Friday, March 23, 2007

Crowd-sourcing - AssignmentZero

Thanks to KoAnn, CEO of Sustainable Life Media, for this important link about Pro-Am journalism. AssignmentZero is co-sponsored by Wired and is an innovative approach to orchestrating conversations between professonal editors and amateur journalists. I believe this editoral approach can have useful application in online interaction between authors and readers of networked books.

Get Involved | AssignmentZero

" To get the project started, Assignment Zero editors have identified some relevant topics and broken them down into assignments - like an interview, research, or writing a piece. Each of the assignments is marked with either a crowd or individual symbol. The crowd symbol means that this assignment is open to everyone -- it's non-exclusive and ongoing. You can add information at any time".

I will be exploring how AssignmentZero manages their Pro-Am integration.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

iinnovate - an interview with Eric Schmidt CEO of Google.

A major driving force for innovation in the Silicon Valley springs from the entrepreneurial environment of the Stanford campus - here 2 bright Stanford entrepreneurs-to-be interview Eric Schmidt the CEO of Google - worth a listen. As Schmidt says " I come to Stanford to teach because I always learn a lot from my students questions'" There are some great student's questions in this interview with the CEO of one of the most successful entrepreneurships in Silicon Valley history.

iinnovate: a podcast about innovation and entrepreneurship: Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google

GTD -Because getting organized should be fun.


From the designer Joan M Mas in the Balearic Islands, Spain - Joan has designed a portfolio of typographic designs and dingbats that could be very useful in visualizing networked book elements. Iwill be contacting her to see how we might work together.

The link to Joan is courtesy of Karen Storer Picture It Solved - a visual approach to thinking

YouTube - Hilary 1984 Spoof Video

You have probably already seen this YouTube video takeoff on the Apple Macintosh 1984 Superbowl ad - My departed friend Fred Hoar, then the PR chief at Apple,felt it was his signature moment in the world of branding - It is clear 23 years later that this commercial "has legs" enought to provide a NewMedia disruption in the 2008 presidential sweepstakes.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Maps of Science

This map was constructed by sorting roughly 800,000 published papers into 776 different scientific paradigms (shown as pale circular nodes) based on how often the papers were cited together by authors of other papers.scimaplarge.jpg (JPEG Image, 6013x5782 pixels) - Scaled (10%)

the map view can be enlarged to make the text labels on the map readable.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Viral Video Chart - Today's Top 20 Viral Videos

Viral Video Chart - Today's Top 20 Viral Videos

wikinomics presentation by Don Tapscott

This will take you to the eLarning site where you can download and listen/view Don Tapscott's presentation of Wikinomics. I was in Mexico when Tapscott presented on the Cisco campus so I am grateful to John Maloney of Colabria and eLearning for the fully documented archive of Tapscott's talk. eLF vPortal I now will take up Tapcott's challenge in the Wikinomics Playbook to attempt to add value to his work.

This is a powerful example of the emerging concept of the networked book.Thoughts Illustrated: WIKINOMICS-another "Networked" book example

Lunching with Scoble

After a lifetime of accusations of my being a verbal "firehose", I met my match yesterday at lunch at Mike's restaurant with The Scobleizer. It was a truly enjoyable experience. Robert seems to have perfected the ability to integrate his in-person reality with his online presence. He radiates intelligence, good humor and an openness in conversation which is a rare combination - and probably the reason he continues to attract such a large following in the blogosphere and in F2F interactions with the movers and shakers of the geek world.

I first met Robert at Meshforum in May 2006 Thoughts Illustrated: Meshforum - Scoble and Israel on Naked Conversations where he stimulated my curiosity and interest in how he and Shel Israel approached the creation of Naked Conversations - an early version of what I call the Networked Book.

During our lunch yesterday, Robert explained the rationale for his Scoble Show - a relaxed- style interview show featuring hot Silicon Valley CEOs telling their stories and demonstrating their products. Here's a recent example: Inside a real Silicon Valley garage startup: Maya's Mom | Technology, Business, Media, and News Podcasts. Robert is rapidly accelerating his video interview production, recording 3-4 video interviews per week. He now has a large backlog of wannabe's lined up to be interviewed on his show and expects to select a "Top 40" from his show portfolio when he has enough footage in his playlist archive.

If you are interested in how The Scoble Show integrates with Podtech's business model, scroll down the right side of the page linked above and you will see the logos of 39 high-class Scoble Show sponsors. John Furrier's recruiting of Robert Scoble to be a centerpiece of PodTech's NewMedia business is clearly paying off.

Robert also showed me how he uses google reader to keep up with his prodigious daily blog reading and posting efforts and gave me a short guided tour of how he uses Twitter / Scobleizer to keep up with his many contacts in real time.

Great lunch - and an in-person confirmation of the unique social networking power of the NewMedia to connect and engage people in "naked conversations" on a global basis. Also solid evidence of my friend Mark Anderson's Thoughts Illustrated: Mark Anderson-Welcome to the Blogosphere!support for the AORTA (Always On Real Time Access) concept of today's technology-enabled society. Here's how Mark described it way back in 1998:
"With AORTA, users tend to transfer all work to Net-enabled applications, and to use email, Inet chat, collaboration software, and Inet telephony as easily as they used to use the phone."
Robert Scoble is the living, breathing exemplar of AORTA in action and, boy, does it work for him!

Monday, March 12, 2007

The greatest innovations of all time

View the Slide Show The Greatest Innovations of All Time

Business Week's slide show design tells the story visually. An accompanying audio podcast would make the presentation more compelling.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Are Crowds Intelligent Life Forms?

You are looking at the Head Lemur who pens raving lunacy which I put on my
my google reader just to sample his oxymoronic humor - which is often pointed in a similar direction to my own exploration of how to refine the "landfill" of the web into useful nuggets suitable for digestion by the folks afflicted with the disease continuous partial attention (CPA).Thoughts Illustrated: Who is Linda Stone and why should we listen to her?

I agree with the raving lunatic's comment:
" One of the most remarkable things about the Internet is the awesome amount of information that is out here. You can find something on just about anything here. But this place is like a huge library where the shelves are empty and the books are piled on the floor. The pile is getting bigger as another truckload has just been delivered in the backdoor. It is all here, but it has little structure or form."

Perhaps the Head Lemur and I can find a way to build a pilot refinery. I intend to risk being subjected to his rapier-like wit, if I can get on his wave length.

raving lunacy: Are Crowds Intelligent Life Forms?

Saturday, March 10, 2007

What were they saying? Tag Clouds from US Presidential Speeches from 1776 to the present

Sliding the timeline bar across the tag cloud space provides an impressive look at the key topics at the "top of mind" in Presidential speeches from John Adams to George W.

This demo also shows the visualizing power of the tag cloud done with just 2 levels of font size and color differentiation. Each cloud contains 100 tags.

From the website of Chirag Mehta a 26 year old kayaking programmer. Original link from the ifBook blog on a networkedbook: GamerTheory

US Presidential Speeches Tag Cloud - Chirag Mehta :



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