October 04, 2006

Institute for the Connected Society

Leading Media Analysts Launch New Institute for the Connected Society

Among the board of advisors: Brian Reich, Senior Strategic Consultant, Mindshare Interactive Campaigns

The newly launched Institute for the Connected Society convenes thought leaders across disciplines to understand, apply and experiment with technology-enabled media to create better-informed global citizens. More information available at http://www.ifocos.org.

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August 18, 2006


via cheekyattitude, an awesome music video on treadmills that totally just made my day.

OK Go - Here It Goes Again

And she's right, its hard to not want to watch it again...

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April 21, 2006

Welcome distraction

If you need a little distraction from the work day, check out this great set of Sesame Street videos! I of course had to watch Mahna Mahna first off, and will have to save the rest for broadband at home... (via Lady Crumpet

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via mocoloco: comfy reading chair + built-in bookcase = really cool! (especially since using every inch of space for bookcase space is a good thing!)
Their other bookcases are cool too...

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April 19, 2006

Seth Interviews Lisa

lookingforward.gifSeth Kahan, one of our favorite storytellers, has a new interview posted with Lisa. In his email to one of the storytelling in business mailing lists announcing the posting of the interview he writes:

I interview Lisa Kimball on the subject of "liberating structures" in the current issue of Looking Forward.

Lisa has been designing on-line learning events since before most of us knew the on-line world existed. She was a founding member of the Metasystems Design Group which began working with organizations such as Hewlett Packard, Merck, and the U.S. Army in the early 80s. The interview can also be read on the web, or downloaded for free, at http://www.sethkahan.com/Resources_0603KimballLisa.html

Cool (and great photo!)

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April 14, 2006


via Fresh Arrival, I find these things utterly mesmerizing -- 12 minute collection of rube goldberg inventions from a Japanese TV show.)

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March 15, 2006

Spoon Jewelry

via Just My Cup of Tea, check out these gorgeous spoon neclaces at Spoonfed Art.

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March 08, 2006

Google News in Hebrew

via the Google Blog comes the announcement that Google News Israel is now available. Not that I can read a word of it (I still desperately need the vowels added like a preschooler) but its cool to see it there.

And now I know how to spell Google in Hebrew -- gimmel-vav-gimmel-lamed (i think)

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February 15, 2006

Hay Connections

I loved this review of Alan's Hay site over at dalihouse

I thought for sure I’d found another excellent candidate for a “Weird Internet Sites” post when I stumbled across Hay in Art – “a collection of great works of hay” – while stalking Turner, but this three-year-old cyber-gallery by Alan Ritch of Santa Cruz, California, quite simply overwhelms any intent to ridicule with an astonishing range of lovely paintings and drawings (”currently 5,015 items in the database”) and a good dose of humour.
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January 25, 2006

Lazy Monday

I saw this on Rocketboom this morning and had to share. It's Narnia Rap Battle with a West Coast Response to SNL's Narnia Rap

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December 05, 2005

Watts Chautauqua

Watts Wacker, talking about his book The Deviant's Advantage will be the
Virtual Chautauqua guest December 19th-23rd!

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November 23, 2005

Baby Names

To my friends having babies, I wanted to share this cool link to the Baby Name Wizard that I saw posted on a Jupiter Blog. You put in a name and it charts the popularity of the name over time.


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November 22, 2005

The 100 Best Communities for Young People

via Neat New Stuff, the The 100 Best Communities for Young People based on:

Community support of children and youth
Resources Children and youth receive (the Five Promises)
Children and youth outcomes

None of the towns I grew up in made it, but San Jose is on the list. I do love random lists of top places to live...

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October 26, 2005

Fun Book Site

I thought this site was so cool: What do you fancy tonight?, East Midlands Libraries working together to promote books and reading supported by Arts Council East Midlands.

"whatareyouuptotonight.com helps you pick a read depending on whether you want a quiet night in or are feeling more adventurous. You can also choose books according to your star sign or even set up a blind date with a book at your nearest library! "

I LOVE the blind date idea! You pick the kind of "date" you want and then say which library you want to meet up at, and in 5 days your secret book will be waiting there for you. "You could end up being bored or embarrassed but you might discover the love of your life."

Other fun things:

-list of books you don't want to be seen with
-Can't think of anything to say? Want to "wow" people with your knowledge? Help is at hand.
-Get all soapy! Find out what's behind the scenes driving our fave goodies and baddies! [book picks from soap opera stars!]
-Fed up of rows between your mates arguing whether the film was better than the book ? Find out for yourself
-What your read says about you - Find out what message your book is giving to potential partners.
-Can't be ar**d with university? Can't be ar**d with saving money? Can't be ar**d to get out of bed? can't be ar**d to go to the gym? can't be ar**d with Revolution? Can't be a**ed with Football? Can't be ar**d with Harry Potter? can't be ar**d to think about politics? Can't be ar**d with Dr Who?
-Mind your own business - books to judge a job by

(via People's Network's reading links via 24-hour library services at your fingertips)

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October 25, 2005

Jello SF

via MoCoLoCo an artist made the city of San Francisco out of jello! You have to take a look (and watch the video, which lets the city wobble.

(and speaking of cool web site, have you seen the cool Absolutmetropolis ad?)

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October 23, 2005

Sci Fi Character

via Lady Crumpet,

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?

and S got:

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?

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October 12, 2005

Tech Quiz

I just missed way too many of these: Washington Post Technology Trivia Quiz.

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September 29, 2005

Reading in NY

Doesn't this look like fun? (via librarian.net)

Great Read in the Park
"An extraordinary literary event commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the New York Times best-seller list"

The Great Read in the Park is being held in Bryant Park on Sunday, October 2, 2005, with events starting at 9am and ending at 6pm. Bryant Park is located in midtown Manhattan, New York City, NY, between 5th and 6th Avenues and 40th and 42nd street.

The event includes: More than 150 nationally known authors; Panel Discussions, readings and book signings; Children's area sponsored by Target with performances, readings and costumed characters; Literary Brunch and Tea at Celeste Bartos Forum at The New York Public Library; On-site Barnes & Noble bookstore; Book appraisals by Bauman Rare Books; Entertainment including yoga on the lawn, Big Apple Circus, Broadway performances and WQXR's "Music to Read By" live on stage; and a "Gently Used, Greatly Loved Book Sale"

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September 20, 2005

Giving with a twist

These two fundraising efforts really appealed to me, so I thought I'd post them.

