Did Second Life Precict the Meltdown?

Was the meltdown of the financial system predicted by events in the online virtual world Second Life more than a year ago? Alan Greenspan, former head of the Federal Reserve, admitted last month that lending institutions could not always be trusted to regulate...

It’s Bad You Know

R. L. Burnside’s (1926—2005) timeless blues boogie “It’s Bad You Know” was the perfect setup for the adventures of Tony Soprano and his capos. Week by week we knew they were going to be so bad that it would be good, that Burnside would keep...

Art Attack

It’s Friday and time for an art attack. Whichever art you practice the act of making art means doing things because they feel right. Not from an intellectual construct, but a flow from idea to expression to idea to expression until you know the thing is done. At...

Safer on the Edge

Is it safer “on the edge” in economically turbulent times like these? In his recent blog post Innovate or Wither – Personal Strategy for Times of Change, my colleague Lee Wilson asserts that in times of rapid change and market disruption,...

Joost-o-Matic

What a difference a year makes in the life of a technology start-up. Not that long ago I was singing the praises of Joost, a peer-to-peer video streaming technology that promised a huge boost in quality and performance. Actually, Joost did pretty well delivering on...