Typical Period 5 Ship

June 29, 2007

Typical Period 5 Ship

Originally uploaded by Dave Seah.
I’ve been thinking about doing a grid project featuring grid papers. These charming drawings by David Seah captures a childhood period. I’ve done some, perhaps we all have drawn these space crafts. Although mine are not organized into folders. Thus they are lost, completely gone. Grid papers are good for making Dungeon and Dragons campaign maps. I have a few done in gawdy markers, pencil, and ink. Looking at them elicits this sort of gut response:
Oh wow – I used to draw spaceships all the time (when I wasn’t drawing dragons). This brings back memories – and also has me wanting to track down some of those old sketches.-Anton Peck

David mentions Star Cruiser Yamato (Star Blazers here in the US) as on of the influence. I’m reminded of Starcraft’s Battleship Cruisers with the Yamato Cannon.

It seems Mr. Seah has gone back to the memory bank of the past and re capturing them in a series of two projects. First is the spaceship drawings (http://davidseah.com/archives/2004/09/03/ships/) and second is the Modern Day Spell book. The Spell book is David’s personal scripts for computer games. He has taken the time to re copy some of these into a new notebook. I’m interested in the particular notebook that he uses: http://davidseah.com/archives/2007/06/21/modern-spellbooks/

What can we learn from this? Well organized files help preserve valuable paper. There is a connection, for some, between the old notebook, lost or given away, and the need to recreate them. I’m thinking about copying some of my found quotes from an old book into the new book.

The Seed Project

June 29, 2007

Rebecca Bluebird send me this email. It involves Flickr!

The Seed Project is a global environmental installation where people from all over the world are planting seeds. Seed Planters will be encouraged to create Flickr accounts and network with each other. The goals is for the network to expand, creating the world’s largest art collective.

Seed Project Instructions
Artists will be encouraged to collaborate, form art groups and participate on future projects separate from the Seed Collective.


You Me and Ducce’pre

June 28, 2007

(A tribute to Glen Gould….and Owen Wilson)

Ly:  Gentlemen, the reason I asked you here for this meeting is because, well frankly we haven’t been doing so well.  I was there yesterday at the Cyrus’s Interview with Alexander Rose.  Now that’s how an interview should have been conducted.

Lex:  My God, it’s the middle of the night. Couldn’t we do this another time?

Ducce:  I hear that brother.  I was there.

Ly:  Lex, first of all you are lazy in your typing and I have to correct and heavily edit all of your peculiar short hand writings.  And not to mention that you lost all of the transcription and had to get the whole interview from the interviewee.  Frankly, that’s just unprofessional!

Lex:  You try to be embedded in Google Chat.  It’s not the most comfortable of accommodations. 

Ly:  Lex, what was with the Cyrus interview.  You jump in there unprepared.  You didn’t know one thing about the Long Now foundation.  You annoy our friends and you are disrespectful to them.

Lex:  Okay, you may be right about that.  I thought it was a group for Long Bow enthusiast.  You know, deer hunters.

Ducce:  Can I be dismissed?

Ly:  Ducce, I don’t know where to start with you.  Your potty mouth and/or your arrogance.  Your rap song garners no fan.  Frankly, you are scattered and your grammar stinks.  You tried the patiences of a staint.  You insult corporations and I could go on and on.  You antics have become tiredsome.

Lex:  Alright….now can we all get some shut eye?

Ly:  Agreed, boys shape up.  Frankly, I haven’t the time to edit all of your sophomoric scribbles.

Ducce:  Ly, you’re moronic!

Ly:  Dismissed.

rrasmussen teleported me to an interview. Watch the video here.

Photograph of Austin Ellison and Ducce Lykin in the audience.