1) via the knitist, people are giving gifts of love to the original signers of the anti-gay marriage legislation petition in Massachusetts. What are they giving? They are making a donation in their name to The Human Rights Campaign Fund. All HRC gift memberships of $35 or more include a cuddly Equality bear and a personalized gift card with your special note. Don’t forget: a $50 gift also includes an HRC Cap! You can adopt a name from the list (claim it in the comments.) While you're at it, you can sign HRC's Million for Marriage petition.

2) via apophenia, an opportunity to Pledge-a-Picket at Planned Parenthood in Southeastern Pennsylvania. They are going to count and record the number of anti-choice picketers each day from October 1 through November 30, 2005 and you can pledge a certain amount for each that shows up. As Danah writes, "Thus, every picketer gains Planned Parenthood money by engaging in their egregious behaviors. Their activities are no longer purely destructive - they are inverted to help PP do its work!" Brilliant.

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Nice Ad

I love the Citibank ad I saw in the New Yorker. It has a great bookmark that you can punch out with Lillly from Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes. The directions on the rest of the page read:

1. Punch out.
2. Find a kid.
3. Open book.
4. Read [out loud]!
5. Place in book when kid falls asleep.
6. Repeat steps 2-5. Lots.

And, to be extra classy, the bookmark doesn't even mention Citibank again, it just says, "To donate books to New York-area schools in need, visit http://www.projectcicero.org

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August 05, 2005


I think I'm going to have to print these out and put them on the refrigerator... ;)

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August 03, 2005

Stitch 'N Pitch

This looks like it was a lot of fun: More than 1,600 baseball fans blissfully knitting at the Seattle Mariners game

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July 25, 2005

Back-to-School Drive

buslogo.jpgHere's a great cause if you're looking for a way to give back to the community: The Family Giving Tree and RAFT (Resource Area for Teaching) are partnering to hold a Back-to-School Drive (my office is one of the "host sites" and I just dropped off a backpack full of stuff aimed at a 2nd-5th grade girl). According to their web site, "In Santa Clara county 32% or 81,640 children qualify for the California Free or Reduced Lunch Program (Title 1). This year, with caring companies, our goal is to help over 10,000 at-risk children in the Title 1 program by providing them a new backpack with tools they need to succeed."
Wish cards are located in central locations in Bay Area businesses and schools. Participating employees, students and patrons will be able to take a wish card from the display, buy a backpack, and fill the backpack with school supplies appropriate for the child on the wish card. You can also donate online.

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July 14, 2005


How cool is this? Translations in Tupperware contest. Enter by September 16.

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July 10, 2005

Random Things

Ooh, addictive internet game, Guess the Google. Found it on Bay Area is Talking which seems like a great grass-roots journalism kind of site ("a blog devoted to the daily conversation that is news in the San Francisco Bay Area community.") Of course now I'm going to want to go through and check out all the sites on the blogroll there. I already spent a nice chunk of time yesterday and today going through the cool blogroll from the upcoming BlogHer Conference.


And I'll definitely be checking out this new show in the fall -- Commander in Chief (there was an ad during Extreme Makeover Home Edition) with Gina Davis as the President!

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June 30, 2005

iPod Flea

Cute parody video about Ipod Flea (the accessories are the funniest part)

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June 28, 2005

Fitted Sheets

via Not Martha, check out this great flikr photo spread someone made instructing people how to fold a fitted sheet (something I definitely haven't quite mastered). Of course it looks like a lot more fun with a cute orange cat helping.

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May 24, 2005

Cool Lamps

I was hanging out in the library at work this morning for a few minutes before a meeting and was reading through Metropolis, one of my favorite design magazines. These lamps caught my eye -- aren't they cool? Makes me want to drill holes in things...

Note: the site seems to be down right now (Tuesday evening) but they were really cool lamps, so try again later :)

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May 16, 2005

Flower Background & Knit Dolls

So one of my current favorite blogs to read is One Good Bumblebee and today she has a post about a cool Japanese store, BG Shop and links to their free wallpaper images and because I'm really geeky I now have desktop wallpaper that matches my Marimekko bedspread :)

Elsewhere, on our knitting group's mailing list people have been talking about the cute knit versions of the folks on the Heart of Gold (one of the many improbable things that happen via the improbability drive) and here's a link with some of the patterns and stores that sell the dolls. They are awfully cute and it was a pretty cool scene in the film (though I think knitting my own is definitely beyond my skill level)

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May 12, 2005

Great Tables

Check out these cool tables at jello.com (via mocoloco. I think it'd be so much fun to have an empty one that I could fill with my own stuff. You could collect things all on one color and have a super cool shadow-box like table...

I just love their company slogan: "A world of fun childhood memories brought back as vintage and original home furnishings." What a cool concept.

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May 07, 2005

Great bookshelves

Had to share these cool bookshelves:

Saw this on MoCoLoCo today: it's a book shelf that looks like a book (a book with the title "Ceci n'est pas un livre" (ha) You mount it to the wall, stack your books up on top of it, and they look like they're floating there.

these are pretty cool too (i think I've seen those before) There are more here

I know, I know, get back to work on my paper.

And on a related note, aren't these the cutest? Book shaped furniture I saw them at CLA and someone mentioned them on one of the mailing lists I'm on today.

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April 30, 2005

Checked out Books

Ok, this is the coolest thing I've seen for a while (yes, I think everything is cool, but this is WAY cool) Via Library Stuff I just downloaded and installed Library Books a desktop app (Mac 10.3 only, sorry pc folks) that tracks what library books I have checked out. So now on my top menu bar there's a drop down window that lists all the books I have out and what days they are due. It will even import the dates into ical. The list of libraries is works with so far is on their site -- but the Santa Clara County Library is there, and it literally took 2 seconds to be up and running. It has links to the renew page, my account page, the main catalog page, etc.


(Emy, you should try it so Ray stops giving you a hard time)

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April 28, 2005

Hay Places, A to Z

If you haven't been over to Alan's Hay in Art site lately, check out his new place-based project -- A Gazetteer of a Hundred Hay Places. He's going through all the countries represented in the 4000+ piece database and choosing one for each of the countries listed.

(and check out how he has completely mastered the use of internal links! whoohoo!)

