Archive for May 8th, 2007

Xeni alerts us to a McClatchy Washington Bureau story and narrated slide show by Tim Johnson “China orders resettlement of thousands of Tibetans” which details the forced relocation of Tibetan villages (over 250K people or 1/10 of the entire Tibetan population) while encouraging the in-migration of Han Chinese into the Tibetan cities.

The New Yorker carried a story that covered the same ground, sans the forced relocation, but more deeply in the “Our Far-Flung Correspondents” section of theie April 16, 2007 issue as “The Train to Tibet: What will the greatest rail journey on earth do to its destination?” by Pankaj Mishra. This is only available as an abstract online tho.

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Kathy Sierra of Creating Passionate Users distrusts Twitter. Why?

The big three reasons, she explains, are:

1) it’s a near-perfect example of the psychological principle of intermittent variable reward, the key addictive element of slot machines.
2) The strong “feeling of connectedness” Twitterers get can trick the brain into thinking its having a meaningful social interaction, while another (ancient) part of the brain “knows” something crucial to human survival is missing.
3) Twitter is yet another–potentially more dramatic–contribution to the problems of always-on multi-tasking… you can’t be Twittering (or emailing or chatting, of course) and simultaneously be in deep thought and/or a flow state.

Being Kathy there is much more said and said with wit, insight and probably from within the flow state and with graphics — and followed by some spirited discussion.

But Kathy, I’m from a large family and I need the noise to be able to concentrate! Twitter is just about the right volume — and I do keep it on the virtual desktop with email so’s I don’t have to see it if I don’t want to. Can I still be in the flow state, please?

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Our favorite Vermont librarian, Librarian.net’s Jessamyn West (hosted at ibiblio.org) has a great little video of herself installing Ubuntu on two donated computers at a small library in Calef Library. Jessamyn got props from Cory Doctorow at Boing Boing for her performance which is set to the Cajun Music of Beausoleil.

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