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Wednesday, 14 December 2005
D.C. Here I Come...
Now Playing: Wyclef - Yele
Topic: Personal or Reflective

(and yes, that's my FUCC hoodie)

Posted by cph19 at 1:36 AM EST
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Sunday, 11 December 2005
Young Consumers Are The First 'Technology Everywhere' Generation
Now Playing: The Fray - Over My Head (Cable Car)
Topic: Web 2.0
Thanks to the Sage RSS extension for Firefox (see the cool art that it sometimes produces), I have a growing list of sites that I frequent when there's spare time (more in abundance now before the holidays). It leads to those ah-hah moments that I love so much because they validate my late-night reading/blogging marathons.

Take the juxtaposition of two Industry Analyst Reporter News' headlines and mix in a post from the mighty fine Mediaeater and you have another interesting point/counter-point:

"Reducing piracy 10 points worldwide could create 2.4 million jobs, $400 billion in growth" (link)
"Young Consumers Are The First 'Technology Everywhere' Generation" (link)
"MySpace's millions changing the face of music" (link)

I have a hard time believing the Business Software Alliance's estimates on piracy but add the second article and the estimated cost savings from reducing piracy doesn't matter because it equals the third article.

Currently Playing: The Fray - Over My Head (Cable Car)

Posted by cph19 at 11:14 PM EST
Updated: Sunday, 11 December 2005 11:15 PM EST
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Starting Another Stage in Your Life
Now Playing: This American Life - via WXXI
Topic: Personal or Reflective
window1aI read FastCompany, among three different snowboard magazines, during my latest decompression session Friday night at Barnes & Noble. I wrote down the code for accessing the magazine's web-only content. I never buy magazines, I just browse and take notes while sitting at the Starbucks cafe in BN.

Came cross this article online about "an IT analyst [who] pursues a different calling after the tsunami hits his native Sri Lanka." Although my circumstances are different, I could identify with starting a new stage in one's life and trying to find a way to give back to others.

"Before the tsunami, I was set on applying to U.S. MBA programs. I still am -- but now I expect my focus in business will be on trying to help people."

Posted by cph19 at 6:52 PM EST
Updated: Sunday, 11 December 2005 6:54 PM EST
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Saturday, 10 December 2005
Point / Counter-Point from Schwartz & Carr
Now Playing: Al Green - Let's Stay Together
Topic: Web 2.0
Catching up on newsreader feeds and read Jonathan Schwartz's recent posts, including a podcast from the Web2.0 panel w/ him, Tim O'Reilly, and Mitchell Baker. He recently published an article on corporate blogging for the October 2005 issue of HBR.

"For executives, having a blog is not going to be a matter of choice, any more than using e-mail is today. If you're not part of the conversation, others will speak on your behalf -- and I'm not talking about your employees...
Then find your voice. Be honest and open. Be respectful of your audiences. Don't treat blogging like advertising-it's not. Use humor. Link to those who interest and influence you...
Trust me, your market and your employees are clamoring for executive engagement and insight. They will value and remember your candor. And you'll be surprised by how much you learn from them." (HBR article).


Nicholas Carr, of "IT Doesn't Matter" fame/infamy (depending on your prospective) had this post on Microsoft's recent decision to share the advertising revenue from its search engine with users (straight from Bill Gates' mouth). Here's Carr's response to Sun's recent strategy moves:

" But if Sun is to succeed, it needs to get its act together - to adopt a single, coherent market positioning and stick to it with relentless, unwavering discipline. Blogging is not a strategy. (12/10/05 post)

The first sledding session of the season, jibbing a plastic drainage pipe with the Scoot-n-Ski on top of Cobbs Hill.

Posted by cph19 at 4:29 PM EST
Updated: Saturday, 10 December 2005 5:37 PM EST
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HUGE: Joins Yahoo!
Now Playing: Sia - Breathe Me (Mylo remix)
Topic: Web 2.0
The RSS feeds on my Google home page are lit up like a Christmas tree over this one: Joins Yahoo!

