Channel 7 news chief gets part-time jail

From the ABC:

Channel Seven’s head of news and current affairs, Peter Meakin, has been sentenced to up to 18 months’ periodic detention for drink-driving and dangerous driving.

I thought it was for producing Today Tonight.

update:

Ms Culver said Meakin accelerated past a random breath testing site at North Narrabeen when police signalled him to pull over.

He forced two police officers off the road in a bid to avoid being tested, she said.

Am I the only one with a tear in my eye?

Reading this transcript on Endadget from the Jobs – Gates chat at D. My god, these guys rock.

Love this:

Single piece of advice for a new entrepreneur? Bill is talking about economies of scale, and wanting to do great things, no worry about growth and money so much. Love of the game! Steve: It’s really hard. If you don’t love it you’re gonna give up. It’s a lot of hard work, it’s a lot of worrying. Love it, have passion. You’ve got to be a really good talent scout. Build and organization that can build itself.

G’DAY WORLD #242 – Vint Cerf

Here’s the show you’ve been waiting for folks!

What can I say about Vint Cerf? One of the founding fathers of the Internet. Winner of the Turing Award. VP and Chief Internet Evangelist of Google, Inc. Chairman of ICANN. Trekkie. He’s in Facebook.

By the way, is it just me or does his cover photo here bear a strange resemblance to mine?

Vint Cerf

Cameron Reilly

Rumour has it he was also the inspiration for the character of “The Architect” in The Matrix. Check out this image.

Here’s a couple of questions that I asked him:

    What does the Chief Internet Evangelist at Google do?
    Which job has been more fun – Google or being “special technical adviser” on Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict?

    What was Al Gore’s actual role in inventing the Internet?

    Back in 1973, when Vint and Bob Kahn developed TCP/IP, did they have any idea how big it would become?
    Is the Interplanetary Internet (which Vint has been working on with JPL) for more than making sure astronauts have good access to porn on a trip to Mars?

    When are we going to see IPv6 rolled out more widely?

    Where are we currently at with Network Neutrality?
    What is the role of ICANN and who should get involved?

    If he could go back in time, what advice would he give to Vint Cerf in 1973?

It was obviously a great pleasure and honour to have Mr Cerf of the show and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did. And I have to sincerely thank Stan Relihan and Carla, Vint’s Chief of Staff, for helping set it up. This morning was certainly a highlight of my podcasting career.

Here’s something new – if you’re a member of Facebook, you can ADD ME AS A FRIEND and then ADD YOURSELF TO THE G’DAY WORLD GROUP.

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Kurzweil doesn’t believe global warming is a problem

Didn’t expect THAT, did you?

I’m prepping for my chat with Vint tomorrow morning and happened upon this recent interview with Kuzweil on CNNMoney where he says:

“These slides that Gore puts up are ludicrous,” says the man who once delivered a tech conference presentation as a singing computer avatar named Ramona. (That stunt was the inspiration for the 2002 Al Pacino movie “Simone.”) “They don’t account for anything like the technological progress we’re going to experience.”

I guess he means that accelerating technological progress will allow us to generate power using fossil-fuel substitutes and undo the damage we’ve already done. He might be right. I hope he is. I still don’t think that means we should stop doing what we can do now to change our behaviours though.

By the way… I’ve got something VERY exciting in the works for TPN’s audience regarding carbon offsets. Stay tuned.

G’DAY WORLD #241 – Second Life Cable Network

My guest today (from Cafe Panetta in South Melbourne – try the Three Crows merlot, truly wonderful) on show n-1 (the last show before I have Vint Cerf on) is Gary aka “Wiz Nordberg” Wisniewski, Founder/CEO of SLCN, the Second Life Cable Network, “a professional video network designed to expand the in-world audience as well as deliver virtual entertainment to the real-world”.

I asked Gary to explain the Second Life phenomenon to me – what people currently see in it, where it’s going in the short term, long term, and the role of SLCN.

Read Wiz’s Smart Company blog.

Anyone pick the opening sound bite??

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Cam’s World 30 May, 2007

80% of Podcast Listeners Seek Out Products They Hear About (from SearchEngineWatch)

As reported in the Guardian, a survey of over 300 U.K. podcast users done by Chrysalis Radio’s download division found that 80% of those surveyed indicated that they would be more likely to seek out products and services after hearing about them.

Before rushing out to promote products via podcasts, it should be noted that the most popular subjects for audio downloads are books and films (not search engine marketing, surprise), and 55% of listeners seek out podcasts on entertainment topics. Electronic goods and gadgets are good targets, for 49% of listeners downloaded podcasts about gadgets and electronic goods.

The survey also found that podcasts have an underexploited social component inasmuch as 90% of those surveyed said they would consider forwarding audio shows to friends. Podcasters not already doing so should consider adding social bookmarking to their show’s landing pages.

