Thursday, June 29, 2006

Gimme Your Stuff

One of the best things about the internet is the capability to almost magically enable things to come together that likely would not have come together otherwise. Much has already been written about eBay which has enabled sellers and buyers to meet in a facilitated marketplace.
Along comes Gimme Your Stuff which is like eBay in bringing together two parties, one who has something and one who also has something. Yes, they can if they would like, exhange the two items. No money changes hands in this case.

Welcome to Gimme Your Stuff, the cultural exchange blog where you can swap items of significance to your area with items from others around the world. A conduit for many an international cuisine to change hands. A place where you can trade a newspaper from South Africa, or a CD from Finland. A place where we take no responsibility for anything anyone else does. A place where we are Changing the world with other people’s stuff.

Check it out!
Be part of the new world changing order.
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Steven Berlin Johnson

On the trail, when one finds another blogger with the same first name (well almost the same spelling), there is a connection.
When the first post you read is about their trouble with a universal remote, and you have also had trouble with a universal remote (such that you still have not gotten yours to work and as a result, you endure the wrath of the women of the household who at every opportunity remind you that this universal is Not).
When they do a follow up post on having resolved the universal remote problem, then there must be hope. There may be an end to this madness.
is a father of two boys, husband of one wife, and author of four books. We spend most of the year in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where all writers with young children in NYC are now legally required to live. (You can see the full story here.)
Read more of Steve here.
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Monday, June 26, 2006


Posterwire is a blog on and about movie posters. The art of the poster. The content. The stars, the creative catch or hook to attract the hords to attend the movie. In it's words:
a movie poster weblog. From images of the latest Hollywood one-sheets to vintage movie posters, this film poster weblog hopes to offer a bit of insight into film key art.
Poster award winners

The passing of
Fantasy artist Tim Hildebrandt, half of the legendary "Brothers Hildebrandt" illustration team, died on June 11th from complications due to diabetes. "Tim was an otherworldly artist. For 47 years, his captivating work fostered the dreams and fantasies of millions of fans, young and old."
So if movies are your bag, this is one place to put on your trail list...

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Friday, June 23, 2006

Success Connections - Lora Adrianse

Lora writes:
... things like limiting beliefs, lack of awareness or action, or ineffective interpersonal relationships, can stifle overall effectiveness as well as success. That's when it takes an objective, in depth listener to bring about thought provoking questions and conversations that will remove barriers and open doors. It's the "AHA, now I get it" moments that create breakthroughs, shifts in thinking and behavior.
So if you are looking for

Then you need to visit Success Connections and read mmore of Lora Adrianse


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Aula Network

The sidebar proclaims:

Aula is an open community of people working in different fields of life including science, art, business, government and NGOs.

Much of the recent postings were for the event just held on June 14th in Helsinki featuring:

The Aula 2006 keynote speakers are Clay Shirky of New York University, Alastair Curtis the Nokia Head of Design, Martin Varsavsky founder of the Wi-Fi network FON, and investor and internet visionary Joichi Ito.

The gathering will also include performances by saxophonist Jukka Perko and dancer Nina Hyvärinen.

Coverage of the event is plentiful.
This should be something to check on periodically.
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Thursday, June 22, 2006

Where did the trail go?

A year ago (June 22, 2005), the Hitchhikers found and posted on three sites.
All three are still operating and posted to regularly.
Check them out here and here.
One was a joint venture and they ended up going their separate ways. 
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InformationWeek IT Confidential - John Soat

InformationWeek publishes the News Show, a fun look at technology news. A good way to start your day (as I do) viewing the 5 minutes show from the previous day, or you could take a break during the day and catch the feed as it updates.

Either way, you will probably see John Soat. He is usually the anchor for the show as well as writing the IT Confidential column for the InformationWeek magazine.

John is both good and funny. A great combination for work today.

So the hitchhiker trail brought you two for one today, or three depending upon how you count it. Either way, you should get a chuckle or a laugh out of John.


