Saturday, September 23, 2006

Checking the archives

I decided to dip into the archives today to see what blogs were highlighted here last year around this time to see what they are up to a year later. This won't be a complete listing, but more of a random sample, primarily to continue to focus on the postive side of the long tail.
Las Fasionistas - still going strong!
Answer Girl - slightly different theme; you ask the question, she provides the answer: "Sometimes wrong, rarely in doubt."
Cyber Chocolate - Shelly is still writing on her suite of blogs (yes, she has more than I do, way more).
I'll have more to dip into later, I have to get some chores taken care of.
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Friday, September 22, 2006

2 Cents Worth - David Warlick

David Warlick writing at 2 Cents Worth says in his about page:

I am not a techie. I know some techies, and I am not one of them. Techies have created wonderful machines that are offering us possibilities that could not have been imagined only a few years ago. They are highly creative and knowledgeable people who live the technology.

They are excited by the “light”.
I, on the other hand, am excited by what we can shine that “light” on…

I like the quote! I like his 2 Cents theme, sounds familar doesn't it?

His post today Reannounces the New Century School House.
I’ve decided to resurrect an old online project that I’ve been running for the past eight years. It’s called The New Century School House.The web site represents an old 1950s style school building that has been totally gutted of all relics of industrial age education. It is an empty shell. I want to invite you to come to the building and to adopt a room — repurposing that classroom (or library) for new century teaching and learning.

I wish he had a room for tertiary education, I would jump in with two feet. I'll suggest it and let you know what happens.

He talks about his son at college, about the movie Accepted and then postulates:
Imagine a conference, where the program began as an empty wiki, and attendees came in and wrote the program by describing what they wanted to learn.
This happened at PodCamp Boston which occured earlier this month and has already spawned more PodCamps that are in the planning stages around the country.

So check out David, add his site to your RSS Reader of choice, and keep on learning!

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Thursday, September 21, 2006

Arrgh, I missed the Pirates Day!

Shiver me timbers, it has come and gone already.
Yes, the one day when it is okay to talk like a pirate (Sep 19th) has passed.
Now, if you want to check out some pirate lingo and get ready for next year, this is the site to do so.
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The Cardinal Blogs

Cardinal Sean O'Malley is on his way to Rome and he has started a blog. He writes in his first post:

Thank you for visiting my blog. This is my first experience writing a blog, as it’s also a new venture for the Archdiocese.

Communicating with, supporting and serving Catholics of the Archdiocese at each of our Parishes are our top priorities. This blog is our newest effort to speak directly with you, as I’m looking forward to sharing my Rome experiences with everyone.

Although I was born and raised in RI, I will be from Missouri on this one.

Let's see the Chruch truly be open and communicative for a change. Here's hoping!


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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Boomer Chronicles

The trail finds Rhea writing today at the Boomer Chronicles.

Even if you’re not old enough to be a member of AARP, you probably know someone who takes prescription medicine.

It’s often cheaper to buy drugs from Canada than it is to buy the same drugs in the U.S. AARP has just launched a campaign to urge the U.S. Senate to support a bill to make it possible to purchase medications across borders.

She writes about midlife crisis on TV

The new television season is starting up, and baby boomers are front and central.

Four — count ‘em, four — new shows this television season feature the theme of midlife crisis. The stars with the problem are Ted Danson, Anne Heche, John Lithgow, James Woods and Jeffrey Tambor.

She writes about unions

Read about Ira Steward, a Boston machinist and the man who is regarded as the ‘father of the 8-hour day’.

Check out the Boomer Chronicles and if you like what you see, add this to your RSS Reader of choice!


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Tuesday, September 19, 2006


Advertised as
A sinister cabal of superior bloggers on music, books, film, popular culture, technology, and politics seems to be an example of the content network that Chris Brogan was talking about.
If the internet is supposed to be about information, entertainment and belonging, then these folks are missing the boat. This is not a group that appeals to me. "sinister" "cabal" "superior"
Sorry, I'll take a pass.
But if this appeals to you, go for it!
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Monday, September 18, 2006

Ansari Space Blog

The trail turns suddenly upward as a rocket launched Anousheh Ansari into orbit today about a Russian vessel headed for the International Space Station. The story caught my eye for several reasons.
  • A woman in space is not an everyday occurrence.
  • The woman is American but was born in Iran.
  • She left Iran at 14 knowing only a few English words from the song "My Favorite Things" from the Sound of Music.
  • She got her degree in electrical engineering.
  • She founded a start up that made her a millionaire.
  • She helped to fund the X Prize.
  • She has a blog.
We are not likely to hear too much about this because of her Iranian connections.
It is a shame because here is one women accomplishing so much.

