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Brian Fagan, “Catastrophic Drought is Coming Back”, LongNow Foundation, 2007/03/09 March 26, 2008

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Brian Fagen is a emeritus professor of anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

In his talk Fagan emphasized a wide view of human history as it unrolls in the landscape of climate. … we can see evidence from ice cores, tree rings, fossil pollen, and historical records, all pointing to the conclusion that people in the past have suffered through global warming periods before. So what happened?

Using data from truffle-hunting historians, Fagan told of how vineyard harvest records in Europe show that England became so warm during the period between 800-1250 AD that England not only had vineyards in its central provinces but it also exported wine to France. The medieval warm period had repercussions throughout society. Iceland and Scandinavia warmed up enough to grow cereal crops, tree lines elevated in mountain areas, and there were longer growing seasons everywhere on the continent.

This warming up of agriculture initiated the first vast clear-cutting of European forests. In the short 200 years between 1100 and 1300, from one-third to one-half of European wooded wilderness was deforested to make way for fields and pastures — shaping the lovely farm scenes we now associate with Europe. (Today only Poland has any remaining virgin forests).

Fagan says the myth of the medieval warm period is that it was warm. There was all kinds of weather extremes. In 1315 it started to rain for seven years. The newly cleared and naked hills eroded, dams burst, disease spread, and prolonged drought followed.And not just in Europe. Mesoamerica was jolted by long droughts. The Mayan pyramids at Tikal were engineered to act as water collection reservoirs. The collapse of their empire, and others in South America such as the Inca in Peru, are correlated to prolonged droughts.

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Eben Moglen, “Freedom Businesses Protect Privacy”, O’Reilly MySQL Conference, 2007/04/25 March 26, 2008

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Eben Moglen is Director, Software Freedom Law Center.

Moglen begins with the statement that the history of social life is the history of the technology of memory. More than that; the social order and control within society depends on the nature of the technology of memory.

A lightning tour through ten centuries of memory capture brings us to the technology of photography, which finally brought about the interpenetration of private and public memory, where items can be possessed or shared.

It seems that the primitive belief that taking a photograph can steal your soul may not be so fanciful: think surveillance and spying. Or identity theft, which is little more than the aggregation of a specific number of secrets or semi-secrets related to an individual. The technology that has followed photography means we are the first generation to really experience what the loss of privacy means.

Moglen then poses an important question; namely, what will be the most successful intelligence organizations of the 21st century? The answer is intriguing and forms the bulk of the second half of Moglen’s talk.

IT Conversations | O’Reilly MySQL Conference | Eben Moglen

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Berkeley Cybersalon, “Is the Future of Music Now?”, AfterTv, 2006/06/05 March 26, 2008

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Andrew Keen interviewed a panel at the Berkeley Cybersalon.

a sparkling discussion about digital music at Berkeley’s legendary Cybersalon.The panelists were, from the left, Amy Tobin, singer and composer; Moderator, Brian Zisk, founder of the Future of Music Coalition, AfterTV’s Andrew Keen ; Tom Conrad, CTO of Pandora; Gerd Leonhard, author of “The Future of Music Manifesto”; Ann Greenberg, founder of Gracenote.

AfterTV: Cybersalon: Is The Future of Music Now?

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Wendell Berry, “Life Is A Miracle: An Essay Against Modern Superstition”, CBC Radio Ideas, 2008/01/17 March 26, 2008

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Wendell Berry was interviewed by Ideas producer David Cayley.

Wendell Berry is known to the reading public mainly for his poems, essays and novels, not his commentaries on science. But in the year 2,000 he published a surprising book called Life Is A Miracle: An Essay Against Modern Superstition. The superstition the book denounces is the belief that science will one day give us a complete account of things. Science is admirable, Wendell Berry says, but it can only be deployed wisely when we recognize the limits to our knowledge. Science must submit to the judgement of Nature.

CBC Radio | Ideas | Features | How To Think About Science

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Grady Booch, Lee Nackman, and Walker Royce, “IBM Rational at five years”, 2008/02/19 March 26, 2008

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Scott Laningham, from IBM developerWorks had a chat about the promise and results of the IBM acquisition of Rational.

In this 18-minute podcast, Grady Booch, Lee Nackman, and Walker Royce join developerWorks’ Scott Laningham and Michael O’Connell on this fifth anniversary of the IBM acquisition of Rational to talk about what it has meant for each company and for the software profession in general. Refinement of Rational’s focus, the expansion of IBM’s software paradigm, the further embracing of open source and open standards, the investment in growing technical talent, and the Jazz platform are all discussed.

developerWorks Interviews: Booch, Nackman, and Royce on IBM Rational at five years

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Jack Ma, Web 2.0 Summit, 2006/12/06 March 26, 2008

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Jack Ma was interviewed by John Heileman of the O’Reilly Network.

