Monthly Archives: October 2008

Communication technology against Violence in British Stadium

White Hart Lane, Home of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.

White Hart Lane, Home of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club.

Until the mid-eighties, violence has plagued football games in England.

Then, successive governments, the Football Association, clubs and fans got together to bring peace back to the terraces. Technology has been put to good use.

In the latest effort to stamp-out not only violence, but abusive language and chants, Tottenham Hotspur have set-up a SMS-system which allows fans to report unruly behaviour and language.

By sending a text message to 07766 553 225 anyone at White Hart Lane stadium can inform Control Room if they hear discriminatory language.

Click on the picture below for more details from the club.

Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur

WBUR Social “tweet-up”

WBUR Social Media Group

Open House Thursday Oct 30th @ 6:30 PM

Location: 890 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA

Tentative Schedule:

Doors Open @ 6:30  PM

Ten minute meet & greet.


6:35: Welcome. Hashtags & other info. #wbursocial

6:40: Clint gives those interested a tour of the station

Those interested are welcome to join one of the following sessions @7:00 — 8:15

Journalism in a 2.0 World (Large Conference Room)

Facilitators: Robin Lubbock, Dan Kennedy

We’ll kick off this discussion with a brief overview of the local media-maker ecosystem. Whom should we be paying attention to and why?  How can/should professional journalists engage this community of  bloggers, Tweeters and other social/new media makers?  What opportunities and pitfalls does collaboration present each group?

We will conclude this session with an overview of & two other homepages. What are their comparative strengths & weaknesses?

Hype 2.0? (Cafeteria a.k.a. “The Event Room”)

Facilitators: Ken George, John Carroll, Adam Zand (tentative)

With old fashion media drawing numbers many a start-up would envy, and a fiscal climate that will usher Web 2.0 companies the way of,

how does one balance a healthy skepticism of social media with practical ways of mining its potential?

At 8:30 those interested will held over to the Sunset Grill at 916 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston to feast on food and more ideas.


John Carroll

John Carroll

John Carroll

Carroll, a regular WBUR commentator for more than 10 years prior to moving to WGBH-TV’s “Greater Boston” in the mid ’90s, will analyze electoral and print media during the presidential race, and following the election, he will dissect issues related to advertising, politics and culture.

Dan Kennedy

Dan Kennedy

Dan Kennedy

Dan is an assistant professor at the Northeastern University School of Journalism. He writes for the Guardian (U.K.), CommonWealth Magazine and the Boston Phoenix, and is a regular panelist on WGBH-TV’s “Beat the Press,” hosted by Emily Rooney. E-mail him at da {dot} kennedy {at} neu {dot} edu.

Why most presentations fail.

One of the reasons why presentations fail is that presenters confuse the purpose of visual aids and notes.

See Why presentations fail on SlideShare.

Addendum to Joe the “plummer”

As mentioned below, “Joe the plumber”‘s website will experience a lot of hits.

the "Plummer" effect.

Perhaps, it might have done even better even the owner of had not been so strict with spelling.

Google trends records “Joe the Plummer” as being in the top 100 searches today.

The tags in the posting, will therefore reflect the mizpeld word as well.


Missed opprtunity for “Joe the plumber”‘s website.

Staying well away of political partisanship, it is interesting to note that someone has capitalised on the “Joe the plumber” popularity.

Of course, this will disappear in a week or two, in the meantime here is your “Joe the plumber” website at

Interestingly, a search on “” to find out to whom the URL belongs yielded this response:

The IP address from which you have visited the Network Solutions Registrar WHOIS
database is contained within a list of IP addresses that may have failed
to abide by Network Solutions’ WHOIS policy
. Failure to abide by this policy can
adversely impact our systems and servers, preventing the processing of
other WHOIS requests.

The phone number given in the Contact Us page bears a Texas, Amarillo area code (806) prefix (376).

The “Joe” everyone has been talking about is in fact Samuel J. Wurzelbacher of Ohio, not Texas.

Surely is experiencing a lot of traffic mostly outside of Amarillo. The question is, will the person who set-up the URL gain more from selling plumbing services, or would it have done better with featuring targeted commercials?

Expecting much traffic from this post, and avoiding the above-mentioned mistake, I promptly refer you to for public speaking, presentation skills, media training and career advancement services.

Email info AT mediacodex DOT com and enter “amarillo texas” as a promotional code for a free consulting session in Massachussets.

MIT – Chairman’s Salon



Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Venue: MIT Museum in Cambridge

This by-invitation-only event is hosted by Dana Mead PhD ’67, the Chairman of the MIT Corporation.

Chairman’s Salon gathers MIT’s most exclusive group of Alumni at the MIT Museum in order to celebrate the successes of the Institute’s unparalleled world of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Featured guests will include Bob Metcalfe, Desh Deshpande, Brian Shin, Rod Brooks , Ken Zolot, Ann Whittaker, Alex Wissner-Gross, Larry Sass, Anjali Sastry, Tonio Buonassisi, and Brit d’Arbeloff.

From (mis)behaving markets to iconoclasm

From (mis)behaving markets to iconoclasm.

The surprise in the past few weeks is that people (professionals included) are surprised by financial crisis.

In a book titled “the (Mis)behavior of Markets” Benoit Mandelbrot demonstrated that crisis of this magnitude took place more often then even financial models assumed and that therefore, interest rates did not fully account for the effectively much higher level of risk.

Obviously, few people have read this book, but many more people read the Economist, the Financial Times, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. In the period 2002 to 2005, you will find countless articles warning about the impending crisis.

Two main arguments were described in those articles: house prices were growing far faster than wages and the economy in general and secondly, the United States’ relationship with its creditors was unsustainable (to simplify, how long can China lend money to the US so that in turn, this money will be used to buy Chinese goods?).

Yet, house-buyers, house-sellers, brokers, financiers, fund managers and politicians world-wide were mostly oblivious. Everybody was making money easily and nobody wanted to be left in the sidelines.

A new book by Gregory Berns titled “Iconoclast” makes the argument anew, that, people however intelligent and individualistic they think they are, behave like a school of fish.

I everybody is doing something, I should be doing it too. It simply costs one’s brain too much energy to think otherwise or to try to see things in a different way. At any rate, there seems to be safety in numbers. This works until it works, and like in the game “Lemmings” the entire tribe falls off the cliff.

So if you really want to make the most of this situation: now is the time to get a degree in real-estate, now is the time to set-up a private equity fund and take advantage of falling asset prices, now is the time to invest in financials and insurance companies; not in 2004 nor 2005 nor 2006, nor again, when the clouds will have dissipated.