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Abridged History of USA-China – Economist Cartoon

Latest editorial cartoon in Economist (via Kal Sketchblog) showing an abridged history of relationship between USA and China commemorating Obama’s visit to China this week. It starts with both putting their cold shoulder forward, er, backward and ultimately strengthening the tentative friendship into a firm handshake leading to a strong fusion of each others fates with Uncle Sam getting increasingly worried while the Chinese Dragon becomes happier over time from 1960 to 2010…

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13 November, 2009 at 13:13 1 comment

Homepage Features ChangeLog ML

Customizing Evidence


If you built evidence with shelf and icon-view (or download evidence), you may use a ready-made icon-set of your choice.
To build your own iconset, make new folder under /usr/local/share/evidence/icons, copy the desired icons into that folder, and create a file mime.icons telling evidence which of the icons to use for which MIME-type. See other iconsets for examples for the mime.icons map.


If you built evidence with the evas-canvas, you may use a ready-made theme of your choice, or make your own using one of the shipped ones as example.

To create new background-databases for use with the ebg-loader, you will want to also download ebony.

Theme-plugins (“engines”)

Themes tell evidence what fonts, pictures and theme-plugins to use.
Theme-plugins are responsible for loading or creating icons, rubber-bands, scrollbars, and background pictures.
They can do this in any way they like — but whether you like your icon-view minimalistic or convoluted, you’ll only load the plugins you actually use!
If you know the C programming language, you may write your own theme-plugins.


To run evidence with a backend other than the one-size-fits-all default, pass the backend‘s name on the command-line (see manual). To make it the default backend, simply ln -s /usr/local/lib/evidence/backend/ /usr/local/lib/evidence/backend/ — I’ll auto that in the future.


Providers are plugins that provide extra info on MP3s, Oggs, images, and other files. The setup file evidence.providers tells evidence which providers to try on what type of file.


Right-clicking on a file brings up a menu with actions that can reasonably be applied to that file. How evidence knows which actions make sense for a given file depends on the backend: the default backend would read its setup file (; the GNOME-VFS2 backend would look it up in the GNOME’s database etc.


When an URL is entered into the typebuffer (“µshell”), evidence will look up the protocol (e.g. “http://”, “ftp://”) in evidence.handler to know which program should handle the URL (Mozilla, lftp, …).


If a program is double-clicked, it is started.
If a data file (or “document”) is double-clicked, evidence will determine the document’s type (e.g. “text/html”, “image/gif”). It will then try to have a suitable application open that document (a text-editor for the HTML, a graphics editor for the GIF etc.).


    Executive summary
    The backend tells evidence about the files on your system.
    The default backend should built/work on any machine. It is fully sufficient for most uses.
    Other backends will be similar in features, but may offer more seamless integration with specific Desktop Environments like KDE or GNOME2.

File-system component
The backend tells evidence about the files on your system. There are a several backends to choose from; for instance, if you are using KDE, the KDE-backend will let evidence use the awesome power of kioslaves. The GNOME-VFS backend does similar things for GNOME-users, the efsd-backend for enlightenment 17 users. If in doubt, use the default “file” backend which does not rely on a specific Desktop Environment and will run anywhere.

Meta-data providers
Plugins that provide extra info on MP3, images, …

Providers a small plugins that are specialists for a certain type of file. The MP3/ID3 provider for instance knows how to read MP3 tags. It enables evidence to show information such as song title, artist’s name, release-date and more even if they are not part of the file’s name. This information will be displayed in tooltips and in the file-info dialog together with the usual data (file’s size, its owner, date of last modification, …).

Most plugins also allow some of the data to be edited; in the case of the MP3/ID3 plugin, you may edit your MP3 tags in the file-info dialog!

Plugins are not part of the main program; this way, you may easily add plugins without having to rebuild the whole program.
This also means that evidence will only load plugins as it needs them; if you have no MP3-files, the MP3/ID3 plugin will not be loaded.

