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Does the existence of the Mesh conference in Toronto give you pause about the name?
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not really - MeshForum actually started before that conference I think - I don't really want to try to come up with another name (though I guess if a lot of people have problems or are confused I'll take suggestions). I do try to use the full name to avoid that confusion as much as possible 
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President Obama live on Reddit. "Ask Me Anything" :) Questions are now open. The President joins for 30 mins at 4:30 http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/z1c9z/i_am_barack_obama_president_of_the_united_states/
Hi, I’m Barack Obama, President of the United States. Ask me anything. I’ll be taking your questions for half an hour starting at about 4:30 ET. Proo...
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It looks like there was not a single question answered about climate, co2, greenhouse gases, US responsibilities in that regard, etc., and hardly any questions on that topic itself. Can that be true?
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And I'm at the point where I'm happy to hear the Obama campaign call some of these claims by their proper name: lie.
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The Romney Ryan team (or Richie Rich, or Rolls Royce) is dedicated to a uniformly Orwellian strategy.  They simply say whatever appeals most to an audience, even while fully aware that they are lying. 

There appears to be an entire wing of their campaign focused solely on misrepresenting the phrase "You didn't build that."  No sane person could believe Obama's words referred to other than infrastructure, and yet Romney keeps pretending otherwise

It is difficult to comprehend how Romney / Ryan can lie in such relentlessly brutal ways.  I can not imagine being that desperate.
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I'm researching digital scholarship with Shakespeare scholarship as my example. I am particularly interested in  networks of scholars and scholarship, but would love to know about any aspect of this, including computational analysis, online variora, etc.

Here's some of what I know about already:

- Delicious list of databases http://delicious.com/stacks/view/S7wHUr
- The Gale Collection http://www.gale.cengage.com/
- Folios: http://shakes.meisei-u.ac.jp/e-index.html
- http://www.quartos.org
- Shakespeare Database Project http://www.shkspr.uni-muenster.de/
- http://www.opensourceshakespeare.org
- The Tempest for iPad
- The crowdsourced issue of Shakespeare Quarterly http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/24/arts/24peer.html
- Blogs like http://bloggingshakespeare.com and http://findingingshakespeare.co.uk, but I'd love to know about more

I know this is barely a scratched surface. Any pointers? Thanks!
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A quick correction: A|S|I|A (Asian Shakespeare Intercultural Archive) is an independent project from Global Shakespeares and is available at http://a-s-i-a-web.org
The key aspect of its digital scholarship is the networking of multiple languages and cultural contexts for Shakespeare scholarship within one site. Detailed data and script translations are concurrently prepared by translators and editors working in different contexts and cultures -- Shakespeare performance as a cultural network, if you like! 
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Anyone know how to save a google doc as a personal template? The instructions say to click on "submit" on the main template page, but I don't see any such button.
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There used to be an option to "Create", "from Template" but that's disappeared since last week. We can still get at the templates page using the link that +Gary Stock posted above but no-one seems to want to talk about the missing menu option......
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Here's a camera lens question from a n00b on a Sunday morning...I've had a Canon Eos SLR for about 5 years and am thinking about getting a second lens. (The first is the standard zoom.) I mainly use the camera for family photos, so I'm thinking about getting a 50mm since I'm told (e.g., by +David Sifry) that it'll be great, and I've seen some beautiful photos my nephew's been taking with his Canon + 50mm (1.8). So, I'm thinking about paying about $100 for Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens.

Another friend whose camera advice I trust has suggested that I instead get a zoom that starts at 50mm, e.g., Sigma 50-200mm f/4.0-5.6 DC IF SLD Optical Stabilized (OS) Lens with Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM), for $170. He says that although the fstop is higher, I'm unlikely to notice any difference in clarity, that it won't matter for the flash except in lower light than I'm likely to be in, and that the zoom is obviously more versatile.

Given that I am a hobbyist, viewing my photos on computer screens, and would rather not be switching lenses often, which lens (or neither) do you recommend?
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You might look at a zoom that ranges from shorter than 50mm to around 120mm. It gives you a lot of range for a variety of shots. Longer lens zooms are great, but have limited flexibility, especially indoors and at closer distances. 
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A Republican Study Committee has nailed "three myths about copyright law" and has suggested 4 excellent reforms. Is there actual hope???

The 3 myths are:

1 The purpose of copyright is to compensate the creator of the content
2 Copyright is free market capitalism at work

3 The current copyright legal regime leads to the greatest innovation and productivity

And the four “potential policy solutions” are:

1 Statutory damages reform
2 Expand Fair Use
3 Punish false copyright claims
4 Heavily limit the terms for copyright, and create disincentives for renewal

Here's the link to the pdf of the report: http://rsc.jordan.house.gov/uploadedfiles/rsc_policy_brief_--_three_myths_about_copyright_law_and_where_to_start_to_fix_it_--_november_16_2012.pdf

Also, if I'm permitted to say so on G+, I've started a thread on Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/politics/comments/13cq6s/republican_committee_nails_3_myths_about/
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My dentist is doing a hard sell on OraCure mouthwash. I see very little about it on the Web. Anyone ever hear of it?
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This stuff rocks.  I have been using other mouthwash products and all of them leave my teeth ultra-sensitive and make my mouth taste like crap.  This is the ONLY mouthwash that is worth the money, and it works so well sometimes the morning after the night I use it I forget to even brush my teeth, because my mouth feels so clean.  It's a two-part mixture, which tells you right there that it has an activated element that your $3 off-the-shelf window cleaner mouthwashes simply do not have.  I'm firmly a believer in 'you get what you pay for' when it comes to mouthwashes and toothpaste.  How often do you like to go to the dentist?  All he basically does is damage control for what we've neglected.  Pay now, or pay more later is the name of that wisdom tooth!
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I'm having what to me is a weird php problem, and I'm wondering if you can help me figure out the shamefully obvious mistake I'm making. Sound like fun?

