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. Flickr Photo by Salendron. Does your nonprofit do content curation as part of its content strategy?

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.

Trending Sources

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? But I wonder what it would be like if a site that consists of continuous inputs worked toward a moment when an edition is published.

4 more emotionally intelligent signs

Dan Pink

But the mailbag is always brimming with emotionally intelligent signage , so I’ve plucked four recent reader submissions that show some interesting examples of the crafty ways signs can attempt influence what we should and shouldn’t do.

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. Next week we’re going to take this foundation and look at some evolutionary psychology of racism (hint: it won’t be what you’d expect).

Pluck 31

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. Office Hours. Drive. A Whole New Mind. Johnny Bunko. Daniel H. Pink is the author of four provocative bestselling books about the changing world of work.

Pluck 28

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. It was was half talked, half sung, about a loser in Greenwich Village, “Junkie John,” coming down in a fleabag hotel. Very haunting, which is why I never forgot it. I didn’t know what it was called or who did it.

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. The ITV had a brilliant success with their version of the Jeeves novels using Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie and anything half that good would have satisfied me.

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. My daughter decided to invite a set of university friends home for a few days in the country.

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. No writer does a better job of digging into subjects most would find dull (rocks, pine barrens, river levees, minor species of fish) and making them not only interesting but relevant. Sometimes extremely so.

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. The Conservatives, we are told, will clean up the government so that things like the sponsorship scandal do not happen again.

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. Effectiveness Column in June 2008 CLO magazine. Malleability, multimedia, and more.

On inspiration

Doc Searls

Of Obama’s non-reductive rhetoric , Gene Koo writes, Whatever the accolades for the speech that Obama delivered at his inauguration, it seems it won’t generate a singular sound bite as in JFK’s “Ask not…&# or FDR’s “Fear itself&# (Many of the major papers picked themes, rather than pluck quotes, although a few took to “hope over fear&# ).

Simply messing about.

Dave Snowden

On the two occasions where I have plucked up the courage to ask, the monosyllabic grunt clearly indicated that anyone foolish enough to ask the question could not conceivably understand the answer.

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. Frontiers in Neuroscience has an amazing scientific article that has collected all the studies that have recorded what happens when the brain is electrically stimulated in living patients. It's like a travel guide to the unnaturally active 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. The issue of how many people have or will have a mental illness raises two complex issues: how we define an illness and how we count them.

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. The issue of how many people have or will have a mental illness raises two complex issues: how we define an illness and how we count them.

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."

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

Doc Searls

I remember one of my instructors warning me about the dangers of the tower and how we pilots should do everything possible to avoid the thin steel monster waiting to pluck out fragile aluminum birds from the sky.