Monthly Archives: July 2007

Adventures in agriculture

Berkshire County, Massachusetts, where I’ve lived since 1989, is farm country. The next town over from Lanesboro is Cheshire, MA, whose town center includes the Cheese Press Monument. The cast concrete cheese press is a reminder of the efforts of … Continue reading

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links for 2007-07-31

How Madison Avenue Is Wasting Millions on a Deserted Second Life Critical look at Second Life in terms of how many unique users are actually encountering expensive corporate-built properties in virtual worlds. Includes some discussion of Electric Sheep, Millions of … Continue reading

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Happy birthday, Doc!

Happy 60th birthday, Doc. (I think David Weinberger is on the right track when he suggests a set of Internet elders. I’d propose this could include people who’ve both reached a certain chronological age, as well as people who’ve exceeded, … Continue reading

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Face to face

A funny truth: the more interaction we have virtually, the more important it becomes to see people face to face. While Global Voices is a completely virtual organization, with no offices, no headquarters, no location other than that of our … Continue reading

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The 5-4-3 double play, or “The Art of Conference Blogging”

When I was about seven years old, my father taught me how to score a baseball game. We were probably in Florida, combining a trip to a spring training game with a visit to one of my grandmothers. He explained … Continue reading

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People I admire

My friend Henok Mehari has had a remarkable journey. A 14-year old in Ethiopia, his family fled the Ethiopia/Eritrea war and he found himself living in a refugee camp in northern Kenya. In 2004, he and his family had the … Continue reading

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links for 2007-07-27

GINKS – Home Great resource on ICT and development projects in Ghana (tags: development ghana ict4d opensource africa) ?venturecap: Researching Ways to Fund Great Companies in the Developing World: How a consulting firm became a venture capitalist Rob Tudhope and … Continue reading

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Book review. No, not THAT book.

Review: “Let Their People Come: Breaking the Gridlock On Global Labor Mobility”, Lant Pritchett. 2006, Center for Global Development. On Saturday, my house was silent, two armchairs occupied by women deep in concentration, rapidly working their way through the book … Continue reading

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links for 2007-07-26

Hummus brings Israelis, Palestinians to the table | The politics of hummus… (tags: israel palestine food politics) Worst story of 2007 on Africa ? The sub-Saharan African roundtable Blake Lambert offers his nominees for the worst “journalistic” stories on … Continue reading

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Finding my family history… on eBay

My family’s not very big on genealogy. I haven’t heard many stories about relatives who passed away before I was born. I dimly knew that my great-uncle Ben Zuckerman had been a succesful fashion designer, and that he was gay. … Continue reading

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