Space: The Final Frontier

Like so many in my generation, I grew up watching the launch of NASA’s Space Shuttles. For years, we would gather in lunch rooms and classrooms to celebrate the triumph of American science ingenuity as we rocketed into space. I remember watching in awe as those massive shuttles fired into space. I was memerized by […]

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SXSW Interactive, a Recap

I’m just back from South by Southwest, a 10-day interactive, music, and film conference and festival in Austin, Texas. I’ll get into more detail later, but I’m giving several conference recaps to various constituencies. As I work through my round-up, I’ll be adding to my notes and blog here. A brief overview of South by […]

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SXSW: A Recap

In the next few weeks, I’ll be giving presentations that recap what happened this year at South by Southwest. I’ve asked my friends (and the awesome folks at SXSW) to help me gather links and ideas. Here’s what we’ve assembled so far: SXSW 2011 Mind Map. What do you think? What did we miss? Once […]

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TedxCincy (Addendum)

It’s always weird to do the vanity search after giving a talk. It’s also particularly hard for me because that moment before feedback comes is awful. I have a creative mind convinced that I’m quite bad at what I do. Which means I’m always – always – expecting the worst. My head is like a […]

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The Appalachian Trail Project

There’s a website called Kickstarter that enables people who have an idea to solicit help in working on a project. If the project doesn’t “make” – that is, if there aren’t enough funds generated – nobody pays and the project goes away. I’m a big believer in the micro-loan way, giving individuals the opportunity to […]

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Another Example of Apple Thinking So You Don’t (This, By The Way, Is Bad)

“I understand that Americans are kowtowing to a religion overseas. I don’t understand why this is happening and it’s wrong.” Apple has, by far, the most Draconian and frightening policies towards content creation, individual rights and copyright. This is nothing new for those of us who write about, follow and engage in these realms. Unfortunately, […]

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