Most plugins rely on other code (“libraries”) that you need to install before you can build or use that plugin:
Plugin     Needs
Ogg Vorbis-tag     libvorbis, libvorbisfile, libogg
MP3-tag (ID3)     libid3 3.8+
image     imlib2 (highly recommended for thumbnailer anyway)
TrueType fonts     freetype2 (required for evas anyway)
PDF, Real, HTML, …    libextractor

10 June, 2005 at 12:12 1 comment

Filemanagers and Desktop Articles

This is a list of interesting links concerning User Interfaces in the Open Source world and file manager user interfaces in particular.

Some definitions to help in understanding the articles:

Previous discussion in the Gnome community concerning future directions of the UNIX file management:

And a few interesting – atleast if you ignore the comments ;-) – articles from OSNews:

Other projects

Nat Friedman’s Beagle is definetly worth a look, and a query-based interface for Thunar would be a worth addition, since users – yeah thats you as well – usually think task-oriented (you open the file manager because you want to accomplish some task!). Beagle even integrates with Nautilus and GtkFileChooser.

Seth Nickel’s Storage is definetly the most interesting project in the UNIX desktop area currently, although it doesn’t get the necessary attention yet. Nevertheless, since it’s modular, we may use the same architecture to support queries in Thunar.

Doodle is a tool to quickly search the documents on a computer. Doodle builds an index using meta-data contained in the documents and allows fast searches on the resulting database. Doodle uses libextractor to extract the meta-data from the files in the file system. We could use it in Thunar to implement queries (for the spatial view).

Evidence is the next generation file manager for the Enlightenment Desktop. It features different user interfaces, and a location selector similar to GtkFileChooser.

