Xark began as a group blog in June 2005 but continues today as founder Dan Conover's primary blog-home. Posts by longtime Xark authors Janet Edens and John Sloop may also appear alongside Dan's here from time to time, depending on whatever.
As broadcast this morning on my way to work at 8am:
"The good news is that the air is barely moving, so we have no appreciable wind chill. The bad news is that it's currently negative seven degrees [Fahrenheit] without the wind chill."
Yeah, it's cold. We've barely gotten a break since the last Packer game when Fox demonstrated that even Alaska was appreciably warmer than Green Bay right now or, as our Chamber of Commerce president put it, gave the impression that we're within a dog-sled trip of the north pole.
The cold, on its own, really isn't the problem. People here apparently do know how to deal with cold. But without even the occasional warm day, the snow doesn't melt. The problems isn't heavy snowfalls, which we really haven't gotten a lot of, but rather snow accumulation. Of course the cities all plow the roads, but now they're having to plow the snow piles so we can see around corners. Heavy machinery and dump trucks started sneaking out about a week ago to start scooping the snow up and dumping it elsewhere. (I want to know where those dump sites are, and I want a sled.) They're having to dig out the fire hydrants. When I went voting Tuesday at the local high school, traversing it's driveways felt like doing the trench run in Star Wars. When an SUV ahead would turn a corner, it would immediately disappear from sight behind the snow piles.
I just published an enormous overview of my ideas about the future of media ("Foundations of 21st century journalism") over at my revived media blog. I'm rather appalled by how long it is (3,275 words), but it's a big topic. And I'm not writing for everyone.
Monoculture to ecosystem Structured and semi-structured data Scalability Open Source Informatics The Blur: News, information and advertising Newsbots and Intelligent Agents Multiple revenue streams and business models The Intelligence Briefing model Mainstream retrenchment Nichestreaming E Pluribus Unum Watchmen watchers Credibility grading Death of monopoly pricing and profits Game theory Social technology -- virtual and otherwise The Web is Local True Convergence Curating information New elites The Creative Middle Class Surplus people Yes, newspapers are going away
This was written for the students and faculty at the Journalism Department at the University of Mississippi, but you're all welcome to have your say.
Within the last two days, Lessig has put up a Lessig '08 site and announced that he's considering running for the Lantos seat. The Draft Lessig Facebook Group has -- at this hour -- grown to 3,395 members (up about 1,400 since earlier today), and in 48 hours of online-only fundraising has generated more than $20,000.
If you're serious about wanting to change not only the faces in Washington, but the way that Washington operates, please consider throwing your support behind Lessig and his Change Congress campaign (the bipartisan Change Congress campaign will continue regardless of Lessig's decision about his candidacy). Donate. Join. Volunteer. Digg.
No, I'm not a utopian. I was raised on a commune, so it's "been there, done that" when it comes to believing that a few simple changes will magically solve all the world's problems. But I'm not a cynic, either, and I'm not blind: Something amazing is happening RIGHT FUCKING NOW. It's political and it's cultural and it is coming out of US, unmediated by the unusual suspects.