Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Brian Solis has an interesting piece on the rapid evolution of Twitter

2010 will be forever commemorated as the year Twitter matured from a cool but undecided teenager into a more confident and assertive young adult. While there’s still much room to mature and develop, Twitter’s new direction is crystallizing. With a new look, Dick Costolo as the new CEO, and an oversold newadvertising platform, Twitter is growing into something not yet fully identifiable, but formidable nonetheless.

How Twitter is Changing: A new study reveals Twitter’s new direction

I have been impressed by Twitter's agility. I have also often had trouble finding a use for Twitter. But I now think Twitter will probably be remembered for the fact that all the features came from the users. While Microsoft, Google, and even Facebook have to spend time and effort thinking of what users might want and then building it, Twitter allows users to create themselves.

Twitter fully embraced user centered creation in a way few other firms were able to before. I suspect this bottom up creativity, also evident in YouTube and Wikipedia, will continue to become the norm. Future companies will need to be able to allow its users, staff, and people the freedom to do what they want.

This will require a change in mind set for a lot of firms, but the benefits are clear. I hear a lot of people talking about using SharePoint 2010 to create a Facebook-like solution, but I wonder if they should be thinking of a Twitter like solution?

Considering that one of the main motivations for using so much high tech to make Avatar was to defeat pirates, this is bad news for the studio

BBC News - Avatar is 'most pirated film of 2010':


"Sci-fi epic Avatar was the most pirated film of 2010, according to data released by a file-sharing blog.

James Cameron's blockbuster was downloaded 16.6m times on one file-sharing site alone, TorrentFreak said.

Second on the list was comic book action film Kick-Ass, with 11.4m downloads, followed by Leonardo DiCaprio in Inception with 9.7m."

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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Th Media is the Assange, how the egos of Internet endangering news

Right now the main global stories I am looking at are epidemic in Haiti, protests in the Ivory Coast, and open conflict in Korea. These events pose extreme dangers to many people's lives, and the situation in Korea could also have major knock an impacts to the global economy and global peace.

So what is my favorite UK newspaper covering on the World News section? Well what ever comes out of Wikileaks. The Guardian has given over the main section of its Global news coverage on its web page to Wikileaks. The Wikileaks story, where Assange is now, what he is wearing, if he likes to use condoms, and the most recent leak, no matter how banal, is now the dominate story of Guardian.

In short, the Guardian has become more interested in the story about how the story was created, than the story. The Media is now the Assange. The Guardian has moved over key events off the front page because, as the layout above shows, they are trying to promote the Wikileaks scoop.

So items like Korea and Ivory Coast can't find space on the limited front page. There is the need for most popular stories and paid ad space, so the giving Wikileaks the centre of the page means that stories as pointless as "Cuba censored the movie Sicko" "Berlusconi is vain", "Leaders in Afica are corrupt" takes the center stage. Not because they are important, but because they are part of the event of Wikileaks that Guardian is trying to sell.

Assanges personality itsef has become the main item of interest and his trials and tribulations allow the Guardian to convert World News in to a Gossip column, concentrating reporting efforts on the story of one very photogenic man rather than what is happening.
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Waltons Mountain Re-Runs, thins I didn't catch as a kid

Picture showing the largest out house ever filmed

Here are some major things about the Waltons I didn't catch as a kid, but were obvious seeing a rerun as an adult:
  1. The father had a 1970s disco hair cut more at home on the set of Star Wars than Depression era south.
  2. Though it is suppose to be set in the South nobody has a southern accent
  3. Mary Ellen is gay
  4. How come a town with a movie theater and small down town didn't have a newspaper until a high school student started one?
  5. Grandma wears support bras, that probably were not available to elderly rural southern women during the depression
  6. They run a saw mill out of the house, but you never see trucks of lumber coming in our out, and you don't see any saw dust
  7. Grandpa was a total asshole bore and would have probably been lynched in rural south
  8. John Boy is bisexual
  9. Were they able to get away with everyone having red hair because the crackers that went in for this show would not have had color TV at first?
  10. The Brady Bunch came out six years before, but should the Waltons it be seen as a fascist reaction to it?
  11. The shows are the memories of John Boy, yet John Boy left the show in 1977, so for the years there was no John Boy whose memories is the narrator describing?
  12. How come in a house with 11 people living in it and 3 generations, is it still possible for quest appearances to have long lines without anyone interrupting?
  13. If they can't afford shoes, how come they can afford money for gasoline, allow the high school boys to use a car, and go to movies?
  14. John Sr was to have fought in World War I, which would have meant he would have had R&R in Paris, and yet he is still such a backwards ass hillbilly.
  15. Why was Dukes of Hazard the first show to realistically depict how Southerns spoke
  16. The guy who was rapped in the film Deliverance plays the good natured local blacksmith in the Waltons. Does this mean that the audience didn't see both movies, because how could anyone hold both images in their mind?
  17. How come three generations ranging from small children to old people all go to bed at precisely the same time every night?
  18. Did anyone ever really fall for this show?
  19. If they are a poor southern family during the Depression where did they get the money for so much white pain and tooth paste?
  20. Why didn't the Walton kids release a music album.
  21. Is it surprising that Wikipedia has very little information about the show?
  22. The show has nothing to do with the 1930s at all. The show is entirely and only a response to issues of the 1970s, to such an extent that the few programs I have seen recently don't even seem to make any today. It is interesting the John Walton is to have died in 1969, just before the 1970s started because if he had lived in to the 1970s it would have caused some kind of time paradox.
  23. Is the lack of racial tension between blacks and whites just naive or is it deeply insulting?

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Communist don't do Wikipedia

Wikipedia is probably the most triumphet anarchic communist accomplishment in history. From the start of the project its editors were very radical in their opposition to central planning, hierarchy control, profit and state support.

So EcuRed, Cuba's alternative web site will be an intersting case study. So far the results are pretty obvious, State Communism seems to have way more problems than free communism.
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Allan tossed on his ass

BBC News - Microsoft's Paul Allen sees lawsuit thrown out

Paul Allen

For some time conspiracy theorists on the web made Paul Allen out to be some kind of hero. A popular myth was that Gates had him poisoned with intention to kill him in order to take over Microsoft, which at the time was a tiny company.

Allen is an impressive figure in the history of development. Without his early work Microsoft would likely never have risen to the dominate position it is now trying to defend. It is sad to see the older Allen make an ass out of himself in this way. Woz just made a fool of himself on Dancing with the Stars.

Fascist ideas starting to break the edges of established neo-liberal Economist?

Vertical farming: Three views of the vertical farm | The Economist: "Sirs;
The Economist , of late, is reminding me of the old saw, ' Nero fiddled while Rome burned'. However, I think that is very apropos. The world is overpopulated and it has reached crisis proportions. Changing ecosystems,climate and economies. It must be addressed and yet The Economist and it's staff have nothing better to do than insult countries like Japan for having ' negative demographics', chide Western countries ( especially the USA ) for not taking in enough immigrants even though it is destroying both social fabric and economy, and then publish ' feel good ' articles on vertical farming. Do you really think that will do anything?

"How ironic it will be if , in 50 years or so , Japan is doing quite well and we are all living in Sao Paulo. I guess it won't matter to the staff of the Economist because , as educated people , they won't be living in the favelas of London or Los Angeles.

"Sincerely, Duanor"

Pretty Scary, but the economic elites of the English speaking world have been caught utterly unprepared for the economic and social failures of the last 10 years, and the danger of fascism becoming the ideology of revolution is high given that anti-Capitalist debate is utterly censored out of English mass market media.