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Dave Winer changes direction, adopts Javascript. 
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The media have completely missed this story. There's been a bit of chatter among the illumanati re: Small Picture, a new company funded by Dave Winer and Kyle Shank. The first proof of concept was Little Outliner, a clever bit of code that stores an outline using HTML local storage.

Now Small Picture has released Fargo, an outliner that uses Dropbox as its file store. It's an early release, with the formal launch delayed by the tragic events at the Boston Marathon on April 15.

The tool, while young and a bit rough around the edges, shows real promise assuming you--like Dave Winer--think in outline form.

The REAL news (how's this for a so-called "buried head?")... drum beat... is that Winer at long last has shifted from his comfort zone--using the Frontier scripting system he invented about 100 years ago--to using Javascript.

He is leveraging the talent of Kyle Shank: http://www.kyleshank.com/stories/2013/03/25/littleOutliner.html

Check out fargo.io, it will be worth your time. One can imagine that fargo.io and related products and services from Small Picture may replace the (little known) World Outline effort Winer has been working on for several years. He has clever ideas about using DNS and e.g. Amazon back-end services in a way that allows each paragraph of a blog post to have it's own reference on the interwebs. It's a brillinat idea, I can't understand why it has not captured more attention.

Actually, that's a lie. I do understand. It is great technology, but World Outline demanded a potential user climb an Everest-equivalent technology mountain that was too much of a hassle for Ordinary People. Plus, there are not all that many people who understand the Frontier system, or who are motivated to learn an aging scripting environment, no matter how powerful and clever it is. 

By shifting his attention to Javascript, Dave Winder has entered the 21st century, guns blazing. Assuming he is able to keep the talented Kyle Shank on board (and that is not, for me, a foregone conclusion...;) Small Picture and its progeny have a shot at becoming a Big Deal.

[This is really blog-ish material. Too bad I am not maintaining a blog these days. Maybe I need to do something about that?] But maybe... you'll share this around the interwebs? I'm confident it expresses something that the Om Malik's of the world [who has written about Small Picture, in glowing terms] may have missed. LOL
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Awww.... I get it... "May the fourth be with you!" Thanks +Denise Howell
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I really like the story behind this suddenly popular British phrase. The little narrative is lovely too- a wonderful example of a confluence of music, words, and pictures. I especially like how the beats of the music are echoed in the scene changes. Excellent editing.
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Today is Day 24 of the California Prisoner Hunger Strike. Beth Hastings and I are fasting today. By fasting publicly we hope to broaden awareness of the enormous injustice and the horrific conditions prisoners must endure every day in solitary confinement in the California penal system. Our fast is a personal response to an appalling situation. In California, nearly 12,000 imprisoned people spend 23 of 24 hours living in a concrete cell smaller than a large bathroom. The cells have no windows, no access to fresh air or sunlight. People in solitary confinement exercise an hour a day in a cage the size of a dog run. They are not allowed to make any phone calls to their loved ones. They cannot touch family members who often travel days for a 90 minute visit; their conversation and their mail is monitored by prison guards. They are not allowed to talk to other imprisoned people. They are denied all educational programs, and their reading materials are censored.
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Caitlin Mooney's project has a modest budget and a grand vision. She needs contributions to realize that vision.
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Big headed dogs... yesterday Molly and Tessa had it all cut off. Crew-cuts rather than Aussie cuts. Molly keeps looking at herself in the mirror and the cat made himself scarce for a while when these two strangers came home from the groomer.
 
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The Culture of Corporate Corruption

In my talk at #sxsw yesterday, I talked about a culture of corporate corruption that has been an enabler for the breakdown of our economy. (Specifically, I talked about my experience at the Stanford Directors College some years ago, in which I expected to learn about how to be a good director of a public company, guidance on how best to look out for the interests of the shareholders, and instead was treated to session after session about director liability and how to cover my ass.)

There were a couple of great illustrations of this breakdown of business morality in today's New York Times. The first, and most striking, was Andrew Ross Sorkin's piece about bankers not disclosing conflicts of interest in M&A deals (one example was of a Goldman Sachs banker who owned a significant shareholding in a company being acquired by the company whose interests he was supposedly representing), and the complicity of law firms in whitewashing these conflicts.

The other was about the potential failure of prosecutors to be able to hold MF Global for raiding customer funds in a last-minute attempt to prop up their firm.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/13/opinion/nocera-is-mf-global-getting-a-free-pass.html?_r=1

These are two of many examples of the pervasive corruption of values that came to a head in the financial crisis of 2008, but has still not resulted in the kind of reforms that we need.

We need a shareholder revolt with a focus on good corporate governance. Thomas Jefferson once said that for liberty to flourish, government should fear the people. There is a parallel notion corporations should fear their shareholders. Right now, corporate leaders continue to act like aristocrats before the French Revolution.
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It would be interesting to see if either candidate, tonight, Oct 16, would have an opinion on these practices.  I'm sure each might reply that the legal system is in charge.  However, such legal postures actually cost average citizens money which might be retirement funds or simply day to day living.  The persons being defrauded may be small business owners who may have to fire workers as a result of having to absorb the monies taken by these corporate corupters
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There was a really great talk at Lift by Anaïs Saint-Jude on information overload, and how it has been present during all our history. Her conclusion: it's part of the human condition. I took some notes http://climbtothestars.org/archives/2012/02/22/lift12-technology-vs-people-anais-saint-jude-from-gutenberg-to-zuckerberg/ and the video of her talk should be up in a few days at http://videos.liftconference.com/
[edit] oh, and I just found this interview from the conference, probably worth watching: https://plus.google.com/106075758531242552855/posts/PTsw4HQWSkH
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