I was to be on a panel at North Carolina Research and Education Network’s Community Day. I almost missed it tho. The dentist put me in the x-ray room and left me there for far too long. No the x-ray wasn’t on the whole time, but I couldn’t just run out through those lead lined walls. Luckily the event was being held at the North Carolina School of Science and Math. Tucker and I were in touch via Twitter as were Mark Johnson, the panel organized, and Joel Dunn of UNC – Greensboro. I gave Mark a warning of my delay. I sent some of the material that I planned to reference to Joel. And the two to them drafted Tucker to join the panel using my materials and whatever rants discussions about Net Neutrality he could remember having with me. Then they billed him as @smalljones2.0.
The next day, I joined UNC Law’s Andrew Chin and UNC System attorney David Harrison on a panel about Internet Regulation for the UNC Scholars Program. I had been handed some great material by accident by some of my panel members from the day before — unintentional on their part — “Give us the right to sell tiered, metered services or illegal music traders will kill your grandmother!” They meant that telemedicine should have some sort of engineered preference over day BitTorrent, but things quickly degenerated into hysterically outrageous rhetoric. The result is this brief Prezi:
In 1968 a few young men at East Mecklenburg High School began publishing a magazine out of a shed in one of their backyards. They called it The Inquisition and those boys made what some folks say is history. The liberal content of the paper – promoting civil rights, opposing the Vietnam War and more – caught the attention, and the ire of much of Charlotte’s authority figures. What happened next became fodder for legend. It was the first case in America where the free press and the first amendment came in conflict with simple zoning laws. Our guests today argue that the court case involving The Inquisition and its editors help blaze a trail for the entire southern underground press movement. We talk with two of the original editors of The Inquisition and a writer researching their story.
Suzanne Sink – English Instructor, Author of an essay on The Inquisition story
Lynwood Sawyer – Former Editor/Writer, The Inquisition
Russell Schwarz – Former Editor/Writer, The Inquisition
With director Darren Aronofsky, Eric Watson produced his first feature, π, in 1995 in New York City. The film debuted at the Sundance film Festival in 1998 and earned Watson an IFP/West Spirit Award nomination for Best First Feature. It also earned praises from Robert Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times as “a study in madness and its partner, genius.”
Equally impactful is his film Requiem for a Dream, lauded by Rolling Stone as a movie “no one interested in the power and magic of movies should miss.” The film earned Watson another IFP/West Spirit Award nomination for Best Feature and was named one of the Top Ten Films of 2000 by The New York Times, Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly.
Watson began his career as a Broadcast Communication Arts major at San Francisco State and continued with Motion Picture Production at the American Film Institute, where he was awarded the Mary Pickford Scholarship for Excellence in Producing. At AFI, Watson first met and collaborated with director Darren Aronofsky and cinematographer Matthew Libatique.
Watson is currently developing several projects including the film, What’s Wrong With Virginia, starring Liam Neeson and Jennifer Connelly, and written by Academy Award Winner Lance Black (Milk, Big Love). He is also working with writer and film producer Susannah Mills on a collaborative narrative project intended for a Web audience.
The response is (so far) signed by:
(Affiliations are listed for identification purposes only.)
Bill St. Arnaud, Green IT Consultant, St. Arnaud-Walker and Associates Inc
Scott Bradner, Harvard University, long time IETF and ISOC participant,
ARIN board member and Network World columnist
Dave Burstein, Editor, DSL Prime
Kenneth Carter, Senior Research Fellow, Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, Columbia Business School
Robin Chase, CEO Meadow Networks, co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, member, Dept of Commerce National Advisory Committee for Innovation and Entrpreneurship
Gordon Cook, Editor and publisher of The Cook Report on Internet Protocol, Technology, Economics and Policy since 1992
Bob Frankston, Telecommunications Analyst and Visionary
John Furrier, Founder Broadband Developments, Inc; and Founder Editor of SiliconANGLE.com
Gene Gaines, Gaines Group, telecommunications engineer, Open Internet activist
Robert Gregory, BSEE UCB, I.T. Director for a non-profit human services agency, and BSD, open source and IP network evangelist since 1980.
