Thursday, May 22, 2008

Are you a winner in the Blogosphere?

Before a story becomes news, it must be distinguished from other stories in the feedstock. 

Digg or Reddit do this separation of news from noise with machines worked by user communities; Google News or TechMeme, with algorithms.

"A" list bloggers, like Scoble, do much the same by hand. Like sifting through gravel for diamonds, it is hard work, but could be profitable.

I like the noise. Why? Because I can see patterns before anyone else. I saw the Chinese earthquake happening 45 minutes before Google News reported it. Why? Because I was watching the noise, not the news.

Scobleizer — Tech geek blogger » Blog Archive Why Google News has no noise «

However, what is news for Scoble is noise for many others. That's why all his stories don't hit the Digg front page. And, perhaps, the Digg front page itself is noise for most net users.

In this ecosystem where bloggers pick each other's stories, book mark them or share them, everyone is a linked as both a producer and a consumer.

Who are the winners in this ecosystem?

Don't know. For now, I'm thinking whether the question itself makes sense.


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Sunday, May 18, 2008

Why does your conversation with mom end this way?

In last 9 months it's been watched more than half a million times! Most of the over 2000 comments are like:

ParfaitTic (5 days ago)

OMG! your observations about life are so ... so.. REAL :D ! LOVE ALL YOUR VIDEOS

Why do moms (and sometimes dad) behave like this?


Mom doesn't want you to eat Tuna against your wishes. This conversation isn't about fish, nutrition, mercury poisoning or anything.

It's a little drama fuelled by loneliness and guilt.

There are attempts to end the conversation: Mom, I don't like fish! (Please, can we stop talking ... er about fish and such other stuff?)

And attempts to keep it going: Fish doesn't have as much mercury anymore. (Yes, you don't like fish for some reason. But I want to talk to you, and fish is about the only thing I can think of at the moment. Besides, I can't discuss your career or your children or your love life, without feeling so much like an outsider.)

Sometimes an emotional scene over fish is better than emotionless silence between individuals.


Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The most productive 5 minutes of the day

On most days it's only five minutes, right after I wake up:

00:30 Stretch. Straighten the spine, persuade muscles to wake up. Ah, that feels heavenly!
00:45 Flop back.
Feel Happy. Recall the last day. Or contemplate life in general.
01:15 Focus. Now what was it that I'd decided to do? For the day or with my life?
00:30 Open eyes. Keep them open. Look around. Feel the morning.
00:45 Nudge my wife to see, if she responds.
00:20 Now what it that I had to do, again?
00:10 Sit up. Reach for the glasses. Switch off the alarm.


All right, let's get on with it!


Here's the trigger for my post:

The latest competition on Fuelmyblog is being sponsored by There are two prizes and two ways of winning either an 80Gb iPod Classic or an 8Gb Nano -Your Choice!

Fuelmyblog: Win one of 2 iPods

Go ahead and write about your 5 minutes. I shall be happy if you win.