Monthly Archives: April 2003

Ron Fair, Producer

Just realized that Ron Fair produced not only Vanessa Carlton’s A Thousand Miles, but the Counting Crows Big Yellow Taxi cover, as well as other stuff, which makes sense in hindsight. Cool.

Right On, Bruce

From Bruce Springsteen’s web site:
The Dixie Chicks have taken a big hit lately for exercising their basic right to express themselves. To me, they’re terrific American artists expressing American values by using their American right to free speech. For them to be banished wholesale from radio stations, and even entire radio networks, for speaking out [...]

US troops allegedly humiliate suspected thieves in Baghdad

Because the story might not show up in the domestic press:
US troops guarding a park in Baghdad allegedly stripped four suspected thieves, burned their clothes, scrawled “Ali Baba – Haram” (”thief – unclean”) on their chests with a marker, and chased them away.
http://www.dagbladet.no/nyheter/2003/04/25/367175.html (Norwegian, but has photos)
http://web.amnesty.org/library/index/engmde140972003
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,5944-659724,00.html
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/allnews/page.cfm?objectid=12892683&method=full
http://www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,6339483%255E1702,00.html
Perhaps Lieutenant Canaday needs to worry more about maintaining [...]

Peaceful Coexistence; Healthy, Progressive Thinking

An interesting editorial in Arab News argues that the media and the world view must change within the Arab world, too:
‘During the war, everyone in the Arab world agreed that US news networks such as Fox TV and CNN had dangerously — and not infrequently ridiculously — confused patriotism with reportage; and they were right. [...]

Yay ETech!

I had a blast at O’Reilly’s Emerging Technology Conference (ETech Conference Wiki).
Chatted with lots of old friends, met lots of new friends, had a great Social Software Alliance BOF.
The mood was very upbeat, and one of the things that impressed me was the freshness of some of the things going ’round: SSA, ThreadsML, ENT, for [...]

CALL FOR DISCUSSION: Social Software Alliance

Seems like it’s about time for this.
PURPOSE AND SCOPE
We propose a trade group of social software developers and other interested parties who work together to create and promote open standards for the social software community. Social software blends tools and modes for richer online social environments and experiences. Some examples of social software [...]