Quakebook / 2:46

I’m going to keep this post short – it’s not about my blog, rather in hope that you’ll click on the links in this post.

2:46: Aftershocks: Stories from the Japan Earthquake‘ (‘#Quakebook’) is a Twitter-sourced charity book about the impact of Japanese Earthquake at 2:46 on March 11, 2011. The book includes writings from Yoko Ono and William Gibson, as well as from many who suffered the consequences of the earthquake. All revenues from the QuakeBook Book go to the Japan Red Cross.

The Kindle ebook is available to buy from anywhere in the world at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk (UK only) [update: and now also Amazon.de (Germany only)]. You don’t even need a Kindle. Just go to the order page and download (for free) a Kindle reader for your Mac, PC or smart phone.

The book is $9.99 [update: now FREE, in the hope that it spreads the message and encourages donations]. In some cases, the price may be quoted as $11.99 for international customers. But Amazon has assured Quakebook that any international handling fees will be reimbursed. Every single penny that you spend on Quakebook will go directly to the Japanese Red Cross. Nothing for Amazon, nothing for Quakebook. Everything for the survivors of the Japan disasters.

Further details, a cool promotional video, and extracts from the book can be found on the Quakebook website (http://www.quakebook.org/), via the official Twitter feed (@quakebook), or Twitter hashtag #quakebook.

Frankfurt/Main, by ‘shootingnik’

I liked this, so I wanted to share it – I think it’s a great ‘advert’ for Frankfurt, highlighting its diversity and beauty.

The soundtrack is C’mon C’mon by The Von Bondies (album: Pawn Shoppe Heart, March 2004), on Sire/Reprise.

Are you frustraTED?


I’ve already written two blog posts on TED (Technology Entertainment and Design), the global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, whereby the talks from those conferences, as well as franchise TEDx conferences are made available for free viewing online (“TED Talks. We listen.” and “My TEDxperience“), as well as having referred to it in a number of other blog posts. I like TED.

TED offers so many good ideas – indeed it’s tag line is ‘ideas worth spreading’.

Our mission: Spreading ideas.

We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we’re building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.

So we spread those ideas, what next? Do those ideas turn into reality? Perhaps not always, and maybe that can lead to some frustration.

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The ultimate labor market?

The trend known as ‘globalization’ tends to be the cumulative effect of many small, incremental steps. Once in a while there are technical innovations which result in a step change, or acceleration of globalization – the advent of shipping, flight, etc. Computers have also supported the increasing complexity of business, enabling more complex (but still economically and chronologically viable) sourcing solutions to be developed.

Recently I came across a website which, while relatively simple, appears to me to have potentially astounding consequences for globalization: peopleperhour.com.

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Should you bring some Color into your life?

(or, Thoughts on recent, and future developments in location based services and social networking)

In the world of geeky correspondence on Twitter, Quora and tech blogs the last month has seen a lot of discussion about a new app called Color.

There are several reasons why Color is attracting so much attention:

  • It has a high profile team of already successful internet entrepreneurs
  • It has received financing (“$41m!”) from one of the most prominent venture capital firms, Sequoia Capital
  • It has an innovative, and potentially revolutionary approach to the “social graph” (the way in which social networks are built)
  • It is receiving very mixed reviews, from very negative to wildly popular

Color allows you to take photographs with your smartphone, and will share those photographs publicly with anyone nearby (regarding the privacy aspects, it’s really quite simple – if you don’t like that publicity, don’t use Color, at least not for the photos that you don’t want to share).

At the moment, that’s pretty much it. Simple, right? So why the fuss?

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