Monthly Archives: January 2008

Help, I’m surrounded by librarians. :-)

Have you seen that wonderful video that reports on the American Library Association’s annual conference as a nature video? The one that narrates the gathering of librarians as you might describe herds of bison or flocks of penguins? Yeah – … Continue reading

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links for 2008-01-29

:: Falconcity of Wonders (L.L.C) :: Perhaps the most absurd of all Dubai real estate projects, a walled city that includes larger than life replicas of the eiffel tower, the pyramid, the taj mahal… which has been remad into a … Continue reading

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Parag Khanna’s New World Order

Many Americans are praying that we’ll have a different place in the geopolitical order after the 2008 presidential elections. In

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BIL and TED, an excellent adventure

Late next month, I’ll head to Monterey, CA for the TED conference. The conference organizers were kind enough to invite me three years ago, and I evidently made them happy with my conference blogging, as they’ve invited me to three … Continue reading

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links for 2008-01-25

EveryBlock: A news feed for your block. EveryBlock is live, currently for Chicago, NYC and SF. A huge mashup of data from numerous sources, though lighter on the government info than I might have expected. Very much a model for … Continue reading

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Success. Success? Success.

Global Voices reached a totally arbitrary milestone recently – we broke into the top 100 blogs listed by Technorati. It’s very hard to tell what methodology Technorati uses to make this top 100 list – search for “” or “” … Continue reading

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links for 2008-01-24 – Privacy Policy Speech to text service focused on the podcast market, interesting for people who want to create transcripts from podcasts (tags: audio speechtotext transcription) CastingWords: Podcast Transcription Another transcription service focused specifically on podcasters (tags: audio podcast … Continue reading

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Viktor Bout, the icon for international black markets?

Remember that image of the polar bears trapped on shrinking ice floes? Yeah, that one. Or any of the hundreds of others that have been used to illustrate stories about global warming. Polar bears have evolved to swim long distances, … Continue reading

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5.4 million dead in Congo. Believe it or not, it could have been worse.

I was pleased to see this story about death tolls in the Democratic Republic of Congo on the first page of Reddit this morning. The story is, more or less, a press release from the International Rescue Committee, one of … Continue reading

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Fernando Rodrigues: Transparency and corruption in Brazil

Fernando Rodrigues is one of Brazil’s leading journalists, and an innovator in the field of unlocking public information. He writes for Folha de São Paulo, the largest paper in the country, and is currently serving as a Nieman fellow at … Continue reading

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