10 June, 2005 at 11:32 1 comment

  List of useful links from Bloomsbury Writer’s Almanac
Arts councils
 Arts Council of England
 Arts Council of Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaion
 Arts Council of New Zealand/Toi Aotearoa
 Arts Council of Wales/Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru
 Australian Council for the Arts
 Contemporary Writers
    A database of living writers
 French Book News
 Live Literature Network
 National Endowment for the Arts US
 New Books in German
 New Zealand Book Council
 Royal Academy of Arts
 Royal Literary Fund
    Charity offering fellowships to published writers
 Scottish Arts Council
 Scottish Book Trust
 The British Council
    A full list of the British Council
 Welsh Books Council/Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru
Awards and festivals
 Adelaide Festival
 Bath Literature Festival
 Booker Prize
 Cheltenham Festival
 City of London Festival
 Giller Prize
 Harbourfront Toronto
 Hay on Wye Festival
 Impac Dublin award
 International Institute of Modern Letters
 Literary Conferences
    An online guide to conferences in the UK and abroad
 Nobel Prize
 Orange Prize
 Prague Writer’s Festival
 Pulitzer Prize
 The Bridport Prize
    The Bridport Prize is an annual international creative writing competition for poetry and short stories.
 The Commonwealth Writers prize
 The Oxford Literary Festival, 2005
    Information on the 2005 festival
 Whitbread Prize
 Word Festival
Bloomsbury author websites
 Ambient Century by Mark Prendergast
 The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
 A Gathering Light by Jennifer Donnelly
 Ash Wednesday by Ethan Hawke
 Bitter With Baggage by Sloane Tanen
 Celluloid Skyline by James Sanders
 How to Mow the Lawn by Sam Martin
 Into the Blue by Tony Horwitz
 Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
 Postcard Dogs by Libby Hall
 The Fourth Hand by John Irving
 Urban Tribes by Ethan Watters
 Where You’re At by Patrick Neate
 Alexia Brue
 Ambrose Bierce
 Anthony Bourdain
 Caetano Veloso
 Danah Zohar
 Derrick Bell
 Edward Gorey
    Vist the Edward Gorey House website
 Edward Said
    Vist the Edward Said Archive
 Elizabeth Arthur
 Erna Paris
 Frederic Brenner
 Gene Brewer
 Glen Baxter
 Harry Potter
 Ian Marchant
 Isabel Losada
 J.K. Rowling
 J.T. Leroy
 Jacky Fleming
 James Innes-Smith
 Jay McInerney
 Jennifer Donelly
 Jim DeRogatis
 Joanna Trollope
 John Geiger
 Khaled Hosseini
 Laura Shaine Cunningham
 Leith’s Cookery Books
 Liz Jensen
 Lou Marinoff
 Malcolm Pryce
 Mandy Aftel
 Manil Suri
 Marc Acito
 Margaret Atwood
 Mark Hertsgaard
 Marni Jackson
 More Bloomsbury author sites
    For information on authors not listed in this directory, please visit our author pages
 Ralph Steadman
 Romesh Gunesekera
 Sandra Cisneros
 Sarah Salway
 Sharon Creech
 Simone Lia
 Steven Appleby
 Stewart O’Nan
 Suzy Barratt & Polly Beard
 T.C. Boyle
 Tanya Sasoon’s ‘Training Kits’
 Tim Coates
 Tim Krabbe
 Virginia Rounding
Book trade associations
 Book Industry Communication
 Book Trust
 Bookseller’s Association
 Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru/Welsh Books Council
 Independent Publishers Guild
 Library Association
 Publisher’s Association
 Publisher’s Weekly
 Publishing News
 Society of Freelance Editors and Proofreaders
 The Bookseller
Children’s books
 A Gathering Light by Jennifer Donnelly
 Big Match Manager by Tom Sheldon
 Girl 15 by Sue Limb
 Gossip Girl by Cecily von Ziegesar
 How it Works by Graham Marks
 Marvin Wanted More by Joseph Theobald
 Pirates! by Celia Rees
 The Insiders by J. Minter
 The Three Grumpies by Tamra Wight
 The Wereling by Stephen Cole
 Whispering to Witches by Anna Dale
 Andrew Wilson – author website
 Award Winning Children’s Books
 Benjamin Zephaniah – author page
 Bloomsbury’s Children’s Pages
    News, catalogue, info and fun stuff!
 Book Hive
 Celia Rees – author website
 Children’s Book Council
 Children’s Book Guild of Washington DC
 Children’s Literature
 Children’s Storybooks On-line
 Gennifer Choldenko – author website
 Gillian McClure – author website
 Graham Marks – author website
 Harry Potter
 Herbie Brennan – author website
 J.K. Rowling – author website
 Jane Hissey – author website
 Ken Wilson-Max – illustrator website
 Linda Strachan – author website
 Louis Sachar – author website (UK)
 Louis Sachar – author website (USA)
 Lynne Chapman – author website
 Malachy Doyle – author website
 Marianne Curley – author website
 Marni McGee – author website
 Mary Hoffman – author website
 Mary Hooper – author website
 Michael Terry – author website
 Miriam Moss – author website
 N.M. Browne – author website
 Neil Gaiman – author site
 Nora Martin – author website
 Pam Smallcomb – author website
 Rachel Cohn – author website
 Rhian Tracey – author website
 Roger McGough – author website
 Sally Grindley – author website
 Shannon Hale – author website
 Sharon Creech – author website
 Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
 Stephen Waterhouse – author website
