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Christopher Rice
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Some days are so Awesome you just have to laugh and sport your best Cake Eating Grin proudly.

Today is one of those days.

Moo Hoo Ha Ha Ha... (rubs hands together in a sinister fashion)
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This is a useful train of thought for thinking about any system, really, and not just the Internet. Thanks +Saul Kaplan for sharing this.
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All companies die. All cities are nearly immortal.

Both are type of networks. But there are two basic network forms: organisms or ecosystems. Companies are like organisms, while cities are like ecosystems.

All organisms (and companies) have share many universal laws of growth. Creatures age in the same way, whether they are small animals, large mammals, starfish, bacteria, and even cells. All ecosystems (and cities) also share universal laws. They evolve and scale in a similar fashion among themselves — whether they are forests, meadows, coral reefs, or grasslands, or villages.

Geoff West from the Santa Fe Institute has piles of data to prove these universal and predictive laws of life. Organisms scale in a 3/4 law. For every doubling in size, they increase by less than one, or .75. The bigger the organism, the slower it goes. Both elephants and mice have the same number of heartbeats per lifespan, but he elephant beats slower.

Ecosystems, on the other hand, scale by greater than one, or 1.15. Every year they increase in wealth, crime, traffic, patents, pollution, disease, infrastructure, and per capita by 15%. The bigger the city, the faster it goes.

A less than one rate of exponential growth inevitably leads to an s-curve of stagnation. All organisms and companies eventually stagnate and die. A greater than one rate of exponential leads to a hockey stick upshot of seemingly unlimited growth. All cities keep growing. As West remarked: We can drop an atom bomb on a city and 30 years later it will be thriving.

The question Geoff West could not answer at tonight's Long Now talk was:

Is the internet more like a company or more like a city?
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Took my son with me to work today at his request, because he wanted to learn more about what I do. I was rewarded with this conversation:

Him: "So, it's just meetings, phone calls and emails, then? All day long?

Me: "Well, sometimes there's Twitter or video conferencing."

Him: "That's really boring."

Me: Has a flashback to that scene from The Incredibles where, when asked by Mr. Incredible what he was waiting for, the young boy exclaimed, "Something AMAZING! I guess...?"

Yeah. It was just like that. Except I didn't, you know, lift a car or anything. Clearly.
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Hmmmmm. This is causing some serious self reflection.
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Looks like Blackboard got my talk with +Patsy Carruthers from Blackboard World 2011 posted. The talk presents the faculty and student user experience research my Experience Analysis and Design team did last fall and which appears to have informed a lot of Blackboard's upcoming UI and workflow improvements.

I'd love your feedback on this!
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I have seen this presentation a time or two, and it ROCKS !!
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This song make me feel young for some strange reason.

The Sundays, "Can't Be Sure."
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When I was a kid, I dreamed of becoming an astronaut and being the First Man on Mars. It makes me incredibly sad that our country has seemingly given up on manned spaceflight. Sigh. At least we can celebrate past accomplishments with pride. Happy Moon Day, people!
Archives Features Reviews Science Video Submit. Happy Moon Day! Xeni Jardin at 10:48 AM Wednesday, Jul 20, 2011. On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the moon. From t...
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If you haven't seen the Awesome People Hanging Out Together tumblog, you owe it to yourself to check it out right now.

http://awesomepeoplehangingouttogether.tumblr.com/

This photo of Papa Hemingway and Castro is one of my faves.
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I have it in my feed reader to get a daily dose of Awesomeness!
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If they could get a 15" Air to come in at around 3lbs, I would totally go for that model over the 13". According to the article, it could arrive right as my refresh cycle for notebooks hits. #winning
Apple is working on a 15" ultra-thin Mac notebook, MacRumors has learned. We aren't certain if it will be called a MacBook Air or MacBook...
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I would go for this too. Like my Air, but it is a bit small...
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I went the LMS/text integration route and didn't like it.
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If there was a problem, yo I'll solve it. Check out the hook while my DJ revolves it.
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Ice, ice baby...
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Gawd, I have such a schoolboy crush on Sophie Madeleine. What a fantastic voice! I love her cover of "Pure Imagination."
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I'm watching Willy Wonka now. I like her version.
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Oh Spotify, where have you been all my life? You. Complete. Me!
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I've not tried the mobile app, but I'm strongly considering it.
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  • University of Kentucky
    Associate Director - CELT, present
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    Social Technology Strategist, 2009 - 2012
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    Enterprise Architect - Academic Technologies and User Experience, 2011 - 2012
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Political Theorist & Futurist Navigating the Forces of Change in Higher Education.
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Political Theorist and Futurist navigating the forces of change in Higher Education. Associate Director, Center for the Enhancement of Learning & Teaching, University of Kentucky.
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  • University of Kentucky
    Ph.D., Political Science, 1994
  • University of Kentucky
    B.A. Political Science, 1990
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