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Sunday, May 10, 2009

twitter blog

I've switched to updating a twitter account instead.


Sunday, January 25, 2009

Friend Stock user-generated content

So I have been busy with the Friend Stock social game on Facebook.

Check out the interesting content people have posted on Friend Stock:

... and the groups they've created:
My two favorites are "WTF? You Sold ME?" and "I Sold You. So What?"

Follow FS on Twitter at:

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

out of the frying pan, into the fire?

There are two possible extreme outcomes for this current financial crisis:

(1) deflation - assets (real-estate, stocks) fall in value, leading to a collapse in credit and confidence. Prices fall but no one can buy anything. This is what happened in the Great Depression.

(2) (hyper)-inflation - to keep the system afloat, the government takes over institutions (and their debts), and issues more credit. People keep their money but prices skyrocket. In the extreme, printing more and more money leads to hyper-inflation, like in Argentina, Weimar Germany, etc ...

The threat of (1) has apparently been serious enough that the government has essentially just nationalized large parts of the mortgage and insurance industries (with the Fannie Mae and AIG bailouts). These actions, however, increase the risk of scenario (2)...

Monday, September 8, 2008

drill baby drill

A fitting epitaph to the century-long age of oil...

Sunday, July 13, 2008


What should we be working on? How can social and technological innovations be applied to the deeper concerns of our times?

As we come to the close of this deceptively languid but ultimately fleeting period of relative peace and surplus, how do we confront the inconvenient truths of our situation? If we face a world of peak oil, overpopulation, environmental degradation, financial collapse, political instability and wars... what should we work on?

Monday, June 23, 2008

the youtube in my mind

Daydreaming is closing your eyes and watching the youtube in your mind.

Hello hello hello is there anybody in there?

After a year of neglect, I've decided to start posting randomly here. In its short existence, the blog format has evolved into an art form seems too much of a commitment to maintain... At the other extreme is Twitter, which gives you a quick fix like IM chat... or telepathy. TWITTER : BLOGS :: INSTANT MESSAGING : EMAIL

But is there something in between? Something that is interactive and chaotic yet trending toward meaning and order? Would that be the Facebook wall? A wiki/blog hybrid?

For now, I'll continue to jot down thoughts here in an old-fashioned "blog" format.