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Month: January 2007 (page 2 of 5)

Dome-mania with ID and the elumenati

Links to write about later about id and the elumenati:

Student Protests at UNC

Students protesting the war - 1970.

This is not a current event but an exhibit and series of panels and talks at Wilson Library called “I Raised my Hand to Volunteer: Students Protest in 1960s Chapel Hill” which opens today.

Sally will be leading a panel on Jan. 30, 2007 called “Pressing the Hold-outs: The Desegregation Sit-ins of 1963-1964,” at Wilson Library, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Since I was there the first time round for some of this, I’ll be doing a bit of family work most of those evenings.

Jones talks upcoming

Bora-mania in Nature and Seed

Post-Science Blogging Conference interview with Bora Zivkovic in Nature and in the Nature Blog. Among other things Bora talks about The Open Laboratory: The Best Writing on Science Blogs 2006.

Science Blogs and Seed have links (at the top of the pages) to Bora’s conference writeups and pictures.

Lyceum-based TeachFor.US in LA Times

Last night, Sally and I watched Davis Guggenheim‘s The First Year, a moving and informative documentary that follows five teachers in their first year in the classroom.

We could have been reading Adam Geller’s blog of his first year teaching in St Louis with Teach For America, In the Lou. It’s much more dramatic than the documentary.

Adam’s adventures in teaching were just covered and linked to by the Los Angeles Times today.

The TeachFor.US blogsphere uses Lyceum and is hosted on

UnBound commentaries

I couldn’t get up to NYC for Google’s Unbound: Advancing Book Publishing in a Digital World at the New York Public Library on Thursday. Nice of them to ask me tho:

Please join us for a day examining how the book business has changed and how it will continue to evolve. Hear from thought leaders and industry veterans who are taking advantage of our increasingly digital world – from blogs and social networks to print-on-demand and online access.

Some great folks were there though including Chris Anderson, Cory Doctorow, Tim O’Reilly and Seth Godin.

The confab created enough of a stir to merit commentaries around the world including a longish doubtful commentary,
Count this be the final chapter in the life of the book? (Bryan Appleyard in the Sunday Times – London), and many more (Google News search for “Google Unbound”)

Technorati shows only light blogging by tags 

Post-Science Blogging Conference – Bora-mania contiunes unabated

Great longish article in the News and Observer on the Science Blogging Conference and on Bora.

Same article was picked up in the Charleston (SC) Post and Courier.

Nice mention of Science Blogging Conference and of the OnLine NewsHour’s work on “Pigs and Politics” on Boingboing (Thanks Xeni).

Also a bit on WRAL’s TechTalk Blog.

And a liveblog in Thai from Iteau.

Wickeder and Not For Sale

The Wicked Buritto property is finally for sale, but Chapel Hill’s other eye sore — Eastern Federal’s hole-where-a-multiplex-once-sat — is still in limbo. I wrote about this in 2005. News and Observer has a story about the highly unserious “Coming Soon” being removed.

At the Science Bloggers Conference

Murphey Hall is full. Folks are struggling to get on the net. The biggest problem is the UNC set up. Once on, the room is fairly well provisioned.

We’re even on schedule.

Food and set up are all fine — except that the Open Eye dropped the ball on delivering coffee. We (Brian) had to run get some from another nearby coffee shop.

Badger has a picture up already.

Did I mention that the swag bags are full of great science publications?
Bora gets things going. It was his idea to have a science blogging conference.

Then Anton announce Dr. Hunt Willard who created to first artificial human chromosome who is talking about science communications. He has amusing stories about his adventures trying to get his stories covered sanely by the press (MSM that is) and about writing OpEd pieces. (see AskBig).
Badger is IMing me with stories of digital accordions in the middle of all of this.

Props given to the Public Library of Science and various F/LOSS journals in discussion with Dr. Willard. Great discussion of scientists speaking to the public. Now a guy from Lancet asking about blogging and peer-review publishing — specifically about timing. Worries about the credibility of blogging and of scientists in the face of peer-review and citation. Will that change? Willard says no change. But he thinks that our current students who are used to real time will be the ones who bridge the two worlds. Can Lancet provide that bridge? Time frame? Willard says within three years. That soon.


Janet Stemwedel leads a discussion about how to be a blogging scientist.
[still helping folks set up their wireless. I will have learned a lot about WinDoz once this conference is over.]

Badger is amongst the many liveblogging the event. Other liveblogs and pictures at Technorati

[lunch and break outs — I exercise my garbage removal skills which are awesome if I do say so myself]

Adnaan Wasey of Online NewsHour is talking about Teaching and Science. Lea Winerman shows a section on Pig Farm Politics which has a NC angle.

