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Content Curation: Are You A Fire Hose or A Focusing Lens?

Beth Kanter

” Good curators are not packrats or aggregators, the pluck out the best and frame it for better understanding. Content

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Patent Activity and the State of US Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

some economists and scholars have argued that invention is harder today than ever before because the low-hanging fruit has already been plucked.

A place for deadlines and editions?

David Weinberger

Of course we could do that already: every day just pluck out the most upvoted contents and declare them to be an edition. I’m all for the continuous roil of the Internet. After all, time is continuous, so why should information be punctuated? The idea is that the contributors would be competing for the limited space on the front page.

4 more emotionally intelligent signs

Dan Pink

Pre-order now. It’s worth it. I beg you.). Three of the signs direct viewers what not to do. Emotionally intelligent signage

What does it take to spark prejudice?

Mind Hacks

The effect may be small, but this is a situation where the groups have been plucked out of the air by the experimenters. Short answer: surprisingly little. Continuing the theme of revisiting classic experiments in psychology, last week’s BBC Future column was on Tajfel’s Minimal Group Paradigm. The original is here. Other People

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3 ways to boost your curiosity and refresh your outlook | Daniel Pink

Dan Pink

He’s guts and pluck and a whole lot more. Dan Pink. Contact. Follow Dan on Twitter. About Dan. Speaking Engagements. Video. Articles.

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Rediscovering Junkie John, Tim Dawe and Penrod after 40 years

Doc Searls

Dawe starts the story over a plucked string bass. I used to have an open reel tape of song I recorded off some New York FM station in 1970 or so. It’s long lost now. I didn’t know the artist or the title. Very haunting, which is why I never forgot it. I didn’t know what it was called or who did it. It’s the real thing.

A bland (sic) insipid betrayal

Dave Snowden

Emsworth's plucks up the courage to get rid of the terrible Baxter over several stories and Baxter is never a pantomime villain. I'd been looking forward to the BBC's serialisation of P. Wodehouse's Blandings series for some time, the cast looked good and in general the BBC does these things well. Polemic

Country style

Dave Snowden

plucked and cleaned I quickly browned them in a mix of butter and oil (bottom, then both breasts) putting them to one side once complete.

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Los Angeles vs. Nature

Doc Searls

On its way down Pine Cone Road, it plucked up cars from driveways and the street. John McPhee is the best nonfiction writer alive. My opinion, of course. But I happen to be right. Nobody describes anything better. Sometimes extremely so. Which, ineviably, one would. That was in 1987. It was just one big black hill coming toward us.&#.

Taxes, Corruption and Belief

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

And it adds, helpfully, "Turns out it was plucked from a 15-year-old discussion paper put out by the Law Reform Commission." For all intents and purposes, the GST plan looks as well like it was plucked off the shelf, dusted off, and put into play without any planning or thought. Let's deal with the issue of corruption head-on.

Dawn of the Un-book

Jay Cross

Today's activist readers pluck information from the blogosphere and YouTube and their friends on Facebook and MySpace. A book is an event.

On inspiration

Doc Searls

Pundits have hailed Obama as a gifted orator and skilled speechwriter, but generally overlook one aspect of his speaking that distinguishes it from his peers’: its complex structure resists distillation down to a single quotable phrase. David Weinberger agrees, sort of , about Obama’s Inaugural speech yesterday. There is transcendence.

Simply messing about.

Dave Snowden

It was small wonder then, that he suddenly flung down his brush on the floor, said 'Bother!' and 'O blow!" and also "Hang spring-cleaning!'

A cortical atlas of ghostly sensations

Mind Hacks

If stimulations of the superior temporal region were in the depth of the sylvian fissure, and toward the insula, stimulations induced pain or automatisms such as sudden movement, staring, unresponsiveness, plucking, or chewing. It's like a travel guide to the unnaturally active brain. Link to 'Electrical stimulation of the human brain

Questioning 'one in four'

Mind Hacks

The '1 in 4' figures seems to have been mostly plucked out of the air. The Guardian has an excellent article questioning the widely cited statistic that '1 in 4' people will have a mental illness at some point in their lives. For example, you either have the bacteria or you don't. This is the central point of all definitions of illness.

Questionning 'one in four'

Mind Hacks

The '1 in 4' figures seems to have been mostly plucked out of the air. The Guardian has an excellent article questioning the widely cited statistic that '1 in 4' people will have a mental illness at some point in their lives. For example, you either have the bacteria or you don't. This is the central point of all definitions of illness.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: The Numbers Game

Steven Berlin Johnson

Conclusion: if George Herman Ruth was plucked out of time and deposited in the modern era, he could continue his nutritional regimen of beer and hot dogs: he'd have no need for steroids, testosterone, the "cream" or the "clear." If not, why not? Maybe Ruth should have the asterisk. Ruth, on the other hand, stood alone.

Doc Searls Weblog · KFI’s tower closer to going back up

Doc Searls

For old radio freaks like me, this is interesting. KFI’s signal is as big as they get in the U.S. degrees; half is 180 degrees). degrees. Thanks!