Monthly Archives: June 2012

Helping one who helped our selves

Michael O’Connor Clarke is one of the world’s truly great guys. Besides being smart, funny, caring, hard-working, a good husband and father — and pretty much all the other positive stuff you could pack into a bio, Michael was one … Continue reading

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One of the world’s great craters

When I visited the Upheaval Dome in 1987, I was sure it was an impact crater. But roadside displays and printed literature from Canyonlands National Park said otherwise. Clearly, they reported, this was collapsed salt dome. Since then German researchers have found evidence, … Continue reading

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Bridges covered

My sister and I received a durable lesson in generosity in the summer of 1963, in the heart of Iowa. That was where our family’s 1957 Ford Country Sedan station wagon, towing our Nimrod pop-up camper trailer, broke down. It … Continue reading

Posted in Events, Family, Friends, Geography, history, Life, Personal, Photography, Travel | 14 Comments

Tonight in Santa Clara

… I’ll be speaking about The Intention Economy at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, in the Winchester Ballroom, courtesy of the good people at Weber Shandwick.  Here’s a link to the invite. (It’s open and free, but ya gotta RSVP.) The book … Continue reading

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Yes, please meet the Chief Executive Customer

Looks like IBM and I are in agreement. Last week the first image you saw at IBM’s site (at least here in the U.S.) was a larger version of the one on the left, with the headline “Meet the new … Continue reading

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Missing Elinor Ostrom

Through my work over the years I have often been directed to the worlds of Elinor Ostrom, and toward speaking to her in person. Alas, the latter choice is now off the table. She died yesterday, at 78, of pancreatic … Continue reading

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How Apple will turn the Net’s top into TV’s bottom

Apple TV (whatever it ends up being called) will kill cable. It will also give TV new life in a new form. It won’t kill the cable companies, which will still carry data to your house, and which will still get a … Continue reading

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The absent market for personal data

I was interviewed for a story recently. (It’s still in the mill.) In the correspondence that followed, the reporter asked me to clarify a statement: “that the idea of selling your data is nuts.” I didn’t remember exactly what I … Continue reading

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On bubbles within bubbles

In When bubbles burst…, Dave writes, When any hamster-based startup can raise $50 million on a $1 billion market cap, there’s not much market for new ideas. Why bother, when the same-old-stuff can make you rich. But when the bubble fades, … Continue reading

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Hard drivings

The hard drive is crapping out on my main laptop. I’m backed up, so that much is cool. Installing a Seagate Momentus XT 750 GB drive later today. We’ll see how it goes. [Later…] Lot of dependencies and such to clean up, … Continue reading

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