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"The event brought together approximately fifty technologists, publishers, and writers from a range of publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The LA Times, the New Yorker, First Look, Time Magazine and others. Our goal was to bring these industry leaders up to speed on the state of the technology and the standards efforts afoot, and to learn from them how annotation might play a role in the future of online journalism."

An important event, worth careful reading (and annotation). A few highlights:

"...Bassey Etim (New York Times), Amy Hollyfield (PolitiFact), and Andy Carvin (First Look Media) provided a sense of the landscape of annotation within the publishing world. What was clear from the panel is that comments are broken in more ways than one. There was much talk of trolling throughout the day and whether annotation systems could save us from the Dark Tetrad of personality that trolls bring to the Internet (Greg Barber of The Washington Post brought up a study using this phrase/concept in relation to trolling)... Both Genius and Hypothesis have shown that expert annotation is a clear value add to news content."

"By the time Stephen Levy of Medium took the stage, his platform’s slick annotation functionality had already been invoked more than once. There was a broad sentiment at the summit that for annotation to succeed in journalism at scale, journalists would have to become more involved in commenting and responding to comments on their articles, and Medium systematizes this by giving author control over what annotations appear on their articles publicly. If Schepers had said something to the effect of, “Medium annotation is great, but it’s only for Medium,” Christopher Glazek of Genius essentially made the argument that Genius’s “beta” offsite annotation functionality was Medium for every page on the Internet. Glazek, a journalist himself, shared an annotated, “DVD extras”  version of his own New York Times Magazine piece, which included annotations from the subject of the article and a larger community of commenters (note: Genius has currently turned off their proxy service on the Times so you can’t view the annotated article that way). With very much the same technology as Hypothesis (extension, bookmarklet, proxy), Genius, in Glazek’s words, wants to be both Facebook and Wikipedia for every page on the Internet–both a commentary and an encyclopedia layer for the Web."

"Dan Gilmore, one of the final respondents who offered their thoughts on the proceedings of the day, took this idea further, asking the participants to think not only about annotation as an “end product”–that is as post-publication commentary–but as “part of the process” of news publishing itself. What, for example, is the role of annotation in news gathering? Could we imagine new production as iterative, including the annotations of the public during the process or journalistic composition? And how might annotations become news themselves, that is embedded within articles by journalists? It seems a shock to the system to imagine writers and readers as collaborators in the production of the news, but perhaps its the revival that online journalism needs."
Poynter Annotation Summit leaflet. Together with the Poytner Institute, and with funding from the Knight Foundation and Craigconnects, Hypothesis hosted an “Annotation Summit” at The New York Times Building last week. The event brought together approximately fifty technologists, publishers, ...
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"When Captain Ahab went in search of the great white whale Moby Dick, he had absolutely no idea whether he would find Moby Dick, whether Moby Dick would allow himself to be found, whether Moby Dick would try to immediately capsize the ship or instead play cat and mouse, or whether Moby Dick was off mating with his giant whale girlfriend.

What happened was entirely up to Moby Dick.

And Captain Ahab would never be able explain to himself or anyone else why Moby Dick would do whatever it was he'd do.

You're Captain Ahab, and the big company is Moby Dick."
+Marc Andreessen (2007) via +Steven Sinofsky 

Excellent prescriptive advice on dealing with big companies, a compelling metaphor, and great quotes. Read Marc's closing thought.
"There she blows," was sung out from the mast-head. "Where away?" demanded the captain. "Three points off the lee bow, sir." "Raise up your wheel. Steady!" "Steady, sir." "Mast-head ahoy! Do you see that whale now?" "Ay ay, sir! A shoal of Sperm Whales! There she blows! There she breaches!" ...
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""The larger whales, whalers seldom venture to attack. They stand in so great dread of some of them, that when out at sea they are afraid to mention even their names, and carry dung, lime-stone, juniper-wood, and some other articles of the same nature in their boats, in order to terrify and prevent their too near approach.

-- Uno Von Troil's Letters on Banks's and Solander's Voyage to Iceland In 1772"
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"BBC News met the novel's artist, Sydney Padua, to discuss her love of a true Victorian superhero." +++
Ada Lovelace, arguably the first computer programmer, is being brought to life in a graphic novel.
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Winter Farmers market at Hope Artiste Village, an old mill building in Pawtucket RI with shops, offices, Seven Stars commercial bakery and a Saturday Farmers market organized by @FarmFreshRI Nov thorugh May. 
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"No. 1 Providence: Don’t ruin your dessert by eating too much dinner in the Rhode Island capital, which ranked near the top of the survey in a number of gastronomic categories—from hipster food trucks and notable restaurants to sweets-filled bakeries. Long-timers love the chocolate macaroons and clam-shell-shaped scafilgione cookies at Scialo Bros. Bakery, which has been around since 1916, but it’s hard to turn down the relative newcomers, too, like the ginger-biscuit scones at Seven Stars Bakery or the lemon cake with coffee curd at North Bakery. Speaking of coffee, the city also ranked near the top for its java, but these sugar-happy Yanks aren’t known for drinking it black. The state drink is coffee milk—moo juice laced with sweetened coffee syrups, like the excellent elixirs at Dave’s Coffee. All that sugar and caffeine perhaps resulted in high-energy locals, who readers ranked as being highly intelligent and active."
The last time she was in New Orleans, Emily Luchetti went out of her way to enjoy a famous dessert. Not the Bananas Foster at Brennan’s, nor the Baked Alas...
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"TeamPage 6.1 Spring 2015 Release focuses on improvements to the Project Management suite, including a new 'Burn-up Chart' for tracking progress; user-defined interactive tables to dynamically summarize activity; and better tools for understanding the big picture for a project or milestone. This release also includes major under-the-hood improvements to TeamPage's forms SDK to make it easier for developers to create custom forms, or customized variations of standard forms."
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About 50 years ago, Andy van Dam joined the Brown University faculty with the world's second PhD in Computer Science (earned at the University of Pennsylvania). Today many of Andy’s friends, faculty, students and former students are celebrating his 50 years at Brown with Stone Age, Iron Age and Machine Age panels.

