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A glitch kept my TMV Twitter post on the Google rumors from going up until today. It's here.
Quick examination of the three models of Cloud Computing: 1. Renting raw hardware: compute processing, data storage and networking bandwidth. 2. Leveraging an integrated application development engine. 3. Ordering an application.
Neokast was a peer-to-peer live video streaming application whereby “…the more people who watch your Neokast the more efficiently will your server bandwidth be utilized....under normal circumstances the server bandwidth should plateau at 3-4 times that of a single stream NO MATTER HOW MANY VIEWERS ARE BEING SERVED... So if Neokast’s claim is valid, it would be possible to broadcast American Idol or the Super Bowl or friggin’ CNN worldwide for $7 per month.” Cringely says someone bought it. And Microsoft is his top guess.
Nick scores points against Eric Schmidt vis-a-vis Is Google Making Us Stoopid. Bravo! But I still don't share the concern.
In his new book, Jesus, Interrupted: Revealing the Hidden Contradictions in the Bible (and Why We Don't Know About Them), Bart Ehrman says each Gospel writer had a different message — and that readers should not "smash the four Gospels into one big Gospel and think that [they] get the true understanding."
In the Gospel of Mark, for instance, Jesus dies in agony, unsure of the reason he must die and asking why God has forsaken him. But in the book of Luke, Jesus prays for forgiveness for his killers. The two stories offer very different accounts, says Ehrman, yet many people tend to merge them.
Doug will love this...
Manjoo's skeptical of Twitter claims. "That's not to say Twitter doesn't have a great future ahead of it... What's unclear now is how such a service will make any money--and how it can transform itself in order for that to happen. It's possible that Twitter could do very well--but probably not as a social network, and probably not as a search engine."
UPDATE: The Dean resigned. And the video has been removed for a copyright violation. Maybe that is all there is to it....
An administrator at the University of South Florida has been placed on leave after he admitted to stealing a student's bicycle from behind a campus building, according to a report in The Tampa Tribune. In an Internet-era twist, the incident was caught on surveillance camera and posted to YouTube. [...]
According to The Tribune, Dr. Rao said he was trying to help a day laborer find transportation, and loaned the man a bike from the back of the building. The bike was reportedly returned to the student and no criminal charges were filed.
Stephen Klasko, dean of the medical school, wrote a letter to staff members saying: "I'm very sorry to hear of the bicycle incident this week at the Byrd Institute loading dock, and I apologize to everyone involved. I will write again when the USF review is completed. Until then Dr. Abdul Rao will be on annual leave."
Rao, an Oxford-educated transplant immunologist who has overseen millions in research grants, makes $384,000 a year.
Given my enthusiasm for his election, I should comment on his downfall. Sad:
The cast of the scandal in Portland, Ore., has a certain ring to it: Sam Adams. Bob Ball. Beau Breedlove and his dog Lolita ... "Everyone has porn names!" says Mark Wiener with a laugh. "Until yesterday, it had never occurred to me that the worst offending name was mine." Wiener (pronounced Wee-ner) is one of Oregon's most influential political consultants and a former -- and now disheartened -- campaign adviser to the protagonist in this political soap opera. That would be Sam Adams, the new mayor of Portland and the first openly gay man to lead a major American city. Then there's Bob Ball, an openly gay local real estate developer who once had mayoral ambitions himself. In 2007, Ball hinted that Adams' mentoring relationship with a former legislative intern, Beau Breedlove (now 21), was, in fact, a sexual one that had begun when the young man was just 17.
Jill Bolte Taylor: My stroke of insight...
Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: She had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions -- motion, speech, self-awareness -- shut down one by one. An astonishing story.In June she was a guest on Fresh Air.
Via Confessions of a TED Addict in the NYTimes Magazine.
John Battelle's calls it Blog 2.0 Realized:
If ever there was a better realization of what I meant when I wrote about "a new kind of blog publishing", I don't know where to find it. This post, series, and site is exactly what I meant. Sure, I've known about The Hype Machine for some time, but this series is a publishing masterpiece, part authorial intent, part crowdsourcing, and part the confluence of great tools, platforms, models, and policies (you can play the music! you can buy the music!).
