My 5-and-three-quarter year old twin sons asked this question the other day.
It's a challenging question to answer - I guess, yes they are, by way of the energy used and materials involved in the delivery platform. But then, if you charge with green power (purchased from solar providers) as we generally do. Does that help?
I thought I'd ask for responses, as I didn't really know how to answer.
Do any other parents have experience with this kind of inquiry?
Anyone have suggestions for making game playing more green?
As my youngest son (19 months old) adopts the iPad with voracity, he is being introduced to a world of images - both of the world around him, and of himself.
I can't help but wonder what the impact of this is - surely there is one, and surely it is significant.
Recognition of himself is being reinforced earlier and in more ways (not only is he taking pictures of himself and navigating his own way through the photo library, he is playing with effects and distortions like the image above).
There was a time when the peak of technology in this space was a mirror, and a time before then when it was perhaps a deep pool of water.
I guess it's to be expected that as the second birth (third child) he doesn't get quite the limelight that C&L got. Having said that, I do think he is simply more self sufficient. In any case, he's a delight, and it's amazing to watch his personality emerge - a smily joker to be sure...
- Lucas says: "fuddle fuddle fuddle", "I like that he crawl's around and scares peolpe like a dinasour - I want him to do all that stuff when he grows up."
- Cedar says: "He's nice and lovey, and very cute", "He's like a tiger that goes 'ra, ra!', and he crawls over people and takes over the universe!.. That's all."
Having run a blog for some 6 years, I've decided to move to Posterous.com - mainly because I'm tired of have to manage software and keep it updated. (I started on Blogger, then to an instal of TWiki, then Wordpress.)
I haven't posted to my blog for almost a year, largely due to technical issues with my Wordpress installation, spam and a recent hack. I'm hoping this will now change - in fact, I'm writing from my iPhone, which is a big bonus...
So this is good bye to my old site (pictured behind me), and hello to whatever this new version becomes!
A question I'm often asked by clients, friends and people just passing by on the street is, 'so what's the big deal with Twitter anyway?'
This is of course a great question - that is, how is Twitter different than Facebook or any other social networking platform and why should one dedicate their precious time to learning and engaging with yet another web community?
There are a few reasons why Twitter is a big deal, but from my perspective, the primary one is that,
Twitter spreads ideas like air travel spreads the flu
Simply put, Twitter spreads ideas by liberating them from the 'Facebook social graph', enabling them to quickly and effectively leap across networks. This is due to the fact that when you post a message to Twitter, it is sent to the entire 19 Million strong network.
So effectively, the tweets of all 19 million Twitter users are thrown into one big heap and then sorted after the fact by followers, or, by hashtags. For example, this allows one to follow the tweets associated with a specific conference - here's the tag for one I recently attended using: #ccisumit - or discover people interested in and providing information surrounding social media marketing.
While it's true that most messages you send will be read by those following you (i.e. they get your message in their 'inbox') the fact remains that your ideas are open for anyone to discover through a vast range of third party tools made possible by Twitter's API (and this is something you should be well aware of when using Twitter - unless you are using a 'Direct message' (D), you words can be discovered and read by anyone and everyone).
Once discovered, your message can be remixed through simple copy/paste/edit, and then 're-tweeted' (RT) back out to the entire network, and of course to the network of those following the re-tweeter. To give an example, my modest network of 414 followers gives me a second-order reach (those who follow my followers) of 5,928,649. That's a heck of a lot of people who will receive my ideas should my followers decide to re-tweet them.
So there it is, Twitter spreads ideas like air travel spreads the flu - which makes it a tool like no other when it comes to discovering ideas, news, information and importantly, the people behind them. The flip side of this of course is that you can leverage this tool to spread your own ideas, and if they are contagious, then you just might infect the world...
Last week was pretty intense, here was my schedule:
Sunday 26 Apr - New York
After a very cramped 24hr flight I arrived at JFK in New York and while I was tired, I was buzzing with excitement...