How can a science blogger convert their stuff for use in teaching — what is a lesson plan? is asked by a science blogger.

Adnaan is pretending to be a wiki sorta. he is refering to a page on the wiki (linked above as teaching and science)

Is science about accuracy (as one guy here says; i think he means classical empiricism) or about the process of science through falsification or Popper’s critical rationalism or from Kuhn‘s more complex vision of “paradigm shifts.” Basically a discussion of the role of accuracy. Is accuracy the end or one of the tools that help science progress by falsification. We’re not even touching on critical science theory.

Science resources being tossed out like Science House at NCSU and Moodle and BlackBoard (which I don’t personally like) and Google Earth.

Dave Warnick recommends reading teachers’ blogs; Ouida Meyers recommends LearnNC and Dave’s tool ClassBlogmeister.

At drinks and later at dinner, we were joined by elected officials, US Representative Brad Miller (NC-13) and Chapel Hill Town Council Member Sally Greene. Miller has an interesting announcement which I have been ask not to blog just yet.

Great conference! Thanks to Anton, Bora and Brian for all their hard and good work.

Tiemann to give SILS Kilgour Lecture

I’m delighted to report that Michael Tiemann will give the Fred Kilgour Lecture for the School of Information and Library Science on February 20th. Watch this space and the SILS web pages for more news.

Google to NC mountains

They’re already in Chapel Hill, but now it looks like Google will also be in the NC mountains near Lenoir (where they can really use the jobs). NC is paying tho with some serious incentives. AP reports here. (thanks Fred).

Rick Smith of WRAL has the most details I’ve seen here.

I may be part of a News and Observer story on the Google-NC site if Jonathan Cox takes anything from our conversation. I hope he uses the part where I say something like: “What Walmart, FedEx, Food Town and the like do with atoms, Google will be doing with electrons. That’s using spokes and hubs to localize service, avoid highway jams, anticipate needs and supply redundancy for their systems.”

Update: Here’s what Jonathan said I said in his article (News and Observer Business section) — and he was taking notes so he’s probably got it right

“The reason that Food Lion, Wal-Mart, Federal Express, all those places, work is they have an incredible delivery system based on hubs delivering atoms,” said Paul Jones, an associate professor at UNC-Chapel Hill and director of, a digital library. “This is the same kind of thing, just delivering electrons.”
Robert X. Cringely has his ideas about what Google is up to here (and in SC where Cringely lives).

Bora and Science Bloggers Conference on NPR

science bloggers conference logo

Serena alerts us to Bora‘s appearance on NPR’s Market Place this morning talking about tomorrow’s Science Bloggers Conference.

LISA NAPOLI: Forget those pricey science journals. Debut your cure for cancer in a blog. From the Marketplace Innovations Desk at North Carolina Public Radio, Janet Babin reports.

JANET BABIN: More than a hundred journalists, scientists and teachers are coming to the blog conference at the University of North Carolina.

The goal is to get more people to think of blogs as a tool to communicate about science.

Bora Zivkovic helped organize the event. He says science blogs accomplish a lot.

BORA ZIVKOVIC: Debunking pseudo-science, fighting against anti-science, and science popularization. Hoping that especially kids who are online all the time will bump into science blogs and see cool stuff and get excited about science.

Zivkovic was one of the first researchers to publish data using a blog — a trend he predicts will become more popular.

Conference attendees will learn how to start a blog and how to use one to collaborate on scientific exploration.

Exile on Jones Street Exiled!

Old media reporters goes new media and hits the good ole boy wall as Kirk Ross found out when he left the Independent to write his insightful Exile On Jones Street blog.

At first all was just fine as the Indy was publishing articles from Exile as a weekly column. But after Ross became a front page blogger on BlueNC, he hit the wall.

The wall was/is the NC Capital Press Corps, an admittedly informal group with no written rules for membership. As a Indy reporter, Ross could probably be certified although he says he never tried. As a BlueNC frontpager, syndicated in at least two weeklies (Greensboro’s Yes! Weekly and Asheville’s Mountain Xpress), and blogger, he was suddenly considered a writer for an advocacy site. [I’m not quite right on this, Kirk has some clarification on this below in the comments].
Something seem wrong here? How about if I add that the head of the Press Corps is also a blogger? Mark Binker, a columnist for the Greensboro News and Record writes a good blog called Capital Beat. In fact, many members of the Press Corps blog and not all on their home paper’s site.
Kirk has the story from his side over on Exile. And readers at BlueNC are giving him suggestions and support.

Wicked up for sale

And about time too. After years of sitting vacant and less than one year as a somewhat stealth museum, the former Wicked Buritto reportedly up for sale.

