Monthly Archives: August 2009

Twits or Twats?

Two good things about Twitter today. First some great data visualization (see above) from Second a remark from a VC overheard in cafe in Palo Alto yesterday – as reported by the Silicon Alley Insider ( “Twitter had better … Continue reading

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10 Small Ideas for Public Libraries

1 Address the fragmented nature of the public library network and broker common ICT and content agreements. 2 Promote the role of libraries to key government departments and bodies as a way of tackling social and educational objectives and cross … Continue reading

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Quote of the Week

“Anything can happen once” – Philip Morrison (taken from Darwin among the Machines by George Dyson).

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Great Google Statistic

Surely this can’t be true… Less than 1% of Google searches proceed beyond the first page. Source: The Dumbest Generation by Mark Bauerlein

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Five Predictions

I was asked by a TV show to make 5 predictions for the future. They gave me 10 minutes, which presumably says something about the acceleration of something or other. 1 Coins will die out, then notes, eventually there will … Continue reading

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Public Libraries…

A new scenario matrix (slightly tweaked with revised book titles). Getting very close to the end of the project… All material should be available to all within 4-6 weeks.

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Turning Library Spaces Into Community Places

I had an epiphany about the public libraries project this morning. In a school library as it happens. It suddenly dawned on me that it’s not about the books. What I mean by this is that I have been too … Continue reading

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And Another Map

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What Do People Do All Day?

Great bit of data visualization by the New York Times. Original at

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Future Files 2

An updated edition of my book, Future Files, is coming out in Aus/NZ in October. Here’s the new preface. “Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought into … Continue reading

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