Monday 27 Apr - New York
The view out of my hotel window when I woke up (Madison Square Gardens on the right side of the street one block up):
That evening I appeared on Doug Rushkoff's radio show, Media Squat on WFMU in Jersey City. Here's a link to a podcast of the show - I appeared in the first half hour or so just before Joanna Harcourt-Smith.
It was fantastic to meet Doug, he is an amazing guy with a good deal of achievements to his name, and on top of that, he's a very friendly, genuine, passionate and intelligent guy. Unfortunately things moved so fast in the studio that I forgot to get a picture, but I did get a shot of this odd if not tragic sculpture in Jersey City near the studio (NYC in the background).
Tuesday 28 Apr - New York
I had the great fortune to be asked to present at the OpenGovNYC meetup in DUMBO, Brooklyn, and to facilitate a workshop exploring the idea of 'policy sprint'. It was a really great group and notes were taken in the Sunlightlabs wiki here (thanks Matt and Marquina for scribing!).
Me in action (my presentation on left screen, and Twitter backchannel on right):
Enraptured audience I'm sure :-):
My wonderful hosts (Matt Cooper-Rider, Marquina Iliev, Britt Blazer and some other strange guy):
This day was fairly stressful, that is until I arrived at the Sunlight Foundation. I caught a train from Penn Station in NYC to Princeton NJ where I rented a car and drove to Washington DC, and due to cockups/delays with picking up the car, I arrived in DC just in time for rush hour with my presentation being at 5:30pm. After finally finding a parking place and bolting headlong up to the offices, I was greeted by a beer, pretzels and a very interested and warm bunch of folks - thanks to Conor Kenny (senior editor for OpenCongress.org) for organising!!!
We explored many of the challenging and subtle nuances of Web-based collaborative consultation and policy generation and once again due to the frenetic pace, I didn't get any pictures :-(...
Thursday 30 Apr - Princeton University
Thursday I hightailed it back up to Princeton for the conference start in my very comfy rental car:
My presentation was first up for the day with a panel discussion following. It was great to get it over with so I could focus all my attention on the many fantastic presentations and folks amassed at what turned out to be a fantastic conference.
Here's a picture of the panel discussion I sat on with John Geracy from DIYcities and Nick Grossman from The Open Planning Project who also gave fantastic presentations.
Here's a few highlights from the conference - not all of them, just one's I happen to get pictures of!
Edward Andersson from Involve that provides:
Bill Schrier, Chief Technology Officer, Seattle who gave an inspired presentation and made me hopeful for the future of the adoption of innovative technologies for city infrastructure. Robert Davis, siting in the picture, also gave a focused presentation on Toronto's experience as leaders in social media adoption:
John Wonderlich, Policy Director for the Sunlight Foundation lead a great discussion on and around their many inspiring projects:
Saturday 2 May - Princeton University
Saturday consisted of a few workshops, the first presented a $200 (if I remember correctly) desktop touch screen solution made by bolting a Wii remote control onto a data projector - very cool!
Then Christian Madera the conference organiser led a session on Web tools for planning (well done for putting together such a successful conference Christian!!!):
And then we wrapped things up with a lunch. Here Wansoo Im from Verticles Interactive Maps is showing off his great community history and mapping projects:
Sunday 3 May - Princeton University
Before heading back to Melbourne I even got a chance to do some sight seeing around Princeton University - a beautiful campus indeed! Here's a few of my 'moving stills' inspired by having high definition video on my camera:
Even the student admin building is grand!
I've met a lot of amazing people and learned about an equal amount of amazing projects and programs going on in the US. I think this next year with the Personal Democracy Forum and O'Reily's Gov2.0 conference coming up, 2009 will have set the pace for the open gov race...
This is undoubtedly a fantastic video that highlights the interconnection yet independence of individual creative efforts on social media sites such as YouTube.