Photograph of Cyrus and Alexander.
I’m listening to an interview in Second Life about Long Now Foundation…Here’s a small excerpt:

[14:47] You: yes
[14:47] Alexander Rose: The Long Now Foundation was started in 01996 by Danny Hillis (super computer designer) and Stewart Brand (creator of the Whole Earth Catalog) as an incubator for projects that might increase cultural attention span. It started when Danny told Stewart about his idea for large very slow clock that could be an icon for long term thinking. Stewart added the notion of a library, or long term information service that could help a culture remember its past.
[14:48] Cyrus Huffhines: yes!
[14:48] Kithrin Yalin is Offline
[14:48] Cyrus Huffhines: So is 77 Million Paintings, from its inception, another way to increase the cultural attention span?
[14:49] Alexander Rose: actually I have found Brian’s email about this which I will share here…
[14:50] Alexander Rose: “it’s about time and about stretching one’s sense of now. That’s why I keep sending these things to the Long Nowists: I’m sure there’s a connection between what I’m doing here and what we as a group are trying to achieve….”
[14:50] Alexander Rose: This was in response to another board member (Kevin Kelly” asking about its altar like form that it was presented in at the Venice Biennialle
[14:51] Alexander Rose: “And it does function as an altar – not so much because it’s a cross but because it induces the state of surrender which religious experience can also induce. I said rather flippantly during my press conference in Venice that perhaps this could be thought of as religion without God, but now I’m starting to think I may be on to something there.” Brian Eno
[14:51] Cyrus Huffhines: we will hunt images for the transcript
[14:52] Cyrus Huffhines: You mention the religious aspect, and it reminds me of the fact that Long Now by its very nature must extend beyond our own lifetimes
[14:52] Kithrin Yalin is Online
[14:53] Alexander Rose: yes but we have certainly made a conscious choice to not be a religion

[14:54] Alexander Rose: But we have a set guidelines that were designed specially around how to be long lived. Things like “take no sides”
[14:54] Alexander Rose: “ally with competition” is another very important one
[14:54] Cyrus Huffhines: yes
[14:55] Cyrus Huffhines: You once mentioned, I think after you finished the first prototype, that clocks and clock prototypes would continue to be created long after you were gone. The scale of the entire thing is so enormous.
[14:56] Cyrus Huffhines: and then with 77 Million, to watch all the permutations and variations it would take, at top speed, something like 9,000 years
[14:56] Cyrus Huffhines: so how do you reconcile work at such a huge scale with working in the here and now
[14:56] Alexander Rose: Well we certainly have dealines too…
[14:57] Cyrus Huffhines: lol
[14:57] Alexander Rose: We are a group of people that are very deep in technology. This is very much not about ignoring or rebelling against speed or tech.
[14:58] Cyrus Huffhines: told by Danny, right? can you tell it?
[14:58] Alexander Rose: Its more about finding some of the issues that are more necessarily long term
[14:58] Cyrus Huffhines: (board member Danny Hillis)
[14:58] Alexander Rose: The hall there was built in the 1300’s when it was the “new college”
[14:59] Alexander Rose: 50 years later when they needed to replace the beams they could not buy them readily in Europe anymore
[14:59] Alexander Rose: The story of the beams at New College Oxford is one of the best examples…
[14:59] Alexander Rose: However when they talked to the school forrester, he said “we have teh tree you planted”
[14:59] Alexander Rose: The trees I meants
[15:00] Alexander Rose: So they were able to replace these beams with the trees that were planted 500 years before
[15:00] Alexander Rose: It was this type of thinking that our founding board felt was not happenning anymore
[15:01] Alexander Rose: Something as simple as throwing down some acorns, solving a truly unsolvable problem if leveraged correctly
[15:01] Alexander Rose: So problems with the environment, hunger, education all have this feeling of being unsolvable now
[15:01] Alexander Rose: But in fact if you look at them much longer term they can become tractable
[15:02] Alexander Rose: anyway that was the basic inspiration around the Foundation.