Confirmed by the survey is that podcasts are in a time-shifting medium. 75% of listeners listen at their convenience not during live show times and a similar number listen while away from home. While listening on an MP3 player or mobile phone (50%), podcast fans are engaged in exercise (10%), traveling on public transportation (20%) or doing housework (12%). Podcast listeners are dedicated listeners with 25% listening for up to two hours a day, but they are time-challenged, and a third of the time do not listen to their entire downloads. This suggests that if you want to make a point in your podcast, make it early since you may not get a chance to be heard if you wait until the end.

TPN listed in the Top 60 Aussie Web2.0 Apps

Ross Dawson of Future Exploration Network has compiled a list of Aussie Web2.0 startups for ReadWriteWeb. He was nice enough to include TPN in the top five with Omnidrive, Atlassian, Gnoos and Minti. I’m still not exactly sure that TPN is a Web2.0 company and I’m not sure Atlassian (enterprise wiki software) is either… or Omnidrive (online file storage) for that matter (although Ross says it is becoming “a highly diverse, deeply integrated online utility”, whatever that means). Anyway… it’s all good exposure. RWW has a pretty huge readership. Thanks Ross. When are you going to invite me to speak at one of your events? I see you’ve got my ungrateful protégé speaking. Bah.

And thanks Richard McManus. I feel bad for taking your money at liar dice at the TechCrunch ranch now.

And if you believe that…. I’ve got a Web2.0 Bridge to sell ya.

Cam’s World 29 May, 2007

Tonight we watched the first episode of a short-lived American series from 1999 called “ACTION“. I’d never heard of it before but this first episode was great. A little like a combination of The Office and Entourage. In fact, I’d be surprised if Marky Mark didn’t use this as part of the inspiration for Entourage. If you can track it down, check it out. Stars Jay Mohr as an arrogant Ari Gold-like Hollywood film producer and Illeanna Douglas as his former-child-star-turned -high-priced-call-girl-turned-Vice-President-of-Production. It was produced by Joel Silver. Apparently FOX only ran 8 episodes and then canceled it.

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Doc Searls has a post up about his religious beliefs, something that surprised me. I tried to leave him a comment (even registered on his site for permission) but got an error. Doc, for the record, it was:

Sorry! There was an error: Can’t evaluate the expression because the name “referer” hasn’t been defined.

The error was detected by Frontier 9.5 in mainResponder.respond. Webmaster: webmaster@userland.com. Time: Tue, 29 May 2007 06:56:52 GMT.

I tried several times.

Anyway, here’s the response I was trying to leave:

Doc, I’m surprised (an understatement!) to learn that you are a religious guy. The next time you come on G’Day World we’ll have to make that the topic of discussion! It’s been a regular theme lately.

I read Hedges piece and while it is obviously extremely well written, the flaws in it are deep and wide – as are the flaws in “faith” in general.

Let’s take your quote from above:
“This individualism… is a gift of the Abrahamic faiths.”

Perhaps Hedges has never heard of Socrates.

The Old Testament is replete with tribal doctrine. In fact the central tenant of the OT is that the Jews are the race beloved by Yahweh!

Examples:

Exodus 11 – God kills the firstborn of everyone in Egypt so “that ye may know how that the LORD doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.”

Exodus 32:27 And he said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbour.

Leviticus 25:45 Moreover of the children of the strangers that do sojourn among you, of them shall ye buy, and of their families that are with you, which they begat in your land: and they shall be your possession.

And the list goes on and on and on.

The New Testament is no better.

Jesus (if you believe he even existed and, if he did, that the NT is any accurate record of what he might have said and did, there being zero historical evidence to either of these questions) also preached that anyone who didn’t listen to his messengers deserved to be brutally killed:

Matthew 10:15 Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.

Matthew 13:41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

So much for altruism and individual responsibility. Whilst the NT does say (briefly) to love they neighbour, the REAL message is:

Love thy neighbour… as long as they look like you and believe what you believe. If they disagree with you, kill them. If they like to have sex with men – kill them. Love them as long as they are Jews who agree with you. Everyone else is fair game.

The Code of Hammurabi, which pre-dates Moses’ laws by 600 years, established a public list of guidelines for individual conduct. This idea that Abrahamic ideas lead to the idea of individual responsibility is just vacuous.

In fact, in his book “Ideas: A History From Fire To Freud”, Peter Watson argues that the Catholic Church fought aggressively AGAINST the idea of “individual faith” as they (rightly) understood that this would diminish their temporal and spiritual power.

The main concern I have about faith is that is dulls the mind. It entreats people to accept untestable bronze age mythologies in a time when the human race needs, more than ever, all hands on deck. We won’t build a better world by clinging to 2000 year-old superstitions. We won’t build a better world by refusing to acknowledge scientific evidence. We won’t build a better world by hiding behind well-meaning phrases such as “love thy neighbour” – which, by the way, significantly pre-dates Christianity – while on the other hand using mythology to mobilize armies.

