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A picture named daveTiny.jpgDave Winer, 56, is a visiting scholar at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute and editor of the Scripting News weblog. He pioneered the development of weblogs, syndication (RSS), podcasting, outlining, and web content management software; former contributing editor at Wired Magazine, research fellow at Harvard Law School, entrepreneur, and investor in web media companies. A native New Yorker, he received a Master's in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin, a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Tulane University and currently lives in New York City.

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Dave Winer's weblog, started in April 1997, bootstrapped the blogging revolution.

Iron Man 2 Permalink.

Monday afternoon after doing RBTN, I often go to the movies, if there's anything interesting at the theaters. Today I went to see Iron Man 2. A brief review follows with no spoilers.

Its a sequel to an action movie. There can be no surprises. First they set up the ensemble, and what a group it is! Mickey Rourke, Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L Jackson (who lookes like Stowe Boyd these days). Don Cheadle. Gary Shandling as a US Senator.

Okay now we know who's in the movie -- there's a bad guy, and a couple of weaklings, some good guys. Same old schtick. It builds to a final fight scene in which the good guy (and his sidekick and girlfriend) triumphs and the bad guys look foolish and some of them die. You can see it coming from the first scene. That's why I said no spoilers.

Along the way as little happens as happens in Alice in Wonderland. Actually even less. Actually much less. Just a bunch of talking and people riding in cars and planes, and hanging out in offices, and watching old movies. Sounds like what most of us do in an average week. So much for escapism. Okay one guy breaks out of prison. Big deal.

A picture named neoDoingSupermanThing.jpgBut -- you expect in 2010 from a blockbuster franchise, some great freaking special effects that burn huge money. They're just not there. At the end you kind of think maybe they're going to steal the great scene from the Matrix Reloaded when Neo swoops down and snatches the Keymaker and Morpheus off the top of the truck as it's exploding, but nope -- nothing even remotely in that ballpark. (I searched for video of that scene, but Neo doing his Superman thing is the closest I could find.)

I really came close to walking out on this movie, I was that bored.

I noticed as the credits rolled by that Larry Ellison is in the movie, playing himself. I missed that entirely. I did see the "Oracle" name plastered all over the end of the movie. Maybe Ellison was one of the supposedly evil robots who actually looked like actors in stupid outfits more than they looked like impressive special effects.

One thing I loved about the movie is that it starred my hometown, Flushing, NY. They even mention the 7 train and the Willets Point station (is it still called that?). Amazingly, Flushing has become kind of cool. How the frack did that happen? <img src=">

The original Iron Man was worth it. It had a great ending. The second one is worth skipping.

Afternoon sellout notes Permalink.

A picture named aubonpain.jpgI'm drinking coffee in the Au Bon Pain on 8th St near Broadway, but didn't check in on Foursquare cause I hear they might get bought by Facebook (heh that was a joke, I'm actually lazy). Hope they don't but I could understand why they might, cause the neck of the woods they reigned over is about to become the province of much bigger companies with far more users.

Brief comment on all the people quitting Facebook over the changes in their privacy policies -- I'm not quitting. I understood that they could do this and didn't put any info on the site that I didn't consider public. I always saw it as a publishing platform. If anything it frustrated me that it wasn't all public from the start.

The one company that I really care about is Dropbox, and I know almost nothing about them. I hope they don't sell out, what they have is too good for Google or Facebook. If I were a Twitter board member I'd seriously consider merging with them. It could really shake things up. On the other hand, the technology that Dropbox has mastered is so important that there should be an open source equivalent that we can all deploy, so we can have Dropboxes for sensitive info we don't want to share with them.

I'm not really worried about Dropbox and patents, given that we had much of what they have in 2002 in Radio's upstreaming feature. They did a better job of implementing it, so hat's off to them. But there's plenty of prior art.

I put this idea out there because we should be looking at this. And wouldn't it be grand if Dropbox, realizing they had a shot at creating something huge, threw some fat on the fire while they were ascendent and open sourced their implementation right now.

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