Info-debris on the last day of my Knight Center fellowship...
GEEK FANBOY NO. 1: What does it say about the state of my life that I've met numerous newsmakers and never asked for an autograph, but after Craig Newmark's talk yesterday I went up and stuck out a Sharpie and a notepad?
Newmark, by the way, signed it with his first name and e-mail address.
GEEK FANBOY NO. 2: When I asked Dan Gillmor to sign a copy of "We The Media" on Wednesday, he wrote:
We'll figure this
out together in
Which is fine, I guess, but if I were Dan Gillmor, I'd sign books this way:
You know more
than I do.
This is because Gillmor's statement "My readers know more than I do" has become his version of "If you're shipping international, you gotta use FedEx." It's all anybody ever quotes him as saying, and he says it all the time. I mean, the guy's a newspaper columnist whose first cit-J just tanked, but he's landing soft with joint sponsorship from UC Berkeley and Harvard for a cit-J think tank. Which I guess means he'll be saying "My readers know more than I do" over a lot of rubber chicken.
DAVE SLUSHER SPECIAL: Hey Dave, I talked to this guy after Newmark's thing. He's trying to connect e-waste to the people who could use it. Very much that conversation we had walking back from the bar in Greensboro back in October. Sounded very Uplifterish in his orientation.