At least when it comes to the numbers.

Another post that arises as a result of me catching up on my writing backlog. For reference, have this in your mind as you read the rest of the post. Back at the end of last year, I listened to a reporter breathlessly describing how cyber Monday will break all records 1 – with the expectation that $6 billion of revenue will result from this single event. Note – that is across ALL retailers in the US. I was reminded of these words that I wrote in November 2017, to a small group I belong to.

Alibaba raked in over $8 billion in sales in the first hour of its made-up marketing holiday, “Singles Day”. with a 24 hour total of $17.8 Billion … and that was 2016 – numbers for 2017 are around $23 billion … prime day in 2017 hit $1 billion … and Black Friday this year accounted for $5 billion – including $2 billion through mobile … in other words total sales in the USA for prime day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday across ALL stores in the country amounted to slightly more than 50% of what a single company achieved in China over a single day celebrating an ‘invented’ holiday (the very one, in fact, that gave Amazon the idea for Prime Day to begin with! OK – China’s population is 4 times that of the US, but still – now we begin to understand where the money is.

Another Year Over
And A New One Just Begun

… John Lennon

I don’t often do this kind of post …. but 2017, well – what a year it was … and sadly 2018 is not going to be much better. (Don’t let the New Year’s Eve’s Blue Moon fool you!)

This is not to regurgitate all of 2017 – plenty of people out there that will do that for you – but rather a time for reflection on the future.

For me it will be one word – FOCUS.

focus

 

I started that halfway through last year – but the culling continues.

My focus has – and will continue to be – driven by the ‘People, Passion, Platform’ trifecta. What hasn’t happened is the removal of all of the other crud that fills up what little time we all have.

People – will continue to be framed in my volunteer work for Defy and UC Davis – but is actually at the core of People First and the related projects such as Lost Identity – an initiative driven out of Mei Lin Fung’s People Centered Internet. We are also looking at developing an app in conjunction with one of our partners.

Passion – writing, connecting, sharing, talking, presenting … which will emerge in the three blogs below as well as white papers, presentations and books supported by sponsorship, patronage and good old contracts.

Platforms – Merchant23, Ada and RAL are just three of the platform companies I am working with there are others that need to be either embraced or removed.

… and that trifecta will be drawn through three web properties …

And Another Thing is one year old, launched last year in conjunction with my colleague Graham Watson as an experiment to see if we could write a joint blog. After 340 posts, I think we can safely say that yes – we can keep up the flow the challenge for this year is to work out how to broaden the readership.

Beyond Bridges, where you are now and the oldest of these three sites, will be used to offer point/counterpoint argument, observations that surround boundary conditions – such as posts like this which I promised to come back to … though I  wasn’t really expecting it to be a full blog transition.

Example topics that have emerged just in the past week include Border Towns, Poverty In California, The Salton Sea and Lake Havisu, Prisons, Beer  – these and others like them will roll in the next couple of weeks.

I think as these and similar posts emerge, it will become clear as to what the connections are.

People First which we launched in 2017 will continue in its current format and focus …. after all, we are only just getting started there.

On a final note, what of Social Media?

I pulled out of Facebook over three years ago. Not one regret. No action needed (unless I go back to develop a wider audience for the work described below. All the other social platforms where I have a presence with the exception of Twitter sit there like ghosts in the ocean. No time sink there. 

But in Twitter land, there is definitely room to cull. So, as of today only the following accounts will be monitored and grown.

And Another Thing@AndAn0therTh1ngwww.andanotherthing.co – a couple of chaps riffing on the peculiarities of the world.

Beyond Bridges@JGPhilpinwww.beyondbridges.net – this site has been up and around for a while. The first post came in September 2010 and since then has taken many different directions – both in topic and appearance. The content focus is changing again. Going forward, for now, the posts will be a celebration or commentary on ‘difference’, ‘commonality’ and ‘connections’ … you will get the drift.

In terms of appearance, nothing different for now, I recognize that some of the CSS is broken in places and as that gets discovered it gets fixed. The big change will likely happen when Matt Mullenweg pushes the button on WordPress 5 and specifically Gutenberg is released. – hopefully in the next 3 months (ever the optimist).

People First@TheBusEquation (it used to be @All_ElseFollows – but the business equation has emerged as the FOCUS of the initiative, so much so that a couple of books have emerged in my mind, with one already in progress.) – www.people-first.net

Fractals@Fractalswww.philpin.com Stuff just gets auto-posted into these spaces and curiously the following at @Fractals is 3 to 4 times that of my other twitter accounts!

I am suspending these :

The Taxi Chronicles – the anti-Uber thread – if people don’t understand why Uber is bad for them – why should I care? I just will never use them. Nor should you. But we live in a free society.

Just Good Music – self-explanatory

The 50th … an experiment that was centered on Hawaii … just seems that Hawaii wasn’t interested.