[15:19] Alexander Rose: or there yes
[15:19] Inigo Kamachi: Can I ask a specific question about 77 million paintings in SL?
[15:19] Cyrus Huffhines: question from aisling sinclair: question for alexander rose: his ideas on what may be the most significant contributions to mechanical engineering and/or design in the next century? also, does he see possibilities for breakthroughs in bionics any time soon? thanks 🙂
[15:19] Alexander Rose: you bet, Angry Beth is here who did all the amazing work on it
[15:20] Inigo Kamachi: I only found this meeting by accident. How was I supposed to find out about it?
[15:20] Alexander Rose: Sorry we have two questions going on. Lets start with the one about 77 mIllion….
[15:20] Cyrus Huffhines: Angrybeth’s work is really briliiant and coming out on Friday, right here at 8pm
[15:21] Alexander Rose: I saw a preview yesterday and the work that she did as well as the others she worked with was really stunning
[15:21] Shy Ling is Offline
[15:21] Cyrus Huffhines: :O yeah it was
[15:21] Inigo Kamachi: OK, thank you. But having joined Long Now in SL, should I have seen info some how? I am new to SL, so maybe stupid question.
[15:21] Alexander Rose: Okay so I guess I should take the question about mechanics
[15:22] Cyrus Huffhines: go for it
[15:22] Alexander Rose: Re reading the question I am not sure I am too qualified to answer about the most significant mechanical advances and bionics…
[15:23] Jamesf991 Flanagan is Online
[15:23] Alexander Rose: But I would say that the advances in the intense miniaturization of components
[15:23] Alexander Rose: MEMS machining etc I think will be making machinery possible that will seem like magic to us now
[15:24] Alexander Rose: I would also say that the solid state developments in nitonol wire, piezzo electronics etc will also be very important
[15:24] Alexander Rose: anything else?
[15:25] Cyrus Huffhines: any more questions?

[15:31] Alexander Rose: So he has made the images open basically
[15:32] You: I haven’t seen the images yet but I wonder how it relates to his music.
[15:32] Alexander Rose: And I think this has interesting ramifications in a generative world like SL.
[15:32] Cyrus Huffhines nods
[15:32] Leece Xi is Online
[15:33] Alexander Rose: The images that the system starts with the generate the ‘paintings’ are a collection from over 30 years of his experience.
[15:33] Yngwie Krogstad: So is there any effort to get the people making TV’s to adopt this and make their TV’s more visually appealing? If a script could be added to them to create randomly changing textures on the screen when it’s not turned on, for example, they wouldn’t be just a plain static texture. Or even get them just to put in a painting instead of a black screen or a logo like JZ or CC on them.
[15:33] Alexander Rose: He very much thinks of colors and images in relation to his music and i defiantely feel that this work shows that.
[15:34] Alexander Rose: THere is also generative music that is part of the DVD that works in concert with the piece.
[15:34] You: That’s what I thought.
[15:34] Alexander Rose: There is no effort like that to my knowledge.

[15:36] Alexander Rose: Indeed. I dont have TV in the broadcast sense at my house, just a mac mini and monitor.
[15:36] Veritas Variscan: throught the HDTV
[15:36] Veritas Variscan: mmm
[15:36] Cyrus Huffhines: rtisan Hawks: With the long now way of thinking isnt SL almost too hear and now, for a large part of the people that are here, how do you plan for a long view in SL?
[15:36] Alexander Rose: I dont think we have to necessarily
[15:37] Alexander Rose: This is as much about the present as the past and future…
[15:37] Alexander Rose: I had a researcher from IBM India looking at one of the earliest clock prototypes. He listened through my whole demo and then said “in 3000 years they will be sacrificing virgins on this thing and all the blood and sinew will screw it all up”. I responded that while that may be true, before he looked at the Clock he likely had not thought about what our world would be like 3000 years from now… So in that respect it is already working.
[15:38] Artisan Hawks: lol
[15:38] Alexander Rose: So basically by simply changing the conversation, having the one we are having now, we succeed
[15:38] Artisan Hawks: interesting
[15:38] You: 🙂
[15:38] Rhiannon Chatnoir: even if the space fosters the thought of future then it is valuable
[15:38] Alexander Rose: yes.
[15:39] Alexander Rose: I feel as though we passed a question back there somewhere…

