OSBI Squidoo Lens

Clarise and I have created a "Lens" on Squidoo as yet another tool to help support our Open Source Business Intelligence book project. A "lens" is basically a Web2.0 tool to aggregate content about a topic. There has been some controversy about Squidoo, in that it can be used as a feed scrape.

I wondered about that when looking at Squidoo, which in the words of John Battelle, “is either brilliant, or an AdSense honeypot scheme, or both.” I admit, it makes me shudder! In the case of say Yahoo RSS, Google RSS reader or Bloglines, the difference is that readers are making a choice, and deciding well, they want my feed. In the process, the middle men are making money, but its good, because I get readers. In straight up scraping, I get nothing out of it.end quotation
-- Om Malik in "Why Bloggers Need Google’s Help?"

Spam type feed scrapers take and publish full content from RSS/RDF/Atom feeds, without attribution or links back to the content creator, and make money off the backs of content creators from this content, usually by ad placement on their pages. Probably not much money. I can sort-of see the concern, though Squidoo provides full attribution and links to the source. One positive and interesting part of the Squidoo business model, is that whatever monies it generates, through ads, Amazon sales, etc, are shared with charities and with the lensmasters, but not with any content creators whose full feeds might be on Squidoo.

One way in which we hope to avoid any semblance of scraping, is by having only our own feeds on the lens, and only providing excerpts, even then. We may ask others if we might provide their feeds on the lens, but will only do so with their permission, and only providing linked headlines or excerpts.

We think that there is an advantage that the lens concept might have as a good resource for us. If we tried to maintain a linkblog for everything related to our subject, like standards (e.g. XMLA for OLAP), tools (e.g. Java Portlets), definitions, other blogs, the companies and communities around a project, etc, it would be huge. The lens might be a better place for it. An OPML list might be good, as well. At any rate, it might make for a good interplay with the blog and wiki and drive traffic to us.

Please visit the OSBI Lens and let us know what you think.

Reviewer Hibernation Period Almost Done

The following are taken from an email exchnage with the publisher currently looking at our Open Source Business Intelligence book proposal.

'm sorry, but things are going more slowly due to the holidays. Now, I've really only gotten one review back (it was positive). My other reviewers appear not to be coming through.

"Can you suggest a couple of reviewers? Ideally somebody from the target audience?"end quotation
-- First email

Nevermind on the reviewers...my reviewers seem to have emerged from their
holiday slumber...end quotation
-- Second email

Dang! I hope it was the holiday cheer that put them out, and not the proposal itself. :>> At least the one reviewer who was awake liked the idea. :idea:

Fallen Eucalyptus

Rather than a fallen cypress, Shel Israel had to contend with the effects of a fallen eucalyptus. Shel's excellently written post, quote and link below, brings a sense of calm, perspective and even fulfillment to ending 2005 without the trappings of the 21st century, with warmth from a blazing fire, his wife, and pets.

"When we got home, another neighbor told us the tree had taken down a utility pole. Our house would probably be without electricity, and ComCast cable overnight, meaning that as we entered New Year's Eve, we would be without electricity, which in our home, meant no stove, no coffee, no hot water, no heat, no TV, no music. It took a few minutes later to realize that this also meant no landline phones, and our cells never work inside our homes.Then it finally hit me that this also meant no Internet, email and oh lawdy, oh no--no blogosphere.

"No nothing....

"I built a huge fire. Paula wrapped a blanked around her and sat by the fire reading a book illuminated with a flashlight. I laid down on the Red Couch and crapped out, falling soundly asleep by 10 pm. We have no idea what time it was when we crawled into bed cuddling with each other as well as the dog and the cat.end quotation
-- Shel Israel "A Dark Start to a New Year"

I've been reading Shel's two blogs for some time, commenting now and again, and even had an email exchange. I finally got to meet Shel at the Geek Dinner as Robert Scoble prefers, or Blogger Dinner, as Shel prefers. We didn't get a chance to talk other than "hello" and exchange cards. I had wanted to thank Shel for the motivation he provided to my partner, Clarise, and I in accepting the invitation to co-author a book on Open Source Business Intelligence. One strong factor in our discussion as to whether or not to accept the invitation was what we had learned from the Red Couch: we could extend the book with a blog, and even a wiki. We're just getting started on the project; the book proposal is out for external review from the first potential publisher, the blog is underway, and the wiki doesn't have much there yet beyond the proposal [login required, just ask].

