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Meeting Barry Wellman

It's more than 15 years since I wrote the posts below, retrieved today because Barry Wellman isn't well. I had a conversation with his beloved wife Bev, who is at his side, and found myself wondering just when it was that we first met. To my astonishment I see that I recorded it - in a

By |2023-08-04T17:28:19-04:00May 19th, 2023|Berkshire Blog|0 Comments

Invented by machine?

When Robert Plotkin, our IP lawyer, came to my office and tried to explain this to me a few years ago, I got the gist but still found it hard to explain the concept to someone else. Now the book he came to get my advice about is a reality, and this review of The Genie

By |2009-07-08T16:14:38-04:00July 8th, 2009|Uncategorized|3 Comments

Real world commendations to Twitter

International news can seem unreal, disembodied, and that's so often the problem with online communications. But here's Twitter responding to the campaign to stop them doing maintenance tonight: Down Time Rescheduled A critical network upgrade must be performed to ensure continued operation of Twitter. In coordination with Twitter, our network host had planned this upgrade for

By |2009-06-15T19:15:59-04:00June 15th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Looking glass world, #iranelection

There are many extraordinary and important aspects of what is going on, online and off, in Iran and in coverage of the Iranian election. The most striking thing, though, is how differently things appear--because of the content itself and the way stories are told--when I flip between mainstream media and the interactive online world. My kids

By |2009-06-15T14:49:49-04:00June 15th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Debunking the “long tail”

It's not an attractive thing,  I-told-you-so-ism. And the joy of being proved right by an academic study ("and it took $100,000 to prove X Y or Z, when anyone with an ounce of common sense could have told you!") is usually dimmed by thinking about the good things one could have done with a similar amount

By |2016-09-21T11:37:32-04:00May 26th, 2009|Berkshire Blog|0 Comments

Self-respect online

I don't know what to think about all the middle-aged people, almost all men, who are great enthusiastists for iPhones and Twitter and Plaxo and LinkedIn and even Facebook. It's a little embarrassing, especially since middle age lasts a LONG time these days. Especially when I know what at least some kids think about it.  One

By |2009-05-20T18:52:37-04:00May 20th, 2009|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Twittering the Encyclopedia of China

My friend Isaac Mao suggested I make a special offer of the Berkshire Encyclopedia of China via Twitter. Dell is apparently doing this and, heck, what's to stop a tiny reference publisher from doing the same? Creating the first big general audience Encyclopedia of China to be outside China itself took so much chutzpah -- or

By |2023-05-31T13:44:55-04:00March 28th, 2009|Uncategorized|0 Comments gets new life, post-election

There's a new breeze blowing in the United States, and it is not just the chill winds of Wall Street and Detroit. A friend sent a message from a friend of hers in which he describes wanting to hang a flag or hear the song America the Beautiful. That kind of obvious patriotism is generally the

By |2008-11-18T15:51:05-05:00November 18th, 2008|Uncategorized|0 Comments


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