[15:46] Alexander Rose: Tell em more about recreating history?
[15:46] Cyrus Huffhines: word.
[15:46] Alexander Rose: Vertias>
[15:46] Veritas Variscan: Models can be created here
[15:47] Yngwie Krogstad: For clarification, my concern is that people are looking too short-term and thinking that the sky is falling, when it’s been thorougly shown that the Earth goes through constant cycles of warming and cooling. The Earth lives in millenia, but I see too many scientists and other public figures thinking much shorter than that, and I wonder just how big a problem this is in the long view.
[15:47] Veritas Variscan: Sims devoted to human history have alread y been created extensively
[15:47] Veritas Variscan: mathematical models, weather simulations, all these things can also be done here in SL
[15:47] Veritas Variscan: government is already doing simulations here
[15:48] Alexander Rose: Over the long view we know its changing no matter what. So preparing for it cant be a bad thing. We have two threads here. let me answer Veritas’ question.
[15:48] Veritas Variscan: comparisons can be drawn, analogous phenomenon
[15:48] Veritas Variscan: sorry
[15:48] Alexander Rose: No I am interested in this.
[15:48] Artisan Hawks: The media has a large part of contributing to a short view of things, does long now address this issue at all?
[15:48] Veritas Variscan: (I get all excited)

[15:49] Alexander Rose: I am basically pretty new to SL so learning about the simulation stuff is very cool. I think it has large potential for helping people understand long Term issues. Regarding Hawks question…
[15:50] Alexander Rose: I agree that the media really makes us feel as though we cant pay attnetion to things more long term.

[15:51] Alexander Rose: However examples of pieces done by media outlets supported by listeners like NPR etc show that there is interest for a deeper understanding.
[15:52] Alexander Rose: We now have the opportunity to choose our media more broadly than ever before and I think that will also increase squeezing out a lot of what we see today.
[15:52] Alexander Rose: If that is all, I will be signing off. But I really want to thank Cyrus and AngryBeth and Artisan Hawks for all their amazing and hard work on this. Also all the hosts of the sims. They deserve a round of applause.
[15:52] Yngwie Krogstad: That sounds like a positive thing. Lots of major media outlets seem to thrive on crises, and if they can’t find a crisis, they have to invent one. They seem to believe the money is in playing Chicken Little.
[15:53] Frans Charming applauds
[15:53] Xantherus Halberd applauds
[15:53] Yngwie Krogstad applauds
[15:53] Veritas Variscan applauds.
[15:53] Xantherus Halberd: w00t!!!
[15:53] Alexander Rose: applause!



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Jennifer has several blogs, one of them is Lifemuncher (there’s a link in the blog roll). I’ve always admired her writing and sense of organizational style. If you haven’t look, take a gander. I sent out my not always reliable but Google-ly embedded reporter Lex to have a interview and chat with the lovely and organized mademoiselle George. It seems they talked about toys, gtd, and paper. Lex had a bit of technical difficulty in transcribing the interview. Jennifer had to send the text archived in the chat. ‘me’ is Jennifer. and ‘Lex’ is lex.

10:43 AM Lex: well hellow gennifer george 🙂
10:44 AM me: hey man
10:45 AM Lex: hehe what up
me: just readin blogs
10:46 AM Lex: aha i see…so david allen’s second book is not as good is it?
10:48 AM me: nah. much more new-agey and really scattered
10:49 AM Lex: that’s what i thought.
i’m running out of ideas on what to blog …how about u?
10:50 AM me: i have ideas. i’m just too lazy to write them
Lex: yeah i write a bunch but the same post gets read not new stuff.  What’s ur idea?
me: one is that i want to write a summary post about ready for anything…
but i’d rather take a nap
Lex: haha:)…why do i think of connie chung
when i see claspin’walnuts.
  Hey, i have an idea…i can do an interview on you! Ahem…this is Lex here…google embedded reporter for the daily news..I got my circa hipster and a truely crazy writer….
me: pleasure to be here lex
Lex: what is life munching any way?
and what’s the deal with claspin’walnut? care to explain?
me: claspingwalnut was a randomly generated user name that was suggested to me one time by yahoo. i liked it and kept it. it has
a certain threatening quality that i enjoy.

