I was inspired to go grab Twitterrific which has great improved my twittering life. It’s a smart little application for OS X that aggregates and lets you manage your twittering friends and their tweets.
I was privileged to be on the committees for two interesting theses in Journalism in the past two days.
One challenged some of the assumptions of the Sundar study about recommendation source. Could customization be such a strong positive factor that recommendation source makes no difference at all? One of the findings of this forthcoming paper says it can be and is.
What causes students to decide to watch and pass on commercial messages they find on YouTube? The strongest reported responses were personalization and humor. If it ain’t funny, higher that average funny, it won’t get passed on.
I feel just like Frank Gehry! Sketchup works. It’s easy to learn and makes sense. The 3Dwarehouse and linking makes sharing models and displaying them simple as you see above. Haven’t tried adding to Google Earth yet tho.
Admittedly, it is not that difficult to find all this free on the Internet. As the credits in Mr. Seltzer’s books affirm, almost all come from the Web’s premier text site, Project Gutenberg (ibiblio.org/gutenberg), a project that started in 1971 and trumps Mr. Seltzer’s “complete” collection with its 20,000 free books, including selections in Chinese, Dutch, Afrikaans, Czech, Sanskrit and Yiddish.
Many of the Gutenberg books (including those used by Mr. Seltzer) are also prepared by Distributed Proofreaders (pgdp.net/c/), which does for proofreading what Wikipedia does for encyclopedias. Public domain books are proofread by volunteers who are given a page of a scanned book to compare with the electronic text. In 2004, the site says, 300 to 400 proofreaders from around the world participated each day, completing 4,000 to 7,000 pages of text a day, which are then proofread again in a second round before being submitted to Project Gutenberg. Yet another site that contributes to Gutenberg, LibriVox.org, uses volunteers to read public domain books, aloud, creating free audio books.
One of the many pains of Blackboard is that once materials have been placed there, it’s a royal pain to get them back out.
Uncle David Moffat has tackled this problem and come up with bFree, a course content extractor. This Java-based software has been tested and runs on both Windows XP and Mac OS X. No word on Linux support but since it runs under the latest Java Software, there is a good chance it will.
37% of the blogs tracked by Technorati are in Japanese; only 36% are in English. What’s more the percentage of Japanese language bloggers is increasing — up from 33% last year –, while the percentage of English language blogs is dropping — down from 39% last year.
Just took a call from Rick Smith who is writing up a longer article with pictures for WRAL and will link to that later. Rick tells me that the video of the discussion will be edited back at CNN and some of it aired on CNNMoney and less edited on the Business 2.0 site. Will link to those as they appear online.
This event is open to everyone interested in meeting other technologists, innovators and entrepreneurs in the area. The goal of RTP 2.0 is to bring individuals together for meeting, sharing ideas, and having fun. Friends are welcome, of course.
The Zombie Flash Mob had a nice high acceptance number for the FaceBook announcement – 142 confirmations and 268 maybes. But once the blood started to splatter. There were only about 25 reanimated dead. We had a lot of fun and those that were blood splattered got a great taste of red colored chocolate syrup.
Teen Spirit took over WCOM today from 10 – noon and will be back on tonight at midnight – 2 am. Can you tell it’s Spring Break? Tucker and friends not only played records, but also the single string guitar made its on air debut. It may be back tonight.
Fred and I were interviewed separately and together for CNNmoney‘s New Disruptors. I caused a small disruption by wearing a pin striped seersucker suit. I talked quite a bit for something that will probably boil down to 30 seconds to 3 minutes of air time. As you can imagine we spend a couple of hours walking and talking on a great spring day. Erick Schonfeld of Business 2.0 is a good conversationalist so we had plenty to say. The biggest downside for TV is that both Erick and I are expansive people. He has plenty to say too. I found myself trying to find ways to compress my ideas to an almost ridiculous extend which didn’t lead to a very fluid conversation. Finally I could explain Open Source software and non-market production this way: You understand how an Amish barnraising works. Open Source and non-market is like that in that everyone pitches in. But in this case everyone gets a barn including the people who didn’t even work on the raising.
Afters we had a more relaxed conversation between the three of us outside at UNC’s Johnson Center for Undergraduate Excellence. I started to realize how much impact the past 15 years of sunsite/metalab/ibiblio have had on the local business scene as well as the not-for-profit scene. As we sat in the warm afternoon sun, I felt very lucky to have been a part of the journeys of so many lives and adventures. And more to come.
We took our Make designed single string electric guitar to show off at the Music Loft. As soon as Dennis the owner came out and we plugged in the PVC pipe-based guitar and struck a surprisingly mellow note, we had plenty of attention. Several of the local musicians tried out the guitar and were delighted at the varieties of music that could be had from a less than $20 homemade instrument. Of course getting the strings and machine head for free from Dennis helped contain the cost a little ;->
Our guitar is now a bass — after we split a string or two trying to get a conventional E tuning. One Lofter played it as a stand-up; another was into Led Zep playing a John Paul Jones bass line. Tucker came home and started on a guitar strap to be made of duct tape — what else?
Before we left, Dennis took some pictures for the Loft website eventually. I’ll link to them once we hear that they’re up.
I was up an hour early this morning. I thought that my son had played and April Fool’s joke on me by somehow sneaking into my room and changing the time. But what really happened was even more amusing. The radio has some little intelligence. Or perhaps better only a little intelligence. The radio knew or knows that Daylight Savings Time exists. But it assumes that Daylight Savings Time will begin on the last Saturday of March. This year that changed, but the radio didn’t. So when Daylight Savings Time began earlier, I just set the clock forward myself.
It never occured to me that the radio was still anticipating the time change. This morning as we crossed from March to April, the clock changed.
I was up early and not amused. I’m looking for the manual now.
ibiblio is proud to announce the successful launch of our new spacecraft, the ibiblio1!
Inspired by recent endeavors in amateur space travel, ibiblio launched ibiblio1. Now we can bring you ever more diverse collections from across the galaxy as we make contact with whatever’s out there. We also hope to expand our services as the ibiblio1 will deliver mind-control satellite uplinks to the upper atmosphere of Earth.
Below you will find some pictures of the ibiblio1 in production. Keep an eye on the sky!
Pictures, references, links and more as we track ibiblio1.