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Louis Suárez-Potts
Works at Age of Peers, Inc.
Attended University of California, Berkeley (PhD)
Lives in Toronto
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Google got it wrong. The open-office trend is destroying the workplace. - The Washington Post

On the other hand, companies could simply join another trend — allowing employees to work from home. That model has proven to boost productivity, with employees working more hours and taking fewer breaks. On top of that, there are fewer interruptions when…
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From the article: The problem of drug prices eating up national health budgets has been coming up at the annual World Health Assembly. Last week, a panel of experts discussed the merits of lowering those prices by delinking research and development costs…
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Heeks is interesting, as is his department at Manchester. But I can't help but wonder if the phenomena described in this blog entry (focus is on Sri Lanka) aren't being confounded by the unsettled conditions in place. Not only is the technology itself evolving, and moving from the typewriter-fixed cubicle (or equiv.) to more fluid possibilities, but Sri Lanka has just gone through a savage civil war. On the other hand, for that very reason (the political one) the conditions in Sri Lanka could be paired to those in, say, in Slovenia or Croatia; or in Estonia; and there are others, including Burma, though that polity seems more to resemble Albania ca. early 90s and so is not the best for this sort of comparison. But it does raise yet another question: What role do exogenous (and usually neoliberal) interests play in the construction of digital networks? (In short, is this but another and seemingly more modern form of American cultural imperialism?)
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“Okay, 80 pages in and I am officially Giving Up on MS Office 2011 for OSX. Switching to LibreOffice with relief, b/c it works better. — Charlie Stross (@cstross) February 23, 2015 LibreOffice=OpenOffice plus/minus minor things. The point: it’s easier to…
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How One Stupid Tweet Blew Up Justine Sacco’s Life – NYTimes.com. The title to this examination of the effects of online pack vengeance is not nearly as good as the article itself, which seeks to present the human toll of online shredding.
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Apple and IBM should both look at what UX Write have done on iOS and what we are doing at the Apache Incubator project Corinthia. Apple IBM Is Going Well And Will Grow – Business Insider.
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via Can Mozilla Halt Firefox’s Slide and Break Up the Mobile Internet Duopoly? | MIT Technology Review. I think the answer is no. They have made it difficult to get productivity apps included and seemed to have been too late for the mobile party.…
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So, I just read the article; I had merely skimmed the author's synopsis. It addresses most of my concerns and gives a fair account of and justification for ANT, even as it presents a critique of any simple and static view of ANT. The question--does ANT help any researcher, critic understand the given cultural environment?--is answered with a cautionary yes. Still, what I think I would further find of interest is the more Foucault (and less Latour) question about the means by which  "power" comes into recognisable being, as well as the peculiarities of its dynamic and identity. But this is motivated by my own constant experience as a consultant getting entrepreneurs and others wanting to make money to use open source and to consider it as a local commons and not just yet another commodity machine from the multinational.
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My colleague, Peter Kelly, pointed us to this article (actually, a reference to this one). It’s rather interesting and, like Peter, I’m interested to see what develops—and see this as, so far, a positive change. Back at CollabNet, when we had to draft…
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Challenging perceptions about public investment in Canada | MARIANA MAZZUCATO.
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Slack uses consumer design to invade the enterprise – Business Insider.   I started using Slack a short while ago, in part because a client was using it. It’s remarkably good at what it does: set up a seemingly intuitive, predictable environment for…
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The article does a good job of describing why a foundation could solve some of node.js' community problems. But foundations are not in and of themselves solutions, of course---
Node.js, the popular server-side JavaScript framework, is getting its own open-source foundation and will no longer be governed by Joyent, the cloud-infrastructure provider plans to announce on Tuesday. It should take around two to three months before the foundation is formally established, and until then, Joyent will remain the corporate steward of the Node.js open-source…
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Work
Occupation
Community Strategist: Strategist and manager for open collaborative networks
Skills
Community strategy, formation and development; open source licensing, structure, marketing; public policy, and ICT4D
Employment
  • Age of Peers, Inc.
    Co-Founder, Community Strategist, 2011 - present
  • Open Models Valuation Company
    Board Member, Community Strategist, 2011 - present
  • Apache OpenOffice
    Project Management Committee (formerly Community Manager and more with OpenOffice.org), 2000 - present
  • Oracle Corporation
    Community, Product Manager, 2010 - 2011
  • Sun Microsystems
    Community Development Manager, 2007 - 2011
  • CollabNet
    Content Manager, Editor, Community Manager, Community Consultant, 2000 - 2007
  • eLuxury.com
    Chief Copy Writer (eCommerce), 1999 - 2000
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
Toronto
Previously
Spain - Mexico, D.F., Mexico - Paris, France - San Francisco, CA, USA - London, UK - Sydney, NSW, Australia - New York City, NY, USA - Los Angeles, CA, USA - Berkeley, CA, USA - Oakland, CA, USA - San Diego, CA, USA - Toronto, ON, Canada
Story
Tagline
Let be be finale of seem.
Introduction
I came across Stevens in Australia. We'd just moved there, from California, I was 10 and had already gone to more than a dozen schools and skipped many grades--and then unskipped them. Each move introduced me to new things I loved learning but which proved utterly worthless. One was Wallace Stevens. Collaroy, in Sydney, had a great library for a school its size and when I came across the collection of Stevens' poems I found them hilariously incomprehensible. But also galvanizing. As a game of defiance, I suppose, I copied the first line of each poem in the collection and randomly composited these lines into a new poem. Could anyone tell the composited from the composed?

Then years later, after a dozen more schools and yet more grades skipped and unskipped, I found myself in graduate school at UC Berkeley writing a 60 page research paper on Stevens. And he remains one of my favorite poets. 


Call the roller of big cigars,
The muscular one, and bid him whip
In kitchen cups concupiscent curds.
Let the wenches dawdle in such dress
As they are used to wear, and let the boys
Bring flowers in last month’s newspapers.
Let be be finale of seem.
The only emperor is the emperor of ice-cream.

Take from the dresser of deal,
Lacking the three glass knobs, that sheet
On which she embroidered fantails once
And spread it so as to cover her face.
If her horny feet protrude, they come
To show how cold she is, and dumb.
Let the lamp affix its beam.
The only emperor is the emperor of ice-cream.
Bragging rights
Isn't that for mom?
Education
  • University of California, Berkeley (PhD)
    English (American Culture), 1900 - 1999
    Berkeley's program was comprehensive, and coursework ranged from Chaucer to the present. My dissertation study included classic literary figures of the late 19th c.--James, Twain, London--and also less studies writers, most of whom were not literary at all, they were social scientists or journalists. I also started out in Rhetoric, and took all the historical and theoretical courses on the subject, also at Berkeley.
  • Columbia University MFA
    ABD
    Fiction and non-fiction writing. I left in righteous annoyance (now seen as adolescent) and so never submitted my thesis.
  • University of California, Berkeley
    English; Cognitive Science (unofficial)
    I had taken a huge number of disparate courses but settled finally on English and unofficially minored in cog. sci. Berkeley has no official minors, so this just means I took a lot of courses in the subject but not enough to double major. In English, I did two (arguably three) thesis, on Shakespeare, Irony, and for my honor's, H. James and naturalism.