links for 2009-12-10

  • "Life may be expensive but at least *you* can get another beer, to drown your politically savyy sadness…"
  • Great context for Copenhagen: what might be possible re: China's environment. Attitudes, examples, politics, society.

    "China has a long and colorful history that has culminated in rapid urban development. In western China, where significant wilderness areas still remain, the country is a biodiversity hotspot that is under threat. In this audio lecture, Peking University Professor Lü Zhi discusses the history that has led to China’s environmental problems. She also shares three examples of situations that represent how ecological improvements can be made, even in a relatively poor country. Lü shares her experience with a group of students about to leave for a service learning trip to China organized by the Stanford Center for Social Innovation's Public Management Program to explore energy and environmental issues."

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links for 2009-12-08

links for 2009-12-05

  • "Skiff has partnered with Marvell (NASDAQ: MRVL), one of the world’s leading semiconductor companies, to help create the world’s first “system on a chip” for e-reading. This innovative component will enable manufacturers to accelerate the development of high-performance e-reading devices.

    "The Skiff service includes an innovative advertising system that will combine the impact and engagement of print with the dynamic capabilities of digital. Skiff is collaborating with publishers, leading advertisers and agencies to establish appropriate standards, formats and metrics for e-reading, and to validate them through consumer research.

    "Skiff is also partnering with Nielsen and comScore to help facilitate media planning and buying through the Skiff platform, as well as to provide publishers and marketers the necessary analytics to measure the effectiveness of e-reading advertising."

links for 2009-12-03

  • "I've previously mentioned some of the assumptions and assertions behind the site management toolkit we're developing at Morris. One key assumption is that editors should be able to determine page layouts — something that's just not possible with a lot of template-driven content management systems. Here's how we're making that work."
  • A shame to see a good project implode over petty stuff… I suspect too many big egos were involved from the outset.
  • "The new Google News web crawler extends these controls to Google News. If they wanted to, it's always been easy for publishers to keep their content out of Google News and still remain in Google Search. They just had to fill out a simple contact form in our Help Center. Now, with the news-specific crawler, if a publisher wants to opt out of Google News, they don't even have to contact us – they can put instructions just for user-agent Googlebot-News in the same robots.txt file they have today. In addition, once this change is fully in place, it will allow publishers to do more than just allow/disallow access to Google News. They'll also be able to apply the full range of REP directives just to Google News. Want to block images from Google News, but not from Web Search? Go ahead. Want to include snippets in Google News, but not in Web Search? Feel free. All this will soon be possible with the same standard protocol that is REP."
  • you get a cut of the adsense revenues. Probably not a lot of money, but interesting to see how this works

Poll: What’s your favorite journalistic style guide, really?

C’mon, journo types, be honest. Which of these resources is REALLY your go-to, most relevant and current style guide?

links for 2009-12-02

  • Make a Wave Public

    Now that you know how to find public waves, you probably want to make one of your own waves public. Problem is, there's no one-click button to make a wave public. The trick is to add public@a.gwave.com to your contacts list. To do so, click the + button on the bottom right of your Contacts module. Type public@a.gwave.com into the Address field, and even when Wave says "User does not have a Google Wave account", press Enter. The public group will appear in your contacts list, as shown. Add public to any wave you want to make public, but be prepared: Public waves often get destroyed by newbs and bots who haven't been in Wave long enough to grok the etiquette (see below). Also note that if you switch computers, you may have to add public@a.gwave.com to your contacts list again.

  • Entering a search for with:public returns a huge moving sea of public waves anyone can read and update. There you can dive in, meet other wavers, see what's possible with Wave, and ask how to do stuff. Wave documentation is building up fast and furious inside Wave, and since everyone's new to it, everyone is asking questions and lending each other a hand.

    Tired of your inbox crawling with public waves? Save a search for waves sent just to you by using the in:inbox to:you@googlewave.com to pare down your list, replacing you@googlewave.com with your own address.

  • The short version to understand the service.