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Archive for February 2007

USPTO Agrees To Re-Examine Blackboard Patent

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For those of you interested in the Blackboard patent saga, there are two great sites you should be following as things unfold:

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February 28, 2007 at 8:45 am

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Oracle > SAP

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February 26, 2007 at 1:22 pm

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Live Music ala YouTube

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My YouTube consumption is increasing. I really enjoy live music and typically I can find many a great bootleg at the Live Music Archive over at Archive.org but now I’ve realized YouTube’s potential for audio and video bootlegs. First it started out with some Death Cab for Cutie at Massey Hall:

And then it was into some old school Creedence Clearwater Revival:

And do you see any similarities between CCR and Ted Leo?

So what the hell am I driving at, rather than regurgitating my favs from YouTube… Well, I’m amazed by the sheer amount and variety of content available on YouTube and the connections that it allows people to make. For me, I’m able to connect with a live concert that may have occurred miles or years from where I am. I think this is the essence of the Web 2.0 video clip I posted a few days ago. Technology enabling social activity. At this moment, I’m steadfast in my belief that technology does *not* isolate. It certainly has that potential, but swinging the other way, there’s considerable potential for it to connect the world.

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February 12, 2007 at 11:35 am

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Web 2.0 … The Machine is Us/ing Us

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I know everyone else in the blogosphere has already linked to this, but I’m going to help bump up its relevancy in Google by posting here as well. This is the video to show anyone who is wondering wtf Web 2.0 is.

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February 9, 2007 at 9:56 am

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Jeff, Hypochondriac?

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Haven’t been feeling well for a few weeks…. but I’m beginning to wonder if this more in my head than I think it is… Spent 5.5 hours at a clinic the other day, but my pains appear to be the result of some nasty coughing earlier this month. I think I’m falling victim to the culture of fear.

And speaking of falling victim, I just stumbled upon GoogleFight – a very basic battle between two keywords, but still pretty neat. Check out a few:

Integrity wins over porn, hurrah!

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February 9, 2007 at 9:51 am

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Will work kill you?

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In the employment sense of the word, maybe, just maybe… But in the other sense of the word, ie. perspiration, I think work bears fruit. In looking at some of my current idols, their work and activism are recurring traits that I aspire to. In particular, look at the prolific works of Noam Chomsky and Bertrand Russell. Hundreds of published works, many more likely unpublished, and a plethora of speaking engagements. Both of these men are tremendously inspirational for me. If you haven’t watched Manufacturing Consent, you should, especially since it’s located on YouTube start-to-finish. The last segment has a quote that I love starting at 7:22 – “The point is that you have to work. And that’s why the propaganda system is so successful. Very few people are going to have the time or the energy or the commitment that’s required…”

Turning to more of a pop culture icon (at least relative to Russell and Chomsky) – I’m a big fan of Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. If you’re not familiar, they’re a good ol’ rock’n’roll band. If we want to split hairs, they’re a fusion of punk, rockabilly, and activism. In the clip below, Ted talks about being a rock star and how at the end of the day – it all comes down to hard work.

Keep on workin’ in the free world folks!

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February 5, 2007 at 12:04 pm

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