Thursday, February 12, 2009

Steve Silberman

Steve Silberman: Texts and Connections

I'm Steve Silberman, and I'm a contributing editor at Wired magazine. My features appear regularly there and in other magazines, and are linked here when they're published on the Web. I also co-host several conferences on The Well, one of the most perspicacious and longest-lasting online communities.

I was the editorial consultant for Closing the Innovation Gap: Reigniting the Spark of Creativity in a Global Economy by Judy Estrin, a pioneering Internet engineer, Silicon Valley entrepreneur and former CTO of Cisco Systems. The book was chosen by Business Week as one of the Top Ten Best Books of 2008 on Innovation.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Inhabited Man

Inhabited Man: "As he squatted trembling on the alien markers, the path lay clear before him. If only for a moment, revenge was sweet."

Jake McKee

Community Guy, Jake McKee - OCRN: Randy Farmer Interview [VIDEO]: "Last week, I had the pleasure of interviewing one of the smartest cats in the community biz, Randy Farmer. Check out the video below. Randy is also a member of the OCRN… just sayin."

Habitat Chronicles:

"You can always tell a patent troll because they are not actively developing or marketing the supposed 'protected' technology and the patents are a decade old and they had previously turned a blind-eye to possible infringing use, then sold them to lawyers (or just retained a trolling firm) to generate cash to keep a portion of their anemic business on life-support by shaking down the gaming and virtual world industry. In the U.S. the big money target is Blizzard's and their global monster hit: World of Warcraft. These lawyers don't go after Blizzard straight away. That'd be stupid, since that company has the deep enough pockets to tell them to pound sand, and on the chance they might even become inspired take active countermeasures [as happened with the case I am going to share with you today]. Instead, they'll first go after a few little guys who can't really defend themselves; get them to roll over and pay just to establish a precedent. Then, armed with the claim that the industry has obviously accepted the validity of their patent - start the proceedings against the larger worlds, and eventually hit up the big guys - Linden Lab/Second Life and Blizzard/World of Warcraft."

Building Web 2.0 Reputation Systems

I'd like to to announce that I, Randy, am co-authoring a book with Bryce Glass for Yahoo!Press/O'Reilly entitled: Building Web 2.0 Reputation Systems.

We're starting a blog and wiki to document and share the process as well as the content. The blog is available at and the wiki will be up in the new year. We expect to post quite often as we pound out the chapters of our book, so be sure to get yer RSS feed ASAP.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Bubblehead Soap Co.

Bubblehead Soap Co.: "Suz and Anna have just created a new line of artisan soaps to help you celebrate!
Each is hand-crafted using the finest soap bases, skin-safe colors,
and fun cosmetic-grade scents. (We make unscented soap, too.)"

Wednesday, February 04, 2009


Books of The Times - In ‘The Numbers Game,’ Michael Blastland and Andrew Dilnot Show How Statistics Can Lie - Review - "In 2003 the villagers of Wishaw, England, convinced that a recent rise in the incidence of cancer in their area was caused by a nearby cellphone tower, proceeded to lynch the tower, or, more accurately, pull it down in the dead of night.

What the villagers didn’t know, the authors say, is that “cancer clusters” occur naturally, just as a coin tossed 30 times will probably produce at least one sequence of four heads or four tails. Tattoo this on your arm: a pattern doesn’t always mean a plan. Throw some rice in the air and you will most likely see patterns in the way it lands.

Statisticians even have a name for the phenomenon: it’s called the Texas Sharpshooter Fallacy. “The alleged sharpshooter,” the authors write, “takes numerous shots at a barn (actually, he’s a terrible shot — that’s why it’s a fallacy), then draws his bull’s-eye afterward, around the holes that cluster.”"

UAE | University of Waterloo

UAE | University of Waterloo: "Make a difference. Learn from experience. At the University of Waterloo’s new United Arab Emirates (UAE) campus, bright, motivated students like you will soon experience the Waterloo way. A direction that encourages ideas and innovative real-world connections."

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

(cancrum oris

(cancrum oris - Google Search: "Cancrum oris (noma) is an orofacial gangrene, which causes progressive and mutilating ... Noma, cancrum oris, necotizing ulcerative stomatitis."

Noma Children Hospital Sokoto - Google Search: "There is a permanent Noma Children's Hospital in Sokoto, Nigeria"

Noma (disease) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

: "Treatment

Known in antiquity to such physicians as Hippocrates and Galen, noma was once reported around the world, including Europe and the United States. With the improvement in hygiene and nutrition, noma has disappeared from industrialized countries since the 20th Century, except during World War II when it was endemic to Auschwitz and Belsen.[6] The disease and treatments were studied by Berthold Epstein, a Czech inmate physician directed to do so by Josef Mengele.[6]

The progression of the disease can be halted with the use of antibiotics and improved nutrition; however, its physical effects are permanent and may require reconstructive plastic surgery to repair.[3]

Despite the fact that more than 400,000 children are affected in Africa alone, there is only one noma hospital in all of Africa. Noma Children Hospital Sokoto is located in Nigeria and aside from the regular doctors, medical teams travel there to perform operations. Without plastic surgery, the children's faces cannot be restored."

Sunday, February 01, 2009

WorldWide Telescope

WorldWide Telescope - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "The WorldWide Telescope (WWT) is a computer program created by Microsoft running under Microsoft Windows which allows its users to view outer space"

Indra's net

Indra's net - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "Indra's net (also called Indra's jewels or Indra's pearls) is a metaphor used to illustrate the concepts of emptiness"