"Through my space flight I like to increase the awareness about space exploration. During my Soyuz flight to the International Space Station, I will try to capture and communicate every aspect of my flight experience to the public. One of the key tools I will use to share what I see and feel with the world will be through a daily Space Blog. I am very pleased that the X PRIZE Foundation will be hosting this blog at My hope is that everyone from around the world who has ever wondered how it feels to fly to space would visit the X PRIZE site to learn what its like to fly into orbit."

Anousheh Ansari

I wish you a safe journey!
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Friday, September 15, 2006

Continuing Along the PodCamp Trail

Continuing the trail, we get to highlight three more folks who came to the first PodCamp Boston.

Why three?

Three's company!

Clinton was interviewed on the spot for a quick example of how easy it is to do by none other than Steve Garfield. I can vouch for this. I sat just out of camera view. Clinton does comedy so if you need a good laugh, this is the place to go.

The Life and Times of Sooz
I helped Sooz with the registration desk at PodCamp Boston. It was fun to be there and meet all the folks coming in. Sooz is a transplant from Nebraska to Boston and keeping busy either planning or publishing or attending events in and around town.


A blog that examines the production, distribution and consumption of podcasting with the management of marketing budgets. While anyone can produce a podcast, we show you how to optimize your podcast to pull traffic to your website.

This is the site for Leesa Barnes. She drove down from Toronto, Canada to attend PodCamp. I attended her session on Sunday and she is dynamite. Add her site to your RSS Reader of choice and give a listen. She also podcasts at The Adventures of PapaZeek, cubicle Divas, and The Red Poppy Stories.

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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Along the PodCamp Trail

I have missed a couple of days so in an effort to try and catch up a little, here is a selection of some new sites that I found via PodCamp Boston.
Shauna is one cool young video blogger.
Check out the PodCampers performance in this show.
The blog world of Brian Person where he focuses on new media and online communications.
Brian was one of the key guys behind PodCamp.
Check out Brian and list to his podcasts.
One of those PodCampers who came in as a relative unknown and made his mark big time.
Guido knits and is proud of it. Read his site name slowly and you'll catch a wicked pun.
Then listen to his podcast recapping the conference.
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Konstruktion, Destruktion

Many thanks to my good friend, Jo Simon… at the jo-zone… for this one.

You may remember Jo Simon from this previous post.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Hitchhikr - The Conference Guide

The trail takes one of its internet turns today. I set up a Technorati search for PodCamp Boston and loaded it to my Bloglines account to keep track of what was being said before the conference, during and it is quite active now post-conference.

One of the more interesting links today that came through was this one that took me to Yes, they drop the "e" deliberately. They have quite a set up. Through the marvels of the internet tools available, someone can set up a conference and come back to this one place to find all that is written about it.

No, I have not found an RSS for this site. It seems to me, that if there was one, we would start a continuous loop. Someone posts on their blog, the feed gets picked up and posted here, which then creates a feed to post elsewhere? See what I mean, where would it end?

Anyway, one cool site. If you are going to a conference, see if it is listed here. If it is not, get your email cranking to let the organizers know about it.

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Friday, September 08, 2006

A Little Red Hen - Naomi

The trail today takes a turn amongst the blogroll of Ronni Bennett who you may know writes on elder blogging issues (amongst other things) at Time Goes By, where we find Naomi writing at A Little Red Hen.

Naomi writes about "peace, politics and yarnlife after 60". What a combo!

She writes:

But only momentarily! At the risk of enhancing a persona as glam New York City elder, I offer you my whizzing 70 minutes--three more and it would equal my age--with Sistah Craft, aka, Sahara Briscoe, designer of knit creations, thinker of ideas outside all boxes.

Read the full posting here.

She writes:
How about starting to knit again, Saz, my friend in blogland? Maybe a scarf for people in Mongolia where winter is very intense. Lots of people did it-- coast to coast, Canada, Australia. The Dulaan Project collected 12,085 handknits-- at least one item of clothing or a blanket went to more than 12,000 men, women, and children. A year's worth of knitting by many little red hens and a few roosters. Time to begin the 2007 accumulation.

