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NPR and PRI stories worth listening too

There were to good stories on NPR and PRI about technology today. The All Things Considered bit is about back to school technology, back to school sales and what is "wanted" vs "needed". Market Place ran a story about wireless email access and vacations.

The YouTube Election

Politicians are discovering the new political maxim in the Web 2.0 age: "The next stupid thing you say may be on YouTube." This great NYTimes article examines the new political landscape in which millions of grassroots cameras and instant video publishing are shining new light into the banal and risk-averse world of modern politics.
Some political analysts say that YouTube could force candidates to stop being so artificial, since they know their true personalities will come out anyway. “It will favor a kind of authenticity and directness and honesty that is frankly going to be good,� said Carter Eskew, a media consultant who worked for Senator Lieberman’s primary campaign. “People will say what they really think rather than what they think people want to hear.�

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The 7 Ways People Search the Web

What type of searcher are you? Slate distinguishs the seven ways people search using the mistakenly-released AOL search logs of 650,000 members. Or go to Valleywag to search the logs yourself. Like User 1912452, "a psychiatric counselor looking for a job in Colorado, obsessed with quick weight loss. She's turned to the book of Revelation, the zodiac, psychic schools, private investigators, and Victorian poetry. She (or a patient) dreams about being drenched in blood."

IBM Defines Mashups


are one of my favorite things - synthetic creativity born from the creativity and generosity of open technologists whose works are available on the web to be cross-pollinated with other technologies or datasources to produce brand-new things. It is an ever-accelerating artform in the World Wide Mesh that promises endless Darwinian generative possibilities. Recently the term has been showing up in common culture and the meaning risks dilution. Let's get specific. What exactly is a mashup? Mashups: The new breed of Web app is a new IBM article that provides a great overview of the history and the categories of "mashups" - and bears reading even for Technorati who already get and even contruct mashups.

RootsCampNYC, This Saturday Nov. 18

On Saturday, dozens of grassroots activists and campaigners as well as technologists and bloggers (some people fit all those labels) will be gathering for RootsCampNYC. CivicActions is a sponsor of the unconference and I'll be there to participate. The New Organizing Institute planted the seed for this, and a series of RootsCamps around the country as a way to capture the experiences of the 2006 election cycle from the perspective of ground troops and local campaign staff.

Scrutinizer: 157 Things you can do to your URL

Just like it says. Check out this amazing tool: Submitted by Brooks Cole

Top Five Things Linux can Learn from Microsoft

I know, I know... may get flamed for this one. But we at CivicActions are, justifiably, zealots for the power and glory of open source - and that puts us at a disadvantage when we overlook the Achilles heels of open source. There's a lot that can be improved that will make us stronger when it is. Five examples are introduced by this recent post - "Top Five Things Linux can learn from Microsoft", and they are: 1. MSDN 2. Common Interface 3. Common Format 4. Marketing 5. OEM Support Enjoy!
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Colbert Banned From Wikipedia

Stephen Colbert, host of "The Colbert Report" on Comedy Central, caused wikipedia chaos the other night when he praised Wikipedia for "wikiality" - the reality that exists if you make something up and enough people agree with you - it becomes reality. Colbert then dropped some real truthiness about himself on wikipedia LIVE on the show. (confirmed by wikipedia logs) Colbert went on to edit more articles (such as George Washington didn't have slaves) and then encouraged his audience to find the Wikipedia entry on elephants and create an entry that stated their population had tripled in the last six months. Leading to the Wikipedia administrator to block Stephen Colbert's account and locking the entry on elephants. Image from Wikipedia: Rises seen in the use of "truthiness" immediately after Colbert introduced the word on October 17, 2005

Your Rights When Confronted for Photography

Photography is a great equalizer. Photography has enabled the defense of freedom and fundamental rights, providing evidence to the subversion of law and the trampling of those freedoms for later redress. A photo can shine light upon malfeasance that powerful perpetrators might otherwise lie their way out of. No wonder those who protest too much about defending liberty, all the while subverting it, are doing all they can to prevent individuals from exercising this fundamental, transparentifying right. As Bert P. Krages II points out in this fascinating introduction to a newly-released flyer called The Photographer's Right,
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