Tony’s Take on Webvolution

A while back I wrapped some text around a model that I developed with Jim Spohrer at IBM Research that tries to explain how the web is evolving and how is impacting, well, everything ; )

You can re-read that post here

Well, if a picture tells a thousand words, a movie may tells even more (especially if it is me at 2AM in some strange state between alertness and dreaming).

I originally put this piece together in Articulate but could not figure out how to publish it to WordPress (again probably due to lack of sleep). So I gave up and dropped it into Vegas, rendered it and posted on YouTube.

If anyone can get me over the hump in terms of posting Articulate files to the blog (Jay? Mark?) I would really appreciate it. I found it very user friendly to create with all the functions embedded right into PPT and the version on my desktop really does work well.

Anyway, another nine minute rant on Webvolution awaits right if you are up to it! I am going to bed at a reasonable hour for a change.

Virginia Tech Memorial in Second Life

OK, I’m back.

Sorry for the delay, but I really felt that my rant on jounalists deserved top billing for a while.

Picking up right where I left off on the idea of Web 2.0 not just being a mechanism for CrowdSOURCING as many have written about…it is also an enabler of CrowdSOOTHING. Students from all around the world creating digital surrounds to support and console their fellow students at Va Tech.

In my travels I also learned about a permanent memorial that has been set up in Second Life. The video below is my own meager attempt to put together a memorial that showcases the memorial in SL.

I mashed up some of the most moving photos I found on the web, put Nikki Giovanni’s powerful speech in the background and, half-way through, I pay my own tribute to Dr. Librescu who taught me Dynamics during my Sophmore year at Virginia Tech. He was a very kind man and a great educator. May he rest in peace.

Stay Strong: Go Hokies!