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Update 6 Feb 09

Infrastructure. Information. Community.

Enabling Collaboration: Three Priorities for New Administration 5 Feb 09

on dot-gov: Transparency Requires Plain Language 2 Feb 09

White House Memo – Open Government Directive 26 Jan 09

GovLoop Group for Enabling Collaboration: Open Government Directive

Original 30 Jan 09

Government is Information. The basis of US Industry is Information. If we can perfect the model for the development, management, distribution, communication, storage and archival of information for Government, then we can provide a model to re-grow the economy, green the culture, and vastly reduce our addiction to foreign sources of petro chemicals (oil).

Government is Food. If we change the paradigm for food production away from fast food, which uses vast amounts of energy and oil, and sickens our population with sugar and fat, then we can significantly reduce our healthcare costs,  extend our environmental protection, and greatly reduce our need for foreign oil.

Step One:  Fix the Government

1. The Data Infrastructure needs a major upgrade in power and consistency, utilizing all the tools that are razor’s edge now, to bring organizations into standards that work and are secure.
2. Interactive and Collaborative methods must become part of the fabric of the organization from the top down. Part of this re-tool must include thinning out middle management bottlenecks, and empowering individuals as collaborative peers.
3. Green the Government: Telework (40%) must become mandatory for all positions where physical presence is not absolutely necessary. This includes managers. The state of consumer electronics has already proven this viable technically.  What are we waiting for?
4. We must Mobilize our legacy staff and Recruit from the talented pool that have been raised on Web 2.0. In the 30 odd years I’ve been an IT geek, no one ever learned how to help themselves with me around to bail them out. Listen to Pink Floyd’s The Wall, and then walk around most any building in DC. The similarity is shocking.

Step Two:  Fix the People

Any of this sound familiar? Let me know. As we went on our monthly run for supplies at Walmart today, we walked among overweight young people, with bluetooth and 3G devices, piling up their baskets with products made from cheap subsidized sugar, vegetable oil and starch, made with energy from foreign oil. And beer and disposable diapers, for too many kids born to under-employed families. I am a childless older version of those, now diabetic, and now somewhat smarter, looking for good food that won’t kill me faster than the 40 years I spent drinking Dr. Pepper and eating at McDonalds. Of all the bounty in this modern market of deadly, cheap food, only about 23% can be eaten safely by a 60 year old white male with Type 2 Diabetes.

Step Three:  Give Peas a Chance

But don’t do this for me. Do it for yourself. And your kids that are so bright, and now have a real chance to grow up without the venom of a racist America to distract them from the incredible potential that shows in the face of children that want to grow up to become President. We really do now know that any of us can. LMAO. Steal This Blog!

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27 January 2009: It seems quite appropriate to re-blog this entry, at the end of this first week of a new chapter in the American story…

“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly…who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who have never known neither victory nor defeat.”Teddy Roosevelt

“Citizenship in a Republic,” Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910

Originally posted September 2007…

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26 Feb 2008 Update: Be sure to watch Download: The True History of the Internet on the Science Channel starting March 3…

Original posting 27 Dec 2007: The first computer program I typed in was on my VIC 20 (20K RAM) by Commodore, purchased from Sears, hooked up to a $10 B/W TV from a pawn shop. The language was Basic and the OS was CBM 1.0 (?) , with a copyright by Microsoft, one of Gates, Inc.’s first projects. The ubiquitous 10 PRINT ‘Hello, World.’ 20 END or something like it started many of us oldsters on the Road to Perdition. Actually, that was my first personal computer, my first FORTRAN IV stack went back a few years before that at UT Austin in 1967. (more…)

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Meet with the Knowledge Networking group of the Association of Virtual Worlds in Second Life.

KnowNet in SLWednesday at Work” WED 1100 a.m. SLT
(check the AVW site for location)

With all the talk, blogs, twitters, ads, chat, etc., about Social Networking, a la FaceBook, MySpace, YouTube, and the rest… it has occurred to me that what we (myself and my colleagues) are really pursuing is better described as Knowledge Networking. Since we are in business, government, education and other serious pursuits, the ‘social’ part of the Web 2.0 worlds seem to scare our managers, and somehow imply that we are playing games or watching TV (or worse) instead of doing real work. The totally serious and productive attributes of the new ‘web’ can be lost when we are briefing our bosses on the travel or training we just took and we pop up a browser of FaceBook or Second Life web pages and the silly stuff hides the good. (more…)

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2010 Updates: See the Tektite Exhibit in Second Life at The Abyss Observatory; the Tektite Underwater Habitat Museum; Project Tektite 40th Anniversary Reunion in Lameshur Bay, St. John, Virgin Islands, November 6, 2010. (end date)

2009 Updates: Wikipedia Articles about Tektite I and II and Tektite Gallery Page

Project Tektite 40th Anniversary Reunion at the Virgin Islands Environmental Research Station (VIERS) on February 15, 2009 (begin date)

Project Tektite was an oceanographic research project conducted in 1969-1970 in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The fall and winter of 2007 seem to be dedicated to searching for information about my life and activities 40 years ago. One of the events in my life as a young man that has influenced my professional and personal life, was my participation in 1970 in the Tektite II project.  I have reconnected with one of my colleagues in Tektite, Kenny Meyer, and in my cerfing the web for more information, I found this excellent photo on Flickr.com, taken by aquanaut Ed Clifton, whom I have never met. Further research actually found a description of the beginnings of the project in 1969, from a personal view, by the photographer of this photo and aquanaut who was involved in Tektite from the beginning. Tektite Habitat Uploaded by Tom Clifton

An Evening on a Tropical Beach by Ed Clifton (Tektite I & II) (more…)

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NobelWe awoke this morning to the news that Washington Post reported the following:

Friday, October 12, 2007; 8:32 AM – Gore, U.N. Body Win Nobel Peace Prize

‘Former vice president Al Gore and a United Nations panel that monitors climate change were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize today for their work educating the world about global warming and advocating for political action to control it.’ (more…)

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