Read the full post here.

She writes:
The final evening I displayed the four knit Condom Amulets I always carry, spoke about Safe Sex. The next morning Geri Valentine handed me two woven pieces that hung from her spinning wheel--one held her oil bottle-- and told me, "Add these to your Condom Amulet collection." I was very moved to receive them, my first gift of these magical objects to ward off evil. Always a timely matter, AIDS 2006, the 16th International Conference began in Toronto on August 13, as I spoke about HIV. Please listen/ look at this Time magazine photo essay. Six women and men talk about The Graying of AIDS--people just like us.

Read the full post here.

And after having enjoyed these posts, I think you might want to add A Little Red Hen to the RSS Reader of your choice to keep up with Naomi.

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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Hackosphere - Ramani

The trail takes a turn into the Blogger world where Ramani is generating some new and good traffic as he is working with the Blogger Beta and filling in some gaps with some custom code which he posts at Hackosphere.

Ramani writes in his profile:
I am a System software engineer by profession and blog hacking is my hobby. Attracted by the hackability of Blogger templates, I developed some hacks for archives, related posts etc. Now, with the introduction of Blogger Beta, I am coming up with hacks for the new template language. Please subscribe to my feed and I will feed you with nice hacks :)

I found his site the other day looking for an update on whether the new beta would support 3-column templates. I love the 3-column templates I have from Thur but would consider moving if and when the time is right. Of course, Blogger is still beta so I won't be moving just yet. Too much is happening this September.

I will be keeping an eye on what Ramani is doing. It looks very good.

You might want to add his site to your RSS Reader of choice.

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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Beth's Blog

Intresting post today on Beth's Blog about the first course at Harvard to be open to the public: CyberOne: Law in the Court of Public Opinion.
The course will be taught live and in-person at Harvard Law School, and then taught through live interactive sessions with remote students in Second Life. Course videos will also be licensed through Creative Commons and distributed to the general public online and through local television in Cambridge.

CyberOne will be "a course in persuasive, empathic argument in the Internet space." Bridging disciplines, CyberOne will look not just at legal arguments but at the ways different kinds of media can be used to shape arguments in what is sometimes the most important court of all - that of public opinion.
This caught my eye for a couple of reasons. The PodCamp party Friday night is at Harvard. The course title and the fact that it is open to the public makes it something I would look into.

Beth Kanter is an independent consultant specializing in curriculum development, training, assessment and evaluation to assist nonprofit organizations in effective technology use. She writes on these topics on her blog.

She writes about Khmer culture and technology at Cambodia4kids blog and maintains a web site with the same name that provides information for U.S. teachers and parents. Her "Typing To Learn Khmer" blog is where she practices her very basic Khmer language skills using Khmer Unicode. Her motivation to learn about Cambodia is to ensure that her two adopted Khmer children know about their homeland and celebrate their culture. She writes about the Cambodian Blogosphere for Global Voices Online, a project of the Berkman Center for Internet and Law at Harvard University.

This would be a good blog to add to your RSS Reader of choice. 
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Monday, September 04, 2006

On the Joyful Jubilant Learning trail

From parts scattered about the blogosphere writers are sharing their learning this month of September on Talking Story. Rosa Say is the master behind this wonderfulness. She appeared on the trail back in November 2005.
Toni Howard is just starting her own blog, Imua with Management. Given what she has written to kick off September, I recommend adding her blog to your RSS Reader of choice to follow her writings.
Rebecca Thomas writes at Rebecca Thomas Designs and also 100Bloggers. She writes:
Slowly, it’s almost become a process of blending my professional and personal activities and beliefs into a brand that is really a more complete picture of the person I am. This works for me because I, and many of the people around me, see my professional life as an extension of who I am personally. I do many of the same things, regardless of where I am, and there really isn’t anything wrong with that. (I have the great fortune of being a teacher, one of those rare professions where people are fine if your career spills over into your personal life.)
Read the full posting here:
I recommend adding her blog to your RSS Reader of choice.
Dan Ward of Rogue Project Leader is also the author of a children's book "Meet the Boomer Sisters". His entry is written around an excerpt from the book.
Stay tuned as we continue to explore the learning long tail amongst the Ho'ohana community!
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