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Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Sunlight Foundation

The quote lives prominently in the header:

Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.... - Justice Louis Brandeis

This site features three blogs:
The about page reveals:

The Sunlight Foundation was founded in January 2006 with the goal of using the revolutionary power of the Internet and new information technology to enable citizens to learn more about what Congress and their elected representatives are doing, and thus help reduce corruption, ensure greater transparency and accountability by government, and foster public trust in the vital institutions of democracy. We are unique in that technology and the power of the Internet are at the core of every one of our efforts.

Our initial projects – from the establishment of a Congresspedia, the making of “transparency grants” for the development and enhancement of databases and websites, and two separate efforts to engage the public in distributed journalism and offer online tutorials on the role of money in politics efforts – are based on the premise that the collective power of citizens to demand greater accountability is the clearest route to reform.

Sunlight’s work is committed to helping citizens, journalists and bloggers be their own best watchdogs, both by improving access to existing information and digitizing new information, and by creating new tools and websites to enable all of us to pool our intelligence in new, and yet to be imagined, ways.

As this is a political year of importance, this is one site to add to your reader and visit regularly!

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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

I blame the patriarchy - Twisty

I'd like to borrow one of my favorite lines from the Monty Python gang to introduce this next blog to the hitchhikers: And now for something completely different!

Yes, Twisty writes at I blame the patriarchy. As the tag line reads:

I Blame The Patriarchy exists to advance the radical feminist views of Twisty Faster, a gentleman farmer and spinster aunt eating dinner in Austin, Texas.

I Blame The Patriarchy is intended for advanced patriarchy-blamers. It is not a feminist primer. See Patriarchy-Blaming The Twisty Way for details.

and if you follow the links you can get to Twisty Faster's story:
Meet your host, Twisty Faster. Twisty grew up on a farm in Texas. One day she went to St. Louis, Missouri. There she was drugged and held prisoner without any decent tacos for 25 years. Eventually she was able to reach escape velocity. She hooked it back to Texas pronto. She now resides in North South Austin.

Twisty's pop culture credentials include coming of age in one of today's most popular decades, the 70's. She studied E Lit at Washington University in St. Louis for a while, toiled as a bartender for a while, wrote songs and played guitar in a couple of loud rock bands, and wrote songs and played Casio in one quiet Casio band, for a while.

For a while, Twisty was a restaurant critic at a Midwestern news weekly. Her unorthodox views regarding provel "cheese," combined with her effete and pompous style, earned her a prestigious James Beard Award nomination in 2003, which we mention merely to alleviate any anxiety that she is without credentials in the food-obsession racket.

Nowadays, she is a spinster aunt. These are her stories.

So check in on Twisty. You'll be glad you did!

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Monday, June 19, 2006

problogger - Darren Rowse

Darren Rowse is the problogger. He writes:

I’m a 34 year old Australian living in Melbourne. I am married to ‘V’ and live in a wonderful inner suburban part of the city. I am a full time blogger making a living from the medium now for well over a year.

The Hitchhikers do not do ads but if we did, I would follow Darren's advice.

He does provide good advice on:

How to Increase a Blogs Pageviews

Experimenting with Flickr Groups

31 days to building a better blog!

Even if you are an experienced blogger, visting Darren will bring some new ideas!


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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Robert Fulghum

I made a nice discovery today that Robert Fulghum, author of All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, has his own website where he publishes new stories.
Kirk Weisler, an inspiration in his own, would read from Fulghum's books at his early morning reading sessions during the HDI Conferences I attended in New Orleans and Orlando.
I picked up the books and they have a priority space on my recommendation listing.
Now, to find (yes, it's about time) that Robert has written more than the two I have. And has this web site.
Well, let's hope for your sake that I don't get too lost in catching up on Robert. The trail here will get mighty quiet.
Check out Robert's site and read some stories!
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Monday, June 12, 2006

qlog - Thom Quinn

Thom Quinn writes at the qlog. His headline reads:

Thom Quinn presents a daily look at the philosophy and psychology of Productivity, Life Management, Leadership, Creativity, Problem-Solving, Peaceful Conflict Resolution, and Eudiamonia (the good life). I invite you to join the conversation!

