Weak Ties [en]

[fr] Plus que de savoir quels parfaits inconnus sont à l'endroit où je suis, je voudrais savoir quelles personnes avec lesquelles j'ai des liens faibles ("weak ties") sont dans le coin. Quelqu'un qui a commenté sur mon blog, par exemple, ou qui a participé à la même conférence que moi.

Kevin Marks says [we need a Weasley’s clock](http://epeus.blogspot.com/2006/09/geolocation-and-privacy.html) rather than a Marauder’s map. I generally agree with this. Most of the times, I’m more interested in knowing where (and when) the people I know (or the people I have weak ties with) are, than in knowing which complete strangers are where I am (or in letting complete strangers know who I am).

Unfortunately, in most systems, it’s too much work to get people on your “buddy list”. [Stowe](http://stoweboyd.com/message/)’s [talk at SHiFT](http://strange.corante.com/archives/2006/09/29/shift_stowe_boyd_we_make_our_tools_and_they_shape_us.php) encouraged me to take a second look at [my Plazes account](http://beta.plazes.com/user/StephanieBooth), which I had more or less given up on using because it systematically placed me at the other end of the country when I logged on.

I might be very interested in knowing I’m geographically close to somebody who commented on my blog, or on whose blog I commented. Or somebody who was at SHiFT but that I didn’t actually get a chance to talk to. What if a system like [Plazes](http://plazes.com) was capable of doing that?

I finally understood at SHiFT what weak ties were, and I think this idea has all to do with them.

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Give Us Time to Digest Talks [en]

[fr] Le format des conférences (particulièrement celles avec un public de blogueurs, donc producteurs actifs de contenu) doit changer. On nous fait écouter des choses intéressantes, il faut nous laisser le temps d'en faire quelque chose. Après deux présentations, j'ai de quoi bloguer ou discuter au moins une heure! En rajouter deux de plus par-dessus, même avec une pause d'une demi-heure, ne fait qu'accélérer la grillade de cervelle.

Talking with a couple of people during the SHiFT closing party, we agreed that the conference format has to change. If you’re putting a bunch of people in a room, particularly bloggy people who are used to producing content and thinking on keyboards, and you’re hopefully providing them with thought-provoking thoughts and speakers, you need to give them time to digest the talks.

After two talks, I’ve got enough stuff in my head to blog for an hour or talk for the same length of time with the people who were in the same room. After four talks in a row, even with a thirty-minute break in between, my brain is fried and I just stall.

That’s why I’m really excited to see how the [LIFT’07 concept](http://www.liftconference.com/blog/?p=106) works out. One day with lots of small talks (select those you want to see, skip the rest), and another day with keynotes and huge chunks of time around them.

Looking at [what awaits me tomorrow](http://blogtalk.net/Main/Program), I’m feeling a tad apprehensive…

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Short Post-SHiFT Note [en]

[fr] SHiFT est terminé. Blogtalk commence.

SHiFT was really nice. Interesting things, writer’s overflow, but not writing. Check out [Suw](http://chocnvodka.blogware.com/)’s notes on [Strange Attractor](http://strange.corante.com/): talks by [Dannie Jost](http://strange.corante.com/archives/2006/09/29/shift_dannie_jost_patents_and_software.php), [Stowe Boyd](http://strange.corante.com/archives/2006/09/29/shift_stowe_boyd_we_make_our_tools_and_they_shape_us.php), [Martin Röll](http://strange.corante.com/archives/2006/09/29/shift_martin_roell_time_for_a_shift.php), [Kevin Cheng](http://strange.corante.com/archives/2006/09/29/shift_kevin_cheng_communicating_concepts_through_comics.php), [Euan Semple](http://strange.corante.com/archives/2006/09/28/shift_euan_semple_the_quiet_revolution.php).

Suw’s talk was great, I’ve finally understood what [ORG](http://www.openrightsgroup.org/) is about — and a bit worried about the situation in Switzerland.

Kudos to the SHiFT team for being so proactive in asking us for feedback during the closing party. Conference organisers everywhere, geek girls would like girly-shaped T-shirts, please! (Reaction to men-shaped T-shirts, however cool: oh, good, another one to sleep in.)

Many things not mentioned. My apologies.

I’m in Vienna now, with a cold, for [Blogtalk reloaded](http://blogtalk.net/). Looking forward to talking with [John Breslin](http://www.johnbreslin.com/blog/) tomorrow, and hoping to get a chance to catch [danah](http://www.zephoria.org/thoughts/) and [Matt](http://photomatt.net) too.

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Ongoing: SHiFT [en]

[fr] SHiFT a commencé. Plein de choses que je devrais bloguer, mais... Voilà.

[SHiFT](http://wiki.shift.pt/doku.php) has started, and I’m feeling very guilty about not blogging and photographing everything. Oh well.

Of note for me this morning, two talks: [Lilia](http://blog.mathemagenic.com/) on [personal blogging meeting work blogging](http://blog.mathemagenic.com/2006/09/28.html) and [Laurent](http://ballpark.ch/blog/) on the [lessons learned](http://www.ballpark.ch/blog/english/720/my-shift-talk) during his adventure with [coComment](http://cocomment.com).

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Travel Plans [en]

[fr] Prochains voyages: Lisbonne puis Vienne à la fin du mois de septembre, et peut-être l'Inde cet hiver si j'ai les sous.

– (25)26-30th September: [Shift](http://wiki.shift.pt/) in Lisbon, Portugal
– 1st-3rd October: [BlogTalk](http://blogtalk.net/) in Vienna, Austria

I’ve more or less got the trip to Lisbon and the return from Vienna sorted out. I’m in trouble for getting from Lisbon to Vienna during the week-end without emptying my bank account. Anybody else doing this? Got ideas where I should look? (Trains, planes, coaches?)

I’m also tempted to go to India for two months over December-January (get back here in time for [Lift](http://lift07.org/) early February). The problem there is finances: I don’t know yet if I’ll be able to afford it. One idea would be to try and get some consulting work over there (Delhi, Pune, Bangalore…) — if the rates in the industry are worth it. Anybody know what opportunities a videshi bloggy consultant might find there?

Do speak up if we’re going to be in the same place at the same time!

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