Thomas Friedman: "Let's make a deal: We won't criticize the administration for not anticipating 9/11 if it won't terrorize the country by now predicting every possible nightmare scenario."
Another idea for conference surfing. You can log into a session in realtime. An IRC channel for each session. And one for the whole conference. So you can say "Hey my session is boring, are any of the others interesting?" Could lead to a mass exodus. Clearly we've just begun to explore the possibilities.
Tonight is the finale of 24. After last week's episode (don't worry I won't spoil it in case you haven't seen it) I was surprised that I am looking forward to watching the whole series again from the beginning. I wonder if it will be like The Sixth Sense, where once you know what's going on, you see a lot of things the second time around that you missed the first.
6/11/00: "One day the trend may be trend-free. That will be an interesting day, as we all struggle to prove that our software is 100 percent pure and free of all trends."
Marc Barrot has the kind of weblog I want. One where you can see seven days at a time, but only today's posts are expanded. Screen shot. It's been quite a while since I've had such weblog envy.
An idea worth passing along. On Ecademy, pwainewright says: "[O'Reilly] could have encouraged these real-time bloggers to subscribe RSS feeds of their blogs to an aggregated 'event blog', effectively pooling all the commentary and attracting more participants into the feedback process." Good idea. Perhaps we can try this at the Open Source Convention in July. A simple registry open to all attendees. Give us the URLs of your RSS feeds. An aggregator runs once an hour, reads all the feeds, and spits out a communal event-based blog, with pointers to the originals. Easy to implement with current technology.
Nathan Torkington at O'Reilly likes this idea. And hey, he just started a Radio weblog. Looks like this year's Open Source Convention is going to have some good weblogs.
USA Today: "Morgan Stanley estimates that US companies threw away $130 billion in the past two years on unneeded software and other technology."
Eric Alterman starts a weblog on MSNBC.
Reuters: "Technology buffs have cracked music publishing giant Sony Music's elaborate disc copy-protection technology with a decidedly low-tech method: scribbling around the rim of a disk with a felt-tip marker."
Hossein Derakhshan: "There are about 1000 Persian weblogs."
Internet News: "The United States Copyright Office on Tuesday rejected an arbitration panel ruling on Webcasting royalty rates, a decision that is sure to rankle the recording industry and bring smiles to the face of Internet radio executives nationwide."
Keith Teare received a letter from Microsoft, which he published on his weblog, which among other things, demands that he stop publishing his weblog.
A new multi-author weblog by three lawyers, for lawyers.
Ben Hammersley has a story about weblogs in the UK Guardian today. A good trend, another BigPub piece that isn't dismissive of amateurs, and doesn't predict the end of the world for professional writers.
Tim Jarrett quotes Justin Hall: "A friend at Deloitte & Touche asked me to talk with these kids about my career as a freelance writer. And so I stood up in front of them and shared. 'I'm homeless, in debt, and my clothes smell because I live out of a beater car.' And they looked at me confused and a loud little girl with long thin braids in a bright pink parka down in front during the second section said, 'Why should we listen to you then?' and I said, 'because I do what I want and I love my life.'"
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