In the seven years since Jack Ma co-founded Alibaba.com, the Alibaba websites have grown to include 30 million registered members from more than 200 countries and territories. In his Web 2.0 Summit conversation with John Heileman, Ma explains some of the reasons for the sites’ success. He values what he doesn’t know as much as what he does know. One thing that Alibaba CEO Ma knows is the Chinese market. He talks to Heileman about what does and does not work in China.

O’Reilly Network — Web 2.0 Podcast: Jack Ma

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Daniel Steinberg, “Ruby”, OOPLSA, 2007/07/30 March 10, 2008

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It’s pretty common for cheap web hosting providers to offer PHP, and relatively uncommon to offer Java (which is more of an enterprise programming language). Ruby — actually Ruby on Rails — seems to have become an additional option. I’m not curious enough to learn another programming language, but I wondered about what it was all about.

The Ruby programming language has taken the software world by storm, first as a scripting language that puts objects at the developer’s fingertips, and then via the influential and increasingly popular Rails web development framework.

Programmers who come from statically-typed languages to Ruby are astounded at their newfound productive. Programmers who come from other dynamically-typed languages are pleasantly surprised to find their favorite features in Ruby, designed well and easy to use.

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In this podcast, Glenn joins Daniel Steinberg of DimSumThinking to talk about Ruby, some of the advantages of making Ruby your “go to” language, and some of the ways that Ruby will expand how you think about programming and programming languages.

OOPSLA 2007

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David Weinberger, “Everything is Miscellaneous”, HBR Ideacast, 2007/07/19 March 10, 2008

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Instead of organizing information hierarchically, Google has changed the way that we think about finding content in an age of abundance. Steve Singer interviews …

David Weinberger, a fellow at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for the Internet & Society, discusses his new book, Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder.

HBR IdeaCast

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William McDonough, “Cradle to Cradle Design”, Social Innovation Conversations, 2003/02/11 March 10, 2008

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William McDonough has done some interest work on new materials.

In this lecture given at the Center for Social Innovation, McDonough urges his audience of Stanford business students to think beyond the reduction of business externalities when designing industrial and commercial processes, services or products. The goal shouldn’t be to do the wrong thing less badly but to do the right thing. McDonough compares our relationship with the environment to the relationship of a couple. It better be more than just sustainable.

He offered part of a new strategy by outlining the fundamental design principles used at his firm, MBDC (McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry), when creating everything from non-toxic fabrics to new soles for running shoes that leave nutrients in the soil instead of neurotoxins. Among these fundamentals, based on the fecundity and effectiveness of natural systems, are:

  • Waste equals food
  • Use current solar income
  • Celebrate diversity

The strategy leads to the design of substances that are not simply recycled, but are designed from the outset to be completely reused.

Social Innovation Conversations

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James Howard Kunstler, “Peak Oil and the Future of Suburbia”, Global Public Media, 2003/03/07 March 10, 2008

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I had heard about James Howard Kunstler on a previous recording, so I thought I’d get a better impression of his style. He was interviewed by James Darley.

James Howard Kunstler – trenchant critic of the US suburban disaster, author of “Geography of Nowhere”, “Home From Nowhere”, & most recently “The City In Mind”, which considered examples of both fine & failed cities across the planet – discussing oil peak & the future of suburbia….

This interview inspired the film The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream!

Global Public Media

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Juan Enriquez, “Mapping the Frontier of Knowledge”, Long Now Foundation, 2007/10/12 March 10, 2008

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I think Joe had seen Juan Enriquez speak in Toronto, as he gave me a copy of As the Future Catches You: How Genomics & Other Forces are Changing Your Life, Work, Health & Wealth.

Enriquez noted that some nations are charging ahead with such technology and the education that drives it while others cripple themselves by holding back. Portugal had colonies throughout the world, he said, but they never respected the natives enough to help educate them, and so left intellectual blight behind them and at home. London and Paris are full of Indian and Chinese restaurants,but there are none in Portugal. He showed a photo of a billboard that read: “Portugal— We were a world power for about 15 minutes.

”The new maps of life, he said, will profoundly affect countries,business, religion and ethics. Being alive in the midst a scientific renaissance like this is Christmas every day.

During Q&A Enriquez lamented that the pharmacology industry has retreated to doing just marketing now instead of discovery, …

–Stewart Brand

Long Now, Seminars about Long Term Thinking

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Robert Neuwirth, “Habitat” Pop!Tech, 2005/10/22 March 10, 2008

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Robert Neuwirth, author of Shadow Cities, looks at major cities inhabited by squatters. The have unique social structures and economies.

In thinking about what worldwide urban spaces will look like in the future, Neuwirth provides us with a surprising picture. He shows us the squatter communities of Nairobi, Mumbai, Istanbul, and Rio de Janeiro, and argues for rights that will support and sustain healthy squatter cities. These habitations, he claims, are the beginnings of the cities of the future.