So, Shel, thanks to you and to Robert. Here's hoping that your perspecitve on 2006 will be right on, and that Naked Conversations and all other endeavours of this year will be a great success.

BTW: Brian, you mentioned Scoble in the dark surrounded by books, but overlooked Shel's experience.

Thank you P G and E

PG&E took far less time than the estimated 3 - 4 days to restore power to the three blocks affected by the fall of the holy cypress.

They worked through the night on New Years Eve, starting around 10:30 that night.

PG&E Crew Starts to Work
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With the first circuit to the houses being energized around 6:30 a.m. on 2006 January 01.

PG&E Crew Finishing Up
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Full power was restored about an hour later. Unfortunately, we had intermittent outages and flickering [Did I just have a stroke, or is the power still flakey? types of flickers] throughout the day, failing again about 12 hourse after getting it back. At least it was time enough for the refrigerators to get cold again. :p

Once again though, PG&E was quick; especially considering the extent of the storm damage, flooding and power outages around Northern California. We had full power back just in time to set the alarms before going to bed. :)

So, while many folk were without power for far longer than we were, and might revile PG&E, I want to thank them. They worked tirelessly throughout a traditionally drunken holiday, in the rain and the wind. Thank you.

The Holy Cypress is No More

I didn't carry through on my promise to blog about the geek dinner this morning. You may remember the burning Cypress of last winter. Well, it happened again, with a vengenance. And first off, no one was hurt, minimal property damage, and no cars were destroyed - but it was all real close.

The tree toppled over before dawn this morning, pulling down the power lines, with branches bursting in flames in the winter storms we've been having.

Cypress Fallen Over Root Ball at Left
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I slept through the actual fall and initial flames, until those elderly folk under the stairs, you know, my parents, banged on the door. This was before dawn. When I awoke, all I saw were flames outside my bedroom window. A neighbor, Jennifer, out for an early morning walk, began banging on our back gate, as there were flames throughout our front yard and others.

I didn't have time to grab a camera, so all pictures here are from later in the day.

Even the road burned...

Cypress Fallen and even the Road Caught Fire
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Chip, who lives behind us, and is a fireman (just leaving Montara/Moss Beach FD for El Granada) had also been awakened to bangs and flames, and had hustled out in full gear. The MMBFD was already on the scene. I couldn't get any good shots of them, but here's PG&E arriving to shut things down. Here's a shot of him after the FD left...

Cypress Fallen Chip Watching
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Cypress Fallen but PG&E Arrives
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The tree is truly fallen.

Cypress Fallen Over Shut from Pond
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Grabbing the lines...

Cypress Fallen Grabbing Power Lines
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And it took the whole block of poles with it.

Poles Leaning
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At the end of Kelmore, at Vermont, the last pole shattered in three pieces, fell between two houses, but took out the electirical stand-off and connections to both houses.

Pole Shattered in Three Places
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Soon after, the county arrived to take away the Holy Cypress.

Cypress Fallen County Crew Cutting It Away
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They worked very hard...
Cypress Fallen County Crew Cutting It Away
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And were soon done...

Cypress Fallen and all gone
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leaving a root ball and a stump - where will the owls and the ravens live now?

Just a Root Ball and Stump Left
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And a drunkenly leaning pole.

Drunkenly Leaning Pole
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Neighbor Simon was fascinated...

Neighbor Simon was fascinated
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PG&E said to plan for three or four days without power. I ran up to my partners to blog this. I'll blog about the geek dinner and The Bay Area is Talking another day.

And for now, all I can say is Happy New Year.

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