As someone who watches for trends in technology one of the many sites I frequent is Trendwatching.com. They offer a bevy of free research reports on global Trends with pithy insightful commentary and links. If your not getting their free reports or buying the paid stuff, then your missing out. Their most recent Trend Briefing is by far the best I’ve read so far. They pulled out all the stops for this, their 5th anniversary issue, covering 5 of the hottest trends that are happening right now.
I’ve played with Second Life on and off for a little over a year and have been as underwhelmed by the experience as I’ve been overwhelmed with the passion of its users. Some folks “grok” Second Life and some folks dont. I’m definitely one of the donts. To me SL is just D&D 2.0 with a larger percentage of girl geeks. Enter, GetaFirstLife.com, a great send-up of SL by Darren Barefoot, a canuck techie and Shakespeare fan.
Unless MS does something amazingly stoopid and unseemly I promise not to post anything else about the Zune. But this article from the Chicago Sun-Times is the latest (and perhaps most brutal) support for my view that the Zune is a flop.
Then go ahead and buy a Zune. You’ll find that the Zune Planet orbits the music industry’s Bizarro World, where users aren’t allowed to do anything that isn’t in the industry’s direct interests.
Ouch! Now thats harsh and a fitting note on which to end my Zune obsession.
loafing off doing online research, I came across a new book titled We Think, by Charles Leadbeater. I’ll write a bit more about it in future but the abbreviated and much simplified premise is that “professionals” are luddites who are threatened by participatory culture and media folks are among the worst of this group. But no sooner do I start to read his book when MoniMon sends me a great article over at the NYTimes thats actually seems to be created specifically for online reading. The article is about the wealth of fine arts content on YouTube and mirrors another article they did this summer but was impressive in that it had embedded links to the YouTube videos playing right in the page.
Could it be that the reporters at the NY Times are starting to actually think of their long-winded rants specifically for online reading? Might we see more media inclusion, perhaps even embedded links? Check out the article by Charles Isherwood, its not a bad read if your into the topic and as I mentioned it does contains embedded links to YouTube content. Of course I cant help but wonder if the videos are copyrighted content and if the NYTimes.com is in fact supporting copyright infringement by linking to them?
One of the many astute observations made by the street philosopher and urban griot, Bonty Killa, in his seminal work on the moral decay urban centers, Caan Believe Mi Eye, was his observation that “everybody wan go heaven but no body wan dead.” This is a perfect metaphor for the corporate relationship to innovation. All companies want the heavenly rewards that result from successful innovation but few are willing to allow legacy systems, processes, hierarchies, thinking and models to die so that they can get there.