Posts from January 12, 2005

CBS News Top 10

CBS News Top 10

: Letterman’s No. 10 change at CBS News: “Stories must be corroborated by at least two really strong hunches.”

No. 7: “Change division name from CBS News to CBS Newsish.”

No. 1: “Use beer, cash, and hookers to lure Tom Brokaw out of retirement.”

It’s a small, small ‘sphere, after all…

It’s a small, small ‘sphere, after all…

: Wonderfully freaky experience yesterday afternoon. I’m standing in line ready to get my usual sandwich at my usual joint, Cosi (yes, it’s a sad life) and the guy next to me says, Excuse me, but are you Jeff Jarvis. I panic, fearing this is some long-long friend whose name age erased or perhaps somebody I once didn’t hire. Turns out it was someone who reads this blog and recognized me via the picture. Sheer chance. Small world. We sat down and talked about niche blogging and advertising, of course.

Riff

Riff

: I love visiting Susan Crawford’s brain. Today’s post about bluegrass and BitTorrent:

I went to a fine concert this evening that ended up with everyone (two fiddles, one banjo, one guitar, one mandolin, drummer, and a simian cellist) standing in a row at the front of the stage playing away. Plenty of eyebrow cues were going around, and when the simian cellist didn’t have enough to say the mandolin guy picked right up. The crowd loved it.

Kenosis is a way to distribute BitTorrent distribution, so if one tracker fails the next will pick right up. As far as I can tell from the description, it provides a secure, distributed, and stable platform for p2p BitTorrent anonymous filetrading. Nodes in its network communicate how “close” they are to each other. No more centralized tracking. Plus the comments reveal that the authors want to make a lot of progress on distributed trust — so you’ll be confident in your downloads.

I bet the crowd will love it.

Meeting of the minds

Meeting of the minds

: Marketing visionary Seth Godin gives a nice compliment to marketing visionary Hugh MacLeod as the latter puts up his Hughtrain on ChageThis (and I’m feeling so amiable I won’t even snark about the PDF tonight).

More corporate intimidation

More corporate intimidation

: Apple tries to muzzle bloggers, aka citizens, aka customers. Now GM tries to strong-arm them. Glenn Reynolds notes the blogging irony: They do this just as the company’s vice-chairman starts a (well-received and well-done) blog. Right hand, meet left hand.