Rediscovering Junkie John, Tim Dawe and Penrod after 40 years

Doc Searls

Dawe starts the story over a plucked string bass. Funny to learn that the whole story of Dawe, the band, the recording, everybody involved with it, took place in Los Angeles and San Diego, not New York — and that it was a Frank Zappa production, on his Straight label (which had the bizarre stuff, as I recall), rather than his Bizarre label (which, again as I recall, had the straight-ish stuff).

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Patent Activity and the State of US Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The study examines whether patent activity is a good concrete indicator of innovation, economic growth and productivity by looking at historical data going all the way back to 1790. some economists and scholars have argued that invention is harder today than ever before because the low-hanging fruit has already been plucked.

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If We Talked About the Internet Like We Talk About OER

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

When he has worked toward the production of OERs, it was to produce textbooks. And I see no good reason why we should require the production of educators and students to be fair game for resellers who want to pluck it for free out of the commons and charge money for it to those not lucky enough to be a part of our community. David Wiley offers a provocative perspective titled If We Talked About the Internet Like We Talk About OER: The Cost Trap and Inclusive Access.

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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 spokesman for Alpo dog food long ago said the product was so good that he fed it to his own dogs. Using one's own products is known as "eating the dog food."

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A cortical atlas of ghostly sensations

Mind Hacks

If this area was heavily involved in speech production, you wouldn't necessarily want to give up being able to talk for the sake of being seizure free, so surgeons will open the skull, wake you up, and then ask you to speak while stimulating the areas they are considering removing. 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.

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

Dan Pink

Personal Productivity (14). 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. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife and their three children. More about Dan.

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