Lex: oh i think so
me: lifemuncher was a play on lifehacker. it makes me think of silly
childish insults like “buttmunch” and i’m silly and childish, so it fits
Lex: a strength of an ox…haha I think that fits…although I was thinking of something else….but never mind.                                                                     me: yeah, that too
Lex: aha so ur a gtd gal…..
me: i love organizing things, so gtd is right up my alley
Lex: aha so it’s a life hack for everyone…hm so do you remember how
you first heard of gtd?
me: we actually had the seminar at work, from the david allen company people themselves. i loved it and immediately went home and
organized all my files
. Then i read the book, and found all the productivity bloggers, and got immersed in the gtd world.
Lex: about how long ago was that?
me: i think it was about a year and a half ago
Lex: so ur kinda like Monica on Friends
11:02 AM are you like her in other ways?
me: no, i like creating systems and organizing, but i’m not so good
at maintaining them. monica’s much neater than me 11:03 AM i’ve always been pretty organized though. the problem is i don’t stick to any system for long. i just like thinking about different ways to do things
Lex: Hm…is there an easy way to save chat besides copy and paste…I ask since ur a google expert too. Yeah i think i’m the same way
me: you can tell google to archive all your chats in the settings
Lex: I was a Franklin Covey guy before … how about u?
me: i think a lot of the gtd bloggers are the same way
11:05 AM i was really into daytimer for a long itme
Lex: What about this interview now…
me: i think you’ll have to copy and paste
if you’re not already archiving
Lex: oh shoot….I need to change the setting
me: daytimer taught me the value of taking notes during the day and
having everything in one place
Lex: I didn’t use daytimmer…
me: it’s pretty much the same as franklin covey organizer-wise.  I’ve never read 7 habits. should i?
Lex: Hm..I haven’t read the 7 habits either. And I never did
the mission statement and role defining. I think it’s a good book to