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April 24, 2005

More super cool alphabets

Wow! Even cooler than the flikr words, via SmartMobs I just found this super cool amaztype where you can type in a word and the result will be cover art from Amazon! You can click on the books and they show up in amazon.

So, for example, this takes my name, searches Amazon.com for books with Emily in the title, and collages them together into the letters of my name. Or here it is in books authored by emily's. How cool is that!


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April 20, 2005


via LII, check out this cool contest: Books2Eat:

The International Edible Book Festival is a yearly event that takes place on April 1 throughout the world. This event unites bibliophiles, book artists and food lovers to celebrate the ingestion of culture and its fulfilling nourishment. Participants create edible books that are exhibited, documented then consumed.

Check out the gallery of examples. Wouldn't that be a fun annual library event?

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April 18, 2005

flikr words

I just thought this was so much fun! (via belladia via naiveknitting) Type in a word into the Flikr Speller and it will grab cool images for each of the letters.

DSC00057Train Logo CircleLLY

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March 29, 2005

You know you're a geek when...

...you take polls that tell you what file extension you are (thanks Julia)

You are .inf You are informative.  When you are gone you make life very difficult for others.
Which File Extension are You?

(of course a real geek then goes to check if they get all the goofy file extension jokes in all the possible outcomes. sigh)

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March 20, 2005

Word of the day: spoonerism

Today's word of the day from dictionary.com was spoonerism (and since this is the chocolatespoon site, afterall, I thought I'd include it):

spoonerism \SPOO-nuh-riz-uhm\, noun: The transposition of usually initial sounds in a pair of words.

Some examples:

* We all know what it is to have a half-warmed fish ["half-formed wish"] inside us.
* The Lord is a shoving leopard ["loving shepherd"].
* It is kisstomary to cuss ["customary to kiss"] the bride.
* Is the bean dizzy ["dean busy"]?
* When the boys come back from France, we'll have the hags flung out ["flags hung out"]!
* Let me sew you to your sheet ["show you to your seat"].

Spoonerism comes from the name of the Rev. William Archibald Spooner (1844-1930), a kindly but nervous Anglican clergyman and educationalist. All the above examples were committed by (or attributed to) him.

There are some other funny ones here and a good definition here. There are some bad jokes with spoonerism puns here. Apparently July 22 is even Spoonerism Day. The Capitol Steps do some fun things with spoonerisms as well.

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March 18, 2005

Little Prince Quiz

via Oyzon via misbehaving

You are the pilot.

Saint Exupery's 'The Little Prince' Quiz.
brought to you by Quizilla

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March 09, 2005

Lord Jeff Musical

This made me laugh -- its a flash animation of our beloved college song: The Lord Jeff Musical. (I found it because the craftster blog showed an amherst address on the post and I was curious...) Its pretty cool that Amherst is giving students a place to blog -- I remember when Jamie, Parker, me and just a handful of others were the starting to make web pages at school (and even teaching JeffMUG workshops on HTML) Ok, now I'm feeling kind of old.

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March 05, 2005

Teen Web Sites, Part A

Ok, working on my assigment to check out teen web sites and write about them...

I saw an eMarketer report about "The Young and The Connected" (posted 1/18/05) which cited a survey by Bolt, a youth-oriented online content site. The study found that "Seventy percent of online Gen Y's (15-22 year olds) accessed the internet with a broadband connection in Q4, an 11% increase over Q3, according to Bolt Media's Quarterly Tracking Study."

From the press release, "Gen Y Feels the Need for Speed: Broadband penetration increases to 70% among Gen Y" (pdf):

For today's young people, half of whom spend more than 15 hours online each week, faster connections and load times dramatically enhance the user experience. "Kids who are online aren't just surfing the Web. They're blogging, uploading photos and video, and downloading and sharing music," remarks Kevin Wicks, Bolt's Director Entertainment Content. "Faster connections mean a higher volume and broader range of activity on the web."

As time spent online increases and broadband continues to penetrate the market, teens and young adults have growing opportunities to make their media experiences more participatory. Through blogging, photos, online gaming, online video and other tools, Gen Y is accepting the challenge of creating their
own programming.

According to BIGresearch, this is a bit above the simultaneous use of TV and the Internet among the general population. The Bolt study also suggests that Internet use is also leading to a decline in TV watching, and that 55% of respondents in say they are watching less TV now than one year ago.

Bolt surveys the online behavior of teens across many categories including Movies, TV, Beverage, Wireless, Spending, and Online Behavior.

So I went to check out Bolt, a "magazine style site which features chat, message boards, and news." According to the site, "Bolt is the #1 youth hangout on the Web, bringing together 4.5 million young people each month to exchange ideas about everything from final exams to the war in Iraq. Bolt is the basement, park, college dorm, sidewalk cafe or the 7-11 parking lot -- it's a place where young people come to meet others and talk about everything. Authenticity is at the core of all that we do." Founded in 1996, the site claims 4.5 million unique monthly visitors and 9.2 million registered users so far. They receive about 100,000 new visitors monthly. The ages range mostly from 13-25 and are split equally between male and female users. The average time spent on the site is about 3 hours/month.

Right now, Saturday at 11, there are 20,979 people on now (and it seems to grow every time I look back up from this entry to check). 1091+ new members have joined Bolt so far today. The main menu categories across the top nav bar are Movies & TV, Sex & Dating, Gaming, Musing, Speak Up ("News, issues, activism, debate, volunteer get involved"), Style, Sports, Quizzes, AIM Icons, Quotes, Surfing, Game Revolution, Ido, Ooopsexxx, and Horoscopes (my horoscope today is: "You're the most popular person in town right now. Be your naturally wonderful self and you just can't miss.") On the second level of the home page, there's a big banner ad for "getFamous: Win a $25,000 Contract to Produce Your Own Wireless Phone Series!" from verizon wireless. There's also a Connect menu with Photos, Tagbooks, Faceoffs, Journals, Popular Stuff, Meet People, Boards, Clubs, Badges, Free Stuff and Zap Chat. There's a Member of the Day and a question (today's is "What makes you cry?") Today's feature stories include an interview with American Idol castoff Celena Raw, "Innocent vs. Experienced", a debate over whether girls get special treatment in paintball, a poll on whether Eminem's 15 minutes of fame are waay up, and a chance to vote on your favorite oscar moments (sponsored by Kotex) You can sign in and also search for members (guys or girls, ages 15-16, 17-18, 19-20, 21-23, 24+)

I was of course drawn to the Speak Up section. The current topics there are breathalyzer tests in schools, Ann Coulter, kids in orlando leaping between 80-foot high public parking garages and parents of the teens who are suing the city of orlando (the owner of the garages) for not protecting against this with fencing, an ebate about PETA, abstinence vs. birth control, Could You Be President, and more.

