Friday, November 02, 2007

The Friday Roundup - Are We Living in the Future or What?

So many cool things are happening, it is hard to keep up with them all! Here is what has caught my attention this week:

  • Steve Matthews has put together a sample site pulling together those Canadian legal publisher new title feeds over at For information on how he did it, read the About page. Steve is looking for feedback on how to make it better. We are discussing at least one issue over on the About page (comments at the bottom). Please weigh in on what you would like to see!

  • Joel Alleyne waxes poetic about the book Everything is Miscellaneous over at SLAW under the guise of his new column Extreme KM.
    At first glance, many of the things that David proposes seem like heresy; but dig deep, and you will find there is much of substance in the way he sees things. This is an excellent book. If you haven’t read this book yet, I highly recommend it. It will challenge your thinking about what is possible as we move KM forward.

  • Inspired by Joel's write-up, Ted Tjaden read the book immediately and posted a response, also on SLAW. He agrees it is a "must-read" book. I am hereby adding it to my list!

  • A new pay-by-cell phone trial has been launched in Canada. A video was released yesterday to CNW with spokesdiva Anne Koski talking about RBC's new program with VISA. Instead of putting a chip into a card and using the card to make a payment, they are putting the chip into a cell phone so you can use that to make payment. There is a demo of it toward the end of the video. Are we living in the future or what?

  • My friends Shadow and James have started up a new "couple cast" (podcast with a couple talking) called, oddly enough, The Shadow and James Show. James has lots of podcasting experience and so it is exciting to see them working together on this project for fun. They are using their Second Life names for this show (SL is where they met!) so I'm not sure if they want me to reveal their real names.

  • Wayne MacPhail has always done things a little differently. First he was in the news business, then he jumped to podcasting (well, there may have been a few transitional steps in there), he became a Second Life expert, then a social media guru over at Now, just for kicks, he finally starts up his own blog. Called Interstitial Packrating he has a few bits and bobs here and there, still working on finding a voice I think. I'm hoping at some point he will explain the blog title and it will all fall into place. Wayne is very smart, creative and versatile. Welcome to the blogosphere (finally) Wayne!

  • News came out this week that a blogger won a lawsuit down in the U.S. against a company claiming defamation, privacy invasion, and trademark violations. Thanks to Fix Your Thinking blog for picking up the story. This is good news for those who have been affected by cyberbullies.

It is fantastic to see so many friends pushing forward with projects. Great work, everyone!


James Milles said...

Shadow (Kristina) and I don't mind being outed from our Second Life identities. We've included links to our other blogs on the Shadow and James page. Feel free to stop by!

Sameer Vasta said...

Thanks for the mobile phone payment system link. I really hope it takes off, to tell you the truth. When I was in Japan two years ago, my friend took me grocery shopping, and he would just scan the barcodes of his items with his cameraphone and pay for them directly through his phone. No lines, no cashiers: quick and easy. (And that was two years ago!)