Comments on all three of these topics will occasionally be posted into one of the three core posts ( primarily @AndAn0therTh1ng )

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Can Catch You Unawares


Just spent a fascinating hour on a call with T. Rob, Bruce Simons-Morton, Britt Blaser and Louis Rawlins – key learning …”politics is not government”.

After the call Britt shared these links … which I wanted to store away for posterity as I think. Ultimately, some of this might make its way over here, but not yet.



 

 


A blog post from Doc Searls writing about a lecture that was being given by Larry Lessig


At the end of which he referenced a post by Britt … in which he references Dave Winer and Doc Searls – who you know I reference a lot.


“Neo, no one’s ever done anything like this”
“That’s why it’s going to work.”

It’s not just for taxis – it’s also needed for good grammar

Originally published over at Taxi Leaks, this provided a chuckle this morning and happens to sit at the intersection of two topics dear to my heart. Uber and Accurate Language. (Slightly edited for better flow and consistency with this blog’s style.)

“licence” is a noun

“license” is a verb

(in British English, the Americans use “license” for both )

Hard to remember UNLESS you think of ” advice ” and ” advise ” , which work exactly the same way but their respective pronunciations give them away.

FYI ” practice ” and ” practise ” also work the same way

SO to choose a random example :

Uber have lost their licence

Uber are no longer licensed

Uber were not deemed fit and proper to hold a licence

TfL’s licensing decision re Uber was the right one

Uber are appealing against the loss of their licence

We all hope that Uber are not relicensed

Hope that helps !

Vaughan Williams.

Who is Vaughan Williams? Producer of the stage play from the movie ‘The Knowledge’

… really!

.. more like ‘really?’

Students who take this course will be:
Positioned to serve as the company AR experts
Qualified to teach AR to co-workers, bosses, and partners
Armed with applicable AR use cases
Ready to create memorable customer experiences
Able to initiate low-risk, low-cost, affordable pilot programs
Able to decide when to implement AR or VR solutions
Confident using AR to attain, retain and train bright new employees
Prepared to represent employers to the AR community
Ready to build a framework of AR technology options
Able to find tech and AR experts when and as needed
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All you need to do is register and go from what I can see.

It’s a ninety minute course.

… It Isn’t Your Dad’s News


I met someone the other day and having looked over their website, I happened to mention that the RSS feed from the site’s blog was called ‘RSS Feed’ – and not something useful like ‘John’s RSS Feed For All Things Amazing’ …..

The reply :

“It’s so funny when you mentioned the RSS feed – I didn’t know people still did that so I’ll definitely look into it.”

This person strikes me as very bolted into the world of business and tech, definitely switched on to the social media circus circuit … and her response is all too typical of what I hear from so many people. Which in turn means that I think it is one of the most serious issues we face today.

Surely you jest Mr. Philpin? I do not ….


(Consider the news that emerged over the weekend that Facebook 'unknowingly' sold advertising to Russian Troll Farms ..

"The ads -- both traditional advertisements and sponsored posts -- were intended to sow discord among the American electorate by amplifying "divisive social and political messages," Stamos said. These ranged from "LGBT matters to race issues to immigration to gun rights."

Allow that to sink in for a moment - and I know you would never be caught out by such obvious false influences .... except you are. We all are. All the time. That is why the art of the con is alive and well.

And no, RSS doesn't fix that all by itself - but it sure does help.

I wrote a long reply to my new friend about why RSS was important … and when it was finished, decided not to send it, but rather turn it into a blog post and just send the link, because it is something I come across a lot. This article is a personal position on RSS, a recognition that it needs to get easier and a plea that really – if you want news – getting it from your Social Feeds is not a good idea. Continue reading

All From Dave Winer


Sometimes he just hits it ….

Everyone should know how to run a web server

I know what he means – but wow – when you come to understand that most people don’t know how to use Word or EMail properly – that is one hell of a stretch …. but yes – definitely a goal. I have don’t that – as a learning function. It still sits there … though I no longer put content there …. sorry Dave. (It was his software I installed and continue to run).

I’ve been advocating teaching journalism students to run servers. because it’s so central to freedom of the press these days, to not be controlled by techies. And techies love to control users. If the journalists knew what was possible and weren’t scared of running a server, they might be able to just do things for themselves without waiting for permission. I’ve seen very powerful things created with gutsy users who didn’t like to hear NO from devs. 😉

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The inadequacy of online payments

It is amazing that after twenty years – this is still a problem. I have my own problems – no single place to point the finger – it is everywhere.

She had to spend the money at Amazon in the US, which meant shipping costs to the UK would have been huge. They didn’t say this up front, or I would have used Amazon UK to give the gift. We’ve been using the web for commerce for 20 years. These glitches should have been worked out long ago.

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Posterity

This one was so good – it is getting it’s own post.