Archive for February, 2008

Clay Shirky on Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

I was so busy publicizing Clay Shirky’s talk elsewhere, I forgot to mention here that he spoke tonight at Harvard Law School. My apologies. A few points: Group-forming improves sharing, conversation, collaboration, and collective action. There’s an idea that people who use the same sites might have things in common besides using those sites. Getting […] Founder Speaks at Boston U., 2/27, 7 p

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Tonight (2/27), Boston University’s Free Culture hosts Pandora founder Tim Westergren at 7 p. Pandora is a nifty music Web site that customizes what its users listen to based on their likes. Quite a few folks I know use it regularly and have elbowed me about using it. The details: Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2008 […]

Watch out: The Fonz is Promoting Library Cards Again

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

On today’s Oprah, Henry Winkler, famous for his role as Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli on the US sitcom Happy Days, mentioned a huge jump in library cards when he mentioned something about people getting them for free from their local public library. I wonder how many people registered for one after hearing him say it again […]

Digitizing Children’s Books for the International Digital Children’s Library

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Hey v, I’m sure by now you’ve read The Boston Globe’s cover business article yesterday about digitizing children’s books at the Boston Public Library. I couldn’t help thinking about you while I learned about the efforts to digitize rare, old, and fragile children’s books from the collection in order to share them online via the […]

A Manual for Wikipedia

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Garrett let me know about a manual for editing Wikipedia from O’Reilly. Since the title indicates it’s the missing manual, does that mean when you purchase it, it magically disappears? RTFM. (WOTTA?) (Mom, the “f” is for “fine.”)

Religion vs. Blogging

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

During the height of winter holiday season*, someone sent me a link to this amusing gapingvoid comic with the text I don’t need religion; I’ve got a blog. Thanks, GE! *Yeah, that’s how far behind in e-mail I am right now …

News Flash: Man Reads Book!

Monday, February 18th, 2008

With the recent news showing declines in people reading books, someone in the book group I’m in shared this almost unbelievable story about a man reading an entire book. I thought some of you might enjoy it, though I’m sure by now it’s circulated through all the relevant discussion lists. (Mind you, the source is […]

NewBCamp 08 Providence RI Feb 23 9 am

Friday, February 15th, 2008

There’s a NewBCamp 2008 being held at Johnson & Wales University in Providence on Saturday, February 23 from 9 am to 4 pm. “What is NewBCamp? It’s a one day conference to introduce people from all professions and walks of life to emerging technologies, as well as provide primers for how to get started in […]

Safer Internet Day, 2/12

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Tuesday, February 12, was Safer Internet Day, which provides opportunities to talk to people, especially children and inexperienced Web users, about safety on the Internet. Although one of my coworkers was kind enough to tell me about it on Tuesday, I only had to the chance to write about it on one blog then.

OLPC’s XO Shipping Delays Lead to Some Canceled Orders

Monday, February 11th, 2008

The Boston Globe recently printed 84,000 people ordered XOs from One Laptop Per Child’s. While many people are enjoying their new XOs, focus has shifted to a few thousand people who received e-mails indicating their orders might be fulfilled after 45-60 days. For some people, that’s too long to wait and they’ve canceled their orders. […]

Protests against DRM at Libraries Saturday, Feb. 9, 1 p

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

Folks at the blog group tipped me off to Defective by Design’s call for protest at libraries on Saturday, Feburary 9. Organizers are angered by the use of digital rights management (DRM) tools in libraries and plan to gather at the Boston Public Library’s main branch in Copley Square from 1-3 p. "The Boston Public […]

Alternative Search Engines Blog

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

The Alternative Search Engines Blog “covers the cutting edge of alternative and niche search engines”: There’s a Top 100 Alternative Search Engines Feb 2008 list: Posted by Rich

Massachusetts libraries sound death knell for books on cassette

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

The Feb 1 issue of the Salem(MA) News had an article called “Libraries sound death knell for books on cassette.” “The cassette tape — once the preferred medium for car tunes and underground ’80s punk rock — had been living out a modest retirement, working occasionally in libraries as audiobooks. Now, newer, flashier media […]

Journalism 2.0: How to Survive and Thrive

Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

The Knight Citizen News Network has posted an excellent guide called “Journalism 2.0: How to Survive and Thrive: A digital literacy guide for the information age” by Mark Briggs: Briggs also has a companion weblog called Journalism 2.0: Link via LISNews:  

New News Director Redefines Boston’s WBZ News

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

The Boston Globe tells us how Jeff Kiernan, the new news director for CBS affiliate WBZ, has changed the station’s newscasts to improve their ratings and the challenges of keeping the station’s rank.

New England Bookstores

Monday, February 4th, 2008

The Boston Globe has a gallery featuring New England bookstores, including a photo of the Montague Bookmill—books you don’t need in a place you can’t find (or something like that). Time your trip to Montague just right and you might as well go to the contradance in Greenfield.

What does Renesys do?

Friday, February 1st, 2008

When people learn the name of my employer, the next set of questions almost always has to do with what it is Renesys does. A few days ago, two major telecommunications cables in the Middle East broke, impeding Internet access and phone calls. Two of my coworkers have been talking to lots of folks in […]