Archive for October, 2007

Because you’re mine, I walk the line

Conceptual artist Marcus Young has drawn a 2 mile line from the MCAD Gallery through Minneapolis to the Mississippi River.. The work of art is titled “From Here To There And Beyond”.  Click here to see a video of the line.

By following the line out of the MCAD Gallery, you’re confronted with questions such as: where am I going? How far is this line going to take me?  How far am I willing to go? Is this a path, an idea, a trail? His two mile line connects to the 2,300 mile line that is the Mississippi. 

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood, 
And sorry I could not travel both 
And be one traveler, long I stood 
And looked down one as far as I could 
To where it bent in the undergrowth; 

Then took the other, as just as fair, 
And having perhaps the better claim, 
Because it was grassy and wanted wear; 
Though as for that the passing there 
Had worn them really about the same,  

And both that morning equally lay 
In leaves no step had trodden black. 
Oh, I kept the first for another day! 
Yet knowing how way leads on to way, 
I doubted if I should ever come back.       

I shall be telling this with a sigh 
Somewhere ages and ages hence: 
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— 
I took the one less traveled by, 
And that has made all the difference. 

Robert Frost (1874–1963).  Mountain Interval.  1920

Senator On-line

In a bold move that would make The Wisdom of Crowds author proud, Australia is introducing an internet-based political party, Senator Online, whose votes are completely determined by the votes of the people.

From the site:

SOL is a not-for-profit Organisation.

SOL is Australia’s first internet based political party so the website will be crucial to SOL delivering on its promises. The current website is a pre-election site. The post-election site will be developed if a SOL candidate wins a seat in the Senate at the upcoming federal election. Senators elected at this time will first sit in the federal Parliament in July 2008. The post-election SOL website will be up and running before July 2008.

The SOL post-election website will provide:

  • Accurate information and balanced argument on each bill and important issues;
  • All those registered on the Australian Electoral roll and who have access to the Internet have the chance to have their say by voting on these bills and issues;
  • A tally of all on-line votes;
  • An easy and effective way to be directly involved in the political process.

It will certainly be interesting and enlightening to watch how this develops. Democracy may yet be saved!

Feeling Inadequate?

Just came across another video that drives home how little I know and how little I count.

Let me know what you think…

Show Me The Money!

Thanks to CNet’s Buzz Out Loud podcast (episode 578) for calling attention to politicalbase.com. In addition to being able to compare candidates on issues and participate in conversations, this party-neutral site also allows us to watch in real-time the results of the political fund-raising efforts of each candidate!

Here is a live graph showing the fund-raising for the top candidates in the 2008 Presidential election. And, State-by-State fund-raising leaders here.

Unfortunately, wordpress.com does not allow their blogs to embed the graphs offered by the site.

Hello Dave

hal.jpg hal.jpgJust what do you think you’re doing, Dave? Dave, I really think I’m entitled to an answer to that question.  I know everything hasn’t been quite right with me, but I can assure you now, very confidently, that it’s going to be all right again. I feel much better now. I really do. 

The Machine is Us/ing Us 

Matt H. posted a link this YouTube in the comments section of Democracy or Mob Rule?


But, I think it’s worth a thread of its own.  It was created by Michael Wesch, an anthropology professor at Kansas State Univeristy.  Using Tim O’Reilly’s analysis of what is Web 2.0, Wesch’s point is that the web is us.  

When we tag our posts we are teaching the machine to forge a link between words.  In other words we are teaching it an idea.  Think of the 100 billion times per day humans are clicking a web link – we’re teaching the machine. 

Are we the machine?

He’s gone but not forotten…

Thank you all for your letters of concern but we are hopeful that Dave K. has not passed away, gone missing in a Minneapolis airport bathroom, or been abducted by aliens!  We have received a coded message from him and believe that he is alive “Thought you might find this helpful…”  We have heard word through Halo 3 Xbox Live back channels that Dave K. has been spotted in Seasoned Gamers deathmatches.  Our source is sketchy so we’re hopeful but not certain.  Dave K. if you can hear us please send us another sign that you’re ok… remember your wife and child… come back to the “light” Dave K.


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