 Sue Limb – author website
 The Children’s Literature Web Guide
 The Federation of Children’s Book Groups
    The Federation of Children
 William Steig – author website
Creative Writing is an Internet resource site for writers of all abilities.
 Crossing Borders
    A creative writing mentoring scheme in Africa
 Get Writing
    Get Writing is a comprehensive writing website, supporting and advising audiences who desire to develop their creative writing skills. Get Writing hosts a plethora of competitions often linked to BBC Dramas, an ever-growing online community network of writers across the UK, an online writer’s circle, and discussion space for critical debate of writing across all genres.
 I Belong
    An international chain story
    Workshops for emerging writers in the Mediterranean
 New Writing
    A magazine for readers and writers
 New Writing Partnership
    An enterprise to highlight, support and develop new writing
    The resource pages contain thousands of resources for writers of all levels, and we regularly run (prose and poetry) competitions and publish an annual anthology. There are also flourishing forums, poetry workshops and prose and poetry discussions.
 Write Link
    Writers’ resource site for creative writing, linking to paying markets, competitions, reference sites, software, and much more
 Young UKA Authors
    A showcase and resource site for young writers up to age 21.
Crime writing
 American Crime Writers League
 Bastulli Mystery Library
 Crime Time
 Crime Writer’s Resource
 Crime Writers Association
 Federal Bureau of Investigation
 Murder Squad
 Royal Canadian Mounted Police
 Scotland Yard
Editorial advice and manuscript assessment
 The Literary Consultancy
    Founded in 1996 by editor Rebecca Swift and agent Hannah Griffiths, The Literary Consultancy aims to give first-class, market-informed editorial advice to writers at any level writing in English.
 The Writers Workshop
    The Writers Workshop offers very high quality manuscript appraisal and editorial advice to aspiring writers.
 Bibliotheque Nationale de France
 Bodleian Library
 British Library
 Bundesarchiv on-line
 Cambridge University Library
 Folger Shakespeare Library
 Library Association
 Library of Congress
 National Library of Australia
 National Library of Canada/Bibliotheque Nationale du Canada
 National Library of New Zealand/Te Puna Matauranga o Aetearoa
 National Library of South Africa
 Trinity College Dublin
 University of Edinburgh
Literary agents
 AP Watt
 Australian Literary Management
 Gillon Aitken Associates
 Peters Fraser and Dunlop
 The Marsh Agency
 The Sayle Agency
 The Wylie Agency
Literary magazines
 3am Publishing
    From cutting-edge short fiction to political satire and music reviews.
    Literary magazine edited by Craig Raine.
 Atlantic Monthly
    An online magazine addressing contemporary issues, fiction, travel, food and humour.
 Book Munch
    Nicely in-your-face coverage of the literary scene
 Brick Magazine
    A literary journal aimed at both readers and writers. Published twice yearly.
 Dalkey Archive
    Non-profit website founded to challenge established literary journals.
 Heat Magazine
    Heat is a literary magazine in book form which publishes creative and interpretive writing by Australian and overseas authors.
 Jacket Magazine
    Jacket is published three or four times a year on the Internet only. It was founded by John Tranter in 1997, to showcase lively poetry and prose. It is free.
 January Magazine
    An online magazine bringing its readers interviews with authors from around the world.
    Landfall publishes literary fiction and essays, poetry, extracts from work in progress, criticism and commentary on New Zealand arts and culture.
 Lime Tea
    “…an online literary magazine, with new content every Friday, which features good writing in a variety of forms, by a variety of writers, relating to a single theme which changes each month. Think of it as the results of a sort of literary Rorschach Test administered monthly to the contributors.”
 Lingua Franca
    A review of academic life.
 London Magazine
    A bimonthly paperback journal providing over 120 pages of art, memoirs, travel, poetry, criticism, theatre, music, cinema, short fiction, essays and reviews.
 London Review of Books
    The London Review of Books is dedicated to carrying on the tradition of the English essay.
    A selection of poems, essays and original works ranging across contemporary issues.
    An online offshoot of Timothy McSweeneys quarterly concern, a journal created by nervous people in relative obscurity. Published four times a year. Books and Journals can be purchased online.
 Mississipi Review
    An online magazine posted quarterly. Each issue has a guest editor.
 Mr Beller’s Neighbourhood
    Website combining a map and a magazine. Stories, personal and photo essays about New York City published.
    Online offshoot of Multistorey magazine. Site contains interviews, poems and stories.
