Monthly Archives: May 2009

Why so few posts?

In the beginning, blogs were mainly collections of links. With the development of blogging platforms, many bloggers moved on to long-form writing. But blogs were still places for a lot of linkfests, or link-plus-one-liner posts as well. My blog has always been a mix of both styles. Thus, my average of 8.2 posts per day.
But recently, you may have noticed the most definite reduction in the number of posts per day. Why?
First, because I heard some complaints about my blog being a firehose of stuff that is “boring, just links” (although others said that my role as a trusted filter was appreciated).
Second, there are now much more appropriate platforms for such quick-link posts – and I have moved much of my quicky posts there.
If you are interested, i.e., if you appreciate my role of a ‘trusted filter’, then you can find those linkfests on my Twitter where I get some responses. My tweets (as well as links to blogposts) immediately show up on my FriendFeed stream where there are often additional comments, by a different set of people (you can also see what other stuff I like and comment on here). A few minutes later, that stream gets imported into my Facebook Wall where a completely different set of people may add their own comments. Thus, much of the conversation I participate in online has moved to those three social networks. Blog remains for the longer, more thoughtful posts that cannot be summarized in 140 characters, and also for posts that I think are the most important, e.g., news or announcements that I want to be seen by the greatest number of people (this blog still has more subscribers and visitors than my Twitter followers, FriendFeed subscribers and Facebook friends).
In other words, I am trying to adapt my online behavior to the current, new type of journalistic workflow. I hope you follow my experiment with me, in whichever of those four places you like and feel comfortable with.

Clock Quotes

The cat has too much spirit to have no heart.
– Ernest Menaul

Happy birthday, Milutin Milankovic

MilutinMilankovic.jpgToday is the 130th anniversary of the birth of Milutin Milankovic, a Serbian geophysicist best known for Milankovitch cycles that describe periodicities in Earth’s climate.
Vedran Vucic is in Dalj (near Vukovar, Croatia), Milankovic’s birthplace, today for the birthday celebrations. He says that the house in which Milankovic grew up has been renovated for the occasion. I am assuming it has been turned into a museum. As I will go to Serbia again this summer, perhaps Vedran and I can take a trip to Dalj, where a group of science popularizers are interested in hearing about Open Access publishing, science blogging and other developments in science communication.
[Image Source – Portrait of Milutin Milanković by Paja Jovanović (1859-1957)]

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Clock Quotes

Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.
– Theodor Seuss Geisel

Total Eclipse of the Mullet with Flashlights!

From Arikia (The Millikan Daily) comes this LOL/LMAO/ROFL video of the day – Total Eclipse of the Heart: Literal Video Version:

XXVI International Association of Science Parks World Conference on Science & Technology Parks

I’ll be going to IASP next week, one of several people reporting from it for Science In The Triangle. We have organized our coverage strategically – I will be there for a couple of events on Tuesday and all day Wednesday. I’ll be posting here and on Twitter and Science In The Triangle will aggregate everyone’s posts in one place.
What is IASP?:

The International Association of Science Parks (IASP) is a worldwide network of science and technology parks. IASP connects science park professionals from across the globe and provides services that drive growth and effectiveness for members.
IASP members enhance the competitiveness of companies and entrepreneurs in their cities and regions, and contribute to global technology-led economic development through innovation, entrepreneurship, and the transfer of knowledge and technology.

What is the conference about?:

The future can be a daunting place. Regions and places around the world are looking at ways that they can be more prepared for the opportunities and challenges to come.
Places and regions that are fully integrated, viable, and use knowledge and its applications as the major driver in economic development will fair well in this new landscape. For the past fifty years, science and technology parks have led this model. The evolution of this industry’s growth will serve as a model for others.
Join us in Raleigh, NC, on June 1-4, 2009, to discuss what the elements of these future knowledge ecosystems might entail.

You can follow on Twitter (also here, or follow the #iasp hashtag) and Facebook:

This conference will focus on trends in technology-led economic development, the development and activities in science, research and technology parks including incubation, university relationships, corporate partnerships and workforce issues. It will also include discussions around intellectual property, venture capital and strategic partnerships.
In recent years, the International Association of Science Parks (IASP) has held this conference in Barcelona, Spain, and Johannesburg, South Africa, and future years will be hosted by Daejeon, Korea, and Copenhagen, Denmark. Take advantage of an international conference on a domestic ticket!

So, watch this space next week for my liveblogging of some of the events there.