Thursday, March 16, 2006

Metamusic Madness

Due to a massive amount of project work with integration and testing as well as a source control system change, things have been insanely busy to say the very least. Its a mad house here as the Shared Worlds project is in a even busier mode.

Maybe its the whole craziness here or just my mood at the moment given I reread Accelerando or just the whole general state of the world that I'm adding a funny selection of tidbits today.

Worldchanging is talking about collaborative, bottom-up tools for our own protection with references to new articles by David Stephenson and John Robb. The latter blog by John Robb is particular interesting and has been added to my list of subscriptions, for a good example of his writings check out his article "Security: Power To The People" which reminds me of parts of the Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson but also to some journals I've been adding to my random and non-PhD centric collection but hey they're interesing! So if you want to start to get a rounder picture and have a better insight into commentaries such as Global Guerrilla and you've done the whole No Logo thing here's a short reading list to keep the mind healthy.
  • The Simple Economics of Cybercrimes - Kshetri, N., IEEE Security & Privacy, Jan/Feb 06
  • Human factors in a dynamic information society: where are we heading? - Rasmussen, J., Ergonomics, 2000, 43(7), 869–879
  • Coping with accelerating socio-technical systems- Kirwan, B., Safety Science, 2001, 37, 77-107
  • Predicting technological disasters: mission impossible - Chapman, J., Disaster Prevention and Management, 14(3), 343-352
  • Disasters and economic damage- macro, meso and micro approaches, van der Veer, A., Disaster Prevention and Management, 13(4), 274-279

Adding to that you can also read about Baghdad Bomb Squad and the scariest latest on improvised explosive devices from boingboing.

Trying to maintain some sense of realism and hope here's a good interview on Citizen Journalism from Dan Gillmor on ITConversations. At the other end, there is a gallery with then and now tsunami images from warshooter who're a site for photojournalists who are covering conflict, crisis and disaster. I also found a link to Unembedded which is the work of photojournalists in Iraq who were NOT embeddeded into military units and it offers quite a different view from what is normally presented in the mainstream media. If you want to get a little more info on the story behind Unembedded, you can check out some videos online.


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