However I don't think it is right to call it any form of collaboration - unless there were multiple people putting this track together (as opposed to simply contributing their individual elements). I call the individualistic input of contribution that aggregate to form a whole, 'cooperation'. Collaboration requires multiple participants add/edit/deleting the same domain. Or at least, that's what I came to in my phd :-). What do you think?
In any case, this video rocks and thanks Rob Stewart for bringing it to my attention!
We recently returned from a week in the Daintree in the far north of Queensland - way up there in the tropical jungle with the crocodiles (tho we never saw any).
We did see lots of amazing butterflies, a spotted tree monitor (the big lizard pictured below), a male cassowary with its chick (a very big flightless bird), a raft of impressive insects, lots of fruit bats, very friendly jungle perch, and, many other things.
We stayed at some truly beautiful places and I would recommend a trip up there to anyone looking to get back to primordial nature and even off the grid (yikes! that's right folks, no mains power, cell phones or, <gulp> interweb)...
We swam in beautiful streams - we were told by the owners of the property that there just couldn't be crocs here, nevertheless, we were somewhat nervous, despite the amazing setting...
We also took lot's of walks and some got rides (that's labeled Lucas on my shoulders),
(Keri & Cedar)
(Sherry & Lucas)
'Gama Sherry' has been on hand to provide some much needed support (the boyz still run us ragged!):
Here Lucas and Cedar are being crabs.. I think...
And little by little, the boys seem to learning to play better together (they generally do, but there's still plenty of wrestling for independence from one another).
and yes, even hugs:
- for the full slice of reality, here's the full motion version:
In all it was a wonderful and much needed break - we got lots of rest and it was so warm and humid, it was like being in a sauna the whole time.
Well, I guess it's back to the rat race!
It's been way too long since I've posted, but I've been run off my feet with new Collabforge work!
Of course I can't complain, but I've been working through weekends for a few months now, which is less than fun when I've got two luvsuckers at my heals!
Hope everyone has a good holiday season and here's a few pictures!
We just got the boys a 'twin desk' - I have no idea how old it is, but it has has holes for ink wells (lower left circle)!
We went to the zoo for the first time without the pram - it felt like such an achievement. :-)
THE Federal Government is planning to make internet censorship compulsory for all Australians and could ban controversial websites on euthanasia or anorexia.
Australia's level of net censorship will put it in the same league as countries including China, Cuba, Iran and North Korea, and the Government will not let users opt out of the proposed national internet filter when it is introduced.
Broadband, Communications and Digital Economy Minister Stephen Conroy admitted the Federal Government's $44.2 million internet censorship plan would now include two tiers - one level of mandatory filtering for all Australians and an optional level that will provide a "clean feed", censoring adult material.
Groups including the System Administrators Guild of Australia and Electronic Frontiers Australia have slammed the proposal, saying it would unfairly restrict Australians' access to the web, slow internet speeds and raise the price of internet access.
EFA board member Colin Jacobs said it would have little effect on illegal internet content, including child pornography, as it would not cover peer-to-peer file-sharing networks.
Aside from the obvious issues regarding censorship and freedom of speech (something not constitutionally enshrined in Australia and therefore not ensured) this is a very bad idea. This will at a minimum,
introduce a 'state approved' perspective on reality which can then be more readily extended,
generate network inefficiencies for most of us, and for those who actually want to get to what is blocked, they will work it out (even most primary school kids I talk to these days know how to get around access restrictions imposed upon them).
To draw upon that a classic web quote attributed to John Gilmore: "The net treats censorship as damage and routes around it".
I thought this kind of logic would depart our federal government with the Howard administration! Apparently I was wrong.
And why isn't this making bigger news? Perhaps mass media doesn't care? - after all, the medium is the message - i.e. if you're interests and life are all bound up in broadcast (push) media, perhaps you aren't so likely to care about distributed media etc?..
It's been a few months since my last update on Cedar and Lucas, and of course a lot has happened in that time.
