Relax. Life's too stressed out.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Public service announcement

Posted: 2005-09-30T06:14:52Z

We move today, so I may not be back on email until Monday (we have no idea what the wireless situation is in the apartment). Schönes wochenende, alle!

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Chris Heuer Sums Up Web 2.1 BrainJam

Posted: Mon, 10 Oct 2005 17:02:53 -0800


I'm going to wrap up my look at the response to the event with these words from BrainJam founder and principle organizer Chris Heuer.

It was not about expensive versus inexpensive, though that was a part of the inspiration - it was about enabling real conversation between people with different backgrounds to expand our understanding of one another and the world around us. It was about bringing smart people together for ad-hoc collaboration, fertilizing the conversation with positive intentions, setting a little direction and watching the magic happen. It was about trying some new things in the realm of the unconference and so much more.

While calling it Web 2.1 was a bit of marketing finesse, the intentions were true - we, the creators of technology, should learn to speak the language of the 'average man/woman' and remember it is not about the things people use insomuch as it is about the people who use them. The ideals of what we happily called Web 2.0 earlier this year have been overtaken by the buzz. Web 2.1 was about re-fortifying those core values and bringing some attention back on the people rather than the technology and the hype. Web 2.1 was about bringing creators, users and facilitators together in conversation - to this end, I feel comfortable calling it a success.


Lessons learned will be gleaned over the next few days along with a discussion centering on what is next. As of now, one thing is for sure, we will be building a community around BrainJams to help others do these types of events, and we hope to collaborate with the BarCamp folks to work towards common goals. If we are remotely successful at getting non-developer business professionals to share more of their knowledge and experience through BrainJams, we will have taken giant strides in making the world a better place.


In the end, my best hope in regards to how this event is perceived, is that anyone else can do what we did by understanding how the systems work, how to use Web 2.0/2.1 tools and believing in themselves enough to take that all important leap of faith.

Empower to the people.

Thanks everyone for what was an unbelievable success.

(BTW, if you find a spare s-video cable in your stuff from the day, it will go a long way to getting me out of hot water with the KRON IT dept)


You've got your profits and your mathematicians

Posted: Thu, 08 Sep 2005 17:59:58 GMT

Source: I finished watching Volume 1 of Serial Experiments Lain. I liked it, but I have no idea what's going on. I'm putting Volume 2 on my Blockbuster list now.

I am experimenting with double pointed needles. I've done about ten rows and miracously it does look like double ribbing. The only problem is I'm knitting too loosely and it doesn't join up in between the three needles very well. But I'll get there eventually.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Government Can't Explain Increase in 2002 TSA Contract

Posted: Sun Oct 09 00:00:00 EDT 2005

Source: In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the government changed a contract to hire federal airline passengers screeners in a way that cost taxpayers an additional $343 million. More than three years later, officials cannot explain exactly why.

Monday, October 10, 2005


Posted: 2005-09-28T12:59:01Z

began with us getting up late; Josh's alarm clock thinks that STOPPING at the time it's set to go off at will somehow wake one up, and I had forgotten to open the curtain so that the light could come in and wake me. (Query self: when does European daylight saving time end?) As a result, we had 15 minutes to get dressed and make the bus to the train station to go to church in Zürich. We made it, and then discovered that the ticket window doesn't open till 8 on Sundays. Nevertheless, we made it onto the 8:03 train, ate Brötchen and chocolate croissants, and tried to see some of Switzerland in the fog (it was Josh's first time in the country). We then had an hour and ten minutes between arriving in Zürich and the beginning of the service, so we studied the street map in the train station and walked to the church (about 20 minutes) through people setting up some kind of fair or street carnival.

It turned out that we had happened upon "baptism Sunday" - 2 kids had just been baptized at the 9:00 service, and two more were going to be done at the 10:30. We introduced ourselves to the clergy (British chaplain, Spanish assistant, American curate) and read the church newsletter (the chaplain's letter was reassuring - "why I'm suspicious of fundamentalism") while the church filled up: mostly with well-dressed Anglo-Swiss families and older couples, but also some South Asians and a lot of Africans (one of the babies being baptized was African). The service was pretty much what I was accustomed to in my year of going to church in England, although of course they use the new British prayer book. Everyone in the church hall afterwards was very nice, and it looks like I'll be going on a walking "pilgrimage" to some nearby monasteries on Saturday with some of them.

On the way back to the train station we went through the abovementioned street carnival, now in full swing, which seemed to feature some combination of public art, a kids' parade, and promotion of civic organizations and clean energy (yay!). A guy stuck gummi bears in our hands as a promotion, and we dodged a Chinese-style dragon to get across the street. Bought incredibly greasy food in the train station and ate it on the return trip to Konstanz, where we ended up in the middle of the insane crowds at the wine festival, drank new white wine (cloudy, sweet, tasted slightly of cheese) and ate kuchen.