After 2 IDs and a father's protest, police refuse to acknowledge they got the wrong man:
"They just came in here like ants on candy," said Farley Blow, one of TJ Hill's uncles and a former Marine.
1. Minneapolis and Seattle (tie)
3. Washington, D.C.
4. St. Paul
5. San Francisco
9. St. Louis
10. Cincinnati and Portland, Ore. (tie)
It is no small thing for an American to be able to go into a fast-food restaurant and to buy a double cheeseburger, fries and a large Coke for a price equal to less than an hour of labor at the minimum wage -- indeed, in the long sweep of history, this represents a remarkable achievement.
We have to hope the country makes the right choice. McCain's gone beyond the line. Palin has no clue what she's doing.
- BarbinMD on McCain and Palin: The Politics of Hate.
- TMV Columnist Tony Campbell, A red flag for the Secret Service?
- John Aravosis, appalled that Palin's mob of supporters turned on a black journalist and yelled "sit down, boy."
- Eric Martin on the Pretty Hate Machine.
- TMV columnist Shaun Mullen, Is this what it comes down to?
- Andrew Sullivan, McCain and Palin crossing the line.
- Pam Spaulding, The GOP ticket draws, and apparently embraces, the bigot eruption crowd
- Steve Benen:
Four years ago, the field of Democratic presidential hopefuls spent most of their time explaining how much different they would be from Bush/Cheney. Before long, Karl Rove sent out word to the Republican Machine: label the candidates and their supporters "angry." The goal, of course, was to characterize Bush/Cheney as optimistic and hopeful, while painting Democrats as wild-eyed, rage-driven nuts.
It's almost comical in retrospect.
I choose hope.
A book with words that you touch and they become hyperlinks launched in the nearest digital device. Via ITConversations:
In this keynote presentation from the 2007 O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing conference, Manolis Kelaidis introduces and demonstrates bookLink (bLink), which illustrates his elegant ideas for next-generation books. Follow along as Kelaidis explains how he came to investigate the intersection of traditional book publishing and the new world of digital media. The challenge? While digital media offer new possibilities for interaction, the traditional book still has many advantages, perhaps most important of which is the comfort, convenience, and familiarity of the printed page. How can the benefits of both be combined?
Within this presentation Kelaidis connects his background to his unique perspective on publishing that resulted in the creation of bLink. Through his research Keladis discovered that the basic design of books has not changed in over 2,000 years, yet he successfully took on the challenge of developing a new, more interactive interface.
Throughout the presentation Kelaidis explains the different potential uses for the bLink, including the controversial topic of including advertising in books. In addition, he covers the general design of the bLink and what would be the most likely way to manufacture bLink. His ultimate vision is to discover an invisible, paper based solution that would allow mass production of bLink books.
I'm in LA for a couple days for a wedding. It's an intense time at work (school -- and committees! -- just starting up) so blogging has been sparse. I love my iPhone (spot traffic in LA) and have two followers on Twitter. I'm not yet aware of what the social norms are there. Do I automatically follow them too? ...
- Exploitation? Michael Moore's letter to God -- A good letter, but unseemly as everyone's evacuating? (I had the video that triggered it linked here, it was pulled so now is here.)
- The hurricane and the GOP convention -- different conclusions on the quandary from Right and Left.
- Obama takes politics back to the future -- my comment on his convention speech.
ME@TMV AUGUST 26TH
- More on C-SPAN's innovative Convention Hub -- A very cool feature. I hope C-SPAN might one day make all programs available this way.
- Jon Stewart: cable news a 'brutish, slow-witted beast' -- Howard Kurtz on Jon Stewart's Dem convention arrival. I was not as impressed by his shows from Denver as I was Colbert's from Philly.
ME@TMV AUGUST 25TH
- C-SPAN gets interactive; text messaging benefits Dems -- first post on C-SPAN's Convention Hub.
