The 3,000th ideas Revolutionary post

Sunday, 21 February, 2010

Screen shot 2010-02-21 at 12.27.11 PMWow, this is the 3,000th blog entry! That means, good or bad, I have written and posted 2,999 entries before this one. Many blog entries are short and take minutes (sometimes 10-20 minutes) to research, write, and post. Mind you, even the short blog entries are meant to meet the same writing standard I laid out here. Some entries take longer to research and add some cool audio/video contents. And I’ve known to spent hours on doing the needed research to write just one sentence with proper supports/grounds.

Take my yearly trip to report on the happenings at Banff World TV Festival and nextMEDIA (which I’ve tagged with “bwtvf-nextmedia”), it means driving for a few hours out to Banff and staying in Banff for a few nights to report. Of course, I enjoy every moment of it! Special moments like listening to Oscar winning writer/director Paul Haggis tell his chair story and how he broke into TV was priceless. And I had a ton of fun interviewing Ron Moore (Battlestar Galactica) and attending Doug Ellin (Entourage) insightful chat. Plus even doing some legislative reporting re Bill 44 with Minister Lindsay Blackett.

Another priceless bonus in my blogging is the many new friends I’ve made as a result. I have not had the pleasure to meet many of these blog/virtual friends yet. But I have talked to some over Skype/phone. And then some, through my work in interviewing them, have become closer friends.

Thanks to my blog friend Eva’s suggestion, I have created a video for this post. Allow me to sandwich the video between two quotes I love. I hope you will enjoy the short video and the quotes.

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” – George Bernard Shaw

“To me young has no meaning, it is something you can do nothing about. Nothing at all. But youth is a quality, and if you have it you never lose it.” — a comment made by Frank Lloyd Wright in an interview with Mike Wallace

Thanks a lot for your support for my first 3,000 entries and I look forward to your future support. As usual, feel free to leave your feedback/suggestions/ideas as comments or email me.

Have a great day! And here is my virtual high-five to you!

Go Canada Go !!!

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15,000 historical postcards for free (CC) thanks to U of Alberta

Tuesday, 5 January, 2010

Deer fawn - West Hawk Lake - Manitoba - Canada. - Prairie Postcards PC001724

Check out this collection of 15,000 free (under creative common license) historical postcards. Thanks to University of Alberta Libraries.

Electric storm - photographed midnight July 9.06, Edmonton, Alta.. [Edmonton: c1906. - Prairie Postcards PC006393


Spark: Two different looks at how to reclaim meaning in your work life

Monday, 4 January, 2010

Nora Young’s Spark 97 – Jan 3 & 5, 2010 online episode (runs 54:00 mp3) features interesting interviews with Seth Godin and Matthew B. Crawford.

You can download Seth’s free eBook “What Matters Now“.

[HT Wendy]


Open Yale courses

Wednesday, 16 December, 2009

I heard about Open Yale courses as a result of a blogger mentioning a course Econ 252 Financial Markets taught by Prof. Robert Shiller.

I got to know Prof. Shiller from his book “Irrational Exuberance” (in 2000) and the Case-Shiller index.

Many financial analysts and reporters love to share their hind-sight in explaining to us why things happen afterwards. Prof. Shiller is the rare type that twice manage to warn us of troubles to come.

There are 26 lectures in total. You can watch the lecture video or listen to the lecture mp3. For me, lectures and audio books great ways to pass time when I am driving or shovelling snow. :)

You can find more Open Yale courses. Or you can watch them on Yale YouTube channel. (Prof Shiller’s class on YouTube here.) If you find something interesting, please share them in the comment.

Hmmm, Frontiers of Biomedical Engineering with Professor W. Mark Saltzman sounds interesting.


Lawrence Lessig’s Last Speech on Free Culture

Tuesday, 8 December, 2009

Just finished watching RiP : A remix manifesto (a film from NFB), a documentary film made with open source and remixed work about copyright and remix culture.

The RiP DVD has a copy of speech that is available online and I highly recommend, Lawrence Lessig’s Last Speech on Free Culture (delivered in 2008).


Netflix Prize Winning Teams

Monday, 27 July, 2009

July 29, 2009 Update: Here is “The Ensemble“‘ team official account of their “Final Submission Countdown“. And I am giving up the dangerous business of predicting the winner of the million dollar prize. :)  I better let the people who pay that million decide. :)

Plus I am going to interview team members of “The Ensemble“‘ team and I want to hear from them first hand.

At the end of the day, as I wrote before, both BellKor’s Pragmatic Chaos and The Ensemble are winners to me. I will leave the money decision to Netflix. :)

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Notes & Corrections,

  • According to the Netflix Prize Rules, there is only a single one million dollar prize.
  • As announced by Netflix, “There are submissions from two teams that meet the minimum requirements for the Grand Prize. We are contacting the lead team and we will report, as soon as possible, when and if we have a verified winner for the Grand Prize.”
  • “BellKor’s Pragmatic Chaos” team has been contacted by Netflix and is presumed to be the winner upon verification by Netflix. (Sorry my mistakes to report “The Ensemble” team as the winner.)
  • Take a look of the post “By a nose… or is it a hair…” to read an official account of the BellKor’s Pragmatic Chaos team experience.

In some sense, both BellKor’s Pragmatic Chaos and The Ensemble are winners because both teams passed the seemingly impossible test of 10% improvement. And I know I have lots to learn from their experiences and insights.


Download this: LESSONS FROM THE IDENTITY TRAIL – Anonymity, Privacy and Identity in a Networked Society

Sunday, 19 April, 2009

You can download and read the following book here.

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LESSONS FROM THE IDENTITY TRAIL

Anonymity, Privacy and Identity in a Networked Society

Edited by:

Ian Kerr
Valerie Steeves
Carole Lucock

During the past decade, rapid developments in information and communications technology have transformed key social, commercial, and political realities. Within that same time period, working at something less than Internet speed, much of the academic and policy debate arising from these new and emerging technologies has been fragmented. There have been few examples of interdisciplinary dialogue about the importance and impact of anonymity and privacy in a networked society. Lessons from the Identity Trail: Anonymity, Privacy and Identity in a Networked Society fills that gap, and examines key questions about anonymity, privacy, and identity in an environment that increasingly automates the collection of personal information and relies upon surveillance to promote private and public sector goals.

This book has been informed by the results of a multi-million dollar research project that has brought together a distinguished array of philosophers, ethicists, feminists, cognitive scientists, lawyers, cryptographers, engineers, policy analysts, government policy makers, and privacy experts. Working collaboratively over a four-year period and participating in an iterative process designed to maximize the potential for interdisciplinary discussion and feedback through a series of workshops and peer review, the authors have integrated crucial public policy themes with the most recent research outcomes.

The book is available for download under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Canada License by chapter below. Hard copies are available for purchase at Amazon & at Oxford University Press.


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