So then I noticed that Betty was logged in to IM so I asked for some advice on teen sites to write about. Here's the one's she suggested: thefacebook.com ("thefacebook is like addictive... all college kids are on it"), ebaumsworld.com and albinoblacksheep ("its like ebaumsworld... it like has funny movies and quotes and stuff") So I'll have to take a look at each of them and write them up later.

Anyone have some others to suggest?

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March 01, 2005

Vote for Brian's Manifesto

Vote for Brian's Manifesto on Change Now (and create more work for him to do)

New Rules for Radical Communication
What is this?
This is a manifesto proposal submitted by a visitor to this site. If you'd be interested on reading the manifesto proposed, cast your vote! And if you've an idea for a great manifesto you'd like to write, click here to submit a proposal.

Author(s): Brian Reich

You can't consider the impact of online social networks on politics without first considering the foundations of social networks more generally. One of the key contributors to this discussion was Saul Alinsky. Alinsky developed strategies and tactics to convert the enormous emotional energy of grassroots groups into effective activism. In one of his most famous works, Rules for Radicals, he stressed that an organizer shouldn't get locked into any one tactic and should utilize new and creative tactics to be most effective in promoting a particular cause. The result was a method and style of pursuing social change that has remained a permanent part of the American political landscape for generations. The Internet and technology have revolutionized politics and community engagement once again. But the Rules for Radicals that Saul Alinsky championed do not translate directly to online community building and engagement activities. So, what are the new rules?

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February 23, 2005

And OSN ends

After 2 1/2 pretty crazy weeks, the Online Social Networks 2005 Conference has finally come to an end. We're leaving it open for people to write some closing comments over the next week, but I'm planning to take a few days off from obsessively monitoring it so I can face it anew in March and prepare the cd-rom archive and other housekeeping duties. Over 450 people signed up and participated and produced a tremendous volume of discussions, links, ideas, and comments. It's going to take a while to sort through it all and I think we all learned a lot and were exposed to new tools and applications that we'll be exploring for months to come. It is a lot of fun to work on events like this -- especially knowing that there is an end in sight for the intensity and sheer amount of work it takes to pull it off. I'll admit I'm exhausted from it and need to go back to catching up on everything else (like the paper that's due Friday...)

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February 14, 2005

Bridget as your spiritual guide

This month's Virtual Chautauqua has started and it is featuring a book called Becoming a Goddess of Inner Poise: Spirituality for the Bridget Jones in All of Us by Donna Freitas. I just started it and am enjoying it a lot (it is written in Bridget-y style which is v.v. fun to read). Come join us for a discussion with the author!

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February 12, 2005

OSN Fieldtrip

Just like in a regular ftf conference, our virtual conference sometimes has little side trips to places outside of the conference center. Today, a bunch of us met up in one of the other participant's space on Second Life, the virtual world that we have that mini version of in NetPl@net at The Tech.

Here's *me* arriving at the meeting spot.

and the group sitting around chatting:

There were a bunch of "regulars" who were telling us visiting newbies why they used Second Life and how it worked for groups. Very interesting discussion of RL vs. SL.

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February 09, 2005

Let the fun begin!

The Online Social Network Conference (OSN2005) has officially begun! I opened the virtual doors around 1am pacific time and already there are people in the space checking it out (clearly people from other time zones... I hope.) The participant list is around 320 right now and hopefully still growing. It looks like it's going to be quite an interesting gang of folks.

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February 06, 2005

A few more days to vote

If you haven't already, don't forget to check out the silly video that Amytha and I made and Vote For Us!

Go to the page, "click to enter," scroll down to where you see the San Jose City Limit sign and -- if you like our video -- please give us a "good" rating. Thanks!! Voting goes until 2/13 -- vote early and often!


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February 03, 2005

boing boing

So proud... I got a thank you for submitting a site to boingboing

Oh, and the early bird special for the conference has been extended through Feb 8th by popular demand, so it's not too late to register for the low low price of just $35. socialnets.org

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February 01, 2005

Another reason I'm going to have to break down and buy an Ipod...

Brian's been podcasting

(what is podcasting, you ask? Well, according to wikipedia -- which seemed like an appropriate online social networking kind of place to find this out --

Podcasting involves the recording of internet radio or similar internet audio programs. These recordings are then made available for download to portable digital audio device. One can then listen to the podcast internet radio program while you are away from your computer or at a different time than the original program was broadcast.

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January 31, 2005

Last day of the early bird special

If you're interested in social networking tools (blogs, wikis, online dating sites, photo sharing, pod casting, etc.) or want to learn more about what these things are, Feb 1st is the last day to register for the Online Social Networks 2005 conference for the special early bird price of $35. The conference (which is entirely online) runs Feb 9-23.

OSN2005 will be a summit for all those interested in working with social networking processes, tools, and media. In addition to attending many workshops, panels, and presentations by leading experts and practitioners, attendees will have the opportunity to be part of a community with a significant role in defining the future direction of online social networking. If you want to help shape this industry, come to OSN2005!

You can view the program here, but really the best part of the conference is the great conversations that happen in the "hallways" and "cafe" spaces when all these interesting people (possibly including you, dear reader) come together to share and wonder and learn and get to know each other.

Oh, and did I mention that Brian's one of the keynote presenters?

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January 28, 2005


Is it wrong that I really want one of these? Yes, I know, everyone else blogged about them days ago but I'm way behind on my feeds. There's something really irresistable about him.

BTW, it looks like we'll be getting the new SW film on the IMAX at The Tech when it opens...

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January 24, 2005

Please Vote For Us!!

C'mon guys! Amytha and I need your help!

Voting in the city of Okayama Video Contest began on Friday, January 21 and
will conclude on February 13. Winners in the video contest will be
determined by Internet voting.

Three entries were received from San Jose, two from Hsinchu, Taiwan, and one
from Bucheon, Korea. There were 16 local entries from Okayama.