(in the photo: Cedar left, Lucas right)
They're moving from the 'telegraphic' phase of speach (two word combinations) to the beginnings of sentence construction. The other day, Cedar said 'nice day outside', which was a surprise to hear. And then, the very same afternoon, while reaching up towards the moon in the sky, Lucas said 'get moon, tricky!', which, aside from being one of the cutest things I had ever heard, was also quite a big conceptual/lingual jump in complexity.
They had their second birthday last month (their bday is September 11th) and Keri made them an amazing Thomas the Tank Engine cake (this is currently Cedar's favourite show).
Here's Lucas giving a demo of that lovely blue frosting all over his face:
Here they are talking one of their first walks around the neighborhood (Lucas left, Cedar right). Walking with us while holding a hand really took some work - their initial impulse seems to be to run at full pace everywhere all the time. But finally, we seem to have made some progress and they are getting into it. Now Lucas comes up to me and says 'daddy walk?' and he'll grab my hand and lead me all over the house :-).
They are active as ever, as the next video illustrates. Incidentally, only upon watching it did i realise that I had them confused - it is actually Cedar in the box. I wonder how often this happens but without the digital hindsight of video - and I would generally say (and I'm sure Keri would as well) that we always feel like we know exactly who is who...
Here's a moment of calm (1 minute 10 seconds to be specific). The game that's all the rage these days is playing 'nitenite' - getting a hold of anything blanket-like and then laying down where ever they are and covering themselves up. They also do a kind of snoring imitation - i have no idea where they picked that up, maybe from listening to each other sleep?.. Notice Lucas (on the right) is doing is silly face - he kind of stares off with a goofy smile, then starts sticking his tongue out. This is often followed by meowing, barking and or eating something without hands (this might be mocked eating, or the real thing). He's a budding eccentric character, that's for sure. I wonder where he got that from?.. The kiss Cedar gives Lucas is precious to be sure, however this is definitely the exception. How this clip ends (with them screaming over unlimited blanket rights) is more the norm...
More nitenite play (Cedar left, Lucas right):
Headwear has also been in fashion this spring with a wide variety of pieces trialed in a very innovative market (Cedar):
Lucas (on left) is having troubles getting his hat at the right angle. Meanwhile, Lucas is just fine:
Lucas at the park:
Lucas (left) Cedar (right) in their toy box:
Having a 'sit down dinner' as Cedar calls it (Lucas on left, Cedar on right) this is distinguished from their tenancy to be always on the move - even when you're trying to feed them!
I'm in the process of migrating my phd from the wiki where I wrote it, to this site. I thought I'd write a post for each chapter as I get them up. You can find more out about my phd here, or in the links in the banner. So, here's the first chapter!This initial chapter sets the scene - how does a long time artist / composer move into the world of online collaboration? Easy:
creative exploration + digital media + collaborative practice + research + synthesis = stigmergic mass collaboration.
Here's an excerpt:
Having grown up in Alaska spending a great deal of time in small aircraft (my first fly-in camping trip was at the age of 3 months), I grew up accustomed to seeing and thinking about vast and variegated spaces from an aerial perspective (see figure 0.0). Later in life, I came to realise that my thinking had been dramatically shaped by this —I still experience a strangely disorienting feeling in new places if I don’t know what the terrain looks like from the sky. This desire for aerial, meta, holistic and encompassing understandings has stayed with me throughout my life, evolving in its application and complexity.
As part of One Web Day (a global event to celebrate and take stock of the value the web provides humanity) Future Melbourne took part, with Melbourne's Lord Mayor John So as the 55th One Web Day ambassador, as well as hosting a event to communicate our experiences to those who are in positions to effect change in our local government towards participatory governance. It was my honour to be the keynote speaker for this event, talking about the wiki-base collaborative environment designed and built by my outfit Collabforge, as well as the experience of taking part in one of the world's first large-scale collaborative endeavours for local governance. Here's a video of my presentation:
It's been a busy few months for me and have taken on a few new projects which I hope to talk about soon. Till then, peace out.
