I broke myself a bit by claiming that I am Very Conservative but I was found out and ended up with this reading from Fred’s True Self oracle:
Your True Self: Very Liberal
Your friends say a lot about you. In your profile, you list yourself as being Very Conservative.
However, it looks like the political views of your friends might be telling you something! Indeed, most of your friends are very liberal. Don’t worry about this too much, it’s good to get exposed to different political views, even to those which you may not agree.
The scary part is that 25% of my friends claim to be Apathetic/Other.
What: “Conversation with David Grisman” When: Monday, March 5 11:00 a.m. Where: Pleasants Family Assembly Room, Louis Round Wilson Library
The Southern Folklife Collection is hosting a conversation with composer and mandolin virtuoso David Grisman. The event will be moderated by Jocelyn Neal, assistant professor in the Department of Music.
Who:Bob Sutor, IBM Vice President for Open Source and Open Standards When: 3 pm Wednesday, March 14 Where: 116 Murphey Hall UNC-Chapel Hill What: a public talk by and conversation with Bob about IBM and Open Source and Open Standards
April 14 Saturday – Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility presents (with some help from ibiblio)
Bruce Schneier internationally renowned security technologist and author. Described by The Economist as a “security guru,” Schneier is best known as a refreshingly candid and lucid security critic and commentator. When people want to know how security really works, they turn to Schneier.
Privacy Journal’s Robert Ellis Smithrecognized as the leading expert on the right to privacy in the U.S. He is an experienced journalist, a lawyer, an author of several essential books on privacy. Twice he has been asked to write the definition of privacy for the World Book Encyclopedia.
Jim Harper of the CATO Institute a member of the Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee. Recently, Harper wrote the book Identity Crisis: How Identification Is Overused and Misunderstood. Harper is the editor of Privacilla.org, a Web-based think tank devoted exclusively to privacy, and he maintains online federal spending resource WashingtonWatch.com.
I’ve wondered for a long time why UNC coeds seem to be blonder as an average of the population as opposed to the perceived (by me) general North Carolina population. Now looking over Tea Birds, I notice that blondes dominate the pictures. Why?
I had to miss out on Harry Halpin‘s talk at Duke recently. Not to worry; he sent a link to his slides. He’s into the Semantic Web, Microformats, Folksonomies vs taxonomies, and gives a great overview and discussion.
Harry being a web guy doesn’t use PPT; these slides are a lovely read right in your browser with no ugly download or proprietary reader required. There is one wonderful link to a YouTube video about Trust which relates to Harry’s work.
The talk is titled “The Next Generation of the Web” but there is more there there than in most talks of that name.
Among the interesting and inspiring people that I was able to spend time with over the past 36 hours were:
Henry Copeland of BlogAds.com who took time off to come and talk to my class about his experiences doing start-ups and the current state of advertising on blogs. (Thanks Henry. There’s no substitute for real world experience when it comes to entrepreneurship and you showed us a lot in a short time).
Cory Doctorow, who was generous with his time at UNC and at Duke — we did sell out of Overclocked — and with Red Hat Magazine — see articles below for more on Cory’s visit and see the ibiblio Speakers page for a video of his UNC talk soon. Cory’s Salon article “Steve Jobs iTunes Dance” is worth going through the obligatory commercial to read.
Today we shot some video for Red Hat Magazine. One thing we didn’t talk about is: Who in the room is most closely related to E. L. Doctorow? Several folks have made the claim for Cory including his Wikipedia entry. I confess as you may have guessed; I am much more closely related to Uncle Edgar than Cory. E. L. “Uncle Edgar” Doctorow is married to my Grandmother’s sister. They met at Kenyon College. She from Hickory, NC and he from New York City.
Watch for the videos soon (I’ll post as soon as I learn they are available).
“It is extremely interesting to know, for instance, that the phrase “Shit happens” was introduced to print by one Connie Eble, in a publication identified as “UNC–CH Slang” (presumably the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), in 1983.”
Every poet aspires to write at least one poem that someone will remember and think good after a number of years. We usually don’t live to know whether we’ve accomplished that. But e-mail today gave me some hope and confirmation.