Long Now

I’ve been listening to tons of the Long Now presentations. They really great and dense presentations about thinking about things in terms of a long view over hundreds or millions of years.

One thing I really love is how they let the audience ask questions. The audience writes their questions down and hands them to the moderator to read. This seems to create a better conversation with the speaker and makes for more intelligent questions.

Too often in other talks, Google’s talks are a good example, people ask their questions aloud. Most people are not well spoken though and a great question in their head does not always come out as a great question.

Making people write the question down makes the think out their question and really seems to bring some great question to the surface.

NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo starts today. 1667 words a day to a 50,000 word novel. I've always read that writing needs to be daily habit. So far all I've accomplished is a yearly habit of joining NaNoWriMo. Lets see if I can beat my record of 10,000 words.

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Intense Debate seems like a cool new service. You can install it on your site as a commenting system to replace the default system in popular systems like blogger and wordpress. It seems to integrate pretty well with the ability to import and export comments and just a lot of work was put in to not seem like a silo stealing your information.

The functionality seems a little over kill for small site like mine but I do like the benefit of knowing more about who is leaving comments. I can’t see my self being an early adopter but if this catches on and tons of people use it I would not be opposed to setting it up.