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Archive for March, 2005

Workbench: FeedBurner Users: Playing With Fire

Posted by shannonclark on March 26, 2005

Workbench: FeedBurner Users: Playing With Fire

I left a long comment in support of Feedburner and ads.

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Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner – William Morrow, 2005

Posted by shannonclark on March 20, 2005

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner – William Morrow, 2005

A book which I will be looking for when it comes out later this year. The authors have a blog and discussion boards already set up.

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Micropayment Smart Codes

Posted by shannonclark on March 20, 2005

Micropayment Smart Codes: New Online Payment System to Help Artists Make a Living

A highly interesting article and proposal from John S. James on a new micropayments idea. I’ve invited Mr. James to MeshForum as there is clearly a strong correlation between what he is thinking about and proposing and Networks – namely in the structures that he technically is suggesting might be created and maintained.

I have to reread his proposal, and follow it in more depth by reading his defensive publications, but I think there may be many directions for his idea which I am intrigued by thinking about how to explore. In some ways it also reminds me of what my friend Britt Blaser has been talking about for a long time.

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Google Scholar: Social Networks

Posted by shannonclark on March 11, 2005

Google Scholar: Social Networks

And I will search on many, many other topics. Scholar search is a beta search from Google that searches only academic (“scholarly”) sources. As I prepare for MeshForum (and don’t forget, 50% off – only $750 until March 17th) I will use this search to prepare references for MeshForum attendees, to look for groups to contact as potential attendees, and even to look for some further speakers.

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Sometimes in April – HBO Films March 19th

Posted by shannonclark on March 10, 2005

This evening I went to an advance screening of “Sometimes in April” by HBO Films

When this is shown on HBO films on March 19th – watch it. Buy HBO if you have to. Make friends with someone who does.

Only, while this is an important film to see, don’t see it expecting something fun – it is about the genocide in Rwanda – from the perspective of two Hutu brothers. One who was in the military and married to a Tutsi woman, the other a radio DJ (eventually to be tried by the genocide tribunal – the radios were used to incite the genocide).

A powerful, unflinching film. Every American should see it. But see it when you have time to reflect, when you are surrounded by loved ones, and don’t have a very full stomach (not without gore – but if a film about a genocide where over 1 million people died didn’t have some dead bodies and violence…)

Not a film for children, certainly not young children – though older children will be challenged and probably should see it – but be prepared for very tough questions and lengthy discussions.

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AlterNet: Queer Eye for the Green Guy

Posted by shannonclark on March 9, 2005

Courtesy of WorldChanging a funny, yet to the point article from AlterNet: Queer Eye for the Green Guy.

My favorite line by far “Stop complaining about capitalism and make it your bitch.”

Now, I, entrepeneur that I am don’t complain fundementally about Capitalism, but I have a lot of belief in much of the green message – but also agree with the problem that this article raises, you have to get taken seriously. The most effective “greens” I know are those who are able to interact with and be treated seriously by corporations and government leaders at the highest levels. Appearance, but even more the attitude behind that appearance, is a real factor in that.

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A VC: VC Cliche of the Week

Posted by shannonclark on March 9, 2005

A VC: VC Cliche of the Week

I offered my comments to this thread about VC cliches.

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And the Radiophonic Workshop lives once more from Ben Hammersley’s Dangerous Precedent

Posted by shannonclark on March 8, 2005

And the Radiophonic Workshop lives once more from Ben Hammersley’s Dangerous Precedent

Dr. Who is back in the UK – but apparently the first episode is available via a bittorrent. That’s good news for a Dr. Who fan like myself, but small consolation since the SciFi channel passed on picking up the series… may be a long time before we see it here in the US.

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Torres Talking: MSN – Early adopters and “influencers”

Posted by shannonclark on March 8, 2005

Torres Talking: MSN – Early adopters and “influencers”

I added my comments to this discussion about MSN – though I didn’t get to all of them… as comments are limited to a very small number of characters by msn spaces – annoying, and part of why I typically don’t use MSN for my web services.

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Robert Paterson’s Weblog: Going Home – Our Reformation

Posted by shannonclark on March 1, 2005

Robert Paterson’s Weblog: Going Home – Our Reformation

A lot of people have been linking to this, and I have not year read it in full, but it has jumped up past many books and magazines to very close to the top of my in queue.

Not sure I fully agree with it, and when I have finished reading it I will try to post a more intensive analysis, but I think it is about ideas and themes I have been studying for a while – and which people I know are working on – and which are related to what I am putting together at MeshForum.

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