My first two read posts of the morning: love and anti-love

Here’s the first two posts that I read this morning:

Kathy Sierra’s love.
Ted Stevens anti-love.

One explains why Kathy Sierra is one of the best bloggers out there. She makes love to us with every post.

The other explains why politicians have a bad name among technologists and educated people. Hint to Ted: our society should be looking to give our kids MORE access to knowledge, not less. The trick is in giving kids skills to separate the wheat from the chaff. Not trying to remove the whole kaboodle.

Yesterday Thomas Hawk, me, and Shel Israel got a tour of the world’s longest building. I want you to look at that entry, Ted. Access to that page is what you’re trying to keep my son from looking at. Oh, my. Now, find me a better starting point for learning about SLAC. Sigh, the fact that our society is still arguing about access to information makes me ill. I expect to help the Chinese or Iranians discover the right way to do this. But American politicians? Sigh.

More over on TechMeme on Ted Stevens and his proposed bill.

UPDATE: Wired’s Ryan Singel and Kevin Poulsen says the blog world got this one wrong. That Wikipedia isn’t being banished by this bill.

11 thoughts on “My first two read posts of the morning: love and anti-love

  1. “The trick is in giving kids skills to separate the wheat from the chaff. Not trying to remove the whole kaboodle.”

    I can see why Patrick is such a great kid…

    I can’t decide whether Stevens is playing on people’s ignorance and fear of the social Web, or whether he’s just a doddering old fool.

  2. “The trick is in giving kids skills to separate the wheat from the chaff. Not trying to remove the whole kaboodle.”

    I can see why Patrick is such a great kid…

    I can’t decide whether Stevens is playing on people’s ignorance and fear of the social Web, or whether he’s just a doddering old fool.

  3. The bill is overbroad. But, it will be whittled down in committee by staffers who actually understand the First Amendment. In my opinion, the real problem is that so many of our elected officials are ignoramoses like Stevens. The topic of legislation doesn’t really matter; guys like that will screw it up regardlessly.

  4. The bill is overbroad. But, it will be whittled down in committee by staffers who actually understand the First Amendment. In my opinion, the real problem is that so many of our elected officials are ignoramoses like Stevens. The topic of legislation doesn’t really matter; guys like that will screw it up regardlessly.

  5. I got into a little argument about this elsewhere when advocating a limit on access rather than a ban, but you said it better in emphasising the need to give kids the skills to separate wheat from chaff.

  6. I got into a little argument about this elsewhere when advocating a limit on access rather than a ban, but you said it better in emphasising the need to give kids the skills to separate wheat from chaff.

  7. Paul: great writeup. We got just a small part of that tour yesterday. Nice to see what we’ll get a chance to see on our next tour.

    Visiting a place like this is, indeed, inspiring and makes you want to go back to school and study this stuff again.

    I’m so honored that Bebo White gave us a tour around. It sure will be a different kind of photowalking. Can’t wait to see Thomas Hawk’s pictures.

  8. Paul: great writeup. We got just a small part of that tour yesterday. Nice to see what we’ll get a chance to see on our next tour.

    Visiting a place like this is, indeed, inspiring and makes you want to go back to school and study this stuff again.

    I’m so honored that Bebo White gave us a tour around. It sure will be a different kind of photowalking. Can’t wait to see Thomas Hawk’s pictures.

  9. Robert-

    A timely juxtaposition. On SLAC, thanks for the earlier video and your continued evangelism. After 20 years of living within miles of the research facility, I took my first tour this Fall. It was amazing and one of the best things I did last year. I had no idea how much ground-breaking research was still be conducted at SLAC. Some details and pictures if you are interested.

    Paul

  10. Robert-

    A timely juxtaposition. On SLAC, thanks for the earlier video and your continued evangelism. After 20 years of living within miles of the research facility, I took my first tour this Fall. It was amazing and one of the best things I did last year. I had no idea how much ground-breaking research was still be conducted at SLAC. Some details and pictures if you are interested.

    Paul

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