I wrote about this about two years or so ago here and here and here and here and about another eye sore that is now an ugly fenced in vacant lot here.
You first job should you buy the building is to repaint it, please.

Has Been – William Shatner

Yesterday, I wore a tan v-neck sweater with a black t under it. Jenny accused me of looking like William Shatner which is fine by me.

But I tried to explain how wonderful his CD Has Been is. When I told her he does a piece there with Henry Rollins she lost it completely. “I can’t get behind that” is wonderful yelling.

Then Kristina heard me listening to Shatner’s cover of “Common People” and couldn’t believe it. I love that one too.

The CD has Rollins, Joe Jackson, Brad Paisley, Aimee Mann and Lemon Jelly as guests on various songs. All arranged by Ben Folds.

A class act.

Duke Scholarly Publishing panel

If the snow doesn’t stop me, I hope to be at this talk over at Duke:

Scholarly Publishing in the Digital Age

Date: 01/18/2007

Time: 4:30 PM

Location: 240 John Hope Franklin Center, 2204 Erwin Road (Parking available after 4pm at Pickens Clinic lot across the street on Trent)


Summary: Roundtable discussion on scholarly publishing in the digital age featuring: Steve Cohn, Director, Duke University Press; Jennifer Jenkins, Director, Center for the Study of the Public Domain, Duke Law School; Paolo Mangiafico, Digital Consultant, Duke University Libraries. Part of the Scholarly Publishing series co-sponsored by the Franklin Humanities Institute & Duke University Press.

Cornel West @ UNC

Cornell West

Cornel West was the Martin Luther King Memorial Speaker tonight at UNC. Memorial Hall was completely full and people were turned away — in advance as free tickets were required.

West was all I was lead to believe: smart, witty, theatric, engaging, challenging, occasionally contradictory. Part of West appeal, besides his animated and delightful speaking, is his constant attempt to balance what he calls the Socratic and the Prophetic. That is the logic of the Greeks and the passion and love of Jesus. All in the face of America’s history of racism.

West was happy to school newly announced presidential candidate Obama — and of course his listeners — on the difference between Hope and Optimism.

West had a little fun with folks who say “Obama is so well poised and articulate” as if, says West, that the folks saying that don’t expect black folks to be well poised and articulate. “Those folks are not meeting the right black people,” he says. “I expect all black people to be well poised and articulate.”

He gave a shout out to John Edwards for his work in raising the issues of poverty and class at a national level. But also had a little fun with JE — “Didn’t he used to be a part of this campus for a little bit? Wasn’t he here?”

B. B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center

Spent the better part of a good day with the folks from the B. B. King and Delta Interpretive Center of Indianola, Mississippi.

UNC was well represented by folks from the Library, Folklore, and from the School of Information and Library Science.

Bill Ferris brought us all together to talk about the Museum and its possibilities.

There were many good moments but one just before I had to leave that I’ll remember is a video of B. B. giving a little tour of his house. He spends a lot of time enjoying music and video on his computer and finding good information on the Internet.

Coming soon: Science Bloggers and Duke Tech Tuesdays

science bloggers conference logo

Saturday, this Saturday Jan 20, is the Science Bloggers Conference here in Murphey Hall. There is room for one more as of this writing. Sign up or end up on the Waiting List. The folks have already signed up look great and the collection of the Best of the Science Blogs which Bora edited will be there too.

Then on Tuesday, I’ll be speaking about contributor-run digital libraries at Duke’s John Hope Franklin Center’s TechTuesdays on Tuesday January 23. We’re delaying the start of the talk from the regular TechTuesday time — starting at noon:30. The announcement is below and on the ISIS TechTuesday site. I’ll be creating a wiki entry for the talk to which you may add stuff if you like and/or you can leave comments on what I should be saying to this post.

ISIS TechTuesdays featuring Paul Jones
January 23, 2007, 12:30-1:45 PM
John Hope Franklin Center 240

Paul Jones, founder of and director of, will present “Participatory Digital Libraries – Past and Futures; the ibiblio trends,” in which he will talk about experiences and futures of Contribtor-run Digital Libraries and Digital Repositories with some particular focus on the ibiblio tends. This will be somewhat of an update of his paper “Open (source)ing the doors for contributor-run digital libraries.[PDF]” Communications of the ACM. Volume 44 , Issue 5 (May 2001). Also at or if you prefer the Japanese language version

Pre-CSI pigs boingboinged

First reported here on this blog. Now at Boingboing.

Upside: from 350 views to 3550 views in a couple of hours.

Downside: Mark F gave me credit but got the URL for ibiblio wrong! When without the “l” you get sent to an evil domain squatter. Mark F got that fixed. Domain squatter to get no more hits from that page.

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