Monthly Archives: February 2011

Cast locally, stream globally

Here’s a great idea for local TV news departments: start streaming, 24/7/365, on the Net. You don’t need to have first-rate stuff, and it doesn’t all have to be live. Loop fifteen minutes of news, weather and sports to start. … Continue reading

Posted in Blogging, Broadcasting, Business, Future, infrastructure, Journalism, Live Web, Santa Barbara, Technology | 25 Comments

The necessity of inventions

Over on Facebook, @DonThorson and friends have been pondering the provenance of Invention is the mother of necessity. Writes Don, “… heard that once fromĀ Doc Searls – I think its an original. Seems more true everyday. (think facebook, smartphones, the … Continue reading

Posted in history, Technology | Tagged , , , , | 6 Comments

Bring on The Live Web

I first heard about the “World Live Web” when my son Allen dropped the phrase casually in conversation, back in 2003. His case was simple: the Web we had then was underdeveloped and inadequate. Specifically, it was static. Yes, it … Continue reading

Posted in Berkman, Blogging, Books, Cluetrain, Future, infrastructure, Life, Links, Live Web, Technology, VRM | 13 Comments

Open Cardspace opportunity

Just learned from Craig Burton thatĀ  Microsoft has killed off Windows Cardspace. Here’s the report from Mary Jo Foley. Here’s the Twitter search. Plenty of pointage to follow there. Here are Mike Jones’ reflections on the matter. I don’t have … Continue reading

Posted in Future, Ideas, VRM | 6 Comments

Here comes a plasma bullet says we’re overdue for a plasma bullet from the Sun. In Saturday issue (at that last link) they have a movie of a plasma blast coming out of sunspot 1147, on the eastern (left) edge of our nearest star. … Continue reading

Posted in Science | 4 Comments

Maybe the kids are alright

I’ve been fairly quiet on the developments in Egypt, preferring to let others do the blogging, especially when they know far more than I do. (Ethan Zuckerman, for example.) But I’ve been involved in many conversations, because it’s damned interesting, … Continue reading

Posted in Family, Geography, Journalism, Places, Politics | 12 Comments

Accidental Lessons: Reflections on the Challenger Tragedy

[This piece was written for Triangle Business (in Raleigh, North Carolina ) and published twenty-five years ago, on February 10, 1986. Since it might be worth re-visiting some of the points I made, as well as the event itself, I … Continue reading

Posted in Events, history, Life, Politics, problems, Science, Technology | 8 Comments

Northeastern lights

As you can tell, if you read the small print in this StrikeStar map, we’re being hit by lightning (and therefore thunder) here in the Boston area, right now. After nothing but snow, over and over, for a month and … Continue reading

Posted in Science, weather | Tagged | 2 Comments

Quiller Quote

I’m reading Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America, by Matt Taibbi, and loving every page of it. The prose is over-the-top in the manner of Hunter S. Thompson, without the drugged persona. Every … Continue reading

Posted in Journalism | 4 Comments