Archive for October, 2006


Wednesday, October 11th, 2006




$1.6 billion worth communities

Tuesday, October 10th, 2006

This is news:

“YouTube figured out what Google and Yahoo and Microsoft and all the others in the marketplace didn’t,” Li said. “It’s not about the video. It’s about creating a community around the video.”

Pattern language and collaboration – Wiki

Tuesday, October 10th, 2006

Eugene‘s words:

(1) permission to participate – “edit this page”

(2) visible pulse: on wiki – recent changes

(3) spotlight on others – notion of BarnStar

(4) Link as you think – link to a concept which is not exist, as long as you have a name.

Google Freedom?

Monday, October 9th, 2006

From Google Blogoscoped Forum:

Maybe NOW they will have time to work on Google Freedom? That of course would be the smart browser add-on which would try many, many methods to route search and web traffic for sites and words banned in China. It would update itself frequently to add new methods as the dictators discover and block existing methods. Google would determine all sites which are blocked in any way (including those Google censors) and create temporary mirrors of the content, encrypt the content, and transfer the content. Thus, search for “human rights in China”, and the famously banned would be mirrored to a randomly-created IP address, and delivered in encrypted form to the end user in China or elsewhere.

A team of Google engineers would invest at least 10% of gross revenue from operations into this research and development.

Spice of Life

Sunday, October 8th, 2006




Wednesday, October 4th, 2006





Barn Raising: Collaborative Group Process in Seminars

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2006

In the classrooms of higher education, the seminar is a puzzling phenomenon. Most teachers understand what to do with a lecture and, usually, what causes its success or failure. But the seminar is another matter. Most instructors aren’t sure what a good one ought to look like, and, even if we did know, how to accomplish that. The problem is both technical and attitudinal. It seems intuitively clear that a seminar ought not to be a question-and-answer session, though often it is. Conversely, the implication is that it should be conversation among the students in which the participation is widespread and the teacher is just another participant, or else in some way a facilitator of the discussion. But what sort of conversation? Experience teaches that when it is not a question-and-answer session, it is either aimless drifting (“just a bull-session” in the students words) or an argument.



Sunday, October 1st, 2006

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