So I’m really digging SlideShare at the moment. It’s a great way to share presentations and the embed functionality is pretty killer. It’s pretty hard to believe Google hasn’t added embedability to it’s presentations yet (or has it and I just don’t know about it).
Now onto another presentation, this one comes from this month’s likemind global question: “If you were to rebuild your city from scratch, how would you build it differently and what would you keep the same?” Piers was kind enough to put it into list form and we’ve got the full presentation over at the likemind site.
And now for some random links . . .
- Steven Johnson breaks down which authors use the longest sentences. Combatants include: Malcolm Gladwell, Steven Pinker, Seth Godin, Christopher Hitchens, Michel Foucault and Frederic Jameson.
- The Economist notes something I’ve been thinking for a while but having trouble articulating: “Unlike other networks, social networks lose value once they go beyond a certain size. ‘The value of a social network is defined not only by who’s on it, but by who’s excluded,’ says Paul Saffo, a Silicon Valley forecaster.”
- Worried that your shotgun is too far from your bed? The Back-Up solves that by giving you a handy holder that goes between your mattress and box spring.
- The Outsourced Brain is pretty much the same article as Your Outboard Brain Knows All. In fact, David Brooks mentions reading Clive Thompson’s article . . . weird. (Brooks link via Chet)
- Metcalfe’s Law is Wrong. This isn’t really new news, but it’s the best explanation I’ve read. If Metcalfe’s law was correct it would make no sense for networks (like Facebook or Myspace for instance) to be closed. (For more info on networks, check out the presentation at the top of this post.)
- Last but not least, one last article on network theory. This one talks about the importance of random connection in a complex network (and is pretty old).
Okay, that’s it for now. Off to Jacksonville. See you later.