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Joi Ito's conversation with the living web.

I am awake at 3:45 AM (Helsinki time) because the fire alarm went off in the hallway. (I'm in the Radisson SAS Seaside Hotel in Helsinki.) Then the TV turned on. (Yay! A message.) The TV started flashing "Fire Alarm" and blaring, "Please remain calm. We are investigating the cause." The volume steadily got louder until the TV was full blast. (I couldn't turn down the volume.) Then the TV suddenly turned off. The alarm in the hallway continued. Then turned off. Then turned on. And off... over and over for awhile. Finally the alarm stopped. Either the operator of the TV emergency notification system was burned alive or they had forgotten to tell us to "it was nothing." Finally, I called down to the front desk and they said, "oh, it was nothing." Doh. This is the second false hotel fire alarm in 6 months or so. What a drag. This is sort of like hotel spam. Well, not really, but it's really annoying.

My declaration to AKMA DID flash through my head though...

Update FYI:

Poor writing style, like bad manners, makes someone appear less intelligent than they are. Writing style, like manners, can be learned in many ways. Reading and writing a lot is the first step. Having people critique your writing is probably the next best thing. There are many basic writing mistakes that people make, which can easily be avoided by being aware of them.

I have never been a great writer and I am self-concious about my writing style. If you are serious about your blogging, I think that time spent polishing your writing style is well worth the investment.

My favorite reference is the Chicago Manual of Style.

Some web pages:

Special thanks to my editors on #joiito.

Rebecca MacKinnon, the Tokyo bureau chief of CNN and fellow GLT is taking leave-of-absence to be a media fellow at the Shorenstein Center at Harvard. We've talked a lot in the past about blogging and the future of journalism and I'm happy that she's going to jump out and take a bird's eye view of all this at what I think is the perfect time to be taking a bird's eye view of journalism.

Rebecca has started a blog. Good luck and welcome to our world. ;-)

I wrote a bit about her before when I visited CNN in Tokyo.

I've always had a hard time describing what I do. Recently, depending on the context, I've started calling myself a social entrepreneur. I first heard it in the context of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.

Here is a Stanford Business School definition of Social Entrepreneurship.

via CommonMe

This seems to be making its rounds on the Net right now.

via Louis via Lane

Italian Corporation
· You have two cows but you don’t know where they are.
· While ambling around, you see a beautiful woman.
· You break for lunch.
· Life is good.

Russian Corporation
· You have two cows.
· You have some vodka.
· You count them and learn you have five cows.
· You have some more vodka.
· You count them and learn you have 42 cows.
· The mafia shows up and takes over however many cows you really have.

Taliban Corporation
· You have all the cows in Afghanistan, which are two.
· You can’t milk them because you can’t touch the cow’s private parts.
· Then you kill them and claim a US bomb blew them up while they were in the hospital.

Polish Corporation
· You have two cows.
· Employees are regularly maimed and killed attempting to milk them.

Florida Corporation
· You have a black cow and a brown cow.
· Everyone votes for the best looking one.
· Some of the people who like the brown one best, vote for the black one.
· Some people vote for both.
· Some people vote for neither.
· Some people can’t figure out how to vote at all.
· Finally, a bunch of guys from out-of-state tell you which is the best-looking one.

New York Corporation
· You have fifteen million cows.
· You have to choose which one will be the leader of the herd, so you pick some fat cow from Arkansas