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Photochaining: Leaving Camera Memory Cards in Public Places
via Photochaining.

Web Monday Silicon Valley

Tim Bonnemann transplanted the best of the informal tech get-together from Silicon Valley to Europe, and now back again!

Tonight we had a very successful Web Montag Silicon Valley at Socialtext Headquarters in Palo Alto. About 35 people showed up, and listened raptly to cool demos and talks:

mnemo, a cool interactive web search/explorer
an ad-hoc demo [...]

Wikimania Plenary – Larry Lessig on Free Culture

Lessig, of course, rocks. He gave a great plenary, which I can’t do justice to in a blog post. It’s worth finding video of the session to see it, though.

The storyline: The 20th century, with its read-only labor, culture and politics, was weirdly totalitarian. The 21st century is a revival of a [...]

Wikimania – Chris presents BarCamp

“BarCamp – the wiki of events”

Chris Messina is presenting. starts with some background about himself, and then how BarCamp got started.

First there was Foo Camp at O’Reilly’s campus in Sebastopol. Foo pioneered the ad hoc camp, but after a couple of iterations, not everyone could fit any more; O’Reilly’s space wasn’t infinite.

Tantek Çelik, [...]

Wikimania Starts – Jimbo’s Keynote

Jimmy Wales is giving the Wikimania keynote. He started to good effect by showing a video of Steven Colbert talking about Wikipedia and editable reality, which was a funny way to kick things off. (I happen to be sitting in the front row between two friends and superb bloggers, David Weinberger and Ross [...]

Singularity watch: Kurzweil on strong AI by 2029

Published today on
“Why We Can Be Confident of Turing Test Capability Within a Quarter Century,” by Ray Kurzweil, excerpted from his book, “The Singularity is Near, When Humans Transcend Biology.”
Ray Kurzweil will present this paper at “The Dartmouth Artificial Intelligence Conference: The next 50 years” (AI@50) in Hanover, NH on Friday July 14, 2006.
The [...]

Turning French

Today’s tongue-twister: “Un pâtissier qui pâtissait chez un tapissier qui tapissait, dit un jour au tapissier qui tapissait: vaut-il mieux pâtisser chez un tapissier qui tapisse ou tapisser chez un pâtissier qui pâtisse?”
There are longer lists of virelangues sur le web, but I got this one from Ginette Charette.

Bridging The Gap

Kevin Jones writes, the need to allow social networks to evolve rather than being built to an architectural construct of seemingly appropriate, but actually limiting and ultimately network-ecosystem-impoverishing behavior norms is crucial but beyond our current capability. It’s a problem that is so complex in its multidimensional complexity that it needs to be made simpler.
Christopher [...]

Watch Out! Hobgoblins!

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” – H.L. Mencken, 1921
Via Paul Barfoot.

Linksys BEFSR41 Firmware 1.45.7 Problems

I have a venerable Linksys BEFSR41 version 1 firewall/router. It’s been a sturdy, faithful little device, routing tons of data for me in the years I’ve had it.
It has problems with the new swarm download protocol BitTorrent, though. It regularly hangs, requiring a power-cycle reset to get going again. BitTorrent works fine, [...]