Reading List

I need to start reading some more books to get my brain over it’s current hump… (sorry, but  MPLS Fundamentals, while interesting, isn’t exactly sparking my intellect). Anyway, in an effort to kick my brain back into action, I’ve been trolling some of the groups I’m a member of in various online communities for recommendations and listing them here. The plan is to strike them off the list once read and do a quick review for the benefit of others who may be interested in the title.

Innovate Like Edison

The Ten Faces of Innovation

Wikinomics

Blue Ocean Strategy

Photoreading, 3rd Edition

Television Disrupted: The Transition from Network to Networked TV

Breadwinner: A Fresh Approach to Business Success

Tom O’Toole’s Breadwinner II

Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

“On Food and Cooking” by Harold McGee

… and more to come. Drop your recommendations into the comments (and let me know if you can lend me a title 🙂 )

Edit: I’ve just found ‘Shelfari‘ and I may try using that to list my readings to

Shelfari introduces readers to our global community of book lovers and encourages them to share their literary inclinations and passions with peers, friends, and total strangers (for now). Shelfari was the first social media site focused on books, and will continue to innovate as it brings together the world’s readers. Our mission is to enhance the experience of reading by connecting readers in meaningful conversations about the published word.

Shelfari were recently bought by Amazon which may also help their reach into the community of readers, speaking of which… I’m ‘NZRob‘ if you’re looking for me on there.

Another Edit (27/08/2008): Thanks to NZTebs for suggesting the addition of “BreadWinner” to the list

Update (13/10/2008): Thanks to @Gnat for suggesting “On Food and Cooking” by Harold McGee

Can we believe our eyes?

A friend of mine wrote a post pondering the believability of images now that digital capture tools and manipulation programs are so accessible to whomever wants them. Specifically he raised the question also raised by newsweek in this article. Dale went on to ask the question “what about photos of – say – someone committing a crime? Useless in a court of law?”

I think his concerns were addressed by other commenters, but the question got me to thinking, and that started off what ended up being something of an epic comment of my own, which I’ll repost here to remind me to return to this subject later after a bit more research as it’s quite an interesting issue that Dale has raised.

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Embracing Failure

The thing which is irking me the most of late is peoples unreasonable desire to succeed at everything and “do it right first time” – there’s talk of getting requirements “set in stone” before progressing and how all of this reduces cost and produces a better product for the end-user.

The thing which is irking me the most of late is peoples unreasonable desire to succeed at everything and “do it right first time” – there’s talk of getting requirements “set in stone” before progressing and how all of this reduces cost and produces a better product for the end-user.
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World Wide Telescope – I want to be a kid again…

I read Scobles post when it appeared on TechMeme yesterday about Microsoft Research and their Worldwide Telescope project and the praise for the concept is again reflected on TED (love TED).

Anyway,  enthused by what I’ve seen thus far (the project still not being open), I told my son Max about it and, watching his eyes light up with the possibility of viewing other planets, stars and galaxies through the shared resources of spaces agencies around the world was simply magic. We were going to get the telescope he got for Christmas out last night to compare what the web will bring to his fingertips against what we could see IRL through his (admittedly low powered) telescope. Our children will have access to so much of the worlds information as they grow up, I envy the opportunities that this will bring them.

 


The Encyclopedia of Life

I love TED (the website) and, while I was discussing the sites wide range of content this morning over a coffee, I was trying to remember who gave this talk as I keep using it as an example of what community content could drive. So – thank you Dr E.O. Wilson for inspiring me, and here’s a link to his speech for my future reference.

Hopefully this will also serve to inspire some of you who may happen past this page. You can view the discussion above, or click here for the 480p resolution video.

Spending time with my digital memories

I spent the last 3 days at home looking after our youngest son William who had the chicken pox and during that time I did a little bit of a tidy up of our digital photos and, during that time I reminded myself, yet again that we have HEAPS of photos, but finding any particular one, on any particular subject is pretty hard.

This then lodged itself in the back of my head and, as a result – two technologies have jumped out at me since then.

The first concerns the accessibilty and display of this data, and the vapourware representation of Microsoft Surface certainly struck a chord in our house.
“I’ve found our next coffee table” I announced to Amanda, then played her ‘The Power’ section of the demo from the above link.
“Wow, that’s cool – when could we get that?” was the response (and from a non-geek, that was certainly high praise indeed!)

Leveraging the display device of surface (and I’d be interested in open source alternatives I could cobble together earlier than waiting for the official product release), is the technology discussed in the clip below from the recent TED talks (I love the TED inititive)

Check out the presentation below… and imagine what it could mean for your collection of digital memories.

[Edit: Here’s a link via my collegue Justin – nice find, interesting if you want to learn the workings]