    An online magazine covering politics and opinion, travel writing, fiction and poetry, reviews and interviews.
 Open City
    Open City is a literary magazine, dedicated to publishing writers who may be considered too daring for mainstream publishing.
 Quality Women’s Fiction
    A literary magazine publishing short fiction written by women. Aims to appeal to the more discerning female reader.
 Quill & Quire
 Richmond Review
    The UK
 Salon Magazine
    Online magazine for an Internet media company. Sites updated daily include News, Politics, Arts, Entertainment and Books.
    Sport is a literary magazine which has been published twice yearly since October 1988.
 The Blue Moon Review
    An online magazine, “quietly publishing the internet
 The Erotic Review
    Aiming to be relaunched February 14th 2002.
 The Mighty Organ
    An eclectic collection of journalistic observations, interests and private passions.
 The Paris Review
    Online magazine emphasising writing as opposed to criticism.
 The Threepenny Review
    American online magazine reviewing the Arts.
 Times Literary Supplement
    Online offshoot of The Times Literary Supplement, containing essays, book news and reviews.
 Tin House
    Magazine publishing previously unpublished poetry, fiction and non-fiction.
 Troika Magazine
    Website aiming to be a cutting edge, contemporary forum. Reviews on travel, books, art, technology etc.
 Turbine NZ
    Online literary publication publishing, fiction, non-fiction and poetry produced by students of Victoria University and writers in the region of Wellington, New Zealand.
 Web Del Sol
    Website aimed at promoting the reading and publishing of contemporary literature on the Internet.
 Word Riot
    Created by the literary department of Communication Breakdown, and keeping its aggressive, uncompromising spirit in showcasing up-and-coming writers.
    Website dedicated to Francis Ford Coppolla inspired short stories. Subscriptions welcome.
 Video interviews from Relax with a Book
    Website updated daily, featuring interviews with new and established authors.
 Writers’ Forum
 The Philosopher’s Magazine Publishing
    Resources for job-hunters and writers
 Animating Literature
    A British Council site for readers and writers
 Arts and Letters Daily
    Leave a book in a public place for someone else to read…
 Cyber Editions On-line publishing
 Dutch University Institute for Art History
 Internet Writer – Resources on the web
    Sign up for Jane Dorner
 National Extension College
    Educational charity dedicated to providing learning opportunities for all
 On-line Library of Literature
 RE Author
    Your online resource for Author!
 The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest
 The Chelsea Hotel
    New York Hotel. Room rates and history of the building can be found on this web site, as well as details of the hotels artistic residents.
 The Diary Junction
    Information and links on over 300 literary and historical diarists
 The Phoenix Garden
    We love it here in the summer. And the spring…
 The Vivat Trust-Historic Buildings
    Listed buildings let as holiday homes.
    Knowledge and literary resources search engine.
    Website celebrating the English language and striving to combat its degradation.
 Word Play
    Endlessly diverting collection of word games from all around the web.
 World Wide Words
    Website that explains weird and unusual words and strange turns of phrase.
 Anvil Press
    Anvil Press is the longest-standing independent poetry publisher in England.
 Electronic Poetry Review
    A journal dedicated to publishing experimental and more traditionally formal poetry, as well as interviews, essays on poetics, and book reviews.
 International Library of Poetry
    Aiming to eliminate the traditional barriers that prevent most people from having their message heard.
 Poetry Book Society
    The PBS is a membership organisation which exists to keep people all over the world up to date with the best new English language poetry being published in the UK and Ireland today.
 Poetry London
    An online poetry magazine, bringing you poems, reviews, features and listings.
 Poetry Magazine
    An online poetry magazine.
 Poetry Society
    The website of the Poetry society with news of events and competitions listed.
    Alphabetical Directory of Poets.
 The Poetry Book Society
    The Poetry Book Society
Reading groups
 BBC Reading Group Pages
    The BBC
 Bradford Libraries
    Bradford Libraries home.
 Encompass Culture
    A worldwide online reading group
    Provides lists of events in Bradford, plus competitions.
Secondhand and antiquarian booksellers
 Advanced Book Exchange
 Books at Sixpence
 Elephant Books
 Heritage Book Shop
    Heritage Book Shop is an internationally renowned
 Just Books
 Kennys, Galway
 Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists
    A non-profit, educational association, whose membership comprises professional and amateur artists, art directors, publishers and anyone with an interest in the art of the genre.