This is HUGE, can't wait to see what the blogsphere does with this (see Technorati for the blog chatter). Reddit, Mediaeater, and Blogspotting are posting the story.

And of course Fred posted on this given his early investment in

Posted by cph19 at 12:07 AM EST
Updated: Sunday, 11 December 2005 10:29 PM EST
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Friday, 9 December 2005
Can Smart Aggregators Save Mainstream Media
Now Playing: Frou Frou - Let Go
Topic: Web 2.0
blur3Finally, a follow-up to last week's post on the future of the MSM.

I finally sent feedback and comments to WAMC's The Media Project, a great radio show that examines the mainstream media (MSM). Stumbled upon the show driving back from a Nantucket wedding two years ago and have been a faithful internet listener ever since. Never having written them before, I was pleasantly surprised to hear back from Alan Chartock, the professor and head of WAMC.

The Media Project always has a discussion on the current state of the MSM, including the newspaper industry, which has been losing readers and struggling financially for the last 5-7 years, conservatively. A lot of that comes from the rise of the internet and the ability to filter what you want to receive as your news. It's the long-touted rip, mix, burn culture coming to fruition, especially since RSS feeds and news readers are starting to become so popular. What does all of this mean for the newspaper industry, which has traditionally been a physical good requiring substantial production and distribution costs (covered by an advertiser-dependent revenue model)?

The internet severally reduces the costs of production and distribution but a newspaper (besides its online edition) has always been viewed as a single, discreet commodity that derives its full value from the whole of the content, not from its disparate pieces. Fred Wilson has suggested (as have others) that the future of media involves these four criteria:
  • microchunk it
  • freeing it
  • syndicate it
  • monetize it

    * I added remixing to my email to Alan, Lydia, and Rex.

    Rex liked the perspective but had a great counterpoint which deserves attention: while microchunks and remixing may work for electronic content, what about the publicly-traded companies that demand shareholder returns while the idea of microchunks dictates that web information remain free? Newspapers' revenue streams are circulation and advertising (the former pays for the newsroom) and a paper can't sustain a big staff and strong reporting (which creates the valuable content) without the circulation revenue.

    It seems like a catch-22: how do newspapers maintain the creation of valuable content while trying to embrace the trends of New Media that dictate freeing (microchunking and remixing) that very content that makes a newspaper valuable (great reporters and strong reporting)?

    Rex has undoubtedly been, and will continue, grappling with this formidable challenge. I'm not sure that I have a great answer but let's try: Smart Aggregators. Wait just a sec before you say, oh here we go, more Web2.0 mumbo jumbo. The economic or business concept of an aggregator has been well established, and not just within the pre- and post-Dot Com Eras. Following the microchink concept, Umair at Bubblegeneration discusses the idea of a smart aggregator in his mediaeconomics presentations (PPT file):

  • Aggregation-- ‘Rebundling of content from fragmented platforms & formats, re-purposing, & delivery across new platforms & standards’ (Slide 53)

  • Smart Aggregators don't just rebundle content from diverse platforms/standards, they rebundle content, information about that content (e.g. tags) and about the network, application, device, etc. (Slide 55)

    Can newspaper act as smart aggregators more efficiently than web-based tools? When it comes to local and regional news, they probably stand a chance. But ask the NY Times how it approaches the power or reach of Google News or other news aggregators for national or world news and the papers may have a different answer.

  • Aggregations add value to exchange process rather than to the goods themselves. (Digital Capital, pg. 50)

    Are newspapers valuable because of the content that they amass, consolidate, and distribute (exchange) or from the news reporting and news stories that they create? Certainly, it's the former but I agree w/ Rex that newspapers' value comes from strong reporting and good journalists (content creators). Is the Huffington Post, which was chided at its inception but has become quite popular and seemingly successful since starting in May, a quasi-newspaper or just an aggregator, adding value by bringing together different authors onto a common space where their combined voices are stronger than if they stood alone on their sites/blogs?