me: how’s second life?
Lex: I just got tired of transferring task from day to day  Second Life is fun. I got into it because of friend…Austin… and
Snow Crash. we both read that book….What do you think about Snow crash?
me: i love that book. i think it was very prescient about the future, don’t you? you should read diamond age too
Lex: totally prophetic and perceptive about the future
me: i’ve been trying to read the baroque cycle, but it’s soooo long
Lex: I think you would enjoy second life
me: i can’t decide if i would like it
Lex: have you seen Neal Stephen’s website?
me: not in a while…cryptonomicon is great too
Lex: He has a picture of a stack of paper about 4′ -5′
high….He hand wrote most of it. And he used such expensive fountain pens…
me: do you have just piles and piles of notebooks?
Lex: hm…Yes I do…they are like museum pieces…
some I use for reference.  I would like to hack them and combine them into hybred notebooks but sometimes people will ask me about this and that notebook and I have to answer.  I saved the model number sometimes because it comes in handy. You never know when you’ll need a certain scrap of paper. I push these notebooks to my family and friends in real life too:)  Do you know of Jonathan safron froer?
me: sounds familiar… from where?
Lex: He’s an author of everything is illuminated…well he
saves blank paper…he collects black papers from famous writers 11:18 AM I believe he frames them up on his walls. If i’m more organized and have a place I would have a note book museum:)
me: I’d love to visit. there’s something about notebooks that is so intriguing, so much potential
Lex: yeah…and also the fear and obligations to fill it…believe me there can be actual confusion and hesitation in choosing
which one to use at what time.
  What do you think is intriguing?
me: i always imagine that i will write lots of cool stuff and fill
them up with great memories, but then when i stare at a blank page i
can’t think of anything to say
.  So i just start writing down anything that comes to mind. i always wanted to keep a regular journal, but it’s taken me years to get into the habit. it’s scary
Lex: Why is it scary? are you affraid that others will look into it?me: that’s part of it. i think i’ve always been disappointed in what i write
Lex: I think you got the sense of what Froer was talking about…as a
writer you must conquer the blank page
me: it’s never as good as i think it will be.  I bought “the war of art” have you read it?
Lex: No….tell me about it.
me: it was recommended by Merlin Mann. the subtitle is “break
through the blocks and win your inner creative battles”. it’s about internal obstacles to success “an inspirational, funny, well-aimed kick in the pants guaranteed to galvanize every would-be artist, visionary, or entrepreneur.”
Lex: I do find that bloggin helps writing …what do you think?
me: definitely! especially when people actually seem to like
what you write. gives you confidence
Lex: well….yeah but I think it’s more then that….it’s just different from writing journal alone.  like you say…it’s a blank page and hard to approach.
me: you have to be in the mood
Lex: what’s your fascination with toys?
me: i really don’t know. i think there’s something in the vinyl that
messes with your mind
Lex: haha…
You have a strange fascination with paper and vinyl
11:32 AM me: i do
Lex: maybe it’s the scent
me: could be…
Lex: have you try to combine these two together?
me: sort of i guess. i have an extensive collection of header
cards and stickers related to the toys and the toy artists
Lex: so you are keeping your child alive….that wonderment?
that inner child
me: i guess
Lex: (man…this copy and paste is going to drive me nuts)..
hm I have to go soon…any last words of wisdom?
me: may shai hulud protect your water or something like that
Lex: Any parts that you want to ommit?…lol…i like that
me: no i’m cool
Lex: may you have a good Tau.
btw i got kicked out of Dune
me: oh dear
Lex: see you can be in second life and join the Black sun
metaverse…or go to hogwarts…or mist of avalon…or be a furry. You would enjoy Dune
I bet you can make an avatar like one of your toy…so you
can bring it to life maybe? just a crazy idea
me: i’ve always suspected that i was a bene gesserit
Lex: I think that you are…give me the gom jabbar…11:39 AM I need to brush up on my duneology and maybe we can role play.  It’s been an enjoyable chat/interview to probe the mind of the claspin…mind munching georgie girl.  oh shoot i think i lost the whole thing
where is the chat?
me: i can send it to you if you want
Lex: That would be nice…
me: just a sec
Lex: okay

Jennifer: just a secLex: okayI’ll edit some and then post it :)Jennifer: it’s on its wayLex: thanks…did you have fun?Jennifer: sure! thanks for chattingywttyl


Tchai Journal

June 25, 2007

is here


I got to know of Tschai’s journal a while back when she posted a comment on an Epica post that I did here. Then I find her on Flickr. She had mention that she would be making journals and selling them on line. Tschai decided to set up shop on Etsy. Http://www.papersandtschai.etsy.com

Reading through her profile, I find that Tschai is also an architect. We have a lot of things in common. The notebook above has traveled all the way from the Philippines. I will treasure this exquisite gem of a notebook. It is smaller then a Moleskine pocket size book. Slightly smaller then the 3×5 index card, approx 3×4. It’s just a precious piece of small jewel. If I open up a notebook museum, this would be the crown jewel. I also found out that it’s a one of a kind original. I’ve never have an original notebook before. This is a first. Tschai’s notebooks have been feature on Armand’s Notebookism: https://ducly.wordpress.com/2007/04/02/040207/


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[9:36] Austin Ellison: I’m interested to see how Microsoft’s coverage of Wimbledon will work in SL.

[9:36] You: really

[9:36] You: how

[9:37] You: give me the landmarks please.

[9:37] Austin Ellison: 😉 I think Allison wants to play 😉 – I’ll grab a link – one moment

[9:37] You: k

[9:37] You: *throws Allison a bone

[9:37] You: Well I will have to get my tennis whites on

[9:38] Allison Jonze gnaws on the bone

[9:38] You: *pets dragon

[9:38] You: Allison I can’t remember when I saw you as a human.

[9:39] Austin Ellison: I think big blue is keeping the build location a secret for now.

[9:40] You: ha-ha

[9:40] You: lovely

[9:41] You: I use to have a flaming wall.

