After the Internet bubble burst in 2001, there were a lot of people in “the established business world” who said something akin to “see – that was just a fad.” Anyone who has clung to the idea that the Internet was a fad is in a world of hurt right now, as the premise, functions, and implications of the Internet revolution of the late 1990’s becomes deeply instantiated across the global economy.

This year, all I really wanted for the holidays was the perfect smartphone. Not too much to ask for, right? You’d think, but all I ended up with was constant swapping between 3 (or more) devices, hoping to find some balance of features that worked for me. Instead of one “go to” phone, I juggled the iPhone 3G, T-Mobile G1, and BlackBerry Bold for the last few months, desperately wishing I could merge them into one perfect device.

Getting power to developing nations

Earlier this week I met with some very interesting people. I just can’t get that meeting out of my head.

I learned a lot about the realities of electricity in developing third world nations. It’s not just that electricity is expensive. It’s simply not available – period.

So what is the best way to get power to these people?

Thats the question. There are smart people working on this one. It’s going to take a lot of work and money and time.

But its well worth it.  

There are some highly capital efficient models that seem to hold a lot of promise. That makes me quite optimistic for people like us to help fund these efforts.

I’m looking forward to learning more.


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The Fire and the Thud – Arctic Monkeys

I was needing an Arctic Monkeys fix last night. I went to the Hype Machine and this song came on. It’s not on any of their albums. Or at least on none of the ones I own. I gotta track this down.

Rick Warren: Point & Counterpoint

Like many progressives, I’ve been sick about Obama’s decision to have Rick Warren invocation at the inauguration.

It feels like a slap in face, kick in the teeth, takes the wind out of our sails….well, you pick the metaphor.

My immediate reaction was in sync with Michelle Goldbergs article in the Guardian, A Wolf In Sheeps Clothing:

If nothing else, Rick Warren is a miracle worker in the realm of public relations. He is a man who compares legal abortion to the Holocaust and gay marriage to incest and paedophilia. He believes that Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus and other non-Christians are going to spend eternity burning in hell. He doesn’t believe in evolution. He recently dismissed the social gospel – the late 19th- and early 20th-century Protestant movement that led a religious crusade against poverty and inequality – as “Marxism in Christian clothing”. Yet thanks to his amiable attitude and jocular tone, he has managed to create a popular image for himself as a moderate, even progressive force in American life, a reasonable, compassionate alternative to the punitive, sex-obsessed inquisitors of the religious right. And Barack Obama, who should know better, has helped him do it.

But Melissa Etheridge’s view offers a different point of view. She met Rick Warrent and offered her thoughts in The Choice Is Now Ours:

“Brothers and sisters the choice is ours now. We have the world’s attention. We have the capability to create change, awesome change in this world, but before we change minds we must change hearts. Sure, there are plenty of hateful people who will always hold on to their bigotry like a child to a blanket. But there are also good people out there, Christian and otherwise that are beginning to listen. They don’t hate us, they fear change. Maybe in our anger, as we consider marches and boycotts, perhaps we can consider stretching out our hands. Maybe instead of marching on his church, we can show up en mass and volunteer for one of the many organizations affiliated with his church that work for HIV/AIDS causes all around the world.

Maybe if they get to know us, they wont fear us.

I know, call me a dreamer, but I feel a new era is upon us.

I will be attending the inauguration with my family, and with hope in my heart. I know we are headed in the direction of marriage equality and equal protection for all families”

I’m still not happy at all with this choice. But this is a worthy counterpoint. And I’m going to stay positive here.


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daryn:

Belle & Sebastian Winter Wooskie

Christmas songs, day 12. Maybe more winter than christmas, but you can’t go wrong with B&S.

Great song. Thanks for posting this one Daryn!

So I buy all of this big, heavy, expensive stuff to take technically good but compositionally mediocre pictures of boring things. But I do it for me, because I’m slowly developing a skill that I’ve always wanted to have, and the process is producing results that I value highly. Any enjoyment or praise of my photos by others is a welcome bonus, but not the goal at all.

Marco.org: Why I take photos

I love Marco’s photography. He’s a lot more talented that he lets on here. 

But I know what he’s talking about. I feel the same way. I always wanted to have that skill too.