Dewayne Hendricks, CEO, Tetherless Access
Paul Hyland, CTO, Digital Operations, Education Week; member, USACM Council
David S. Isenberg, Ph. D., Principal Prosultant(sm), isen.com, LLC, former Senior Advisor to FCC Omnibus Broadband Initiative, and Author, “Rise of the Stupid Network”
Seth P. Johnson, Information Quality Specialist
Paul Jones, ibiblio.org and University of North Carolina
Dean Landsman, Digital Strategist/Connectivity Consultant. President: Landsman Communications Group
Jon Lebkowsky, President, EFF-Austin
Andrew Lippman, Sr Research Scientist, MIT Media Lab, associate director
Michael Maranda, Co-Founder, Chicago Digital Access Alliance
Sascha Meinrath, Director, Open Technology Initiative, New America Foundation; Co-Founder, MeasurementLab.net
John T. Mitchell, Interaction Law
Steve Mossbrook, Founder and CEO, Wyoming.com
Bruce Perens, co-founder of the Open Source movement in software
Tim Pozar, Telecommunications Engineer and Community Broadband Activist
David P. Reed, Ph.D., Participant in the original design of the Internet Protocols and well-known expert in network and computing architecture
Clay Shirky, Interactive Telecommunications Program, New York University
Jay Sulzberger, Consulting statistician
Robb Topolski, Adjunct Technologist, Open Technology Initiative, New America Foundation
Brough Turner, Founder, netBlazr Inc., co-founder & former CTO of NMS Communications and of Natural MicroSystems, open spectrum advocate and lecturer on 3G/4G wireless
John G. Waclawsky Ph.D., Technology Advisor and Consultant, Chicago and Washington
David Weinberger, Ph.D., Senior Researcher at Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society
Paul Jones, director of ibiblio and clinical associate professor at the School of Information and Library Science and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, has received a 2010 IBM Faculty Award for $29,000. The Faculty Awards are competitive international awards that recognize full-time professors who have made significant contributions in their field.
Jones is one of 95 award recipients worldwide and one of only two recipients from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Patrick Dreher, chief domain scientist for cloud computing at the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI), was the other.
“It is an honor to receive this award and to see the School and the University receive industry support and recognition,” Jones said. “Keeping a good relationship with IBM helps provide faculty members opportunities to collaborate, gives graduate students opportunities for research and internships and gives graduates from our programs job prospects.”
The IBM Faculty Awards are given annually to foster collaboration between IBM and researchers at leading universities worldwide and to stimulate growth in the areas of computer science and technology. Candidates must be nominated by an IBM employee with common interests.
SILS Dean and Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor Gary Marchionini was the last person in the School to receive the award in 2006. He said he used the money for video-retrieval research, which also helped support a doctoral student with her dissertation.
“They don’t give these awards to just anyone,” Marchionini said. “It is a feather for the School and a feather for the research team. It is an honor, and I’m thrilled for Paul and ibiblio. He has been doing this work for years now, and it is great to see him earning greater recognition.”
Jones said the award money will be used to hire graduate research assistants to help with the virtualization of ibiblio.org, and to help with travel expenses related to conferences and trainings for research advancement.
“This is essential because virtualization is in a big time of turmoil, and we need to maintain strong collaborations with our partners,” he said. “Typically I can send people to important meetings, but this is a time when the state budget money is not there. It is very important to show up once a year and present the results of our work at conferences.”
One way that the debate has broken is that services like Google, Microsoft, Facebook etc are pro-NN (in many cases) and ISPs like AT&T, Verizon, Time Warner Cable would like to sell you and the servers different rates of access at differing prices.
Rather than argue here — time for that is Tuesday — I’m posting a few resources:
For some time now, I’ve been part of a loose group of seekers trying to find the origin of the word Cackalack or Cackalacky or Kackalack or some variation thereof.
@radiomayonnaise alerts me that Word Detective is now on the case. Here. Dr. Connie Eble, Dr. Glenn Hinson, and in particular Bonnie Taylor-Blake offer good information but no final answer.
Bonnie pushes the documentation date back to Kathleen Kimball’s play “The Meat Rack” in 1972. It should be noted that although the line in the play refers to South Cackalacky and Charleston in particular, that Kimball was living in Asheville, NC when she wrote it.
One thing that Dr Eble and Bland Simpson and I were able to recall but not document is that during the mid-1960s both Bland, who was living in Coastal NC, and me, living in Charlotte, heard the term Cackalack used. Those who used the term in both cases were enlisted men — Marines from Jacksonville or Soldiers from Fayetteville — who were unhappy about being stuck down here in Cackalack.
I’ve seen no written evidence of this usage, but would love to hear/see anything anyone finds.
The Future of Online Preservation
Learn how the web and social media are influencing the way we do the work of preservation — and what changes may be ahead — at this round-table panel. Glenn Perkins, PreservationNC.org; Paul Jones, iBiblio.org/UNC-Chapel Hill; Gary Kueber, Endangered Durham; John Morris, Goodnight Raleigh; and George Smart, TriangleModernistHouses.com.
