Using Our Powers For Good

I recently re-read Rebecca Blood’s 2003 BlogTalk presentation: “waging peace: using our powers for good”. It is worth revisiting by anyone who is a blog evangelist or critic. Taking a look at the daily lack of cross linkage on memeorandum.com, unfortunately, it seems almost prophetic. …People agree most readily with the things they already believe, […]

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Share It When You Can Find It: Investigative Journalism

88 percent of newspaper coverage is ‘churnalism’: rewritten wire copy and PR. Only 12 is derived from reporters initiative or is fact checked. That’s the state of newspaper journalism in Britain according to what Nick Davies has written in his book “Flat Earth News”. You can read more about “Flat Earth News” in a recent […]

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Charles Rocks

For most Web-tier development the following Firefox plugins provide me a great set of tools to get my job done: Firebug TamperData Web Developer Toolbar SwitchProxy ChatZilla Lately however, I find myself needing to trick out my local hosts file for more and more work, in addition to needing to change JavaScript script behavior, on […]

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Google criticized for helping homeless ‘gimmick’

 : who we are: the things we accept, those we defend without shame, reveal who we are. You would think a company expanding a service that helps homeless get off the streets (by providing them with a consistent means of being contacted) would be a non-controversial thing. After all, providing one service to the homeless […]

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Getting Started With Jython

Sun’s hiring of two of the biggest names in Python-land – Ted Leung and Jython’s Frank Wierzbicki – and my experiments with Django – has encouraged me to dip my toes in Jython. Here’s a few decent starting points: IBM developerWorks: Charming Jython IBM developerWorks: alt.lang.jre: Get to know Jython ONJava: Tips for Scripting Java […]

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It’s never as simple as either/or

There are far too many who like to paint the future of quality filtered media as either entirely driven by ‘the wisdom of the crowds’ or entirely by ‘the experts and the elite’. Both these extremist views are wrong as hybrids that combine the best of both have already proven successful and will continue to […]

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