  • The real costs of producing a newspaper article is sunk into the first copy; the marginal costs of printing and distribution greatly influence the paper's price. (Digital Capital, pg. 77). The internet changes the rules for information goods because their marginal distribution costs tend toward zero (Information Rules).

    Food for thought-but I'm tired now, so post some comments if you have answer to the newspaper's catch-22 when it comes to microchunking and remixing.

    Just so you thought I wasn't being too serious, thanks to Mike for telling about the hilarious Secular Central clip from the Daily Show. I can hear Alan saying it now, "Bill O'Reilly, him I do not like."

    Posted by cph19 at 12:43 AM EST
    Updated: Friday, 9 December 2005 1:07 AM EST
  • Thursday, 8 December 2005
    Rodney Mullen is Still a God
    Now Playing: Coldplay - Speed of Sound
    Topic: Personal or Reflective
    Thanks to Justin for this amazing video clip: Rodney Mullen is Still a God

    Every snowboarder wishes that they were a good skateboarder; every great skateboarder wishes that they were as good as Rodney Mullen.

    Posted by cph19 at 11:15 PM EST
    Updated: Thursday, 8 December 2005 11:16 PM EST
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    Wednesday, 7 December 2005 + Flickr = ?
    Now Playing: Foo Fighters - Everlong (KROQ acoustic)
    Topic: Web 2.0
    cherbert's Weekly Artists Chart +
    This is a Flickr badge showing public photos from cherbert. Make your own badge here.
    = ?

    Posted by cph19 at 10:57 PM EST
    Updated: Wednesday, 14 December 2005 12:19 AM EST
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    Tuesday, 6 December 2005
    Unfulfilled Promises
    Now Playing: Postal Service - Clark Gable
    Topic: Globalization
    I promise, a follow-up to last week's post on the future of MSM: how microchunking and remixing is the future of media. Rex Smith emailed me back with positive feedback and good counter-point that I started addressing but will finish tomorrow. I also have some nuggets from my pre-Thanksgiving decompression session at Barnes & Noble that I'd like to mention: Briefly, they include:

  • China's influence on the humanitarian crisis/genocide occurring in Darfur, Sudan (via The Economist, try for access)
          #1) "Chinese opposition made it difficult last year to take up Sudan's Darfur crisis at the UN Security Council. Similarly, China is not keen to allow the council to take up the issue of Iran's nuclear activities."
          #2) "To make a point about human rights in China, he met the Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader-in-exile, at the White House on November 9th—but without press photographers, in apparent deference to Chinese sensitivities."
  • the Flickr-ization of Yahoo
  • the future of music sharing is mp3 blog aggregators (forget P2P)
  • notes on what the Semantic Web really means

    Currently Playing: The Avalanches - Since I Left You

    Posted by cph19 at 11:37 PM EST
    Updated: Wednesday, 7 December 2005 9:50 PM EST
  • Monday, 5 December 2005
    Good News
    Now Playing: My Morning Jacket - Wordless Chorus
    Topic: Personal or Reflective
    Good news today...and an ad banner from page that made me chuckle:

    I'm loving the new single, "Wordless Chorus," from My Morning Jacket, what a great sound. And there's this:

    ( the NYT covers Shaun White )

    Posted by cph19 at 10:48 PM EST
    Updated: Thursday, 8 December 2005 1:02 AM EST
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    Resisting the Pull of MySpace
    Now Playing: The Flaming Lips - Mr. Ambulance Driver
    Topic: Web 2.0
    I resisted MySpace for a long time; I remembered something about it from my Hawai'i trip last March when Mike's friends took me surfing and kept talking about this MySpace thing. It made me feel old and out of touch, not knowing anything about an internet trend, which is supposedly my expertise. Then it came up again within the last few months and I decided even if I wasn't into the social networking bug (LinkedIn is different, that's business networking) I needed to understand the subject. Begrudgingly, I got sucked into MySpace, but I keep a healthy distance.