ME@TMV AUGUST 24TH
- Obamanomics: my kind of tax & spend -- I should have titled it "The Right Kind of..." It got good comments anyway.
- Bill Kristol to Hillary partisans: Put her name in for VP. (UPDATED) -- Meaningless drivel from Kristol but I thought it would get some attention. I was too late...
ME@TMV AUGUST 23RD
- China plays to win -- I set up a new YouTube account for clips from broadcast news stories. THis was the first, an excellent piece from CBS Sunday Morning.
- Why I'll be boycotting (sort of) the conventions -- anticipating that posting would be light with work and my trip to CA coming up.
- Biden w/Obama in the land of Lincoln -- Doris Kearns Goodwin on Lincoln's bi-partisan cabinet. Triggered by Joe Biden remark.
ME@TMV AUGUST 22ND
- The Accent Game -- an online game and some quotes.
- How many houses does John McCain have? -- the video. Set to "That Feist song."
ME@TMV AUGUST 21ST
- John L. Jackson Jr.'s Racial Paranoia -- Review of Brainstorm blogger's Racial Paranoia: The Unintended Consequences of Political Correctness.
- Pay for grades -- does it work? -- The jury's out. I have been wholly for it until this incisive criticism.
ME@TMV AUGUST 20TH
- Lower the drinking age to 18? -- I'm for it. Cautiously.
- Gmail Hacking Tool: it's time to be more careful -- Gmail has some new security features.
Off to the beach now. Wedding in Malibu tonight. Having a wonderful, wonderful time! I fly home tomorrow.
A lot of catching up to do... And I still want to do more work on the architecture of this site!
- "Caroline: Pull a Cheney!" An Open Letter to Caroline Kennedy from Michael Moore -- all my cobloggers are discussing their picks. I have none. So I was happy to hear from Michael. No need to clickthrough; my only comment, Dream On!
- Nouriel Roubini: economist and pessimist -- The New York University economics professor predicting a continuing crisis in the U.S. economy.
- Futuristic Glass -- One of 10 Futuristic User Interfaces discussed at Smashing Magazine.
- High School dress codes: the Confederate flag & the boy in the hot pink boots -- Provocative comparison got not as many comments as I could have had, but they're an interesting bunch. (I posted three days ago and the last comment was posted 18 minutes ago.)
- Our libertarian leanings as measured in Motorcycle deaths -- Helmet laws got no comments? Saturdays are slow blog days...
- McCain abortion comment alarms base -- And to think, I had focused on the gay part!
- Happy Birthday: The iMac turns 10 -- with a link to a gallery of 10 Years of Cuddly, Friendly iMacs.
- McCain: The party could "exclude people" for being "pro-gay rights" -- A Kinsley gaffe.
- GPS: illegal search or just cheaper tracking? -- In the comments I link to It's The Future of the Internet - and How to Stop It! We have no idea how many of our rights we are letting slip away.
- Update on the cyberattacks on Georgia -- probably "Russian partisans self-organizing."
- Exploring Obama's Boomer Strength -- The WaPo goes to Macon, GA and Lancaster, PA -- two places I know intimately -- to find that Obama has strength among boomers.
- Debate coach's profane performance caught on YouTube -- Unbelievably bad behavior. He's the debate coach!
- Questioning Elizabeth Edwards' 'Excruciating Anguish' -- Kaus revels in the story, but he has a point.
- Georgia cyberwar garnering attention -- When the NYTimes tunes in, we all take notice.
- Bleak Broadband Growth -- phone companies are hit more than cable companies. Too bad too, here where I live they have a better product.
- What's Their Real Problem with Gay Marriage (It's the Gay Part) -- behind the scenes at the LATimes editorial board meeting, supporters of CA's Proposition 8 are homophobes.
ME@TMV MONDAY 8/11
- "Traditional marriage" is a moving target -- marriage changes over time.
ME@TMV SUNDAY 8/10
ME@TMV SATURDAY 8/9
- Louis Vuitton goes after Dave Navarro for fake guitar strap -- I can't tell which bored the TMV audience more, the copyfight or the rocker.