You can read about Andy’s honors and achievements on his Wikipedia page, and Professor Shriram Krishnamurthi's answer to Why is professor Andy Van Dam (Andy) so cool? Here are two short stories from me.
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"The universe (which others call the Library) is composed of an indefinite, perhaps infinite number of hexagonal galleries…The arrangement of the galleries is always the same: Twenty bookshelves, five to each side, line four of the hexagon's six sides…each bookshelf holds thirty-two books identical in format; each book contains four hundred ten pages; each page, forty lines; each line, approximately eighty black letters"

"With these words, Borges has set the rule for the universe en abyme contained on our site. Each book has been assigned its particular hexagon, wall, shelf, and volume code. The somewhat cryptic strings of characters you’ll see on the book and browse pages identify these locations. For example, jeb0110jlb-w2-s4-v16 means the book you are reading is the 16th volume (v16) on the fourth shelf (s4) of the second wall (w2) of hexagon jeb0110jlb. Consider it the Library of Babel's equivalent of the Dewey Decimal system."
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On Sacred Harp and shape note singing.

"THE sound is like nothing I have ever heard before - and I grew up in a Welsh chapel. It's as deep as funeral music, but feels like a resurrection. When Michael invites newcomers into the hollow square to get the full surround-sound experience, my insides crack like a flagstone.

This time, it's "354t Lebanon": "Oh turn us, turn us, mighty Lord, by thy resistless grace", but although the moment feels unutterably, overwhelmingly holy, I don't know that the words have much to do with it. I feel like Naaman risen from the Jordan. Like Elijah as the fire falls from the sky. I cannot, ever, not do this.

In the pub afterwards - and we all go - I ask Aldo about the difference a faith makes to the experience.

"We have people of all faiths and none, as you'll find out," he says. "But what's interesting is that the agnostics say that the music cannot be denuded of its religion. Some of these are folk tunes, and we could find non-religious words, but its power is its spirituality."
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Pawtucket Winter Farmers Market @RocketTruck breakfast (from Periscope this morning)
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"Beyond Meat can count itself a tech company, in that it began when Brown plowed through scientific papers to find the university researchers who were doing the work likeliest to advance the T in TVP—textured vegetable protein, which has generally had a consistency somewhere between modeling clay and latex sponge. Texture, Brown thought, was the key to a better meat substitute. He also wanted to vary the V: most TVP means soy, in a world where many people want to avoid genetically modified organisms and almost all soy is a GMO. His assumption was that the flavor challenge had been cracked by chemists working from the late 1960s through the ’80s—a golden era for experimentation in processed food, when instruments to measure flavor were being invented and refined, multinational flavoring companies were racing to develop new molecules, and cranks hadn’t started talking about eating only what your grandmother ate."
It might be possible to create a burger that helps the environment and improves your health. But will it taste good enough to win over the masses?
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"The 90-minute performance incorporates original film, electronic music, computer-generated art and vocals. Both composers also perform, with Rouse taking the role of Engelbart and Neill playing Bill English, Engelbart's SRI colleague who actually built the first mouse.

Rouse, who also sings, wrote the libretto, using phrases from Engelbart's demo as opera supertitles, among them 2C ORANGES, 2D APPLES, 3 NEWS, 4 LETTUCE, 5 FRENCH BREAD, 6 BEAN SOUP.

Singers' entrances happen as the text comes on screen," explained Rouse in a recent phone interview. "When the text comes up and you hear it sung, it looks like magic. You can't figure out how they're doing this live." ...

Before creating "The Demo," the two composers, both 57 and living in the New York City area, had collaborated on a number of programs, but neither was familiar with the 1968 computer technology breakthrough.

Neill came upon a video of Engelbart's demo on the Stanford website while researching the history of the Internet for a class at New Jersey's Ramapo College, where he is an associate professor of music industry and production.

"I was completely blown away," he said. "I was just so taken not only by the content but also by the quality of the video. I found it remarkable that so much of the technology we use in our daily lives could be traced to this one event, which was essentially a type of performance."

Planning to use Engelbart's demo as a teaching tool, he also thought about "trying to make some kind of artistic work around this because I didn't think very many people knew about it. It was such a remarkable document about an event that changed the world."

Plus, "there was something about Engelbart's personality and the way he seemed to be delivering this thing" that inspired Neill. "He was so calm and relaxed, almost meditative," the composer explained. "Using technology in live performance in 2015, I know it can be harrowing. He just seemed to be so relaxed, as if he had done it a thousand times."


Based on a 1968 computer science demonstration that rocked the tech world, electronic opera "The Demo" will have its world premiere next Wednesday, April 1, at Stanford.
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Traction Software Inc 245 Waterman St Suite 504 Providence RI 02906 USA
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President and co-founder Traction Software. Everything is deeply intertwingled. - Ted Nelson
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Greg is President and co-founder of Traction Software Inc, creator of Traction TeamPage. He has over 30 years experience as architect and engineer of publishing, hypertext, and signal processing systems starting at Brown University, US Naval Research Laboratory, Mentor Graphics / Context, and Electronic Book Technologies (EBT), Inc. My Erdös number is 4 via Andries van Dam, John Hughes, Jeffrey Shallit, Paul Erdös.
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First Hypertext system used: Hypertext Editing System (HES) 1968 at Brown with Andy van Dam, Ted Nelson and other Andy students. My Twitter avatar is a photo I took while filming a short HES movie.
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