Saturday, January 19, 2008

Confusing Means and Ends and the Pathways Between Them

Jeff Cornwall of Entrepreneurial Mind offers a post on Confusing Means and Ends Annotated but only if use use diigo.

The goal of entrepreneurship is not simply to find the next big thing to lure venture capital or make a mad dash to a public offering. It is to create a venture that creates income and wealth for the entrepreneur and allows the entrepreneur to pursue other goals in life through this economic activity, be it creating more jobs in a better place to work, offering a better product to the customer, or making the world a little better place. The goal of entrepreneurship should be to build a good business -- with legs -- that will help build this entrepreneurial economy.

He also offers what he calls "one of the funniest, albeit somewhat depressing due its truth, videos I have seen in a long time: Here Comes Another Bubble v1.1 - The Richter Scale via YouTube.

At the same Entrepreneurial Mind post Anita Campbell of Small Business Trends provided the following response.

Jeff, this sures feels like another bubble. I spoke with a Web entrepreneur yesterday who is getting some good traction with his free add-on for blogs. When he mentioned that his investors were likening his product to the next Google and that it could be worth billions, I quickly ended the conversation. $50 million -- even that seems outlandish, but at least I can understand the logic of a sales price that is consistent with other sales of like Web products. But billions? What are these people thinking?

Anita Birdied by: Anita Campbell | January 15, 2008 08:48 AM

Both Professor Jeff Cornwall and Anita Campbell have been important resources in the development of my thinking during the first quarter year of my weblog, but I still feel that this only lightly touches upon some of the issues that are raised by Richter Scales video. Those issues include Fair Use and the generational divide that it invokes and Creative Destruction as envisioned by Schumpeter which is seemingly hailed by many lately. These issues that have been dealt with under the fair use posts and creative destruction posts of this weblog. I may be playing Cassandra here but it doesn't seem like a bubble to me. It's too easy a plug, but it seems like a paradigm shift to me. What is changing for me is the view that Web 2.0 is not the paradigm shift. It is simply something else riding the wave.

diigo tags: creative-destruction, entrepreneurship

- post by brianddrpm

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Pathways Across The Globe

Below are a list of cities from which visitors to this weblog originated according to FeedBurner. It is not a large list by any means, but I still think that it is rather cool as it illustrates connections across the globe. The list is not complete just what was reflected most recently. The links for some of the cities have been translated and some I guessed at or I couldn't find. There have been a number of visits from Spain and other Spanish speaking countries due no doubt to this blog being cited by MobusTV.

* Alicante
* Balsa
* Bangkok
* Barcelona
* Barriada Júbar
* Brentwood
* Charlotte
* Concord
* Dallas
* Deerfield
* Derby or Derby
* Dubai
* Glen Echo
* Greenbrier
* Irvine
* José León Suárez
* Kreisfreie Stadt Aachen
* Kuri
* La Grange Park
* León
* Lisbon
* Los Angeles
* Madrid
* Mc Farland or Mc Farland
* Monterey Park
* Málaga
* Nashville
* New York
* Oviedo or Oviedo
* Pais
* Pasadena
* Philadelphia
* Reynosa
* Sabadell
* Saint Johns Wood or Saint Johns Wood
* San Diego
* San Jose
* Sant Just Desvern
* Santa Clara
* Santoña
* Scottsdale
* Somerville
* Stoneham
* Tallahassee
* Tampa
* Topeka
* Toronto
* Valle De Santullán
* Vancouver
* Yüanlin

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Global Health Equity From MIT World

Paul Farmer speaks about public entities being enabled to confer rights while at the same time speaking about the need for business practices like supply chains to create comprehensive healthcare and medical delivery systems for the world's poor. This is a concerted effort to address the challenges raised by Best Intentions Unintended Consequences

MIT World » : Global Health Equity

    Don't foolishly advise Paul Farmer that his bold projects can't succeed. For the past 20 years, Farmer's been toppling orthodoxies concerning the delivery of health care to people of developing nations, and to our country's inner city poor. In a talk full of insights and anecdotes, Farmer brings his audience up to date on his groundbreaking work and methods.
  • Farmer has written extensively about health and human rights, and about the role of social inequalities in the distribution and outcome of infectious diseases. He is the author of Pathologies of Power (University of California Press, 2003); Infections and Inequalities (University of California Press, 1998); The Uses of Haiti (Common Courage Press, 1994); and AIDS and Accusation (University of California Press, 1992). In addition, he is co-editor of Women, Poverty, and AIDS, (Common Courage Press, 1996) and of The Global Impact of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis (Harvard Medical School and Open Society Institute, 1999).
  • Farmer is the recipient of the Duke University Humanitarian Award, the Margaret Mead Award from the American Anthropological Association, the American Medical Association's Outstanding International Physician (Nathan Davis) Award, and the Heinz Humanitarian Award. In 1993, he was awarded a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation "genius award" in recognition of his work.

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Top 10 Science Discoveries Shake Down

As is traditional at the end of one year and the beginning of a new one, top 10 lists have come out. Both the online Wired Magazine and Science Magazine have come out with their own top 10 scientific discoveries. These are compared below side-by-side with links to additional information.

The two lists are different for most of the articles and the priority of the discoveries, reflecting different editorial perspectives I presume. Some of Wired choices are based on Science Magazine articles. You can get a good deal of information by merely signing up for free membership.