Thom is writing a Productivity 101 series with

iPod University

Goals Friday #1

Late Fee Litmus Test


Back to Basics!

read the qlog!

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New England Vacations Guide - Cliff Calderwood

New England is a wonderful vacation spot with many opportunities depending upon what you are looking for beaches, mountains, or a quiet lake in the woods. Cliff Calderwood writes at New England Vacations to focus on:

Guide to attractions and tours to take on new england vacations, massachusetts vacations, cape cod vacations, new hampshire vacations, rhode island vacations, boston vacations, lake winnipesaukee, white mountains, mount washington, newport ri, mystic seaport, new england inns, new england bed and breakfast, martha's vineyard, block island, new england vacation, winter vacations, christmas vacations

You can read about:

A Day on Mt Monadnock

Ben and Jerry's


If you are thinking of coming to New England, consider stopping here before making your plans.

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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

06/06/06 - Part 3

One of the trails, I like to explore is following links on blogs or web sites that catch my attention.

This site is a small attempt to share some of the better findings out amongst the long tail.

Quite a few of my findings over the prior months have made it to my "regular" reading listing.

You might find something here that will interest you.

Add this site to your RSS reader of choice and then follow me

Friday, June 02, 2006

Come Gather Round - Dick Richards

Dick Richards writes at Come Gather Round. He says:

I guide people and organizations in pursuit of their aspirations. In practice, that has meant a lot of things: offering guidance and counsel to leaders, developing change agents, designing and delivering training programs, articulating visions and values, facilitating whole system change, and helping teams and organizations work on the right things in the right way and for the right results. I have been a senior consultant to three major corporate turn-arounds. I have coached leaders and/or consulted for more than fifty organizations in over a dozen countries. The vast majority of that work has involved helping people and organizations change to meet new realities.

His Google Group is quite active as folks seek for their genius and others provide advice.

He has written a book Is Your Genius at Work?

What is your genius?

If you don't know, or are not sure,
you should read more about Dick and he can help you find it!

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The Coach Approach - Lora Banks

in Lora's About page:

Her passion for coaching high achieving individuals has its roots in her ten-year professional career as an equity trader for Salomon Brothers, New York and Montgomery Securities and Banc America Securities in San Francisco. She brings to her consulting practice more than fifteen years of management, marketing, sales, and training experience on Wall Street as well as in the field of sports marketing. Lora also taught several semesters of Business Communications at the Haas Graduate School of Business at U.C. Berkeley.

She writes on Leadership pitfalls to avoid
Leadership happens in the relationship whether it is between two people, a team, a whole organization, a church, or a community. And that relationship is characterized by many of the attributes present in all relationships such as assumptions, expectations, values, emotions, successes, failures, dreams and disappointments.
She writes on Leadership Skill: The Fierce Conversation
But honest, direct communication is what's needed in our organizations and in our relationships. In fact, an unwillingness to have fierce conversations will undermine a team and, potentially destroy relationships. As leaders, we need to be willing to say what we see, what we sense. We need to be able to name the real issues and be in conversation around what is real.

Read more of Lora here.

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Thursday, June 01, 2006

SuperViva - The Blog

Along the different path, the one less traveled, I found SuperViva. Start dreaming of what you want to do and make the list. Connect with others with similar goals to share advice, news etc.

Susiew writes:

The site came to be as part of my mission to make the world a happier place.
In 2006 I am going to do all the things I`ve thought about doing since college OR put them on my backburner. I`ve signed up for guitar lessons and a motorcycle riding course, both things I`ve wanted to do forever!

The Plea: SuperViva needs funding and team members. Interested?

If you are interested check out the SuperViva Blog

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Wood's Lot - Mark Woods

Continuing the trail off the beaten path, I found this blog to be one with a difference; highly intellectual, thought provoking, with pictures and references.

See he quotes Whitman:
Human bodies are words, myriads of words; In the best poems re-appears the body, man's or woman's, well-shaped, natural, gay, Every part able, active, receptive, without shame or the need of shame.
Read more of Mark here.

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