I work with so many Web 2.0 applications I forget them so this post as an update on what I am still finding useful after 4 years of uploading, posting, tagging, linking, etc, using digital technologies including proprietorial (EndNote, Adobe Creative Suite, Windows) and open source (WordPress, Flickr, Delicious, Slideshare, Picassa and a myriad of Google products). Although my resources are meant to be shared, these technologies help me to trace how a my own cartography of mind organically evolves. They also serve as a mnemonic devices, a virtual memory palace.

Endnote1 is still my preferred entry point for new reference material and the easiest to search. I’ve created a library just for 2009 but this can be easily integrated into my entire library. I would like to add all of my timeline entries into Endnote as I did with Inuit Social History, Museology, etc. I need to have precise ethnoclassification first so I can find them.


1. I had hoped to replace this proprietorial software with another open source but I have been using EndNote since the early 1990s. My post Zotero versus Endnote is still one of my most visited.

Webliography and Bibliography

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“I ask your indulgence if I close on a personal, existential note. We live in a time when we are flooded with information in every field of endeavor, a deluge from which Freud scholarship is not exempt. It has has become a veritable industry over which it is difficult to maintain even bibliographical control. The amount of sheer information increases incessantly. I confess that I have reached an age when I am haunted by the question of when information becomes knowledge. What I have presented here is only a special instance of that larger Angst. I am perhaps not yet old enough to seek the further line where knowledge becomes wisdom (Yerushalmi Series Z 1997).”

This Linux Boy commercial, was released in September 2003 as part of IBM’s second wave of its “The Future is Open” campaign which supported the Linux operating system (Van Camp 2004). In the 1:33 minute Linux Boy video, a number of celebrities including “actress/director Penny Marshall, chairman of Harvard’s African American studies program Henry Louis Gates and author Sylvia Nasar”, take turns “imparting wisdom” to a young prodigy, Linux. Linux is white, male, blond, with an intelligent, beautiful face, a ten-year-old with an old soul, who listens intently without blinking and seems to absorb every word.

I feel as though I should recognize all of the speakers, but I don’t.

Henry Louis Gates Jr., told the boy, “Collecting data is only the first step toward wisdom but sharing data is the first step toward community.”

This is the transcript of the 1:33 minute video:

Narrator (male): “I think you should see this.”
Female voice: “It’s just a kid.”
Adult male guitarist in the chair facing Linux boy, says: “This is a G chord.”
Narrator (male): “He’s learning, absorbing… He’s getting smarter every day.”
Adult female seated facing the boy, “Homo habitus was the first to use tools.”
Basketball coaching legend, John Wooden, tells the boy, “A player who makes the team great, is more valuable than a great player. Losing yourself in the group for the good of the group, that’s a team player.”
Narrator (male): “It’s happening fast.”
Another grey-haired man (c. 70 years old) astronomer tells the boy: “We’ve always watched the stars. If you look at the sky, you can see the beginning of time.”
A highly-skilled female soccer player demonstrates some rapid and difficult moves.
Henry Louis Gates Jr. tells the child, “Collecting data is only the first step toward wisdom. But sharing data is the first step toward community.”
A Black bearded man in his 40s tells Linux Boy, “There’s not much glory in poetry. Only achievement. 
Narrator (male) says, “Knowledge amplification. What he learns, we all learn. What he knows, we all benefit from.”

Sylvia Nasar, the author of A Beautiful Mind tells him, “One little thing can solve an incredibly complex problem.”

Penny Marshall, known for her role in  Laverne & Shirley (1976–1983), tells him, “Everything is about timing, kid.”
A white balding man in his fifties, tells him, “This is business. Faster. Better. Cheaper. Constant improvement.”
A Black pilot holding a model airplane tells him, “So you want to fly, eh? Wing speed, thrust… It’s physics.”
A distinguished older white French man tells him, Res Publica non domina tous or Res publica non dominetur [The states is not dominated or owned or the state does not dominate]
A 40-year old white man tells him, “Plumbing… It’s all about the tools.”
Muhammad Ali (?) says, “Speak your mind. Don’t back down.” 
Female voice: “Does he have a name?
Narrator (male): “His name is Linux.”

On Thursday September 4, 2003 Slashdot was abuzz with IBM’s new Linux commercial. The commercial was reported in Economic Times. One user said that, “This could be the first major way to reach out to normal users and explain the benefits of open source and Linux.” The transcript of the commercial at IBM’s official site is here: http://www-3.ibm.com/e-business/doc/content/ondemand/prodigy_transcript.html Here’s the transcript [ibm.com] on IBM’s site. My favorite bit is the Latin teacher: See  https://slashdot.org/story/03/09/04/1821217/ibms-new-linux-advertising

According to Wikipedia, Linus Torvalds is the software engineer who created and who was the “principal developer of the Linux kernel, which is the kernel for Linux operating systems (distributions) and other operating systems such as Android and Chrome OS. He also created the distributed version control system Git and the scuba dive logging and planning software Subsurface.”

Work-in-process: “Collecting data is only the first step toward knowledge but sharing data is the first step toward civilization.”