[9:42] You: Do you have any other Avies?

[9:46] Austin Ellison: No, just Austin Ellison. (So if you want to publish anything, just ask. 😉 )

[9:48] You: btw I saw what you wrote about ten faces on Stephen’s blog.

[9:48] You: I always wonder why you don’t write like that in your own blog.

[9:49] Austin Ellison: Just remember, not many of your readers understand what an avie [avie is an Avatar] is, let alone that there can be a separate ‘personality’ attributed to that avie. 😉

[9:49] Austin Ellison: Thank you.

[9:49] You: or maybe it’s because when people asks in form of an interview or questions…our writing response becomes better?

[9:50] Austin Ellison: I walk an odd line with how I use Collaborative Ideation. I want to keep it entertaining, but I ‘do’ represent Levenger to an extent with what I write.

[9:50] Austin Ellison: I often try to avoid anything that appears too commercial.

[9:50] You: Yes … I think that is your fear to appear too commercial…

[9:51] You: and I think it holds up some of the writing.

[9:51] Austin Ellison: There are times where I am really excited about a new product or find a large discount on an item others have expressed an interest in, but I do not post such content as it would appear to anyone unfamiliar with my work, as an advertisement.

[9:51] You: in a way it’s a sort of censoring of one self?

[9:51] You: I would agree.

[9:51] You: that’s where people like me come in 🙂

[9:52] You: to bring that sort of good news to the consumers.

[9:52] Austin Ellison: 😉 With your outside perspective, you can offer an opinion about what I write that feels more objective.

[9:52] You: I see.

[9:53] You: but some times I hold my tongue.

[9:53] You: because I know they are free samples.

[9:53] You: and I edit my opinion too much.

[9:53] You: I try to find a ground where products try to work together if I can.

[9:54] Austin Ellison: I’m thankful for the work you do, with the entire notebook community. I realized a few months ago that the social media experiment I’m running is less about the ‘kind’ of notebook used, but about the creativity and “fast-prototyping” of the community that helps us learn together.

[9:54] You: and I think that’s the most fun …to be creative with the good.

[9:54] You: thank you…I sometimes don’t know what I’m doing…I simple play on a hunch and experiment like you.

[9:54] Austin Ellison: Your voice is certainly being broadcast out there to businesses. You’re doing a great job.

[9:55] You: you have an input and support have help.

[9:55] You: and it seems each blog links me to a new connection.

[9:55] You: from Levenger I found out about Tom Kelley

[9:55] You: and then to snow crash to SL

[9:56] You: I wonder if it’s like that for you?


[9:57] Austin Ellison: There are a small group of influencers managing content. Following the web, or clusters, is what can lead to hive research. (Or lots of wasted time.) 😉

[9:58] Austin Ellison: Learning takes on an entirely new operation with collective content intelligence (web 2.0)

[9:58] You: hm…Hive research

[9:58] You: good analogy…we are like worker bees.

[9:59] Austin Ellison: Try creating a feed from a del.icio.us search for some topic or group of words like “SL+library”. You will benefit from the research of everyone else, and as you bookmark your own sites, give back to that effort.

[10:00] You: I see

[10:00] You: I’ve always wonder why you don’t use del.icio.us?

[10:00] Austin Ellison: This is where I step off to some proverbial lectern and begin speaking about emergent communication technology. …..Rather see the space station?

[10:00] You: Or why you choose Tumblr?

[10:01] You: fine with me…do your lectern

[10:01] Austin Ellison: (I find ma.gnolia.com to be much better. It is the blogroll on the right of the tumblr page.)

[10:02] You: Tell us about what you think is the emergent communication tech.

[10:02] Austin Ellison: Further, the guys behind Tumblr have some bright potential. I think there should be some great improvements to the platform in the next few months. It is very “mash” able

[10:03] You: aha I see…delicious had become too commercial maybe.

[10:03] Austin Ellison: A great place to learn about emergent communication is Alex Pang’s EndOfCyberspace blog.