The San Jose Office of Economic Development has posted the website for the
video contest on their website, www.sjeconomy.com -- or go directly here "click to enter" and then vote for us! We're way down near the bottom:

1024: San Jose Welcome to San Jose, Amytha Willard & Emily Reich, 02:51
"Wacky,Tacky,Crafty San Jose. San Jose is more than strip malls and suburbia."

Each video on the Video Page has a ruler associated with it. Click on the ruler to place your vote (rating) -- so give us some "good" marks!! Thanks!!

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January 22, 2005

OSN Reminder

osnbutton3.gifDear friends and random readers -

You are invited to attend the second Online Social Networks online conference hosted by Group Jazz and Rheingold Associates February 9-23, 2005.

OSN2005 will be an online summit for all those interested in working with social networking processes, tools, and media. In addition to attending many workshops, panels, and presentations by leading experts and practitioners, attendees will have the opportunity to be part of a community with a significant role in defining the future direction of online social networking. If you want to help shape this industry, come to OSN2005!

During the OSN2005 summit we will co-create and publish a manifesto describing what we want and need from online social networking tools. What are the key criteria for choosing and assessing OSN products and services? What gaps exist in currently available software and related tools? What needs to happen before it's common knowledge that OSN products and services can deliver significant value? What are the most promising developments in the OSN industry?

Find out more and register at http://www.socialnets.org. Early Bird registration is just $35.00 US until February 1, 2005.

We hope to 'see' you there!

Group Jazz Team

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January 19, 2005

Wired Raves

I unfortunately let my subscription to Wired lapse years ago, but I've always been a big fan (that's probably the magazine I should have chosen when the phone survey lady asked what magazine I'd want to be on the cover of...) Anyway, I saw their Rave Awards press release in my RSS feeds this morning (due to who one of the sponsors is) and thought it was just so cool. They're "celebrating the people changing your mind" -- including architects (the Seattle library architect is nominated), artists, authors (Susanna Clarke is one), bloggers (cool!), business leaders, film directors, game designers, industrial designers, scientists, musicians, and innovators.

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January 07, 2005

Award Deadline Today

Today is the deadline for this year's applications for the The Group Jazz Meta Networking Award in honor of Frank Burns. We've gotten some wonderful submissions so far and I'm really looking forward to seeing who we get to work with!

So its not too late if you know of a deserving organization or project that would be interested in applying. All they need to do is send an email to award@groupjazz.com that describes the purpose of the organization or project and why and how you think a network will make a difference.

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January 05, 2005

Witch's Yarn

witchyarn.gifCheck out this cool adventure game: The Witch’s Yarn -- a witch-run yarn store, how cool is that?

The Witch’s Yarn tells an upbeat tale of modern living served with a lighthearted dish of fantasy. Although suitable for everyone, adults will fully appreciate its humor and situations. It is a story about relationships, community, self-empowerment, and simple living. Challenges in the game arise from the very same issues by enhancing, not interrupting, the story.

According to their site:
'The Witch's Yarn' is a game that writes a story. It's for people who enjoy reading and theater. The game is played by cueing actors and props. Each cue affects the story's direction by placing that actor or prop in the center of what happens next. A cue can change the story by a little bit or a lot. If the story takes a bad turn, the direction can be changed.

(there's a pc version as well)

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January 04, 2005

OSN 2005: New Dates, New Price

Interested in blogs, wikis, and other social networking tools? Check out the upcoming Online Social Networks 2005 online conference, February 9-23, 2005.

OSN2005 will be a summit for all those interested in working with social networking processes, tools, and media. In addition to attending many workshops, panels, and presentations by leading experts and practitioners, attendees will have the opportunity to be part of a community with a significant role in defining the future direction of online social networking. If you want to help shape this industry, come to OSN2005!

Keynote presenters include Lisa Kimball, Howard Rheingold, Joi Ito and Brian Reich!

February 9 - 11, 2005
Introductory keynote
Focus Areas open
Meet & Greet
February 14 - 18, 2005
Focus Area sessions
Author sessions
Special events
February 21 - 23, 2005
The Future of OSNs
Focus Area Wrap Up
Closing event

Register today!!
Early Bird Registration - $35.00US through February 1, 2005
Standard Registration - $50.00US after February 1, 2005
Registration includes unrestricted access to all keynote, focus area, and other special sessions. The fee also includes a post-conference CD archive of the entire event (mailing address required).

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December 18, 2004

Teen Books on Globalization

I saw this posting on Radical Reference about YA Collection development on globalization and tagged it as something to look at more closely. So I was reading over it just now at work and noticed that one of the links they give in their answer is the Peace Corps Kids site, one of the sites I had built when I was working at NMP. Cool!

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December 16, 2004

Sheep & News

I know its rather cruel, but I couldn't resist this: Find out what happens when a negatively charged sheep is placed in an electric field

And I thought this was a pretty cool way of looking at the day's news - 10x10 (via LII)

Update: speaking of the news, check out this EPIC 2014 future-history of what happens to news between now and 2014... (via Joi)

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December 06, 2004

The Group Jazz Meta Networking Award in honor of Frank Burns

Announcing the The Group Jazz Meta Networking Award in honor of Frank Burns

Frank Burns was a pioneer in the field of online networking whose vision continues to influence our work. He founded The Meta Network in 1983 - now one of the oldest online communities in the world. Sadly, Frank died much too early in December, 2003. But his spirit lives on in the many MANY networks and network members he inspired and supported during the more than twenty years he served as a leader in our industry.

We have established the Meta Networking Award to honor Frank and to carry on the work he started in the way he taught us to do it. We hope that this award can play a small part in making the power of networking media available to people and organizations who might not otherwise be able to take advantage of it to leverage their goals.

Each year we will make at least one award to an organization or project that is committed to doing something aligned with the original mission of The Meta Network - closing the gap between the human condition and human potential. The selected organization or project will receive a full year of consulting, services, and access to online media and other tools to enable them to design, launch and implement a network that can play a key role in supporting their purpose. Our goal will be to help the network be self-sustaining by the end of the award year.

To apply:
Send a letter (email is fine) that describes the purpose of your organization or project and why and how you think a network will make a difference. Emails can be sent to award@groupjazz.com

Deadline for applications for this round: January 7, 2005

Obviously, many of the organizations that deserve and NEED this award, may not have easy access to the web so they might not see this announcement on their own. If YOU know of a deserving organization or project, please be a key network node and pass this information along to the people who need to get it.