RepRap is short for Replicating Rapid-prototyper. It is the practical self-copying 3D printer shown on the right - a self-replicating machine. This 3D printer builds the component up in layers of plastic. This technology already exists, but the cheapest commercial machine would cost you about 30,000 Euro. And it isn't even designed so that it can make itself. So what the RepRap team are doing is to develop and to give away the designs for a much cheaper machine with the novel capability of being able to self-copy (material costs will be about 400 Euro). ... We are distributing the RepRap machine at no cost to everyone under the GNU General Public Licence. ... We hope to announce self-replication in 2008, though the machine that will do it - RepRap Version 1.0 "Darwin" - can be built now.
Is this the beginning of the Star Trek style replicator? Imagine, open source replicators - coding the capacity to create physical objects - boggles the mind really...
Designing for Sub Communities Online or offline, when you're building tools for communities it's important to remember that as it grows, subcommunities are going to emerge. Some useful questions to ask: How can you create a sense of intimacy while still providing a connection to a bigger context? What is that bigger context, the reason for the community existing in the first place? How many different ways can people be a part of that bigger context? Can you encourage cross-subcommunity interactions? Can you discourage subcommunities from operating as complete silos?
This afternoon our colleagues at Atlantic LIVE announced an ambitious new event that everyone here in our offices is understandably excited about: "CityLab: Urban Solutions to Global Challenges," coming this October from The Aspen Institute, The Atlantic, and Bloomberg Philanthropies, is a two-and-a-half day summit designed to bring together city leaders from around the world for a series of conversations about the big ideas, experiments, and innovations that are currently shaping the world's cities. The staff of The Atlantic Cities knows all too well how a small experiment in a single city can quickly spread and change the way we all live, so we're pretty psyched to see this event start to come together. In that same spirit, over the next few months you're going to see a handful of new regular features appear on the site that reflect our enthusiasm for the city-as-laboratory. But before we can get started, we're going to need your help.
Complexity theory has been around for a generation now, but most people don’t understand it. I often read or listen to consultants, ‘experts’ and media people who proffer ludicrously simplistic ‘solutions’ to complex predicaments. Since it seems most people would prefer things to be simple, these ‘experts’ always seem to have an uncritical audience. Because most of what’s written about complexity theory is dense, academic and/or expensive, I thought I’d try to summarize the key points of complexity theory (focusing on the social/ecological aspects of it, not the mathematical/scientific ones) using lots of examples for clarity, and in a way that might be used practically by those grappling with complex issues and challenges. Complexity theory argues that simple, complicated, complex and chaotic systems have fundamentally different properties, and therefore different approaches and processes are needed when dealing with issues and challenges in each of these types of systems.
Power of Pull: Slices of Pull Discover themes from the book in the following essays Passion. Serendipity. Pull. What do these have to do with you as an individual and more importantly, how do they apply to your work? Explore these topics in the following essays to understand how you can pursue your passions, harness serendipity and utilize “pull” to achieving your full potential. These essays are part of a larger body of work discussed in The Power of Pull.
About Summary The Helsinki Region Infoshare project aims to make regional information quickly and easily accessible to all. The data may be used by citizens, businesses, universities, academies, research facilities or municipal administration. The data on offer is ready to be used freely at no cost. The data published during the project is mainly statistical, giving a comprehensive and diverse outlook on different urban phenomena, such as living conditions, economics and well-being, employment and transport. A good proportion of the data material offered by the project is GIS based. The project includes building a web service for fast and easy access to open data sources. Users can download information and use it in decision-making, utilise it in their applications, or develop entirely new services based on the information, to name just a few examples.
CKAN, the world’s leading open-source data portal platform CKAN is a powerful data management system that makes data accessible – by providing tools to streamline publishing, sharing, finding and using data. CKAN is aimed at data publishers (national and regional governments, companies and organizations) wanting to make their data open and available.