Wired MagazineScience Magazine
1. Researchers Turn Skin Cells to Stem Cells1. Human Genetic Variation
2. Chimpanzees Make Spears for Hunting2. Reprogramming Cells
3. Mummified Dinosaur Excavated and Scanned3. Tracing Cosmic Bullets
4. Enzymes Convert Any Blood Type to O4. Receptor Visions
5. Laboratory Mice Cured of Rett Syndrome5. Beyond Silicon?
6. Soft Tissue from T. Rex Leg Bone Analyzed6. Electrons Take A New Spin
7. Engineers Create Transparent Material as Strong as Steel7. Divide To Conquer on T cell division
8. Planet Discovered That Could Harbor Life8. Doing More With Less on direct chemistry
9. Scientists Clone Rhesus Monkey to Produce Stem Cells9. Back To The Future on memory and imagination
10. Transistors Get Way Smaller10. Game Over on solving checkers

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

WHO Is Now Number One By Two Times

The website WHO | What are the key health dangers for children became the most popular website featured by this weblog according to FeedBurner. As of today it has twice as many clicks to it as the former first place website.

Total 267 879 0
WHO | What are the key health dangers for children 4 114 --
Listing all ideas - Ideablob: where ideas grow [d… 4 55 --
Transcending Economic Castes 1 20

I previously thought that people were getting to this site through my account. But it seems that nobody else on has tagged the site, same with ma.gnolia and blinklist. I am checking the WHO site out this evening with the diigo about feature. WHO gets a popularity score of 4 . Unfortunately you can't get there from here, you have to join diigo. When you get to the diigo 'about' site for the specific WHO site, the tag is mine. The Bloglines post is Diarrhea: the unloved red-headed stepchild of the global health debate by The Waterblogger, John Oldfield of Washington, DC, United States back in June of 2007. The techorati links are both me and John. So to have relatively (in terms of this beginner's weblog) so many people click on the WHO site is interesting and inspiring. The truth though is that I am not sure why. Is it something that can be replicated or did I just happen to be in the right place at the right time, serendipity from another angle?

Redesigning Designing For New Paradigms

I goofed on setting up the and other tagging links for my new online folder Designing For New Paradigms. I didn't use the public settings so anybody who clicked it would have hit a dead end. It only worked from my computer because I was logged into my account. The correct setting is now available for anybody who is interested along with all the other tagged design sites. I re-set diigo this evening.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

How Should We Be Thinking About Urbanization? Are We?

A question for a Freakonomics Quorum "How Should We Be Thinking About Urbanization?" - Freakonomics - Opinion - New York Times Blog
Urbanization has been climbing steadily of late, with more than half of the world's population now living in cities. Given the economic, sociological, political, and environmental ramifications, how should we be thinking about this?

We gathered a quorum of smart thinkers on this subject — James Howard Kunstler, Edward Glaeser, Robert Bruegmann, Dolores Hayden, and Alan Berube — and posed to them the following questions:

  • This year marked the first time in human history that more people lived in cities than in rural areas. What problems and opportunities does this present? What effects has it had on our local and global culture? Economy? Health?

For some additional insights TED Theme The Power of Cities filed under Pearls of Paradigm Processing Social and Economic Paradigms.

This should also be a Davos Question, though it does not appear to be high on the agenda for this year. For some questions on urbanization from past World Economic Forums we have Urban and Lower Income: Asia’s Future Consumer Class from 2007 and Urban Renewal: Holding the Keys to the Future? from 2006.

From Stepping Stones To Towers Of Knowledge

Besides making changes to the morphology of this weblog, I am also giving some thought as to how information is stored and how it is decided what information will be stored and where.

I have to disagree with Jon Barger's perspective on weblogging to some some extent.

1. A true weblog is a log of all the URLs you want to save or share. (So is actually better for blogging than

While I am still enamored with, this weblog's posts do serve as a narrative thread for this endeavor. That to my mind is a very important function if this weblog is to serve as a learning tool for me.

I also use this portion of the weblog to combine, compare and contrast ideas from various sources. The goal is to do more than just repeat what somebody else has said, which all to often is repeating what somebody else has said. I am grateful for the sources, and those providing them serve as a filter and litmus test, but I want to go one step further in putting this web 2.0 experiment together.

These posts though are, for the most part, merely stepping stones. They should lead to a more substantial body of online knowledge. The same is true for many of the articles and blogs that this weblog interacts with. This is not to besmirch anybody, but most posts are of temporary and limited importance. Linking somebody's temporary post to one of my temporary posts makes sense to me but not including it in an online folder or under a tagging system. This goes back to my idea that in order for this to be an effective knowledge base it can't just throw everything that it comes across into permanent and accessible storage. This may be more my psychological hang-ups than any relevant technological insight.

Designing For New Paradigms

This weblog is in a constant state of experimentation and examination. Each change suggests further changes giving further opportunities for experiment. My last redesign brought about the realization that my online folders were not up to snuff, misfiling, old and not relevant website, etc.

I have created a Design for New Paradigms link under Pearls of Paradigm Processing at the left side of this weblog that links to a new public online folder on design. I have also tagged the online folder under itself with the tag design using diigo and concurrently placing it under, blinklist and ma.gnolia. The diigo bookmark also links back to this weblog using its own design tag.

This doesn't mean that the design online folder or any of the other online folders are a permanent feature of this weblog, just another experiment, but it does organize things a bit better.