The Group Jazz Team

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December 01, 2004

World AIDS Day

Support World AIDS Day

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November 18, 2004

Bla Bla Bla!

Woohoo! Turns out that BobbiLynn has a blog and never told me [grumph!] I would leave a comment over there but she's not allowing anonymous comments right now and I don't have a blogger account... but we should definitely visit and encourage her to keep it up!!!

On a side note, can I say how much I adore the "Sub with Bloglines" feature on Bloglines -- you just add it to your favorites bar and in one click it figures out what the site's feed is and adds it to your list (adding BLA's makes her my #100 feed that I'm subscribed to -- nothing to have feed envy about of course while everyone else out there is bragging about their 400, but I had gone through and erased a bunch that I wasn't really reading so the 100 isn't as bad as it might get...)

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Best Neighborhoods

The Project for Public Spaces has put out a list of their top picks for North American and Global Districts, Downtowns, and Neighborhoods.

The 20 Best North American Districts, Downtowns, and Neighborhoods
1. Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia
2. East Village, New York, NY:
3. North Beach, San Francisco, CA
4. Camden, ME
5. Coyoacan, Mexico City
6. Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA
7. The Plateau, Montreal, Quebec
8. Kensington Market, Toronto, Ontario:
9. Center City, Ponce, Puerto Rico
10. Fells Point, Baltimore, MD
11. Lower Garden District, New Orleans, LA
12. Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL
13. Lake Street, Oak Park, IL
14. 23rd Street, Portland, OR
15. South Beach, Miami, FL
16. Federal Hill, Providence, RI
17. Downtown Northfield, MN
18. Chautauqua, NY
19. Venice Beach, CA
20. Adams Morgan, Washington, DC

Around the world in 20 places
* Arbat Street, Moscow
* Asafra Beach, Alexandria, Egypt
* Downtown Christchurch, New Zealand:
* Fez Souk, Fez, Morocco
* Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia
* Le Marais, Paris, France
* Miraflores, Lima, Peru:
* Muslim Quarter, Kunming, China
* Neal's Yard, London, England
* Old City, Dubrovnik, Croatia
* Old City, Krakow, Poland
* Old Delhi, India:
* Old Havana, Cuba
* Otavalo, Ecuador
* Pedestrian Center, Copenhagen, Denmark
* Pedestrian Center, Freiberg, Germany
* Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Scotland
* Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland:
* Yemenite Quarter and the Carmel Market, Tel Aviv, Israel
* Weekend Women's Market, La Paz, Bolivia

You can comment on these places or nominate other places as well on their site.

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November 17, 2004

Flundle Fluff

Woohoo! Flundle Fluff has a new blog (I won't name her by name in case she wants it to be an anonymous blog and dish up some good dirt... ) Looking forward to reading more!

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November 15, 2004

Lisa's Chautauqua

Lisa herself is starring as this month's Virtual Chautauqua guest! Come and join us Nov 15-30. She writes:

This month, I want to invite you to a conversation centered on something I've been thinking about a lot lately - collaboration as a 'practice' v. a value. C'mon into the Virtual Chautauqua http://www.virtualchautauqua.com and join the dialogue!

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November 12, 2004

Purple Places Majesty

Got this great email today from the Project for Public Spaces:

The issues and rhetoric of the presidential campaign left many people feeling afraid, angry, divided, or isolated. If America stays that way, we'll all be losers coming out of this election. It's easy to forget that progressives, conservatives, and everyone in between share common ground every day--literally. They cross paths in parks, commercial streets, coffee shops, markets, libraries, houses of worship, trains and buses, community centers. Public places are the heart of our democracy -- not only where we vote in November, but where we meet neighbors and exchange ideas the rest of the year.

We at PPS believe that public places, and the pride and value they bring to widely diverse communities, offer a key lesson about the way our country needs to move forward. Cooperation, tolerance, and careful attention to people's well-being--precisely the things that define a successful public place--are what's missing from our political debate and public policies today.


We've seen over and over again how a community-oriented process to create or improve public places--we call it "placemaking"--can bring people together in new ways.... We deeply believe that placemaking can shape a new social and political agenda that transcends the divides in our country.

Placemaking is a practical method to discover common ground in a community by encouraging a diversity of opinion toward the goal of building a better place for everyone. This same spirit can guide our national political conversation. What makes places great, makes nations great -- and makes the world more peaceful and prosperous.

I just thought that was really inspiring.

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November 08, 2004


Got a google alert today for Robert Putnam and its the conference Group Jazz is producing this week!


CONTACT: Yvonne Ralsky of the US Department of Labor, 202-693-4676
U.S. Newswire (press release) - Washington,DC,USA
... Among the authors and academics selected to participate in the forum
are: Robert Putnam, author of the bestselling book, Bowling Alone and
Better Together ...

plus, it came up with this article on the Bay Area's reaction to the election, Lessons from Losing, which suggests that we deserve to take seven days or so of mourning time, and then "after that it will be time to regroup and focus on some of the positive aspects of last week's debacle." Among the lessons, the author suggests that

...we can take solace that we live in the Bay Area, and not in one of those swaths of red that shockingly cover most of the nation. Surviving the next four -- or eight or 12 -- years of Republican rule will be a lot more bearable here than almost anywhere east of the California border.
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October 16, 2004


Any of you who have visited know that I have a large mound of newspapers needing desperately to be recycled (the hazards of getting a daily paper, being lazy, and living on the fourth floor... ok, mostly just being lazy). So I really don't need a site like this giving me an excuse to hold on to them... Fun with the newspaper after you've read it from the Baton Rouge Advocate (found while helping a patron find information on Hopi Kachina dolls, and it pulled up the teepee pattern)

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September 22, 2004

Concours this Sunday

Bill's car show is coming this Sunday, and it was mentioned on the Westport Now blog today.

The directions to get there are now finally up as well (sorry for the delay)

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September 15, 2004

September Chautauqua

Its time for the September Virtual Chautauqua! This month:

Author Troy Anderson joins Chautauqua September 15-30 to discuss his new book, The Way of Go: 8 Ancient Strategy Secrets for Success in Business and Life

For centuries, business, political, and military leaders throughout Asia have had a secret weapon for success -- the philosophies and strategies found in an ancient game called Go.

