For Better And Worse

It’s A Particle And A Wave

It’s a little deep for the weekend, but what the hell..

I read this today …  and to quote Dave;

I’d like to have a channel that’s for serious releases only. If something is a maintenance release, or just the beginning of an idea, it wouldn’t be thought of as important. However, when a technology has matured and is ready for other minds to consider it, there ought to be a way to get it looked at.

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The River No Longer Runs Through It

In October of Last Year I wrote :

For a while now, I have been building a parallel set of thoughts which now has a permanent home here. It is a set of thoughts that live between the 140 characters of Twitter and this space which I am transitioning to more of an original thought / essay space.

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1999 Is Great – But I Need More

BB-Highlight-04I know – right? Yet another shift in the world of Beyond Bridges.

If you are paying attention (and really, who knows if you are), you will have noticed that for nearly 2 months, specifically since April 21st, I have been playing around with a product called 1999 from Dave Winer. It is pretty cool. Since launching in fact, I have planted some 144 posts. My first on April 21st. The last on June 10th. All hosted on my river, that Dave has kindly been hosting. In parallel, I have signed up for an AWS account and with the help (strictly speaking me clicking and cutting and pasting words that my new friend Andy told me to)   into my river that he is hosting.

It’s not just cool – it is clever and useful and though a very big fan of what Dave is trying to do,the new world of publishing needs to think about two more distinct dimensions. I have talked about this before. Dave is doing the content bit very very well. BUT, judging by a post he made at the end of last week – the importance of the delivery / discovery – not so much.

He opened his post with “Well it seems os about finished.” That was a big clue.

So moving on. Day to day commentary is being moved back to this stream. I will leave the 1999 stream in place – and will likely still post there from time to time – but it can’t be the place where my commentary lives … yet.

In parallel, the weekly ‘Pour Vous’ is on hold as is the weekly RSS newsletter. Instead I will be moving back to a single thought per post, and the occasional manually built newsletter highlighting some of the ‘best-offs’

Onwards. Enjoy.

Excuses. Seals. Ubered. Commuting. Random.

‘Uber’ is just one of the five topics that caught my eyes and ears this past week that I wanted to share with you. Enjoy.


Steinbeck uses the old ‘Dog ate my homework’ line …

I don’t know whether I told you. My setter pup, left alone one night, made confetti of about half of my [manuscript] book. Two months work to do over again. It sets me back. There was no other draft. I was pretty mad but the poor little fellow may have been acting critically. I didn’t want to ruin a good dog for a ms. I’m not sure is good at all. He only got an ordinary spanking with his punishment flyswatter. But there’s the work to do over from the start.

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Prince. Pantone. Blockchain. Brexit. 1999.

‘Brexit’ is just one of the 5 things that caught my eyes and ears this past week that I wanted to share with you.


2016 is not turning out so well for great artists. Particularly those androgynous ones. Old news now, but Prince of course died on the 21st. So of course, I found a couple of great performances.

First, an awesome solo while on stage with Winwood, Petty and Lynn while paying homage to Harrison.  This is a great backstory to the performance.

And then, let’s not forget his amazing performance of Purple Rain in the pouring rain at Super Bowl XLI, with some commentary from stage management to give you some context.

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