I have a javascript app that runs a bunch of php scripts via ajax, all running locally on my Mac, using the built-in apache server. It's been working for years, but on my new Lion Mac, the php scripts no longer return the files they're supposed to be reading. They return the php script itself.

The php scripts work fine if I run them from the command line. They work fine if I run them directly from the command line. They do not work if Ajax runs them.

Things I have tried by way of debugging:

- The javascript works fine on my non-Lion computers
- I have adjusted httpd.conf so that the php module loads, and I have restarted my Mac to make double sure that the configuration change has taken.
- Apache is definitely running: 127.0.0.1/~myname/ gets the "it works" msg.
- I have tried running the ajax using jquery and using the old-fashioned longhand ways. Same problem. (I have made sure that jquery is in fact loading.)

I've tried googling for this up and down, but I'm stumped. Any suggestions? Thanks!
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So what you're saying is that before your script who run Ajax command received the server parsed content of the PHP-file and afterwards you got a unparsed PHP-file?
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What MMORPG should I play? I've played an embarrassing number of PC-based video games over my lifetime, and still do. (Ah, it feels good to get that off my chest.) But I've tended toward single-player games. My biggest exception: I've spent waaaay too much time on Left4Dead (and Quake 3 back in the day). I love L4D because of the way it is engineered toward collaboration; you can't win unless you support your team. It's actually quite beautiful. Especially if you like killing the moral equivalent of zombies.

But for research purposes, I want to get experience in other multi-player online games that are more typical of the genre. I don't like grinding, and badges and achievements really don't do anything for me. For some reason, World of Warcraft didn't grab me.

So, if I want to play a massively multi-player game on my PC both to get a better sense of them (which means it has to be somewhat typical of the genre) and to have fun, what do you recommend?
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WoW changed a lot to accommodate for casual players having less time and the upcoming expansion (MoP-Mist of Pandaria, 25th Sept.) add different game styles (Pokemon-style collect pets and turn based pets battles, new PvP options, world bosses,etc...). If you decide to try it again ask a US player to send you a free "scroll of resurrection", it will give you a boost to level 80 for one of your character so you can easily check end-game (85) and be ready for MoP.  
http://us.battle.net/support/en/article/scroll-of-resurrection-faq

If you like myths and legends of the real world you may be interested by the new "The Secret World"
The Secret World - Launch Trailer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Secret_World
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I'm excited that I get to interview +Amanda Palmer on Monday night at the Rethink Music conference. What questions would you ask?
Examine challenges facing the music industry in the digital era-rights, licensing & new business models--at Rethink Music conference, Boston, MA--Berklee College of Music & MIDEM with the Berk...
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Why has so much of the music industry given up on making anything innovative? The last "new" musical style was rap, and that's over 30 years ago (unless you count grunge, and you're still talking 20+ years). Where's today's Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Biggie?
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I write about the Internet, am at Harvard's Berkman Center, and co-direct Harvard's Library Innovation Lab.

I have written a few books:
2000 The Cluetrain Manifesto, with Chris Locke, Rick Levine, and Doc Searls

2002 Small Pieces Loosely Joined: A Unified Theory of the Web (Kids' version (free))

2007 Everything is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder

2012 Too Big to Know

I also wrote a beginner's guide to programming  documents in 1994 or so: The Adventurer's Guide to Interleaf Lisp.

And I have self-published a young adult novel (for free (or you can buy it)): My Hundred Million Dollar Secret.
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    philosophy-religion, 1968 - 1972
  • University of Toronto
    philosophy Ph.D., 1973 - 1979
  • Herricks High School
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Posted on September 28th 2011. Amazon's pitch for its new Silk Browser describes a clientserver architecture from the 1980s applied to the Net In 1995 when ...

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Posted on August 19th 2011. This week's Berkman Buzz. Incoming fellow Vivek Kundra reflects on his last days at the White House ...

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Posted on October 17th 2011. An possible explanation of the observation of neutrinos traveling faster than light has been posted at Arxivorg by Ronald van ...

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Posted on August 12th 2011. If you insert a text overlay into a movie youre editing with iMovie 09 and then want to move it so that it matches up better ...

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Posted on October 22nd 2011. In an interview with Will Knight at Technology Review Joi Ito explains some of what he hopes to accomplish as director of the ...

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Posted on September 18th 2011. How proteins fold over themselves has a lot to do with how they work Envisioning such folds is a hugely complex problem for ...

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Posted on January 26th 2007. Seb Schmoller notes a research project by Steve Graham at Durham University exploring how many institutions now routinely use ...

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Posted on October 31st 2011. Sebastian Anthony points to a distinguishing philosophy of Firefox that was not clear to me until I read it The title is Firefox

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