OFF TOPIC: Breast Cancer Awareness.

I received this in my email - it suggests that you forward the email but I thought it would get more of an audience if it were blogged.  Summary, for those of who don't have the time to read the whole thing, is buy breast cancer awareness stamps.  A booklet costs $0.60 more than regular stamps and this small effort on your part will make a difference for breast cancer research, and it will make you feel good.

Open Source Software Lessons for Business

For any person that is interested in developing a website or any piece of software for that matter, they need to check out the oss projects that are scattered all over the net. Check out the leading tags on to get started.

How Linux Could Overthrow Microsoft by Charles Ferguson, from Technology - " With some improvements, the open-source model could even become the dominant global production model for software."

Accidental Magic?

networks in expanding cultural spaces by Grant McCracken at This Blog Sits at the (Intersection of Anthropology and Economics) shows how Ideascape could work to connect seemingly random events.

"This is the story of how an unlikely solution, two mathematical brothers from Russia, found an improbable problem, digital images of a Unicorn tapestry. What connects them is a Rube Goldberg mechanism that includes The New Yorker magazine, a real estate magnet, a hedge fund manager, an MET curator and his wife. As we will see, the chances of this particular solution finding this particular problem were astronomically small. Or were they?"

I wonder what the possibilities would have been if say, Dave Weinberger (JOHO the Blog), or Gawker, or Steve Rubel, or Rageboy picked up the story initially and blogged about it? Would have an impact? So, what are the probablities of an exotic solution finding an exotic problem in the blogsosphere? BTW Here is a story posted today in The Toronto Star about tagging on via Dave Weinberger.

Speaking of, this next idea sheds light on the ways we need to organize and scale to tackle complex problems.

Large-Scale Collective IQ, This presentation is one of a series from the Accelerating Change 2004 held at Stanford University, November 5-7, 2004. It features Dr. Douglas Engelbart, who invented or influenced the mouse, hypertext, multiple windows, bit-mapped screens, shared screen teleconferencing, and outline processing. But his ideas transcend technology and computer science and reach into the humanitarian. In this presentation, he tells how can we construct a collective vision as to where we are headed and where we would best be headed.

More SBP (*Standard Blog Procedure)

Thank you Scobleizer for the heads up on Blogging@IBM.

The caveat in IBM's guidelines re: don't forget your day job has validity, as employees do have jobs to perform, and we, as a company are cognizant of that. However, if a company has decided to employ blogging in it's business practice, they should also allow for time spent blogging and researching blog posts.

SBP (*Standard Blog Procedure)

Ideas are EVERYWHERE! Although, to the uninitiated they may be hard to find.  As any serious blogger knows, Ideascaping takes time. Gathering information from RSS feeds, technorati,, the blogosphere is hard work.  Yet and still, the process is ultimately rewarding and fulfilling.  Blogs are a tool to improve innovation, PR, marketing, productivity, morale and they can connect people together with information in new ways. But without proper planning, a blogging program can have disastrous results when incorporated company-wide.

Cooties, Terriorists & Blogs

"Viruses, worms, Trojan horses, Remote Access Trojans, hackers, organized crime, terrorists, and others continue to make the Internet a dangerous place due to fraud, extortion, denials of service, identity theft, espionage, and other crimes. Now, blogging is emerging as a threat to the Internet user community."

November 11, 2004, Fisk Bait, Posted by Michael O'Connor Clarke - "What fresh hell is this? A news release hit the wires today from Dublin-based Research and Markets . Here’s a tiny sample: "Companies Need to Raise Employee Awareness Regarding Blogging and Associated Threats … Blogging is rapidly emerging as a threat to Internet users.""

Blogs are like terrorists? Like viruses? Sorry. My flabber is too gasted to permit any kind of rational response here."

BTW The report Mike refers to cost $1500. The unfounded lameness continues with a new report form eMarketer.

Steve does a great job of pointing out the what eMarketer neglected to talk about. Let the Blog Bashing Begin from Steve Rubel, Micro Persuasion "Pete Blackshaw predicted this would happen and he was right. A blog bashing movement is underway. In a new report, eMarketer is questioning whether businesses will ever blog. They're following the effervescent Nick Denton. He got the ball rolling with his "Up with People-like" quotes in Sunday's New York Times."

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain...

Attention has been getting a lot of attention these days.  Seriously!  In this "Attention Economy", what we're all looking for is simply attention.  We chat via IM, text messaging, email, blogs, etc.  What are we really doing though?  Aren't these really attention exchanges?  As my partner, Jim, so deftly calls them, they're reacharounds.  I'm not going to go into exactly what he's comparing them to, but essentially, you scratch my back, I"ll scratch yours is what it all boils down to.  When we ask someone "How are you?  Do we really want to know?  How many times have you seen some


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