Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Its called the 1st Amendment, Bill
Clueless as he wants to be:
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Don't Judge Too Quickly
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Jerry Seinfeld and Steve Martin on Charlie Rose
Monday, June 30, 2008
He Went Thataway
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Inspired by a Bunny Wabbit
WSJ, June 28, 2008; Page W1
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Star Trek Sexual Puns
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Clay Shirky a asks, "What are you doing with your Cognitive Surplus?"
"She heard this story and she shook her head and said, "Where do people find the time?" That was her question. And I just kind of snapped. And I said, "No one who works in TV gets to ask that question. You know where the time comes from. It comes from the cognitive surplus you've been masking for 50 years."
So how big is that surplus? So if you take Wikipedia as a kind of unit, all of Wikipedia, the whole project--every page, every edit, every talk page, every line of code, in every language that Wikipedia exists in--that represents something like the cumulation of 100 million hours of human thought. I worked this out with Martin Wattenberg at IBM; it's a back-of-the-envelope calculation, but it's the right order of magnitude, about 100 million hours of thought.
And television watching? Two hundred billion hours, in the U.S. alone, every year. Put another way, now that we have a unit, that's 2,000 Wikipedia projects a year spent watching television. Or put still another way, in the U.S., we spend 100 million hours every weekend, just watching the ads. This is a pretty big surplus. People asking, "Where do they find the time?" when they're looking at things like Wikipedia don't understand how tiny that entire project is, as a carve-out of this asset that's finally being dragged into what Tim calls an architecture of participation.
Now, the interesting thing about a surplus like that is that society doesn't know what to do with it at first--hence the gin, hence the sitcoms. Because if people knew what to do with a surplus with reference to the existing social institutions, then it wouldn't be a surplus, would it? It's precisely when no one has any idea how to deploy something that people have to start experimenting with it, in order for the surplus to get integrated, and the course of that integration can transform society.
The early phase for taking advantage of this cognitive surplus, the phase I think we're still in, is all special cases. The physics of participation is much more like the physics of weather than it is like the physics of gravity. We know all the forces that combine to make these kinds of things work: there's an interesting community over here, there's an interesting sharing model over there, those people are collaborating on open source software. But despite knowing the inputs, we can't predict the outputs yet because there's so much complexity."
Gin, Television, and Social Surplus
Web 2.0 conference, April 23, 2008 http://www.herecomeseverybody.org/2008/04/looking-for-the-mouse.html
Thursday, May 01, 2008
Don't Judge Too Quickly
Thursday, April 17, 2008
The World is Awesome
Great commercial via the Discovery Channel: I Love the World
Sunday, March 30, 2008
"Day in the Decade" Beatles tribute (1977 Rolling Stone)
Since April Fool's Day is only 2 days from now, we present what is simply one of the most embarrassing things ever to have an affiliation with the Beatles: "Day in the Decade" Beatles tribute segment from 1977 Rolling Stone Anniversary.
The author of it writes:
Beatles tribute from hell! From the Rolling Stone Magazine 10th Anniversary TV special in 1977, found by me on an unlabled Beta tape at a flea market. Featuring Ted Neeley (the guy who played Jesus in "Jesus Christ Superstar"), Patti Labelle, Yvonne Elliman and several others. I'm sure most of them would prefer this never be seen again.