[10:04] You: I see… how did you find his blog?

[10:05] Austin Ellison: He works with a few other researchers from Palo Alto. It was only by chance that I learned of his upcoming book. I had read his entries on Future Now for quite awhile.

[10:06] You: I see….it’s all overwhelming sometimes to keep up with.

[10:06] Austin Ellison: I’m not going anywhere. 😉

[10:06] You: You were talking about Avies earlier.

[10:06] You: what is your explanation.

[10:08] Austin Ellison: Yes. I wanted to mention that sometimes the concepts that you and I have already grasped in regards to dividing selves into SL-Avie, RL, RL on the phone, RL instant messaging, etc, aren’t easily understandably to an audience unless they have experienced them first-hand.

[10:10] Austin Ellison: SL is actually pretty foreign to some. Perhaps you should create an objective, or mission, for Ducce as Duc. Something to help distinguish the personalities while adding a purpose like, “the web 3.d explorer”.

[10:10] Austin Ellison: I bet your fans would find that exciting.

[10:11] You: I think so…(Duc looks around…What fan?)

[10:11] You: I didn’t think anyone reads those things.

[10:11] Austin Ellison: …or “ace reporter from the metaverse” 😉

[10:11] You: but one woman got out of character to chide me on my bad grammar.

[10:11] Austin Ellison: 😉

[10:12] You: Ducce’s personality arrives as he went, a sort of fool misfit.

[10:12] You: I even had to make corrections to make her happy.

[10:13] You: She is a furry in SL. I know some people only exist as furies on here.

[10:13] Austin Ellison: I grasped that on your first post. (Especially when Ducce called Duc an XXX) 😉 But I bet you thoroughly confused a few readers

[10:13] You: and good…

[10:14] You: I think some people are so serious with their blogs

[10:14] Austin Ellison: 😉 Yeah, I agree.

[10:14] You: that’s why I like to read the humorous Steve on DIYplanner.

[10:14] Victoria Trenchard is Online

[10:15] You: What do you think about trying to appear like your real life self on SL?

[10:16] You: I’m thinking I would like to do that but I don’t know how yet.

[10:16] Austin Ellison: I ‘read into’ things a great deal. Further, I felt it would help me to remain focused on my objectives and keep accountable for my actions.

[10:17] Austin Ellison: A fountain pen network member was in Chicago last Friday. He recognized me by my avatar. I was quite impressed.

[10:17] You: 🙂

[10:18] Austin Ellison: -just add a suit and tie.

[10:18] You: I did see your Youtube demonstration of the Aaron Chair

[10:18] You: I must say there is a resemblance.

[10:19] Austin Ellison: Have you seen the station?

[10:19] You: No….I do like the Circa ‘salad’ bar.

[10:19] You: Perfect cross pollination there!

[10:19] You: It’s design experience in action.

[10:19] Austin Ellison: …oh ….. 😉 I’m having a heck of a time trying to figure out how to promote this thing.

[10:20] You: The gadget station?

[10:20] Austin Ellison: It’s funny how a difficult advertising ‘free’ notebook is. (What’s the catch? the predominant response.)

[10:20] Austin Ellison: -no the space station – SL

[10:21] You: oh *Ducce perks up* free?

[10:21] You: I haven’t seen the space station.

[10:22] Austin Ellison: *this is where I sound like a commercial* Anyone that enters a Levenger retail store, can receive a free, custom, Circa notebook. We build a sample with the kind of pages they want to try. The idea behind it, obviously, is that we want to get people excited about the personalization potential of the system.

[10:24] Austin Ellison: Anyway,…that is what those video prototypes are about. We are developing some method for letting customers know about it that doesn’t seem too “cheeky”. A series of videos shot within the actual stores seemed the right blend of authenticism.

[10:24] You: Oh…I would put on a different mask and appear with a different accent so I can get it all…hehe

[10:24] Austin Ellison: 😉

[10:25] Austin Ellison: To the space station? (I thought it would be a good photo op in the cockpit before launch

[10:25] You: good idea