    It's hitting the mainstream now and here is Wired's a great article from November 2005 on the MySpace phenomena. Now here's Business Week's stab at the topic:

    Currently Listening: The Flaming Lips - Mr. Ambulance Driver (iTunes link)

    Posted by cph19 at 1:05 AM EST
    Updated: Monday, 5 December 2005 1:08 AM EST
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    Sunday, 4 December 2005
    Correlating Amazon and Your Local Library
    Now Playing: KCRW
    Topic: Web 2.0
    Thanks to Reddit's post on Greasemokey extensions, there's a solution to a question I posed a couple months back. I was a little slow to this and found that Jon Udell had already solved the Amazon-Public Library correlation challenge: how to link Amazon's search results through their API to your local public library.

    I don't have the Rochester Public Library's LIBRA system working yet but RIT's works well. Drag this bookmarklet, RIT Libraries, to your link toolbar in Firefox or IE (screenshot here).

    Here's the bookmarklet text (what the hell is a bookmarklet?): javascript:var%20re=/([\/-]|is[bs]n=)(\d{7,9}[\dX])/i;if(re.test(location.href)==true){var%20isbn=RegExp.$2;void(''+'/search/i='+isbn,'LibraryLookup','scrollbars=1,resizable=1,location=1,width=575,height=500'))}

    Do your regular Amazon search for a book and when you're found it, click on the bookmarklet in your browser and will automatically query the RIT Library (in a new browser window). It's as easy as that so spread the word.

    Posted by cph19 at 11:18 PM EST
    Updated: Sunday, 4 December 2005 11:26 PM EST
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    Kenya Photos
    Now Playing: Plej - Lay of the Land (vocal version)
    From Bert and Meg's recent Kenya trip:

    Currently Listening: Plej - Lay of the Land (vocal version); My Morning Jacket - Wordless Chorus

    Posted by cph19 at 4:00 AM EST
    Updated: Sunday, 4 December 2005 4:15 AM EST
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    Tuesday, 29 November 2005
    Funny Shirts as Christmas Gifts
    Topic: Personal or Reflective

    Thanks Snowboarder Magazine, where I first read/heard about this phenomena a couple years ago.

    Posted by cph19 at 9:34 PM EST
    Updated: Wednesday, 30 November 2005 8:18 PM EST
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    The Grey Album --> Q-Unit Greatest Hits
    Now Playing: Q-Unit - Bohemian Wanksta
    Topic: Personal or Reflective
    As part of my mp3 blog search engines, Steroegum had this awesome post

    (mp3s here)

    UPDATE 12/7/05: Couldn't (forgot to) publish the post until today. But knowing that I scooped BoingBoing by a couple of days feels good.

    In keeping with the music theme, read Slate's great diatribe againist the Black Eyed Peas newest single, "My Hump." I first heard the BEP's freshman album in 1998, a Mack Dawg or Standard Films snowboard video used a few tracks. But ever since, the BEPs have gone extremely mainstream:

    " "My Humps" is a moment that reminds us that categories such as "good" and "bad" still matter. Relativism be damned! There are bad songs that offend our sensibilities but can still be enjoyed, and then there are the songs that are just really bad?transcendentally bad, objectively bad."

    And I'm so out of it when it comes to pop culture (the no TV thing) that I was amazed to see tons of Broken Social Scene albums at BestBuy (I went for CD-Rs, I know a rip but I need them stat). Here I was thinking that BSS was still this cool, underground music secret that the rest of the world hadn't discovered. Be damned, I still like them.

