Coworkers/Home Workers Town Meeting in Carrboro

Do you work at home? Are you a telecommuter? Run a business from your home office? The Town of Carrboro wants to know how it can help you. On May 8 at 10 am in room 100 of the Carrboro Town Hall the Economic Development Department of the Town of Carrboro will be conducting a public forum to discuss this topic. Please share your needs and wants in the comments. If you know other people that work at home who might be interested in participating in the conversation, please invite them.

If you can’t make it let me know and we’ll work on a second event.

Darth Vader Speaks

This just cracks me up!

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Wondering how its possible that, according to Kenobi, I somehow betrayed and murdered… myself. He always was an old coot. 6 minutes ago from twitterrific Darth Vader

Man am I a Star Wars dork… really only love the first one. Episode four or what ever the fuck they call it now. Maybe Return of the Jedi too…

In college one of my Art professors said that people have two types of modern fiction that influences them. Fantasy and Science Fiction. I am most defiantly a Science Fiction creative. Sadly the movie theater that I saw Star Wars in during the ’70s is gone.

Gee am I rambling…

Buying the War

Bill Moyers has a great new piece called Buying the War. All the video is online here. I’ve only gotten through chapter one but I can already tell how very important this documentary is. History will be kind to the view that the main stream media was hoodwinked by the Bush administration. What an awful break down of the freedom of the press. At the cost of so many lives… What will media owners do to make sure this doesn’t happen again? Sadly profit may blind people and prevent safety measures from being developed or even talked about.

This is such an amazing comeback considering the details of Moyer’s rousting from PBS by right wing hatchet men at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. His now famous speech at the National Conference on Media Reform is amazing! Its called Take Public Broadcasting Back.

Welcome back Mr. Moyers! We’re so happy you’ve returned!

Thanks to Anton for blogging this. It reminded me to look for the vid online. 🙂

Presidential Candidate Fakesters?

Fred Stutzman has a interesting post on Tech President about Democratic Presidential candidates Barack Obama and John Edwards using Twitter. (I learned about his post via Twitter actually.)

Now, I’ll gladly apologize if I’m wrong on this, but it appears that Mr. Obama didn’t write his first Twitter. There’s just something patently un-senatorial about all of those exclamation points.

I was wondering the same thing when I sent a direct Twitter message to John Edwards and received a direct response.
JRE Q&A Twitter

BrianR: Are you carrying the phone that gets our twitter updates? 🙂 12:55 PM March 10, 2007
JRE: Hi Brian. Yes. Will begin giving updates from the phone this week. 12:37 AM March 13, 2007

Basically I wanted to know if that was really John Edwards on the other end. Interestingly one of John Edwards next Twits contained this before the message: (from staff). I’m not sure if I had anything to do with this disclaimer appearing… but I hope a smart staffer was paying attention. 🙂

Fred is right on when he wrote:

However, with social media, there’s something a good bit more personal about the nature of the interaction. A Twitter is not a blog post or a press release or a campaign email, it is a one-to-one interaction between Twitterers. I can’t exactly put my finger on it, but it feels personal – and because it feels personal, I want to know who the Twitter is actually coming from. Does Edwards or Obama actually need to type the Twitter? No, sure, they can dictate it, but when I get a Twitter from John Edwards or Barack Obama, I want that Twitter to be from them, not an over-caffeinated message person.

I love reading the fakester Darth Vader’s twits but I don’t want my future President to pretend. Keep it Real® and don’t become a Presidential candidate Fakester!

Twitter in NYT and my thoughts

From Many Tweets, One Loud Voice on the Internet

My thoughts…. Twitter is very useful for keeping up with people you care about. The tweets may be trivial to some but gold to others. As long as it continues to be useful, fun, and cheap I’ll use it.

Sadly right now trying to put tweets on my blog is causing it not to load… a serious problem for the microblogging aspects. Technical hurdles that I am sure Twitter inc will overcome.

Chapel Hill Town Council Receives WiFi Report

Cross posted from Orange Networking:
Last night the Chapel Hill Town Council received a report from the Chapel Hill Connectivity Working Group. (PDF) See the meetings agenda here. It contained very similar information the Town Technology board provided in a presentation last year. Absent from the Working Groups presentation was any mention of a scenario where a Non-Profit partnered with the Town and local business to help bring information access to all citizens. Its a shame that big potential partners like UNC don’t recognize the importance of community organizations in the success of a Town wide WiFi roll out. Customer service is so important. How will we know how to serve people if we don’t involve them?

Apologies aren't enough

Wonderful and inspiring article/interview with John Hope Franklin in this weeks Indy: John Hope Franklin: Apologies aren’t enough.

But one has to wonder how far apologies will go in righting past wrongs. Is it the scab that, left unbothered, will heal wounds, or is it merely a quick-fix Band-Aid, slapped on to make the ugliness of injury just go away?

Franklin, who knows what it is to grow up in a world where one’s rights and equalities are constantly being questioned, refuses to let go. He thinks it’s not just time for somebody to apologize, but to do something about it.

“No one knows the price that I’ve paid for what I’ve gotten out of this world and this life,” he says. “My efforts represented sacrifices untold, indescribable. They don’t know what my mother went through to see that I had opportunities, and even the fundamentals such as food and clothing and so forth. They don’t know what my grandfather, on my father’s side, paid in terms of taxes so that white young men could go to the University of Oklahoma, where my own father could not go.

“And I don’t see any reason why I should get over that kind of exploitation of my immediate family—my father, my grandfather, my mother, and so forth. I see no reason I should get over it. I see every reason why there should be compensation, apologies, particularly in the hypocrisy it’s represented, in their saying on the one hand that all men are created equal, and on the other hand, them saying if they’re created equal, some are more equal than others.”