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Factoid: Lincoln was asked by his own party to step down and not run for re-election in 1864.

Commented on HuffPost: Why Judd Gregg’s Change of Heart Was a Birthday Present to Lincoln’s Protégé

“Thanks for the refreshing post, running somewhat against the grain of most of the splinter heads in the media (take that! Fox and MSNBC and all in between). Now is the time for the center cut of America to step up and eschew all the fringes. We should be partisans only for all of America, as is our President.”

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More of my babbling: The State of Israel, the US Air Force, the hydrogen bomb, and myself are all roughly the same age. In those 60 odd years, we have all seen maybe a dozen moments, that in retrospect, could have gone a different way, and literally could have changed the fabric of the universe. A new shirt, or wads of tangled, smoldering thread drifting through the cosmos waiting for another set of complex hydrocarbons to make a stand. We are at one of those times.

When I was 12, I heard the “Ask not…” call, and it thrust me into a state of consciousness that has been both a blessing and a source of intense pain. But the bottom line is, that each of us can, on some level, or with some degree of success, absolutely change the way the electrons spin around the center.

Make a difference? Absolutely. One more important than another? Sometimes, briefly. Have an effect if you say “No, thanks.”? Impossible. That is not to say that “Just say No.” is not often the right answer, and itself can be a game changer. But to slip out of the ring because there might be a problem, or because things might not go perfectly, is unthinkable to me. Now is not the time to drop out.

I believe that Frodo was right not to kill Gollum when he had the chance, because you never know when even the most vile creature can, for all the wrong reasons, cause the right thing to happen. If all this appears to be psycho-literary-elitist babble, then you are just not reading enough history. Final answer. Locked in. “If not now, when? If not us, who?”

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Big Blue MarbleAfter visiting WonderWebby on Collaboration Guidelines, I went to see the published guidelines from IBM and Sun (via Skrocki), and then back to BluePrints. See how it works? No, really, I know I’m on the ‘path’ when 2 of my fav tech dogs (IBM and Sun) are pushing guidelines for creativity and collaboration, in addition to my day job references a ‘most restrictive’ default administrator policy for blade servers..lol. 😉

So I am using this blog to officially announce “Farnham’s Global Collaboration Guidelines” as a blog posting, as well as a comment to a blog and as a tweet: “Work Hard, Keep Your Day Job, Be Adult, Have Fun, Hug the Dog, Save the World.” (with 17 characters left…ha! 🙂

Really, thanks to all for this new world. BTW, What the dog’s name? (as in, Which one’s Pink?) Global collaboration is not only a great way to do business, and to begin real resources conservation, it is also a lot more fun than waiting in a TSA line to put your socks through the X-ray machine. Later…FF/BE

Amended 10 July 2008 – See “Work Hard”

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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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Mo-Ztu While browsing the stuff available to put in my FaceBook profile, I ran across “Which Chinese Philosopher Are You?” Hmmmm, what an interesting concept. So I took the short quiz, and up popped my new ‘old’ mentor. Mo-Ztu (Mozi) lived 410-390 BCE, during the Warring State Period and was known as a pacifist and a hard worker. He argued against Confucianism and Taoism. His teachings (Mohism) were stamped out later by Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi and in the 20th century have been re-examined as more important than earlier thought. In the short time that I have been looking at information about Mo-Tzu, I have found some concepts of Mohism that could have been written for me, about me, by my father. (more…)

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