How Geek am I? When Bruce Ster­ling was giv­ing his pre­sen­ta­tion on Spime at SXSW he cit­ed a very cool illus­tar­tion of what he means my objects locat­able in space and time: when you get up in the morn­ing, you won’t hunt for your shoes, you�ll just google them. 

I was read­ing the Wikipedia entry on Spime at that moment, and there was noth­ing so con­crete there, so I updat­ed the entry live while he was talk­ing.

I told Dane Petersen this as I came out of the hall and he did the full-on Nerd Fist pump and high five, to my great amuse­ment. He also told me that last year Ster­ling had brought a 3D print­er along and had demon­strat­ed an object’s tran­si­tion from vir­tu­al space to physcial space by print­ing out some objects for the audi­ence. Dane was in the back of the hall and fig­ured he was Peo­ple in the back fig­ured they were nev­er going to get to see what one looked like, until some­one at the front took a pic­ture, upload­ed it to Flickr, and the whole room had it in sec­onds via the pro­jec­tion screen — send­ing the object back from phys­i­cal space to Vir­tu­al.

Damn. This place is Geek­out Cen­tral.

I shook the hand of the walrus

I shook the hand of Aman­da Con­g­don!!! OK, I know every geek­boy on the plan­et has a crush on the Rock­et­Boom Hostes­sisi­ma, but how many could walk up to her after an SXSW pan­el and offer to let her guest pod­cast from the deck of the Rain­bow War­rior?

Despite the fact that I am reel­ing with a Tan­quer­ay and Ton­ic hang­over from the SXSW after par­ty, I’m still jit­tery with hav­ing met so many peo­ple I’ve been read­ing or watch­ing for years: Aman­da, Bruce Ster­ling, Doc Sear­les, Jason Kot­tke James Surowiecki.

Kick Start

Wel­come, Earth­ling, to this my blog. It was born at the South-by-South­west Inter­ac­tive Con­fer­ence at 6:48 am on 13 March 2006 after an evening of too much Tequi­la mixed with too many con­ver­sa­tions with oth­er activists and inter­net mavens about the state of the world, the oppor­tu­ni­ties we’re miss­ing, the vic­to­ries we’ve won that remain unsung.

My pledge:
To bark;
To bite;
To stand on my head;
To nev­er, nev­er bore you.

Slap me when I stray.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to being a Head of State at the Earth Summit

Hi kids! Have you been watch­ing the pro­ceed­ings of the Earth Sum­mit in Johan­nes­burg? Do you wish that YOU too could take bold com­mit­ments to save the world and turn them into mushy lan­guage full of loop­holes, wig­gle room, and ambi­gu­i­ty GUARANTEED to ensure you nev­er have to lift a fin­ger to save the plan­et???

Well now you CAN! Let’s pre­tend you’re a real world lead­er in Johan­nes­burg! Here’s what you should do when hand­ed a draft agree­ment.

Let’s say this draft con­tains the fol­low­ing state­ment:

All coun­tries agree to phase out coal as an ener­gy source.

Isn’t that just awful? So clear and so sim­ple a child could have writ­ten it, but it’ll mean a lot of work for you when you get home. It may also make some of those pals of yours a lit­tle bit upset. They might not buy you any more elec­tions! So let’s swing into action!

Now, if you’re a nation­al del­e­gate, you can tell the Chair­man that you want to put that state­ment in brack­ets. Brack­ets mean you’re not entire­ly hap­py with that text, and you’d like to stran­gle it. Go on. Any coun­try can do it, all by them­selves, for any rea­son at all. Brack­ets are cheap, so sprin­kle them lib­er­al­ly through­out any text that sug­gest actu­al­ly doing any­thing! It’s so easy!!!

[All coun­tries agree to phase out coal as an ener­gy source.]

Now that you’ve got it in brack­ets, let’s add some cool inac­ti­vat­ing phras­es. Per­son­al­ly, I’ve always liked “take mea­sures to.” Watch!

[All coun­tries agree to {take mea­sures to} phase out coal as an ener­gy source.]

Still, that’s a bit too crisp. So let’s reach into our doc­u­ment hat and find anoth­er nifty nugget. How about “have instru­ments in place”??? Sounds like lawyers will get involved! Now THAT ought to slow things down! Con­tin­ue read­ing “The Com­plete Idiot’s Guide to being a Head of State at the Earth Sum­mit”