It has been 2 months since my last post. Time to clean out the closet and see if the summer accumulated any useful nuggets.

Here's some stuff that's been laying in my inbox or in my head this past summer.

The Leisure Class, thriving since 1899, isn't the only game in town. "... the practices that consumers have adopted in response to the economic crisis ultimately could — as a raft of new research suggests — make them happier. New studies of consumption and happiness show, for instance, that people are happier when they spend money on experiences instead of material objects, when they relish what they plan to buy long before they buy it, and when they stop trying to outdo the Joneses."


A magazine editor gets a big surprise when his condition after open heart surgery is far worse -- and tougher to understand -- than anyone gave him reason to believe.


Has the notion of authorship and the value of individual creative effort begun to fade in an error of social networking and mash ups?  Plagiarism may be on the rise as university students borrow freely from sources without atribution -- without even the idea that attribution and the rights of authors are even important.


I started helping with the planning of PechaKucha Raleigh. 

What is it? PechaKucha Nights are local idea-sharing events in the 20 x 20 format: speakers present 20 slides for 20 seconds per slide. Slides advance automatically to keep things moving forward at a rapid pace. Anyone can present, but the most meaningful PechaKucha presentations are the ones that uncover the unexpected -- unexpected talent, unexpected ideas.  Many use PechaKucha Night to present their latest creative projects, work, or passions. PechaKucha is Japanese for 'chatter' or the sound of conversation. All of September’s PechaKucha/ideaSPARK presentations are closely aligned with the philosophy & mission of SPARKcon.

To support PechaKucha at SPARKcon, Lonerider Brewery will be hosting a fundraiser in Raleigh on Saturday, August 21st, at 7:30pm. The fundraising event will enable PechaKucha/ideaSPARK to secure a booth, equipment, and printing services. Come on down to Lonerider Brewery for beer, music and philanthropy!
Note: If you would like to donate materials or services, please email us at -- Thank you!

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June 26 2011

I should folow up on the status of these startups: