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At the SXSW Accelerator program for news media technologies where news startups pitch their ideas for a $10,000 prize. It’s sponsored by Microsoft BizSpark. They have 2 minutes to present and 10 minutes for Q&A.

BizSpark Accelerator – News Technologies
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Another attempt at liveblogging from the panel The Message is the Messenger at sxsw with @jowyang @jbruin and @prsarahevans
The Message is the Messenger
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My first attempt at liveblogging an event during #sxswi. The event was called Innovative Tech Design Through Biomimicry. For more on the panel, search the hashtag #sxswarm.

Innovative Tech Design Through Biomimicry

This is an excerpt from an NPR interview of Anna Deavere Smith by Michelle Norris about Smith’s play, “Let me down easy.”
The description was so powerful I couldn’t keep it to myself.
To listen to, or read the entire interview click here .

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Hope and optimism are different. Optimism, you look out the window, you say, it looks pretty good out there. Hope says, it doesn’t look good at all. Doesn’t look good at all. Evidence doesn’t look good at all, but I’m going to go beyond the evidence, create new possibilities based on vision, become contagious to allow people to engage in heroic actions. Always against the odds. No guarantee whatsoever. That’s hope.”

From: “TJOA, MAY (NBC Universal)”
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2011 18:23:08 -0800
To: Dorrine Mendoza
Subject: The San Diego 20

Hi Dorrine,
NBC San Diego is identifying the 20 most influential people in San Diego, and you’re one of the hundreds of nominees we’re looking at. It’s all a build-up to the launch of “The 20” in early 2011.

(Dorrine on Twitter @assignmentdesk1)

Who will be part of The 20? We’re working with Twitter to identify the people who are at the center of the conversation in San Diego right now. This list of 20 influencers won’t be static: As news breaks and different people make waves in the local conversation, we’ll swap names in and out.

What will it mean if we include your Twitter handle in The 20? For starters, you can tell your friends (and we’ll tell the city) that NBC San Diego has identified you as part of this exclusive group.

Think of it like a panel of people who care about the city: We’ll interact with panel members through everything from reTweets to on-air segments.

We’ll be talking to members on occasion as news dictates. If you’re added to The 20, your participation in interviews and panels would be voluntary and you will have no ongoing obligation.

We’re launching soon. If you have any Tweeps that you think deserve nomination, let us know.

And walked through the open door

 

 

This post is part of  an experiment in blogging motivation from the folks at WordPress.com. Today’s suggested topic is, “Biggest accomplishment of 2011.”

1. I saw you picking up after someone else’s dog yesterday. You deserve more credit than you get – which I’m guessing is none, and probably often.

A view from North Clevenger Canyon

2. Maybe you created the map, or the board on which it hung, or the website where I initially found the hike I took today. Maybe you’re the person who cuts back the wild plants, or nudges loose rocks back in their place when they block the trail. Whoever you are, the hike today was brilliant and clear, just the way you intended.

3. You work at my neighborhood Mexican-food restaurant. Friendly, like a starving dog is friendly, you sweat profusely and never look me in the eyes. With short, rapid movements your shaking hands clean dirty tables again, again and again. Always, words of apology are tumbling from a mouth so full of broken teeth for months I thought you didn’t speak English. I know what it’s like, trying to quit, and I’m giving you the credit no one who knows you is willing to give you anymore. It’s not for being employable, however long it may last. Or for depositing your first paycheck in 23 years, or saying no to the beer. I’m giving you credit just for trying.

This is part of Daily Post, an experiment in blogging motivation from the folks at WordPress.com. To find out more follow @postaday on Twitter or go to: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2010/12/30/how-to-sign-up-postaday-postaweek/

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Sent from my iPhone. Follow me on Twitter @assignmentdesk1

This is the best AP photo ever in the history of the wire service. FOR REALZ.

via @krochmal & chrismohney:
I could care less about the Four Loko nonsense but this AP photo is hilarious. WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY FOR YOURSELF, YOU SCURRILOUS BEVERAGE? (via)