Saturday, March 31, 2007


Big Business in Second Life

The Kzero blog has a cool map of the businesses inside Second Life.

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Dancing Robots (for Real!)

Again, thanks to Bruce Sterling for pointing to this advanced technology.

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Friday, March 30, 2007


Avatar Airplane in Google Maps

Bruce Sterling pointed to this nifty mashup of Google Maps and a flight simulator, called Googles.

When you click start, it will put you in an airplane over my home cul-de-sac. See if you can crash into my back yard!

It is just a short time before we see a massively multiplayer humanoid avatars in Google Earth. Then the line between real and virtual really gets blurry.

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Saturday, March 24, 2007


2-D Bar Code

Here is what the phrase "Disordered Cogitations" looks like in QR-Code:
The three big squares are for positioning. You can generate your own 2-D bar codes at Kaywa. They are designed for camera phone use, and can download a reader for your phone also at Kaywa. I sure would like a a desktop/laptop version of the reader. (Thanks to Bruce Sterling for the link.)


Friday, March 23, 2007


Time is most important innovation tool

The Innovation Tools Blog reports on a study which suggests that time is the most important tool for innovation. See full report at Permanent Innovation.

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Social Network of Science

John Batelle points to an interesting map of science at Seed. It is a social network based on 800,000 scientific publication sorted into 776 groups. I want to know who read all those articles. But more than that, I want to print a copy out on the big plotter at work.

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Ludium II

Edward Castronova is sponsoring, in June, an interesting conference about virtual worlds using virtual world, called Ludium II. To bad it is the same time as Supernova. Here is a link to Ludium I.


Wednesday, March 21, 2007


Past 250

Paper Stats:
Abstract Views: 14792
Downloads: 3079
Download Rank: 249

(See previous milestone)

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Innovation Creators pointed me to a cool web app -- DabbleDb. They have a great video introduction. They offer a pretty decent small application DBMS and even have a free option.

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Saturday, March 17, 2007


IBM's Global Innovation Outlook . . .

. . . is explained in Irving WB's blog.
The GIO brings together IBM executives with thought leaders from business, the public sector, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and other influential constituencies around the world to peer collectively into the future and identify major trends, insights and opportunities.

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Friday, March 16, 2007


Remember that old SCO suit against IBM over Linux?

It looks like it is going to backfire, according to this Slashdot posting entitiled,
IBM 700,000 SCO 326

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007


Eating its own Virtual Dog Food

I mentioned yesterday Sun's new open source virtual world server called DarkStar. They have used it to build themselves a virtual work environment called MPK20. It stands for Menlo Park 2.0. It
is a virtual 3D environment in which employees can accomplish their real work, share documents, and meet with colleagues using natural voice communication.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007


Open Source Enterprise Game Server

Nate Combs over at TerraNova blog pointed me to Sun's new venture called DarkStar.
Project Darkstar is the game industry’s first open source, enterprise grade, highly scalable, online game server. From Massively Multiplayer Online Games to Casual Games, Project Darkstar can accommodate the varying needs of the online game developer through a single solution. Providing easy to use, simple API interfaces, Project Darkstar will have you up and running in a fraction of the time that it used to take in standing up online game solutions.

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More TED Insights

Stephanie Olsen at continues her reports on TED. Will Wright believes his new simulation/AI game--SPORE--will help kids (and others) appreciate the impact of their actions have and the responsibility that comes with such power.

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Friday, March 09, 2007


TED Day 2

The TED Prize winners spoke today. See TEDBlog.



Non-DRM Music at True Market Prices

Buzz Out Loud pointed me to a site where a person can legally buy non-DRM mp3s, called Amie Street. Their least popular songs are free. As a song's popularity grows the price rises to a maximum of $0.98.

The Irish and Celtic Music Podcast pointed me to Song Henge which also has non-DRM Celtic music for free.

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Thursday, March 08, 2007


Rules Help Us Innovate

Charlie Bess over at EDS' Next Big Thing makes a counter-trend argument that business rules free us to innovate.

The application of a business rules engine should allow an organization to take latency out of the areas where there is a defined way to proceed and focus creativity on the activities that remain. Innovation in an organization with well implemented business rules is like the quote:

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
- Reinhold Niebuhr

I guess this is like Bach, working under the extreme musical constraints, was able to produce such masterful works.

Rules form an intellectual stovepipe, which allows our thoughts (smoke) to rise in a concentrated way to heights otherwise not possible. That is good inside the stove pipe. Sometimes, however, the solutions to our problems lie outside the rule-enforced stovepipe. At those times, we need to blow holes in the sides our stovepipes.

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Direct Brain to Game Connection

Candace Lombardi of Gamespot reports that at the Game Developer's Conference:
Emotiv Systems introduces new helmet that could allow gamers to leave behind joysticks and buttons in favor of thoughts and emotions.
Of course, this would be so much more useful in conjunction with analytic discover and business process tools, not to mention 3D virtualized worlds and dataspaces.

Reminds me of demonstration George Bower (Axis Technologies) gave using a G-speak glove to navigate a database.

See also Charlie Bess's comments on the application of accelerometers to virtual world input devices

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TED Day 1

Stephanie Olsen at CNET reports the opening session of the TED conference.
It began with a parade by a house marching band and ended with a health professor swallowing a Swedish bayonet sword.
TED has some of the most amazing people attend and speak. See earlier talks here.

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Tuesday, March 06, 2007


On Demand Movie Theaters

John Rogers at Wired News reports:
The three are working on a new digital film delivery system that, if successful, could give theater operators the flexibility to put a popular movie on an extra screen as quickly as the demand for it arises. At the same time, theater operators could boot out a surprise stinker and even book in for a day or two an art-house film with a small but devoted audience.
I suppose, a group could even schedule a showing in advance--like the Rocky Horror Picture Show at a more reasonable 9pm (rather than the usual midnight).

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Monday, March 05, 2007


One Big Family!

The NYTimes author, Nicholas Wade, has written a fascinating piece asserting that the Irish, Scots, and English are geneticaly the same ethnic group. This genetic research diminishes the genetic influence such invaders as the Romans, Vikings, Angles, Saxons, and Normans have historically believed to have had. This will rile an number of feathers. Even in my own family!

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