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See also:

Scott Van Camp. January 9, 2004. “Ogilvy Advances IBM’s Linux Campaign.” New York. Adweek. https://www.adweek.com/brand-marketing/ogilvy-advances-ibms-linux-campaign-69536/


NEW YORK IBM has launched the second wave of its “The future is open” campaign supporting the Linux operating system.

The campaign, via Ogilvy & Mather in New York, broke this past weekend with TV spots, supported by print, outdoor and Internet ads. IBM spent $3 million on media behind Linux in September-October 2003, per Nielsen Monitor-Plus.

The new work features the blond-haired boy from the initial campaign launched in September 2003. The boy, who represents open-source Linux, is depicted in various seats of learning, achievement and power worldwide. The 15- and 30-second TV spots feature celebrity voiceovers, with taglines that include “Growing,” “Everywhere,” “Ready” and “Working.”




Google docs folders makes this open source service even more research-friendly. Picasa’s geotagging feature really enhances this freeware as does its seamless viewing of .jpg and .mwv files.

Speechless stats show that the blog has reached 19, 161 viewers. I am particularly pleased that viewers have used Google translate for easier access.

In the mythopoetic language of the aria Nessun Dorma from the Italian opera Turandot by Giacomo Puccini’s (1858-1924) the nameless prince seeks to enrapture the cold-hearted judge. Lew (1997) described the opera’s “underlying theme of the law: La legge è questa” which is “almost like a magic spell.” The Unknown Prince enters the contest and wins. But he wants something more authentic in his relationship with the princess than simply solving her riddles. The aria Nessun Dorma refers to a sleepless night through which his judge, the vinegar-souled princess, seeks to deprive the prince of his prize. He sings of a secret hidden within him, of dissolving the silence and finally of conquest. See Lew (1997).

Knox described how the Idol judge vinegar-souled Simon Cowell could not help smiling as he listened to Paul Potts’ rendition of  Nessun Dorma. His smile broke his face in half.

Journalist Jack Knox (2007) described 36-year old Welsh mobile-phone salesman, Paul Potts as the “classic underdog” looking like he “had been beaten all [his] life. ” Potts according to Knox was “poor, dumpy, shlumpy, overweight, slump-shouldered, with a gut-over-the-belt frame.”

The story of Paul Potts sharply contrasts with that of Joshua Bell, one of the world’s greatest violinists, who played his multimillion-dollar Stradivarius for spare change, incognito, outside a bustling Metro stop in Washington in a social science experiment. Commuters hurried by and only a rare few stopped to listen and were enraptured including one mesmerized very young child who tugged at his mother’s hand as she rushed to her next appointment (Weingarten 2007).

Location, location, location.

If Paul Potts had chosen to sing Nessun Dorma in that Metro stop in Washington in April 2007 would he have melted the hearts of vinegar-souled passersby? One thing is for sure, from now on, thanks to a combination of the popularity of Idol-style shows, Youtube and email if Potts were to sing for busy commuters he, unlike Joshua Bell would not go unnoticed.

to be continued . .


The Prince
Nessun dorma, nessun dorma …
Tu pure, o Principessa,
Nella tua fredda stanza,
Guardi le stelle
Che tremano d’amore
E di speranza.
No one sleeps, no one sleeps…
Even you, o Princess,
In your cold room,
Watch the stars,
That tremble with love
And with hope.
Ma il mio mistero è chiuso in me,
Il nome mio nessun saprà, no, no,
Sulla tua bocca lo dirò
Quando la luce splenderà,
Ed il mio bacio scioglierà il silenzio
Che ti fa mia.
But my secret is hidden within me;
My name no one shall know, no, no,
On your mouth I will speak it*
When the light shines,
And my kiss will dissolve the silence
That makes you mine.
Il nome suo nessun saprà
E noi dovrem, ahimè, morir.
No one will know his name
And we must, alas, die.
The Prince
Dilegua, o notte!
Tramontate, stelle!
All’alba vincerò!
Vanish, o night!
Set**, stars!
At daybreak, I shall conquer!

From Lew (1997).

The copyright for the Italian libretto of Turandot has been held by G. Ricordi & Co. since 1926 (Lew 1997). aria Nessun Dorma


urban ethnography, moral mathematics, slow world, everyday.life, digg.com, digg story, youtube


Flynn-Burhoe, Maureen. 2007. “Pearls before Breakfast: Story Dugg by papergirls.” >> papergirls. Uploaded May 16, 2007.

Knox, Jack. 2007. “Internet’s Idol’s Story Gives Hope to Us All.” Victoria, British Columbia: Times Colonist Sunday Edition. June 24, 2007. p. A3.

Lew, Mark D. 1997. “Turandot: Commentary on Symbolism, Poetry, and Nessun Dorma.” Last Updated September 29, 1999. Accessed June 24, 2007.

Weingarten, Gene. 2007. “Pearls Before Breakfast: Can one of the nation’s great musicians cut through the fog of a D.C. rush hour?” Washington Post. April 8. Page W10.