Archive for August, 2004

On bridge builders

Saturday, August 21st, 2004

Ethan Zuckerman‘s “Making room for the third world in the second superpower” provided another angle for the digital democracy theme in Jim Moore and Joi Ito‘s essays.

“Solving the caring problems will require a focus on bridge builders: expatriates writing about their adopted nations for their countrymen at home; Peace Corps, Britain’s Voluntary Service Organization and other volunteers blogging about their countries of service; exchange students; non-governmental organization workers. These people are well positioned to tell us about events in other nations in terms we can understand…one of the most productive steps the weblog community could take to ensure its inclusiveness is to arm people living outside their home country with weblog tools..”


Saturday, August 21st, 2004



RSS is….

Thursday, August 19th, 2004

Dave Winer said in his new blog on RSS. To him, RRS is…

“1. A format.

2. Content management tools that generate feeds in the format.

3. Aggregators and readers that subscribe to the feeds.



Tuesday, August 17th, 2004



Organizational Metaphors

Monday, August 16th, 2004

Metaphors shape the ways in which we conceptualize and understand the organizations we investigate. They shape the research questions we ask, and the methods we use to answer those questions. They privilege certain issues while concealing others.

In industrial era: organization as machines,
1970s: organization-as-living systems
1980s: organization-as-cultures
1990s: organization-as-computers
Today: ‘It’s the network, stupid!”


Friday, August 13th, 2004


Two Interviews

Thursday, August 12th, 2004

Via M2M, Ross blogged the Business Week interview with Howard, said he was “trying to weave some threads out of such seemingly disparate developments as Weblogs, open-source software development, and Google.”

There is also an interview with Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales on Slashdot, it is excellent.


Peace & Laziness

Thursday, August 12th, 2004

This is a wonderful message from Peter.

Today is the 150th anniversary of the publication of Walden. I hope you won’t mind if I offer a brief taste below:

“Our life is frittered away by detail. An honest man has hardly need to count more than his ten fingers, or in extreme cases, he may add his ten toes, and lump the rest. Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb nail. In the midst of this chopping sea of civilized life, such are the clouds and storms and quick-sands and thousand-and-one items to be allowed for, that a man has to live, if he would not founder and go to the bottom and not make his port at all, by dead reckoning, and he must be a great calculator indeed who succeeds. Simplify, simplify. Instead of three meals a day, if it be necessary eat but one; instead of a hundred dishes, five; and reduce other things in proportion.

Why should we live with such hurry and waste of life? We are determined to be starved before we are hungry. Men say that a stitch in time save nine, and so they take a thousand stitches today to save nice tomorrow.”

peace & laziness,
Peter Kollock



Sunday, August 8th, 2004

Your first time to Tanglewood. Impressed by Kayhan Kalhor‘s “Gallop of a Thousand Horses.” A truly beautiful piece.

On the Road

Ozawa Hall


Whaling Musuem

Wednesday, August 4th, 2004

New Bedford: once the world capital of whaling industry. Thousands of men lost in the high seas, and more than million sperm whales and other whales were gone during 19 century for the greed of accumulation. All these are being called “historic interaction of humans with whales worldwide” here.