Us Now Film

16 12 2008

Found from the P2P Foundation Blog:

And from the Us Now Film website:

Paul Miller from the School of Everything states in his interview that citizens are going to start “going around the side (of) government” to achieve the outcomes that they care about.  In this vien, his project “School of Everything” sets out to facilitate an education system from outside government.  The project won the New Statesman’s  ”Inform and Educate” prize.


Couple of Posts on Social Media / Community Managers

16 12 2008

via Read Write Web:

A community manager is someone who communicates with a company’s users/customers, development team and executives and other stake holders in order to clarify and amplify the work of all parties. They probably provide customer service, highlight best use-cases of a product, make first contact in some potential business partnerships and increase the public visibility of the company they work for.

and from the comments on the above post something from

Even more illuminating is this excerpt from a TreeHugger article:

Yet, there is a bigger story. The law has been rendered out of date because the Internet facilitates new modes of production and organization that enable thousands of people to connect, share and work together in ways that were previously limited to larger, well-organized and well-funded companies. As scholars such as Yochai Benkler and Clay Shirky have persuasively argued, these modes of production provide great promise.

Ride sharing is an obvious example. Before the widespread use of the Internet, small scale ride sharing organization was possible, whether through ride boards in schools or announcements at community events. Those methods hardly posed a threat to established bus services, however. Once thousands began to connect online at virtually no cost, a parallel, community-created ride-sharing service emerged that now challenges established firms for market share.

Many businesses that have relied upon their ability to aggregate and organize as a competitive advantage now find themselves facing similar challenges. Whether it is the remarkable success of Wikipedia as a peer-created online knowledge sharing site, the emergence of Craigslist as a dominant, free classified advertising marketplace, the viability of user-generated content to attract massive audiences, or the use of social networking sites such as Facebook for advocacy purposes, the network economy offers as an “industrial scale” organizing tool at a fraction of the conventional cost.

Fifth Business – CEO of Byss Corp.

26 11 2008

From the reviews of Robertson Davies’ book:

The term ‘Fifth Business’, as Davies describes, refers to the role in an opera, usually played by a man, which has no opposite of the other sex. While only a supporting character, he is essential to the plot, for he often knows the secret of the hero’s birth, or comes to the assistance of the heroine when all seems lost, or may even be the cause of someone’s death.

Tomb of Lorenzo De’Medici

22 10 2008


Is that limestone?

Wikipedia on Lorenzo.

The island where I’m from. Similar in size to Texada.

We’re behind schedule on Video

11 10 2008

We were supposed to have a compilation “Mauling” video up by now. This is the best I could find of what we shot. Music’s faint (Van Morrison – Days Before Rock and Roll), Not much dialogue, No synchronization. Eventually, as the movie says “All Things Merge Into One and a River Runs Through It.”

Tweedledum’s First Time with BIG Chainsaw

3 10 2008