Could Kickstarter be used to crowdfund journalism?

Curious idea - use of crowdfunding systems like Kickstarter to raise funds enabling journalists to cover stories. I suppose the result would be people paying for stories they'd like to be covered.

Scott Rosenberg, one of Salon.Com founders, "Says Everything" (About Web Media)

Scott Rosenberg, author of the blogging history "Say Everything," founder of mediabugs.org and executive editor of Grist, skyped in with my Pace University Blogging a Better Planet class last fall. If you're interested in Web communication, it's worth a half hour!
Rosenberg's book: http://www.sayeverything.com

http://www.Grist.org

Dreamhost Sucks, Time to leave Dreamhost, looking for a VPS to host my Drupal sites

I've been hosting my Drupal sites on Dreamhost for quite awhile, but it's time to move on. They're a decent web hosting provider that offers a combination that suits me well, but if you peruse http://www.dreamhoststatus.com/ you see a lot of customers complaining bitterly about downtime and slow service. I'm one of those customers, but do not want to focus on this part of the story, and instead want to focus on seeking a proper useful home to house my websites.

Simsimi: The Robot You Can Have a Real Conversation With Via Text

Simsimi, an app for Android and iPhone users, is taking the world by storm. 2.7 million people are already using it, and that numberis expected to grow over the next few months as word spreads about this innovative and entertaining app. Simsimi is a robot that has the ability to converse with users about a wide variety of topics. Simsimi also has the ability to learn from each and every user it converses with.

Canonical Entity representation for Drupal, sounds like it could fix one core critique I have of Drupal

This project just popped up on my radar - Canonical Entity Representation (see http://groups.drupal.org/node/197588 and http://groups.drupal.org/node/197583). The description of this sounds like it would resolve one of the key critiques I have against Drupal. Namely the lack of a import/export format that's part of Drupal Core. I'd like to call some attention to this and hopefully, as the two posts above suggests, this can be a standard part of Drupal starting with v8.

Looking at the Facebook strategy used by Bank Transfer Day

The American version of the Arab Spring (2011) is underway as I write in late October 2011.  The encampment near Wall Street is now in its second month and there are Occupy encampments in other cities around the world.  One of the side actions is Bank Transfer Day, which is a call for people to transfer their money out of big banks into credit unions, and to do so before November 5, 2011.  The hope is to generate awareness of the role big banks played in the financial crisis, and especially in the questionable practices they followed in mortgage foreclosures etc.

Writing the news we want to be true, or writing the news that is

Many of us are concerned about Tibet, China's control over that country, the many Tibetans killed by the Chinese government, the exile of Tibets government, the usurpation of Tibetan Buddhism by China and so forth.   So when a friend pointed me at a News article titled "China agrees to give Tibet back to the Tibetans" which started off by saying that "In an unprecedented announcement, President Hu Jintao of the Peoples Republic of China has announced the long-desired return of the

Illegitimate download sites and digital books and seeing my book available for free download

I have written a book, Node Web Development (available through the publisher, or amazon.com), and have a blog http://nodejs.davidherron.com/ that's in part meant to promote the book as well as write about Node.js and thereby get some attention to myself and indirectly the book.  One strategy

An inventory of Drupal 7 upgrade status - time to upgrade yet?

I remember attending a Drupal7 release party several months ago, 11 months ago actually. It was an exciting time, all this new stuff had gotten into core. I was hoping and looking forward to using the new functionality. But then I started evaluating the status of the contributed modules and realized it wasn't going to be possible. The main blocker at that time was that Views was in a massive rewrite mode leading to Views3, and that this was causing attendant delays in other modules who were depending on Views.

Is Amazon eating the lunch of book publishers?

The online retail giant, Amazon, isn't sitting still. Like the massive river basin the company is named after, the company is continually developing new product lines. Lately, with the Kindle marketplace, they are now eating into the business territory currently occupied by traditional publishing houses.

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