ME@TMV SATURDAY 8/8
- Scientific proof of the good that religions provide -- The hypothesis is the more disease the less mixing we do, so fewer religions.
- Dispatches From the Fields: Mowing -- and re-growing -- the grassroots -- A call for a consumer/farmer coalition; consumers make up for the loss of middle sized farmers who once played a politically significant role.
- A Marshall Plan for reading -- Sall Stern makes a compelling case for phonics-based reading training in the very early grades to address the black/white reading/education gap.
- San Francisco Case Shows Vulnerability Of Data Networks -- A very important warning for all about the power of IT.
- As a Professor, Obama Enthralled Students and Puzzled Faculty -- describes his teaching career, style, and relationship to candidacy.
I'll try not to let it go this long again.
- Republican same-sex marriage backers reap big benefits -- The money rolls in in NY. Tim Gill's strategy pays off.
- Edwards' political currency declines with each day the story goes unresolved -- the love child story hurts even without the traditional media jumping on the story. Yet.
- Are gays the marrying kind? A study says we are. Bonus quotes: Focus on the Family Action critiques the study.
- Study: our implicit biases Lots of awarenes of them. Now what do we do about it? More here, here, and here.
- PLEDGE - Pledge Language is English Declaration and Government Endorsement - Act of 2008 -- Georgia's most embarrassing pol (Paul Broun) does it again. All Georgia Republicans voted against the eduction bill passed last week by overwhelming bipartisan majorities in both the House and Senate.
- "The best way to know you have a mind is to change it" -- wonderful quote from Google's Senior Copyright Counsel William Patry on the occasion of ending his blog.
- Will Texas defy World Court? -- YES! They did it with another execution.
- The Mojave experiment: is Windows Vista as bad as we think it is? -- Microsoft tries a variation on the Folgers ad. I wrote Dan Ariely to see what he thought. He replied with a post on his blog here.
I replied that Microsoft should have used the insights to do something to better position their product rather than squandering the gimmick in an ad campaign. He said I should go pick a fight with the Slate reporter. I would have, but I need a hook...
- MobileMe's still having troubles. Om Malik explains why.
- Atlanta arborist says he was fired for doing his job too well -- the city doesn't enforce its law against developers. Fires the guy who authored it for saying so.
- Held Suspect -- Republic of T's Terrance on living while black. One of his most moving posts ever.
- Justice department releases a study on sexual violence in juvenile prisons -- An estimated 4,072 accounts of sexual violence were reported during 2005 and 2006.
ON TMV TODAY
- Brandon McInerney: 19 days too old for justice, stats on the number of kids serving life sentences in this country. Truly barbarous.
- Trolls: Why inflict anguish on a stranger? The NYTimes Magazine story, with lots of links. Including 1 on how to avoid attracting them.
- The closing of The Patry Copyright Blog -- I wasn't a regular reader. Now I never will be. I agree with him that "Copyright law has abandoned its reason for being..."
ON TMV YESTERDAY:
- More on Deibold, the patch, and the 2002 Georgia election -- This from the state that requires a photo ID to stop vote fraud. Yeah, right. And I've got a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you...
ON TMV FRIDAY:
- Arianna on The Huffington Post -- a typical quote, followed by a subtle critique. She says "her biggest mistake was not instituting comment moderation..." and apparently uses it to stifle criticism.
- Indecision 2008: The News Better Run -- commentless video embed. Like I usually do here. In fact, why not...
- Salon point counter point -- Glenn Greenwald says Let's give Blue Dogs the boot (even if it means losing seats). Ed Kilgore says Wait till George Bush is history, and then decide. I'm with Kilgore, esp. his last 4 paragraphs. BTW, they're talking my Congreemen.
- Google Lively, another pointless virtual world. Includes interesting stats on Second Life.
- Revolving doors -- they really do save energy big time!
- Unmasking the gun lobby mole -- Bravo Mother Jones!
- FSF on the iPhone -- They articulate the argument NOT to buy. "Apple's DRM software and the accompanying legal threats are in place to further their own interests by restricting the freedoms of computer users"