Several of the nation’s top scholars in Intellectual Property law, technology and the Internet will gather on October 29 at Elon University School of Law to explore how the Internet impacts public access to information and how society balances the desire for increased access to information with the need for secrecy, privacy, and control.
ibiblio, the public’s library and digital archive, has received $50,000 from the Beal Fund of the Triangle Community Foundation on behalf of Lulu.com. Lulu.com is an open publishing resource that helps authors distribute their work for profit and helps buyers find the content they need. The gift was made to support ibiblio’s continued growth as one of the Internet’s largest public libraries.
“Public libraries serve the needs of our society that can’t be served through the markets,” said Robert Young, founder and CEO of Lulu.com. “The value of ibiblio is that it stores content and cultural icons that people don’t know how to monetize. Without storing such content, they may disappear from human experience.”
ibiblio.org, which will celebrate its 18th birthday in October, was one of the first Web sites on the Internet. It historically has been a pioneer in a number of areas, including Internet radio. Today, ibiblio is home to one of the largest “collection of collections” on the Internet and hosts nearly 2,500 non-software related projects.
Jones said the $50,000 gift will be used to help ibiblio staff with upcoming projects, including a recent move in data centers and a shift to cloud computing.
“This gift comes at a very pivotal time for us since it will assist in our transition to a new, more affordable data center, which will ultimately save us thousands of dollars every year,” Jones said. “We are grateful to Lulu.com and to the Foundation for the generous support they’ve provided.”
Last night — Thanks to Columbia Pictures and the Carolina Union Activities Board — about 400 UNC folks, mostly undergraduates, got a preview screening of The Social Network. Afterwards, I moderated a Question and Answer session with the screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, the lead actor Jesse Eisenberg and two part player Armie Hammer. The audience was enthusiastic and responsive to the movie and the panel.
Our second question was: “Is it okay if I come onto the stage and hug all of you?” Then she did. Okay not all of us on stage — all but me. Sorkin smiled as the hugger returned to her seat and said “Nothing like that happened at any other schools.” “We’re very friendly here and we love you,” I told him (off mike).
The movie tells the story of the founding of Facebook through the eyes (mostly) of ousted co-founder Eduardo Saverin. Mark Zuckerberg, the coder the idea man the one still holding a 51% stake in Facebook, is seen as a highly flawed and tragic character. Most tragic toward the very end.
I can’t say much more without spoilers, but the dialog, the pacing, the well-drawn characters are what you would expect from a writer like Sorkin and a cast like the one assembled and directed by David Fincher. I will say that Justin Timberlake does an outstanding acting job as Sean Parker.
Later I imagined a different and truer movie. Not one that was informed by Saverin who constantly made wrong business choices (I can say no more), but one that looked at the most interesting character in life and in the movie — Sean Parker. Many things could have sunk Facebook — in fact Parker mentions a few in this interview with Ashton Kutcher:
But Parker managed several things almost unheard of in tech startups: he secured $1/2 million angel investment while keeping Zuck at 51% ownership, he managed to keep adverts off then added only in relatively unobtrusive ways (putting privacy issues aside. timing here is everything), he took the site international, he gave Zuck confidence to drop out of Harvard and more.
I’ll be part of CyberInfrastructure Days at NCSU tomorrow and Wednesday, speaking at 8 am on Wednesday (Yikes!). We’ve been asked to do brief (about 10 minutes) introductions to subject and the issues that are emerging around them. I’m to speak on Search. Here are my slides — NOW with Kittens!
The first [show], Show 118, July 28 is my interview with Paul Jones of ibiblio.org. Paul is one of the true pioneers of the Internet, having founded SunSITE, one of the first webpages, as well as the digital library ibiblio.org. Paul is also a cutting-edge teacher, having taught a course using videos as the reading. In our interview, we had a wide-ranging discussion from Paul’s pedagogical style to the future of the Internet. I am sure that you’ll enjoy the discussion.
The second show is Show 119, August 4, my interview with Profs. Eduardo Penalver of Cornell Law and Sonia Katyal of Fordham Law discussing Property Outlaws. Eduardo and Sonia have written an excellent book examining copyright disobedience and its effects on the growth and development of copyright law. Analogizing to other examples of civil disobedience, Eduardo and Sonia paint a compelling picture of the need for such actions. I very much enjoyed the interview!
