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Motorbike stolen; answers to “Thumper”

Jerry Michalski

Maybe, I thought, it’s an April Fools prank. But a couple of days went by and Thumper didn’t rematerialize.

My road-trip mix tape

Jerry Michalski

brand new friend by lloyd cole. the perfect driving tune. carmina burana by orff. wheel. fortune!!!

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Looking forward to hearing John Taylor Gatto

Jerry Michalski

At one point, he recommended what is now one of my favorite history books, Tragedy and Hope. It rambles, but it’s a wowzer.

In which I muse about the future of the Net

Jerry Michalski

Some European journalists recently asked me a few great questions about where the Net might be headed. The questions and answers are posted online here. Being a bit too modest to quote myself here, I’ll just recommend you head over and read the piece in full.

In which I answer Andrius’s 12 (excellent) Questions

Jerry Michalski

We talk a bunch about openness and transparency, but I don’t know anyone who walks that talk more than my friend Andrius Kulikauskas. Andrius lives in Vilnius, Lithuania, and runs the Minciu Sodas (Orchard of Thoughts) Lab from there. really enjoyed our interview. Here they are: 1) What do you care about? and get from others? Post away!

On blind friending

Jerry Michalski

This is the era of “friending&# through online social networks. Some people have already done so much friending that they’re fed up. Their online social networks are full up, thank you. For example, I just got (yet another) bare Facebook friend request from someone with whom I have only one weak connection. This is a social medium.

The Law of Convenience

Jerry Michalski

(I first published this page back in August 2002.). Friction keeps us from doing things we might otherwise really want to do, such as writing a handwritten note to a friend or donating money to people whose work we admire. It doesn’t take that much friction to cause a problem. Even one extra step can have as significant an effect as twenty.

What should Obama do to help Africa?

Jerry Michalski

At the IDLO Microfinance Project workshop in Dar es Salaam, I asked the 25 collected participants to blog, email or otherwise tell us what are the most powerful things Obama might do to help Africa. Punish any Western, European, Asian or Arab country that allows ill-gotten wealth to be kept in their country.

A Microsoft ad I love (who knew? it’s not Seinfeld)

Jerry Michalski

Via Chris Carfi and Twitter, just saw a lovely skit that Microsoft’s ad network people created: “Advertiser vs. Consumer.&#. The point that advertisers have no clue about actually conversing is sweetly made. Whether Microsoft’s ad people can actually do better than this caricature suggests remains an open question.

No more buffing the corporate veneer: time to pierce it

Jerry Michalski

Old-school branding and public relations are all about creating magical, memorable brands, unifying the enterprise’s many operations under that brand banner, then making sure nothing besmirches that image. Think of that old-fashioned brand image as a beautiful burled veneer covering the corporate facade. It must be kept pristine and shiny.

Public Relationships (an open letter to PR agencies - repost)

Jerry Michalski

I originally posted this to my Blogger site — the site that vanished mysteriously some time back. It’s not showing up on Google, so I thought I’d repost: Thursday, August 12, 2004. Public Relationships (an open letter to PR agencies). Two articles I read this morning reminded me of an old idea. This is not easy. Or is it?

O my love is like a no-doc loan (the subprime song)

Jerry Michalski

No idea what made me start uttering the first lines of Robbie Burns’ old poem while pondering the subprime crisis, but the result is this: My love is like a no-doc loan. That’s newly sprung in June: My love is like th’economy. That’s sweetly played in tune. And fare thee weel, my only buck, And fare thee weel a while! Remix, anyone?

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Gatto’s dropouts don’t prove his point

Jerry Michalski

I had a great time listening to John Taylor Gatto talk at the recent Future Salon. He started talking before the scheduled start time, then covered lots of ground over more than two hours. He has a lot to convey. The weakest aspect of his talk, though, was also the most entertaining. All dropouts. That conclusion he doesn’t sell well.

Work is play; play is work

Jerry Michalski

Thanks to a tweet from Hugh MacLeod (who tweets a lot ), I read JP’s recent post on play , in which he riffs on an insight Michael Schrage had in Serious Play. Here they quote co-founder Mimsy Sadofsky describing SVS (p. 161, italics mine): We have no curriculum and place no value on one pursuit over another.

Minding OneWebDay

Jerry Michalski

Susan Crawford started OneWebDay back in 2006 to help remind us how valuable this Web thingie is. She hoped to inspire us to help it stay special and to evolve in more special ways, rather than become just another marketing channel or a walled-off network of the kind Jonathan Zittrain has recently described. While. Feeling. Weight. Shift. Things.

Just uploaded my Bucharest presentation

Jerry Michalski

I’m in Bucharest for another IDLO program , showing microfinance experts from the region what social media can do. uploaded the presentation I’m using to SlideShare here.

Do You Sociate? » Heading to Chennai for a week

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April and I are off to Chennai to teach in an IDLO program on microfinance. No, I don't know much about microfinance (April does!), but I do know a bit about social media, so I'll be running a session in the program on that

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Do You Sociate? » Windows Mobile is one way Microsoft can’t innovate

Jerry Michalski

I'm not sure how many articles I've read over the years that not only say that Windows Mobile sucks, but detail the same reasons why: putting a tiny version of Windows on small screens is an idiotic idea, no matter how comfortable it's

Do You Sociate? » An iPhone grumble grumble (ok, two)

Jerry Michalski

What happened to the nifty link between addresses in my Google Calendar and the Google Maps app on my iPhone? Once upon a time, I'd fill in the location data for an appointment on the Web. Then I'd look up the appointment on my

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Do You Sociate? » Interesting sessions on the future of life and the Net

Jerry Michalski

I'm at the Stanford Legal Futures Conference, which today adopted a FOO Camp approach that, in truth, isn't that FOOish. Last night they posted the schedule, which has multiple panels with five or six smart people on each.

