editorial Page Editor
Daniel Rubin – Philadelphia Inquirer
Bill Wood – NC A&T Help Desk Manager
And of course Ed hisself.

McConnville domes in .PT

Paul, · Categories: Alumni and other friends, General

Id in Dome
Not the PT Cruiser which is cruisin’ fine now thanks, but the country of Portugal. David was there for Fulldome 2006’s Workshop in Immersive Cinema as one of the faculty/speakers for the event/

Fred in New Scientist

Paul, · Categories: General

Fred Stutzman AIMs me to say that he’s in today’s New Scientist talking about the end of privacy and identity.

Good article and it even gets to ClaimID.

I’m off to the SILS 75th.

SILS 75th – Monday!

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75th Anniversary Logo
I’ll be spending most of Monday September 18 celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the School of Information and Library Science here at UNC-CH. Amongst the speakers tomorrow beginning at 2 pm are Deanna Marcum, Associate Librarian for Library Services, Library of Congress; Michael C. Ruettgers, Senior Advisor and retired Chairman, EMC Corporation; Robert Martin (Ph.D. ‘88) Professor, Lillian Bradshaw Endowed Chair and Professor at Texas Women’s University School of Library and Information Science who will present a tribute to Dr. Louis Round Wilson (namesake of Louis Round Wilsock).

Music next weekend – RAC and Carrboro Music Fest

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Saturday Sept 23 will see the First Annual Play it Forward Benefit Concert on the Southern Village Green, Chapel Hill NC 5pm-11pm. This special evening will feature live music, food, drinks and information booths. Put on by Rock Against Cancer.
Featuring the following Bands:
• The Old Ceremony
• High & Mighties
• Joceifus Rifle
• Union Jack
And Isaac Akers on fiddle.

On Sunday, the Carrboro Music Festival will feature 150 combos at 21 different venues within only a few blocks of each other. This little ole movie will help explain why 10,000 people came to listen to music in Carrboro last year.

WCOM – DanceJam becomes Smith Middle Show

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The new Radio Club at Smith Middle School is now running the WCOM Sunday 2 – 4 slot at 103.5 LPFM. They are looking for a title and a theme song. I suggested Elvis Costello‘s “Radio, Radio” or Joe Jackson‘s “On your Radio”, but they have some age on them. What’s good for teens these days?

Rob “lilo” Levin dies in bike-car collision

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freenode News Thursday 16 September 2006 at 10:58:00:

On the 12th September Rob Levin, known to many as Freenode’s lilo, was hit by a car while riding his bike. He suffered head injuries and was in a coma. Rob was being treated at the Neuro Trauma Intensive Care Unit at a local hospital in Houston, Texas where he passed away in on Sept 16th.

Our thoughts are with Rob and his family, and we ask that you respect their privacy during this difficult time.

Condolences can be sent to condolences AT freenode.net

On behalf of freenode Staff and the PDPC Board, Christel Dahlskjaer, Mike Mattice and Phil Stracchino.

For many years, ibiblio hosted the FreeNode pages. Any time we were off the net between here and Houston, we could be sure that we’d be hearing from Rob. He was completely dedicated to keeping communications amongst Free Software developers open and available. His death at age 50 is untimely and saddening.

From Laughing Squid:

UPDATE: A quiet channel as been setup at #lilo-memorial for reverent idling and #lilo-mourning for discussion.

Slashdot story and comments here.

Banksy is the new Beatles

Paul, · Categories: General

The Revolution will not be terrorized

After watching Banksy’s expliots, most recently the Paris Hilton-ized version of the Barbie Liberation Front intervention, from across the ocean, I now get to enjoy them coming from across the continent.

Barely Legal in LA gets serious press in NYC and elsewhere.

Go Banksy!