Show 120, August 11 is my interview with Prof. Rob Frieden of Penn State’s College of Communications discussing Winning the Silicon Sweepstakes. Rob has written a pull-no-punches account of the failure of the FCC to properly regulate the United States’ telecommunications interest. A sweeping indictment of the FCC, Rob’s book is also a trenchant analysis of where we should go in the future to reverse our course. Rob was a great guest and I’m sure that you’ll find the interview of interest.
The poetry anthology/cookbook edited by RIchard Krawiec, Sound of Poets Cooking, gets a very nice review in the Independent. Here.
Fred Stutzman is interviewed about his research and about Freedom and Anti-Social, but David Menconi. This story has legs or at least syndication after it took to the wire. Kansas City did a nice job of reuse as did a number of others. “It’s complicated.”
The good folks that the UNC Alumni Review asked a bunch of faculty and administrators what we were planning to read this summer. What a challenge! We’re all a bunch of speed reading overachievers who obviously set up unrealistic goals for ourselves — there are a big bunch of books from every very busy contributor. And many of us listed our pleasure reading, our speculative reading, our airport and bad weather in the hotel or beach/mountain house reading rather than our reading for research or teaching or even books-by-our-friends reading, me included.
As promised, Skirt (Raleigh) is in the newsboxes (free) and online. There I am in a very nice picture taken by Beth Riley for the magazine. The crumbling column is holding up The One True Manning Hall.
Editor, publisher and poet Richard Krawiec writes to say that “The Sound of Poets Cooking” is on the way to him from the printers. Further, he has copies at a special Facebook discount:
I’m represented in Sound of Cooking by a poem called “Artichokes.”
Fred Stutzman‘s Freedom has gotten great and well-deserved press as folks realize that even Windows users can now exercise Freedom. Add to that Fred’s new release, Anti-social, which lets you work but not socialize and you have some very nice offerings for controlling your internet tendencies.
“But in its severity and simplicity, Freedom (for Macintosh and Windows) may be the ultimate tool to ward off distractions: the virtual equivalent of retiring to a remote getaway, or going on a writers’ retreat, to get things done.”
The New York Post, famous for their understated headlines, screams “Fatal Distraction” as they warn us of the “attention-sucking vortex” that is the internet, that diabolic system of tubes and cite Fred’s insights that lead to both Anti-social and Freedom.
Miss Norma C Forde dies — end of a Laurinburg NC era.
In the early 70s, I often ate at Miss Forde’s Coffee Shop, but even better on special occasions I would be treated to one of her unique train cakes. The cake — actually several smaller cakes representing an engine, some utility cars and a caboose — was handed to me on a 4 foot long board covered with tin foil. She insisted each time that I bring back the board in good repair within a week. I always did.
On one occasion, Miss Forde upset by my waist length hair snuck up behind me with large pastry shears. Clicking them loudly and clicking her tongue to add to the sound and drama, she grabbed my hair into a pony tail. I leapt up and beat it to the other side of the table quickly. We made peace and she would often give me an extra cookie with my lunch.
She and her shop were landmarks of Laurinburg for decades.
A couple of years back, I was invited to and did attend the Microsoft Technology Summit 08. (Reports and notes here). My impression, that I discussed with several people but didn’t blog, was that there were two strong forces within MSFT that were at odds with each other. MTS08 put them both in front of us — us being folks who “were opinion formers who might not be fully aware of Microsoft technological offerings” or those of us so into Open Source or Adobe or Apple that we weren’t paying MSFT technology all that much attention — at this meeting.
Sam Ramji who at the time was leading MSFT’s Open Source efforts was the convener of the meeting, but due to some odd scheduling he was pulled off to budget meetings for much of the conference. Sam represented a part of MSFT that I liked, felt comfortable with, understood and respected. He has (and had then) start up cred, broad experience, was open to the ideas of others, listened as well as spoke, spent less time messaging than trying to understand what was going on in a wide sense. Props to you, Sam. In short, Sam represented what Jane Jacobs calls the Commercial Moral Syndrome. I came to realize that Sam was also representative of the Ray Ozzie forces within MSFT.
Then there were the Steve Ballmer forces. They were a perfect example of what Jacobs calls the Guardian Moral Syndrome. They came to overwhelm us with their presentations, their tech and their talk. “Of course, if you were at the MIX conference (a MSFT fanboy conf)” I wrote about this at the time. Then I was comparing Dewey and Lippman, but now I think Jacobs has it divided best. The Ballmer people were MSFT lifers, for the most part, straight to MSFT from school with no turns or byways or so straight that they had forgotten any other jobs or ways of thinking.