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I am sad to report that one of the greatest authors of the 20th century, Gabriel García Márquez, passed away earlier today, at the age of 87. 
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So sad! He was an amazing writer. Makes me want to read 100 years of
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Supply and demand is a harsh mistress
Senior researchers who helped build the system now think it's unsustainable.
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Things Growing in our Yard on April 13, 2014.
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Watch Mars Rotating in this short video

Mars is at Opposition, and nearing its closest point to the Earth. So we're getting amazing views of the Red Planet. Take a look at this amazing astrovideo by +Christian Fröschlin that captures Mars slowly rotating over several hours. 
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I'm about halfway through reading The Master Switch by Tim Wu. I'm just starting out with the discussion of Philo Farnsworth's tribulations. The way Wu describes how government and big business work together to stifle innovation in information and communication technology is really depressing, especially given the coming merger between  Comcast and Time Warner. This is a very informative book.
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Reusable Rockets

If you can get past the annoying music the concepts are totally awesome to behold.
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Pixar's Lessons for Project Communication & Collaboration

From the post: "What really struck me about Catmull’s piece was his recognition that management at Pixar needed to intervene to get people to know that they could communicate directly with whoever they needed to communicate with regardless of which organizational silo they were working in. Modern communication tools make it simple and easy to communicate with anyone in an enterprise regardless of silo or which box you occupy in a traditional org chart. Having to channel communication hierarchically, as Catmull points out, is a real communication killer that impacts not only communication effectiveness but also innovation potential and self-esteem."
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On Github, a discussion thread about the US Open Data Institute.
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Collaboration Tools and Collaboration "Hacks"

I was recently interviewed by the folks at Software Advice on my thoughts related to "collaboration hacks" that might be useful for project managers. The linked article has some practical ideas of different ways to promote collaboration using commonly available tools. In my own case (I'm an independent consultant so I often move from project to project and client to client) I discussed how important it is to use tools people are already comfortable using. I can't imagine running a project without some sort of tool that supports web based information sharing, especially when the team is located all over the place. In reality, though, getting a team to "buy in" to using the same tool takes time, especially when some members of the team are dyed-in-the-wool fans of using emails to exchange files.
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+Rob Gordon Rob I have had good luck and bad luck running projects with Google Docs. I've also used different versions of SharePoint, project-specific blogs, and Basecamp on different projects  to provide collaboration and content management functions. Regarding Google Docs: when the group is small and tightly focused the collaboration features are fantastic -- document editing, document sharing, video hangouts, screen sharing, file based and folder based sharing, etc. When the group is large and more diverse, especially if the organization is invested in Microsoft networking and Office tools, Google Docs is much more problematic. Just getting across how "folders" behave in Google Docs is a challenge in such circumstances. FUnny thing is, even in those situations it's not unusual to find, even in very traditional organizations, that many folks are already using Google Docs "under the radar" for document sharing because it's so easy and available with a Gmail account. 
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I'm interested in the use of collaborative and mobile technologies to support project management and improved data access and government program transparency. My professional web site is located at http://www.ddmcd.com.  Based in Alexandria, Virginia I've worked throughout the U.S. and in Western Europe, Egypt, and Hong Kong. In my "spare time" I enjoy nature, music, movies, books, history, science, technology, photography, blogging, & gardening. I enjoy building things, writing letters, and sharing photos online.  
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