Now, Troy Anderson, an entrepreneur, knowledge management expert, Fortune 500 management consultant, and one of only five Americans to train at the Japanese Professional Go Academy, brings these philosophies and strategies to the West.

Leaders and intellects such as Mao Tse-tung, Bill Gates, and John Nash (the game was featured in the movie A Beautiful Mind) as well as many CEOs and political leaders throughout Asia are among the 27 million people who have played this simple two-person board game known as the "game of geniuses."

In this unique book, Troy Anderson shares the essential elements of strategy and competition that define the game of Go and shows how these principles can be applied wherever strategy is required.

As always, the event is free and online, just create and account, sign in, and join the interesting discussions!

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August 17, 2004

August Chautauqua

This month's Virtual Chautauqua book discussion is going on now!

August 15 - 31, 2004 - Children's Literature
What memories do you have of reading in childhood? particular books? or, special memories of the experience of reading?  

Come join us! Its free, just register on the site and jump in.

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August 12, 2004

Your own stamps

How cool is it that the post office will now let you design your own stamps? Wouldn't that be fun for a wedding or baby announcement or all sorts of other things? I'm going to send some to Timon and Lori with the photo of the new twins!

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I was intrigued by a series of bold ads in today's NY Times for a site called Retro vs. Metro. It says its coming in 6 days, so I'll definitely have to check it out then.

(reload the site a few times to see more of the comparisons, mouse-over the images for explanations/quotes/stats)

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August 07, 2004


via Resource Shelf, here's a cool site called WordCount for any of you word-ies who are interested. "WordCount is an artistic experiment in the way we use language. It presents the 86,800 most frequently used English words, ranked in order of commonality. Each word is scaled to reflect its frequency relative to the words that precede and follow it, giving a visual barometer of relevance. The larger the word, the more we use it. The smaller the word, the more uncommon it is. WordCount data currently comes from the British National Corpus ®, a 100 million word collection of samples of written and spoken language from a wide range of sources, designed to represent an accurate cross-section of current English usage. WordCount includes all words that occur at least twice in the BNC®. In the future, WordCount will be modified to track word usage within any desired text, website, and eventually the entire Internet."

It is quite an elegant site and you can browse the list, search for a word or see what word is at a particular rank.

Hay, some of you may be interested to know, ranked #6541. Cool (which I probably tend to overuse) was #2520. Emily was #4351.

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July 31, 2004

Lewis Carroll Scrapbook

lewiscarroll.jpgSpeaking of Alice in Wonderland (we were last week anyway), check out this cool site of The Lewis Carroll Scrapbook from the Library of Congress (via LII). According to the site, "the scrapbook contains approximately 130 items, including newspaper clippings, photographs, and a limited number of manuscript materials, collected between 1855-72" by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (better known as Lewis Carroll).

And for those interested in the archive angle of this, "The Lewis Carroll Scrapbook contains approximately two hundred un-numbered pages, sixty-three of which contain clippings and writing. The remaining pages are blank and are not included in the online collection. There are seven loose, inlaid items that Carroll had presumably not yet pasted into the scrapbook. These seven items have been placed on page 64 of the scrapbook for presentation purposes. One of the seven inlaid items is an uncut issue of Punch, which the Library of Congress’s Conservation Division unfolded and laid flat for scanning. The entire scrapbook was evaluated and treated by the Conservation Division prior to scanning."

"Staff in the Digital Scan Center of the Library of Congress’s Office of Strategic Initiatives created the digital images for this project, using a Digibook high-production scanner. Each image was produced by scanning the item at a resolution of 300 dpi and converting the resulting proprietary file format to TIFF format. These TIFF files, which average approximately 40MB, are available to users for download and viewing from the Library’s server.

After scanning was completed, project staff copied, resized, and converted TIFF files to JPG and GIF file formats, using Image Alchemy software. GIF files were resized to 600-pixel widths on the short end and are used for initial page displays. JPG files were resized to 3000-pixel heights. Project staff manually created additional JPG files for subitems (scrapbook inserts), using Adobe Photoshop. These subitems are crops from the scrapbook pages, which were resized to a 600-pixel width on the short side."

Very cool!

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July 30, 2004

Awesome panoramas

Check out the awesome panorama photos the NY Times has of different scenes at the convention.

and I saw this cool time lapse site, Playing with Time on neat new stuff and it is WAY cool to watch. [click To See and Do and then A Place in Time for some cool ones]

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July 15, 2004


hieroglyph.gifI was poking around for information on holograms for my sci-fi project and couldn't resist trying this out. Its from Beakman and Jax, and it makes your name into a cartouche* (seal with your name in hieroglyphics) using the Glyph-O-Matic Hiero-Tron (or something) Though if you go to other sites that offer make-your-own cartouche apps, it comes out a bit differently there. I suppose this is another reminder that I really should go visit San Jose's Egyptian Museum at some point (plus they have a planetarium!)

*I'm testing if linking to dictionary.com makes it word of the day again or if that was just a crazy coincidence last time....

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Online Writers Conference

In July and August, Group Jazz marks 10 years of Chautauqua and moves to it's new home, virtualchautauqua.com. The Summer Chautauqua Festival celebrates the experience of reading, writing, and discussing books. That means that YOU are the featured guests at the summer festival. The new Chautauqua Cafe is now open and serving hot and cold virtual beverages along with conversation. What are YOU reading this summer?  

July 15 - 31, 2004 - On Writing
Join the conversation on writing with Nancy Aronie. Nancy founded the Chilmark Writing Workshop on Martha's Vineyard in 1986 and is the author of Writing from the Heart. Try your hand at writing exercises throughout the month.  

August 15 - 31, 2004 - Children's literature
What memories do you have of reading in childhood? particular books? or, special memories of the experience of reading?  

Come join us for some interesting discussions! It's free -- just click on "Create a new account" under the login box on the left sidebar.

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July 12, 2004

Political Ads

politicalads.jpgSaw this cool site listed on Confessional of a Mad Librarian's blog (she just graduated from our library school program)

The Living Room Candidate, which has video archives of political ads from 1952-2004.