    Posted by cph19 at 12:01 AM EST
    Updated: Wednesday, 7 December 2005 10:21 PM EST
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    Monday, 28 November 2005
    Why I Love the Internet
    Now Playing: Feist - Inside and Out
    Topic: Personal or Reflective
    Just when I think that things are going wrong, I receive some confirmation that I'm doing the right things. Yes, I spend a lot of time reading, writing, researching on the internet but I love it. Here's why:

  • HBS's Working Knowledge acknowledging the Web2.0 topic (albeit a little late but remember their audience, business leaders, not the first adopters who have been talking/blogging about the subject for awhile now)
  • As Jonathan Schwartz has predicted that all CEOs will eventually blog just as naturally as they presently use email, HBS's Working Knowledge asks, "Does Your Company Belong in the Blogosphere?"- does Scoble agree
  • How musicians have harnessed the internet (nothing profound but it's from the MSM)
  • The 10th anniversary show of This American Life, which included a powerful story on the former editor of Wired, Kevin Kelly
  • Being able to play mp3s files directly on your blog- no plug-ins necessary (thanks
  • Sent some comments/feedback on this WaPo experiment to The Media Project and they liked it (more on this later in the week)


    Currently Playing: Feist - Inside and Out (iTunes link)

    Posted by cph19 at 10:35 PM EST
    Updated: Monday, 28 November 2005 10:37 PM EST
  • Saturday, 26 November 2005
    The Fire Through
    Now Playing: The Fire Through - A Slight Numb
    Topic: Music
    I don't get a lot of traffic here but if I can spread the word about a buddy's new band, I'm more than happy to help.

    "Rochester, NY based band looking to form something solid and truthful. Currently in the process of recording with a total of 8 original tracks layed down, The Fire Through is Evan Wormwood (drums/bass/singer) and Dennis Gaebel (Lead/Rhytm Guitar/Singer)."

    Give a listen to their two tracks, "A Slight Numb" and "Funktion Sober" via The Fire Through on MySpace.

    Posted by cph19 at 6:45 PM EST
    Updated: Sunday, 11 December 2005 10:33 PM EST
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    Thursday, 24 November 2005
    Great Radio
    Now Playing: Hidden Kitchens - NPR via WXXI
    Topic: Personal or Reflective
    What a great way to end Thanksgiving, relaxing and listening to Hidden Kitchens, a NPR series exploring hidden kitchens across the country.

    I'm no epicure at this point in my life and don't get into cooking either. My Dad read that the sign of a person who loves to cook is someone that looks forward to cooking even when they're not hungry. He and brother do love to cook, and though I enjoy eating, a love of cooking hasn't rubbed off. But there's more to cooking than just slaving away in the kitchen. As the amazing Hidden Kitchens stories portray, "its food and fellowship."

    In addition to Hidden Kitchens, Jay Allison produces the great radio series, "This I Believe." I heard Penn Jillette's essay on Monday morning while driving to work and it reminded me of this series. Check out the list of contributors, it's an eclectic and inspirational group of people, from Bill Gates to John McCain to Dave Brubeck to Brian Greene.

    Posted by cph19 at 11:09 PM EST
    Updated: Saturday, 26 November 2005 11:46 AM EST
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    Eloquence in Simplicity
    Now Playing: Engadget Podcast - 11/22/05
    Topic: Personal or Reflective
    I couldn't have said it better myself.

    Old news but here's why my apartment has been so cold (and why my mail is now in danger). In chronological and incresing magnitude of eloquent BS (left-->right), from my otherwise excellent landlord:

    Posted by cph19 at 4:35 PM EST
    Updated: Thursday, 24 November 2005 11:10 PM EST
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    Wednesday, 23 November 2005 + LivePlasma
    Now Playing: Bloc Party - This Modern Love
    Topic: Web 2.0
    LivePlasma + = a visual, mashed up way to explore your musical tastes

    (based on a search for Broken Social Scene)

    Posted by cph19 at 12:47 AM EST
    Updated: Wednesday, 23 November 2005 12:50 AM EST
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