November 23, 2006

categories: press, narcissism
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And, still, an even stronger smell…

Last Saturday’s Washington Post had my mug on the front page of the business section. The full story is available online, but lacks the photos. (Fear not, they simply copied the image of me from the front page of this blog, so you aren’t missing anything.)

Anyhow, Alan Sipress describes me as:

… a 39-year-old with a strong, stubby jaw and even stronger opinions.

The title of this blog entry is my complete response.

On a more serious note, while I think it is a great article and one that I feel lucky to be a part of, I think the article goes just a hair too far in characterizing MSFT in a “new” versus “old” kind of way. Many of the most potent change agents within the company have been part of MSFT for over a decade. MSFT is also the most introspective and self-critical environment that I’ve ever worked in (I mean that in the best possible way). So while the article paints me as a sort of “rebel with a cause”, I am really but one of many people who are helping MSFT to grow in new directions and any implication of a “versus” is more on how we’ll change not if we’ll change.

categories: projects, events
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Web 2.0 and Photosynth

On November 9th, I announced the public availability of Photosynth at the Web 2.0 Summit. A lot of people have said that Photosynth was the high point of Web 2.0, which is obviously great kudos to the Live Labs team, MSR, and U. Wa.

A couple of people have asked for a copy of the presentation that I gave, so it is linked here.

Scoble took a really nice video of me demoing Photosynth.

Also, I jumped into a discussion thread at MeFi about Photosynth to answer some questions that people had about the tech preview.

categories: events, opinion
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CIKM, the Internet Singularity, and Offending Academic Publishing

On November 8th, I gave a variation of my singularity talk as a keynote at CIKM. A couple of people have noted on the Internets that I had some strong opinions about academic publishing during the Q&A. So, to be really clear: I did use the word “parasites” and I really meant it.

Most of the hard work in academic publishing is performed for free by academics (writing, reviewing, maintaining editorial standards, etc.) The academic publishing houses charge enormous fees to institutions for hard and soft copy of these publications. And the academics are somewhat forced into this situation because third parties (the publishers) own the “brand” of the journals that one needs to interface with in order to get tenure.

It should now be clear why I’ll never be wildly successful in a purely academic setting.

categories: meta
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Turkey Day Update

The combination of this being a national holiday and my being in self-imposed quarantine from my family (because of a lingering cold/flu) has eliminated any excuse I have for not updating this site. So hold on to your hats because I am on daytime cold/flu medicine, you know, the good stuff.

More to come momentarily…