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Archive for October, 2006
Spent the afternoon on a nice fall drive through Virginia ending at the Hotel Washington in DC. I’m here for the Louis Round Wilson Knowledge Trust Meetings and Awards – tomorrow and Friday. I have my tux ready for tomorrow night. More new on that afters.
I love the new NextBus, predictor of next buses on each route in Chapel Hill. Now if only a bus came close enough to our neighborhood for me to ride it.
Oct 09 2006
The News and Observer is reporting that dancing and hooping will be back at our favorite Third Place, Weaver Street Market at Carr Mill in Carrboro. There is a policy now that has a long list of restrictions including:
“2. Solicitation and distribution of literature or handbills is prohibited except as specifically authorized as part of a Weaver Street Market event.*
*WSM will sponsor a monthly event for non-profit-making organizations with values consistent with its mission to have tables and make their literature available according to guidelines set forth for this purpose.”
[I am trying to imagine handbill day at the Weave now.]
“3. Loitering is prohibited.” [staying a bit too long is part of what a third place is about, isn't it?]
“5. Unauthorized performances and unauthorized large or publicly advertised gatherings are prohibited. “Performance” means any activity intending to attract or having the effect of attracting a crowd of spectators, or that’s volume disturbs others. Performances need to have the advance written permission of Carr Mill Mall.”
[Does this mean Weiner Dog Meet Up will be called a performance?]
The Valley Wag, besides watching the GoogTube purchase, gives sound inventment advice for both angels and VCs: Look to the tightest and more reliable social network out there — the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists.
Disclosure: I am a member of long-standing and of long hair in the LFHCfS.
Fred writes that he’ll be moderating a panel of Social Networking Systems enterpreneurs at the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley tomorrow night. He has tickets so if you’re in the area, drop him a note soon.
* Fred Stutzman, Ph.D. student, University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill, author of Unit Structures, co-founder of ClaimID.
Oct 08 2006
On October 26th, Googlist Craig Silverstein will be speaking to a growing crowd (almost 400 tickets delivered so far) on:
Oct 08 2006
All of them together in one brief video from Amanda Congdon at her AmandaAcrossAmerica site. You won’t be shocked that Ed is hyping next weekend’s ConvergeSouth conference whilst Amanda hypes the as yet unreleased “Dreaming in Code.” If you know Ed, you will be surprised that he is sooo stiff on video–even as a joke he must have had to work hard to be that unnatural. Ed is a very fluid guy.
Oct 08 2006
In less than 2 days, “Citizen Muckrakers have investigated 437 members of Congress, and tentatively found 19 spouses who were paid by a member’s campaign committee-totaling some $641,200 since January 1, 2005.”
The organizers at Sunlight can hardly believe it themselves — and they promised to start the verification process on Monday.
If you have skills, they are looking for an intern.
Oct 07 2006
PBS will begin show a two part series on the live of Giacomo Casanova. The first part played by Doctor Who #10 David Tennant and his later librarian incarnation by Peter O’Toole. Website is revved up and ready for the sexy older librarian.
Ed Cone reports that Matthew Gross has joined the John Edwards One America Committee as an advisor for online communications. We had a good dinner discussion with the Edwards, Ed, Matthew, danah boyd, Fred Stutzman and about a dozen other bloggers a couple of weeks back. Elizabeth Edwards is particularly aware of internet communications on a very personal level as she describes in her new book.
ConvergeSouth in Greensboro is next weekend. It really looks great, but I’ll be just back from DC (see next para).
I’m off to DC at the end of next week for the Louis Round Wilson Knowledge Trust meeting. The last one in Granada was quite a good event. Less site-seeing for me this time because of time constraints, but if there is one thing I should do in DC say late Thursday evening or Friday afternoon lemme know.
One side amusement, I picked up a nice tuxedo that fits great and looks pretty good at a giant formalwear outlet — called the Formalwear Outlet– just outside of Hillsborough for a very very good price. They have lots.
Last night there was a fire in Apex, NC. That would have been innocent enough, but the fire was at a hazardous waste storage facility in downtown Apex. The inaptly name EQ North Carolina, where the EQ stands for Environmental Quality, fire released a large and lingering cloud of chlorine gas leading to the evacuation of 16,000 people.
Kirk Ross at Exile on Jones Street notes that the Town of Apex has a webcam right near the site and that WRAL has aerial photos and more. I note that both the News and Observer package and WRAL use internet mapping services — Yahoo! at N and O, Google at WRAL.
Kirk also lists the violations for which EQ NC was cited in March of this year and for which they were fined $32,000.00.
8:30 – NHPRC Electronic Records Symposium. Talk by Seamus Ross (good coffee and scones)
Note: I’m not sure that I should be naming job candidates here on my blog so’s that’s why I was a little mysterious above.
Robert Martin (until recently head of IMLS, now on the National Council on the Humanities) write to say:
New Yorker finds funny math about blogs at “an online poll conducted by AdAge.com”:
BBC gives us the shocking news: “Geekspeak still baffles web users”.
The article tells us “So while 40% of online Britons receive news feeds, 67% did not know that the official term for this service was Really Simple Syndication.” Not that Brits need to know that but would it help if they knew that the meaning of RSS has changed with each release beginning as RDF Site Summary (for RSS 0.9 and 1.0), then becoming the more luser friendly Rich Site Summary (for RSS 0.91, RSS 1.0) before being renamed Really Simple Syndication (for RSS 2.0).
Whilst your garden variety Brits are not so 1337, those who use the net are Open savvy to the point of rejecting the iPods for more Open MP3 players:
Jay Rosen was here to visit our class and to talk about NewAssignment.net. He was on SlashDot answering questions. He is in Greensboro talking to the News and Record staff. He was visiting Ed Cone and getting mentioned in his blog. He got electrons from Dan Gillmor on the Center for Citizen Media blog.
Whew! But will Jay and Citizen Journalism ever get respect from John Dvorak?