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Plastic tarps, degradation, and horrible sodden communities co-exist amongst a tremendous amount of commerce. Scavenged materials help create better living conditions, so as squatters gradually build more permanent living spaces, cityscapes begin to be established, and we attain a new suburban ideal. The community rises in a free-spirited way and we must yield to people organizing their own capacity to transform their own future.

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James Gimian, “The Art of War: The Denma Translation”, The Invisible Hand Podcast, 2006/08/19 March 10, 2008

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This is a new translation of the The Art of War by Sun Tzu by the Denma Translation Group. Viewing the work from a different context provides a different viewpoint. Chris Gondek interviewed, with the comments …

The Art of War … is a great, but generally misunderstood book, and I think the Denma Translation is the best for putting the book into its proper context. To that end, I credit James Gimian, who was a great interview.

Invisible Handwriting: The Art of War Episode


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Tammy Erickson, “What Makes Gen Xers Tick?”, HBR Ideacast, 2007/06/28 March 10, 2008

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There’s a generation gap in the office.

Paul Michelman sits down with Tammy Erickson, author of the Across the Ages column on Harvard Business Online, to discuss what drives Generation X, what they want from work, and how to get the most out of them.

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Dr. Robin Hogarth, “Educating Intuition”, The Invisible Hand Podcast, 2006/01/02 March 10, 2008

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Robin Hogarth has a long legacy of research into decision-making. Developing managerial intuition relies heavily on receiving feedback. How should managers know if their decisions had good or bad outcomes, if they don’t know what happened in the end?

The Invisible Hand Podcast- The Episodes

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Gwyneth Cravens and Rip Anderson, “Power to Save the World”, Long Now Foundation, 2007/09/14 March 10, 2008

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Gwyneth Cravens initially had an anti-nuclear posture, but then investigated the views of scientists.

In the early 1980s Gwyneth Cravens was one of the protesters against the Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant on Long Island, and also participated in ban-the-bomb rallies. After 15 years of deepening familiarity with nuclear power, she says she still would ban the bomb, but she now regrets that the Shoreham reactor was shut down.

Who changed her mind was a nuclear expert at Sandia Labs in Albuquerque, D. Richard Anderson, known as “Rip.” “Here was someone who thinks in thousands of years, about climate, about nuclear waste storage,” she said. “He applies to nuclear issues the same probabilistic risk assessment that helps us understand what we’re facing with climate change.”

One concept that altered Cravens’ perspective was realizing what “baseload” requires. Rip Anderson, on the stage with her, explained that baseload is the fundamental currency of grid power. It is massive power constantly available 24/7. It comes from only three sources— fossil fuels, hydro-electric dams, and nuclear. Hydro is maxed out. Fossil fuels have to be cut back to slow global warming. That leaves only nuclear growth to handle the expected doubling of energy demand in the world by 2030.

Long Views » Blog Archive » Gwyneth Cravens,”Power to Save the World”

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Robert Bruegmann, “Sprawl: A Compact History”, Minnesota Public Radio, 2007/02 March 10, 2008

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Sprawl generally has a negative connotation, but Robert Bruegmann has studied patterns of urban, suburban and exurban growth in history.

“Virtually overnight,” Dr. Bruegmann writes, “the anti-sprawl reformers’ new catchphrase ‘smart growth’ seemed to be everywhere. It appeared as though every right-minded individual and organization in the country was convinced that sprawl was economically inefficient, environmentally detrimental, socially deplorable, and aesthetically ugly – in short, an unmitigated disaster. In fact, so many ‘right-minded’ people were so vociferous on the subject that I began to suspect that there must be something suspicious about the argument itself.”

American Experiment Audio Archives

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Paul Duguid, “The Social Life of Information”, AfterTv, 2006/05/18 March 10, 2008

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I’ve seen Paul Duguid’s name as coauthor with John Seely Brown, but he keeps a lower profile. This interview gave an opportunity to hear a little more background on the joint research.

Does information have a social life? Who better to ask than Paul Duguid, co-author (with John Seely Brown) of the excellent Social Life of Information and adjunct professor at the School of Information Management and Systems (SIMS) at the University of California, Berkeley.

AfterTV: Paul Duguid

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Doug McDavid, “Virtual Libraries – Real People”, SJSU SLIS, 2008/02/06 March 10, 2008

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I know Doug McDavid well, but we don’t communicate with each other as often as we should. He blogged about a talk that he gave at the San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science, so this presented a good opportunity to hear his voice.

This presentation will describe the business and learning to be done in virtual worlds, based on Doug McDavid’s compelling interpersonal interactions including a serious approach to Second Life and its applications for global working collaborations. The presentation will include concepts such as the “presentation of self in everyday life,” the surprising degree of the social nature of the experience with colleagues and peers, as well as meeting people outside the IBM community such as in the library, education and arts communities.

SLIS Colloquia: Doug McDavid

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