I love the 1952 Eisenhower vs. Stephenson ads:

WOMAN (singing): I'd rather have a man with a hole in his shoe Than a hole in everything he says. I'd rather have a man who knows what to do When he gets to be the Prez. I love the Gov', the Governor of Illinois. He is the guy that brings the dove of peace and joy. When Illinois the GOP double-crossed, He is the one who told all the crooks, "Get lost." Adlai, love you madly, And what you did for your own great state, You're gonna do for the rest of the 48. Didn't know much about him before he came. But now my heart's a ballot that bears his name. 'Cause to listen to what he has to say, I know that on election day, We're gonna choose the Gov' that we love. He is the Gov' nobody can shove. We'll make the Gov' president of the you, the me and the U.S.A.

and the Kennedy song is pretty catchy:

SONG: Kennedy, Kennedy, Kennedy, Kennedy, Kennedy, Kennedy can, etc. Do you want a man for president who's seasoned through and through, But not so doggoned seasoned that he won't try something new? A man who's old enough to know, and young enough to do? Well, it's up to you, it's up to you, it's strictly up to you. Do you like a man who answers straight, a man who's always there? Well, measure him against the others and when you compare, You'll cast your vote for Kennedy and the change that's overdue. So it's up to you, it's up to you, it's strictly up to you. Yes, Kennedy, Kennedy, Kennedy, Kennedy, Kennedy, Kennedy can.

and watching Jackie deliver an ad in Spanish is pretty amazing.

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July 07, 2004

TT Index

There are two kinds of people in the world.... people who divide the world up into two types of people... and people who don't. (Steve Denning)

Check out this interesting cultural index from Arts Journal. You pick one from each column and count up the number of ones you chose from column A and that's your score (or the number of A's over the total number you answered if you skipped some). I ended up skipping a bunch and feel horribly culturally illiterate on a few of them (mostly on music and movies), but scored a 62 (not that the score means anything). Anyway, I thought it was interesting. It is explained here.

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July 05, 2004

So Cool

Saw this linked on Smart Mobs, from Doors of Perception Magazine (which in itself seems wonderfully cool):

Fused Space is an international competition for projects that involve new technolgies in/as public spaces.

I'm not sure what all the nominated projects are trying to do, but I just love the whole idea. I also really like their image wall where anyone can add images and comments and it creates sort of a collage of really random things.

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June 28, 2004

Great T-Shirt

Emy just IMed me the link to this awesome t-shirt.

Too perfect!

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June 27, 2004

What is...

A fun site to play with from Library Stuff

You can put in any word and it will find interesting definitions from other sites.

The examples they use include

What is a librarian

I also liked:
What is blogging
What is Los Gatos
What is Whimsical

and if you put
What is BobbiLynn, I can only hope that those are coming from my site

Could be a fun online icebreaker to use somewhere...

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June 21, 2004

Language Map

Heard them talking about this very cool MLA Language Map today on NPR. They mentioned that it would be a good resource for librarians so that they can find out all the languages spoken in their community, as well as all sorts of other interesting applications.

I thought it was interesting that in Milpitas (where I've been working lately), the breakdown of languages are:
All languages other than English combined: 34,934
English, 23,281

(and the breakdown of top languages are:
Vietnamese, 7,287
Chinese, 7,063
Spanish or Spanish Creole, 6,479
Tagalog, 6,141
Other Indic languages, 1,594
Other Asian languages, 1,011
Hindi, 935
Other Pacific Island languages, 900
Korean, 750
Urdu, 494
Japanese, 349
Gujarathi, 289 ... and on down to lots of others)

San Jose is
All languages other than English combined: 423,150
English: 402,804

in comparison,

Seattle is
English: 429,105
All languages other than English combined: 108,433

I'm going to check out some other places...

Woohoo! Entry #500.

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June 15, 2004

Anime Portrait

Anime is seriously popular around here, and I saw this cool site linked on Lady Crumpet's blog. Its a Portrait Illustration Maker where you get to design an anime portrait of yourself. Here's some tries at mine (and a photo for reference):
(It turns out to be really hard to figure out what pieces would make it look like yourself! Give it a try and see how you do! Or maybe its easier to make one of someone else...)

This should help get us ready for the upcoming Nara exhibit at the SJ Art Museum.

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June 14, 2004


BobbiLynn had shown me this cool ambigrams site months ago (it makes words that can be read in more than one way or from more than a single vantage point, such as both right side up and upside down) but I didn't realize before that you could have one word turn into a different word when viewed upside down (instead of just being the same word both ways). So of course I had to play some more with it. Here's my name:


(I started looking at this because I found this library tshirt at a link from Angie's site when she posted it in the baseball comments. Cool site Angie -- lots of good complaining on the message boards... and some great photos of yesterday's game)

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June 12, 2004

Too funny

Emy and I were just saying the other day that people should check google before asking really stupid questions to large mailing lists of people. I have to say that I ask google lots of stupid questions every day (much less embarrassing than asking friends)...

So if you appreciate that sentiment, check out this site [warning, not for kids]


(seen on John Battelle's Searchblog and all over the net by now)

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May 27, 2004

Ilona's Blog

grr... my net access is down and I couldn't even get the free wifi in the park to let me in.... So now I'm down at Borders (which isn't so bad really) ... and so I'm finally getting today's email and I just found out that my knitting friend Ilona has a brand new blog. Congrats Ilona and welcome to the addiction... I mean the fun!

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May 11, 2004

More Census Stats

From the Resource Shelf, which reports on the Census Burueau's press release today citing "Seattle Residents Among Nation’s Most Educated"

With nearly half its population 25 years and older having at least a bachelor’s degree, Seattle has one of the highest rates of college education among large U.S. cities, according to a ranking of American Community Survey (ACS) data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.

San Franciso ranked 3rd with 47.8%, Washington DC was 4th with 42.5%
and San Jose is 17th with 34.4%
Portland (which is on my list of place to consider next), ranked 12th with 36.8%
(rest of the rankings)

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April 05, 2004

Some Statistics

Saw a posting of these statistics on The Resource Shelf blog and thought they were worth pointing out to the three or four of you checking this. They are from the Department of Labor's Women's Bureau. Check out the 2003 20 Leading Occupations of Employed Women. There's also a list of Nontraditional Occupations for Women, which are those in which women comprise 25 percent or less of total employed.

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September 10, 2003

Rolling Requiem

One year ago, I was privileged to be a part of an amazing world-wide remembrance of 9/11, the Rolling Requiem.

Andrea and Madeline just sent some new photos to be added the Rolling Requiem site that show volunteers sorting and sending thousands of Heart Badges to the families of 9/11 victims.

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