Do You Sociate? » Dan Pink’s new career advice — in manga!

Jerry Michalski

Over the years, Dan Pink has written many pieces that I've found truly inspiring, from his 1997 Fast Company cover story Free Agent Nation to his more recent book A Whole New Mind. Now he's going to offer career advice in a whole new

Do You Sociate? » TED’s been barcamped!

Jerry Michalski

Heard from Shannon today that a self-organizing alternative to TED, the supremely expensive annual conference, is also taking place in Monterey this weekend. The new event, BIL (get it?), has a site and a wiki (BIL = Beauty

Do You Sociate? » Doing video interviews from Fast’s user conference

Jerry Michalski

I'm almost done with three days of video interviews from Norwegian enterprise search vendor Fast's annual user conference. I'm doing what David Weinberger did last year (you can see his interviews here). This year, David gave a great

Do You Sociate? » Interviews of note

Jerry Michalski

If you want a quick take on the top interviews here at FastForward, check out: Sandy Kemsley; David Weinberger; Liv Brahin; Jim McGee (to be posted shortly); Rob Paterson

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Do You Sociate? » Clay Shirky will be our guest on next Monday’s Yi-Tan call

Jerry Michalski

Even though the topics of crowdsourcing, collective intelligence, social media and self-organization have been in the air a bunch lately, I have found few people who can break through the surface layers of what's happening and also

Do You Sociate? » Blogging from VizThink, surrounded by lonely visual thinkers

Jerry Michalski

Today I'll be blogging from VizThink, which feels like the first confluence of a variety of graphical disciplines. People are involved and excited. Among the viz luminaries present are Dave Gray, who helped catalyze this event and runs

Do You Sociate? » My other table neighbor…

Jerry Michalski

On my right is Alan Stillman, CEO of Kwikpoint, which makes handy fold-out visual language translators. If you travel much, you've wanted these or even bought something similar. One of his translators is for medical emergencies

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Do You Sociate? » Using photophlow as I blog and tweet (and Brain) and keep real brain from popping

Jerry Michalski

photophlow is one of the way-coolest apps I've seen in a long time, and it's sort of a perfect way to talk about this VizThink conference. The app asks for your Flickr ID, then offers a beautiful way for multiple people to talk together

Do You Sociate? » Nice ethics panel at VizThink

Jerry Michalski

On stage now: four graphics editors who've worked at Time, Newsweek, Wired, Conde Nast and many more publications, talking about their experiences with graphics that blew it. Check out this page on the conference wiki

Do You Sociate? » Viz afterthoughts: manifesti, missing tools and what would Leonard do?

Jerry Michalski

I won't be able to attend tomorrow's concluding day at VizThink, so I'm debriefing now, at the end of a fun and brain-filling day. It would be wonderful if this collection of graphics wizards could come together to frame out some

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Do You Sociate? » Office competency, then and now (repost)

Jerry Michalski

I originally posted this to my ex-blog on Nov. 25, 2006. Linkrot prevents me from pointing to it elegantly, so here goes again… Turn the clock back two or three decades — three to be safe — and consider what technologies the average

Do You Sociate? » Traffic-calming pioneer Hans Monderman has died

Jerry Michalski

Every now and then you get to spend some time with a person who has some extraordinary ideas by the tail and is turning them into reality. In January 2006, I was lucky to travel to Holland to meet traffic-calmer Hans Monderman

Do You Sociate? » When does word of mouth beat advertising?

Jerry Michalski

An OpEd piece in today's New York Times compares the boost that Huckabee and Obama got in Iowa from people talking to people with their opponents' well-funded advertising campaigns. Romney outspent Huckabee on TV by 6 to 1

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Do You Sociate? » Writers on Writing

Jerry Michalski

A friend on a list just asked what to do to learn to write well, which reminded me that I've collected quite a few inspiring and instructional works (thanks, Jay; thanks, all!). don't claim to have read these, but herewith a great

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Do You Sociate? » Remembering the Milk (again)

Jerry Michalski

Over the years, I've tried many to-do list tools, from lightweight ones that emulate Post-Its to more intricate, project-managementy ones. (In fact, Blogger started as Pyra, a nifty group project tracking tool.) None really stuck

Do You Sociate? » Wooo hooo! Got my OLPC

Jerry Michalski

On Thursday FedEx home delivery dropped off a mystery box. opened it, failed to recognize the logos on the cover sheet I saw on top of the contents, then dug deeper and saw this: Ah! the logo! An early Christmas present

Do You Sociate? » Mini-Feed’s not in Wikipedia

Jerry Michalski

Now and then, Wikipedia falls short. In this case, the entry for Facebook lists a few of the system's features, such as The Wall, Gifts, Pokes and the Marketplace, but the entry doesn't mention the Mini-Feed (the News Feed is mentioned

Do You Sociate? » “Exhaust data” cite in the Economist

Jerry Michalski

A few weeks ago, Economist reporter Andreas Kluth wrote a nice piece about Facebook and social networking services in general, titled Social Graph-iti. He kindly quoted me referring to the peripheral vision that Facebook's MiniFeed

Do You Sociate? » Drat! We’re even at two:two

Jerry Michalski

Don't you hate it when you point something out about someone else, then do that blundery thing yourself? I did just that in pointing out Jeremy's typo and fact-checkiness here. Turns out nobody's spelled Jakarta with a D in ages (must

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Do You Sociate? » Join me for a Braininar on Dec. 4

Jerry Michalski

Next month I'll have been using TheBrain's PersonalBrain app for ten years. That's a pretty big chunk of my life. Other than Microsoft Office, I can't think of any other app I've used consistently for that long

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