Archive - Sep 2005

September 30th

The Video Divide

The other day, I wrote this blog entry about digital video. Since then, Jock Gill wrote an entry at Greater Democracy about Digital Video and Geoff Fox wrote this entry which also touches on digital video.

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September 29th

A virtual donut

Years ago, I took an online course, Grief in a Family Context. It is a reference point for me, something I keep coming back to. I wrote about it back in January when I stumbled across some blogs I really liked.

I referenced it a few days ago when I learned about kielle. Today, I refer to it again as I talk about another writer whom you really should read.

I’ve mentioned Gina Coggio in this post. She is a school teacher in New Haven that writes very moving pieces about her life and the life of her students.

I took the grief class about five years ago. I remember concepts like disenfranchised grief and anticipatory grief. I remember talking about how different cultures handled grief and how my classmates had approached grief in their own lives. Most of all, and I don’t remember if this was from the class, from discussions with other students, or from my own experiences with people in their grief, I remember the phrase, “bring donuts”.

It was the advice of an old priest who had counseled many people during their times of grief. He had found the most important thing was to “bring donuts”. Sit with people. Share with them. Don’t try to tell them you "know how they feel", "you’ll be over with it soon", or "just snap out of it". Just sit with people, and bring donuts.

So, for Gina and Brinn and for all of Kielle’s friends, her is a virtual donut.

September 27th

Digital Video

Today, Jon Lebkowsky writes about Google Video. He didn’t find it very compelling. I didn’t find it very compelling either. In a lot of ways, it seems like it is a lot

Jon writes, “I'm waiting for someone smart with a lot of server power to put the jillions of television programs from the ‘golden age’ online.”

This provides an interesting contrast to Grant McCracken’s blog entry today about how the new Disney CEO, “Iger intends to ‘distribute Disney films and TV shows digitally on phones and directly to homes.’”

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September 26th

Random Online Observations

I spend a lot of time searching the web for what is happening. I often check out Technorati to see what the top ten searches are. Yesterday and today, Kielle was a top search topic. SF Site reports “Kelly Eileen O’Guinn (b.1972) died on September 22. Known as Kielle, she was diagnosed with colon cancer four months ago. She was active in web-publishing and role-playing fanfic.”

There are wonderful tributes to her around the Internet. Years ago, I took an online class, Grief in a Family Context. It was one of the best classes I ever took. It seems as if there is room for lots of research in how people process grief, especially as we all become more interconnected via the Internet.

September 25th

March Recap

Here is a post that I put up on Blog for America.

Today, hundreds of thousands of Americans gathered in Washington to express their displeasure with the current administration, it's policies in Iraq and the horrible effect those policies are having on people across America. We will be able to read about it in the newspapers and watch it on TV soon enough; however, the soundbytes of demonstrations—like the soundbytes of politicians—do not adequately reflect what really happens.

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