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Links 1 through 10 of 23 by Joe Germuska tagged jon_udell

"You may sometimes regard much current online activity as fiddling while Rome burns. And I don't disagree. Amidst the general froth and frivolity, it can be hard to see the firefighters at work. But if you look carefully, you will find them. Here are three of my favorite examples…"

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'In one of the most striking moments in that talk, Carl says: "What can I change? Just me. For anything else, I send a message, I say please, and I hope for the best."

'Then he laughs and adds: "Does this sound like some circumstances you are familiar with?"

'Having thought deeply, for 40 years, about the intersection of computation and human affairs, he has arrived at an elegant synthesis: The same organizational and communication patterns govern both realms. As well they should, since the two are now and forever intertwingled.'

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"Like all complex systems, our civilization is buggy. We need many eyes to make the bugs shallow, and there all kinds of things that the brains behind those eyes can’t know a priori. But with the right kinds of mental prosthetics, we can learn rapidly and bootstrap ourselves into a position to reason effectively.

Data visualization is a crucially important mental prosthetic. But we’ve yet to evolve it much beyond the graphical equivalent of the wooden leg."

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"Back in 2005 I made a screencast that showed how the convergence of GPS and online mapping enables us to collectively annotate the planet. The Tracks4Africa folks have been doing that since 2000. On this week’s Innovators show, Johann Groenewald explains how some GPS enthusiasts who are passionate about exploring, documenting, and preserving Africa’s rural and remote “eco-destinations” have created an annotated map that travelers can use and enhance."

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"On the first turn of the crank, we’ll need to get to the point where a Net-savvy individual can do what I did in minutes not hours. On the second turn of the crank, we’ll need to deliver that capability into the hands of folks who aren’t freakishly Net-savvy. I really believe that’s possible, maybe even inevitable. But challenges remain."

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"Engelbart's vision: we need to create a shared information space that works like a planetary associative memory. Fifteen years ago that sounded fantastic. Today, if we look sideways at the web and squint, we can see the picture coming into focus."

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Jon Udell walks us through some interesting points in the evolution of Wikipedia's page on the "heavy metal umlaut" phenomenon.

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"Narrated animation is really the secret sauce. Analytical software, whether it’s Excel or something else, is necessary but not sufficient. The stories that people will understand, and remember, are the ones that have been performed well."

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"In my experience with RSI, doctors can’t help much. What’s required is realtime analysis and debugging of a complex system, on a continuous basis. The person best equipped to do that debugging is you, the owner, operator, and inhabitant of the system

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