It’s my belief (yes, I don’t have evidence to support this particular theory… yet) that the only way for us to build a better world is for the human race (or, at least, the West) to jump fully into the 21st century – let go of our primitive bronze age belief systems (without completely denying their important role, for good and for bad, in our history) and accept the scientific method as the best way we’ve come up with so far to determine the facts of who we are and how the universe operates. Everything that we can’t verify with evidence is merely one of many theories and not something any rational person should believe in.

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You’ll be seeing a lot in the MSM today about Chavez shutting down Radio Caracas Television. The Rag Blog has a great interview with Noam Chomsky on Venezuela from Venezuelanalysis.com dated May 18. He talks about the polling in Venezuela that demonstrates the popularity of Chavez with the people. He is the first Government they have had in a long, long time who is actually taking steps to help the poor. Is he an evil dictator? Or a man of the people? I don’t know, but I know that the impression I get of him from mainstream media seems to be lopsided. The question is – why?

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Hey – are the LINKS in my posts showing up the RSS feed? I was just looking in Netvibes and I can’t see any links. There are about ten links in the post below. Can you see them? Is that broken along with the page breaks? (Yes, TPN IT is *still* trying to figure that out).

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“More than 10 percent (of Americans) think that Noah’s wife was Joan of Arc.”

I snorted with laughter when I read that this morning. It’s from an article in the NYT that Tony Harris sent me about Stephen Prothero’s book “Religious Literacy”. Other fun facts from the book are that

Approximately 75 percent of adults, according to polls cited by Prothero, mistakenly believe the Bible teaches that “God helps those who help themselves.” Only half can name even one of the four Gospels, and — a finding that will surprise many — evangelical Christians are only slightly more knowledgeable than their non-evangelical counterparts.

Now… the next time I suggest that Christians (in general) aren’t the most well-educated or intelligent demographic on the planet, go easy on me, mmmkay? I’ve got hard data to back it up. Stand back ladies and gentlemen. Here comes the de-religification of the human race (yes I made that word up, see how clever I am??)

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My latest post for The Age is up. It’s called “Staying Naïve“.

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A great quote from Quotiki this morning to get you on your way:

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
– Unknown

When I was reading Anais Nin last night she mentioned that her therapist, Otto Rank (one of Freud’s contemporaries), showed her that the neurotic is just using their creative faculties in a misguided manner, that there isn’t anything wrong with them, they just need to use their creative powers with a new focus. I think this quote hits it on the head.

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Speaking of Freud, I just discovered that he committed “doctor-assisted suicide”.

A heavy cigar smoker, Freud endured more than 30 operations during his life due to mouth cancer. In September 1939 he prevailed on his doctor and friend Max Schur to assist him in suicide. After reading Balzac’s La Peau de chagrin in a single sitting he said, “My dear Schur, you certainly remember our first talk. You promised me then not to forsake me when my time comes. Now it is nothing but torture and makes no sense any more.” Schur administered three doses of morphine over many hours that resulted in Freud’s death on September 23, 1939.

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How many of you have installed the TPN version of Particls? Any feedback?

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So… has anyone installed Spinword? My best score on Spinword Eternal is still only 11860. Anyone beat that?

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Okay, Okay, I’m finally on Facebook. Here’s my profile. Holy frak, hasn’t this just gone nuts lately? I’ve had a bunch of invites saying people have added me as a friend, which I assume makes me part of their invite blast just after they joined themselves. I spent some time on it this morning and, unlike Second Life, in this case I *can* see what all the fuss is about. It’s simple, clean, huge amount of features, and of course yesterday’s announcement of the Facebook platform is just going to make it even more useful.

Cameron Reilly’s Facebook profile

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Get Your TPN Edition of Particls Now!

Chris Saad and his team have FINALLY released something. 🙂

What used to be called “Touchstone” is now called “Particls” and Chris was nice enough to put together a TPN-branded version of it for us.

What does it do?

It installs a funky scrolling toolbar up the top of your screen which shows you the latest posts from your favourite RSS feeds. In the case of the TPN version, it comes pre-installed with TPN’s OPML. You can add you own.

It kind of reminds me of Pointcast from 1996 – are any of you old enough to remember Pointcast? If you don’t, it was a classic rags to riches and back to rags story of Dot Com One. You need to check it out.

Particls, of course, is far cooler than Pointcast (thanks in part to RSS and broadband) and also does lots of other cool stuff – it watches what you surf and decided what you like to spend your attention on, then brings that content to the surface – you can decide whether or not you want it to show you everything or just the most important things, based on keywords, etc.

Anyway, mucking about with it for ten minutes will help you understand it a lot more than me blabbing on.

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Congrats to Chris and the team at Faraday Media.