    British Science Fiction and Fantasy magazine. Publishing established and new Science Fiction writers.
 Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
    American Science fiction and fantasy writers association. Membership online.
 Science Fiction Weekly
    Online magazine dedicated to books, television and films in the sci-fi genre.
 World Science Fiction Convention
    Society whose membership are able to vote in the Hugo Awards and World Science Fiction Conventions. Membership can be applied for online.
 Globe Theatre
 Mr William Shakespeare and the Internet
 Royal Shakespeare Company
Specialist booksellers
 Book Ladder
    An African American online bookstore for grades K-12
UK publishers
 4th Estate
 A & C Black
 Faber & Faber
 Harpercollins UK
 Harvill Press
 Hodder Headline
 John Murray
 Little, Brown
 Marion Boyars
 No Exit Press
 Orion Publishing Group
 Penguin UK
 Random House UK
 Serpent’s Tail
 Simon & Schuster UK
 Thames & Hudson
 UKA Press
Worldwide publishers
 Allen & Unwin-Australia
 American Bookseller’s Association
 American Publisher’s Association
 Carroll & Graf-US
 Dijkgraaf & Van der Veere-Holland
 Duffy & Snellgrove-Australia
 Esperance Press
    Specialising in books that are
 Gill & Macmillan-Ireland
 Harper Collins-US
 Harpercollins-New Zealand
 Hodder Headline-Australia
 Houghton Mifflin
 McLelland & Stewart-Canada
 Oxford University Press-ANZ
 Oxford University Press-Canada
 Oxford University Press-US
 Penguin Putnam-US
 Poolbeg Press-Ireland
 Random House-Australia
 Random House-New Zealand
 Random House-US
 Simon & Schuster-US
 Text Publishing-Australia
 The Beckham Publications Group
    Unique book publishing company offers joint venture self publishing project to promote the works of young and budding writers
 The New Press
 University of Queensland Press-Australia
 W.W. Norton-US
Writers’ associations
    An online writing community where writers can publish stories and poems online.
 American Society of Journalists and Authors
    The American Society of Journalists and Authors is an organization of independent nonfiction writers.
    An affiliation of artists engaged in literature, music and visual arts.
 Arvon Foundation
    Residential Creative Writing Courses open to all.
 Australian Society of Authors
    The Australian Society of Authors is a non-profit organisation which protects and promotes the professional interests of Australia
 Author Network
    A network for and about writers, with a great list of links.
 Author’s Guild
    The Authors Guild for published authors.
    UK site for writers and publishers.
    The award-winning rights marketplace where editors and agents buy and sell unpublished and published manuscripts and screenplays.
 British Copyright Association
    An umbrella organisation bringing together organisations which represent those who create, or hold rights in literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works and those who perform such works.
 Creative in Calvados
 Dublin Writers
    The website for Dublin
    Find-a-Translator service from the Institute of Linguists
 Institute of Linguists
    The Institute serves the interests of professional linguists throughout the world and acts as a respected language assessment and accredited awarding body.
 National Association of Writers in Education
    The National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE) supports the development of creative writing of all genres and in all educational settings throughout the UK.
 New Zealand Society of Authors
    NZSA is an association of writers working together to improve conditions for New Zealand writers.
 One of Us
    A British site aiming to help writers from all over the world to find and use resources to help them with their creative writing.
 PEN Canada
    PEN CANADA is the Canadian Centre of International PEN.
    Promotes friendship and intellectual co-operation among writers everywhere, regardless of their political or other views.
    A fellowship of writers to advance literature, to promote a culture of reading and to defend free expression.
 Publishing Services
    Editorial and Marketing publishing solutions for commercial authors
    A site for writers where they can showcase their work.
 Society of Authors
    The Society of Authors is a non-profit making organisation, founded in 1884 to protect the rights and further the interests of authors.
 The Burry Man Writer’s Center
    resources for fiction and nonfiction writers with particular support for writing about Scotland
 The Welsh Academy/Yr Academi Gymreig
    The national society which exists to promote the writers and the literatures of Wales.
 trAce Online Writing Centre
    trAce connects writers and readers around the world, promoting an accessible and inclusive approach to the internet with the focus on creativity, collaboration and training.
    Connecting the avid reader to the amateur writer, WorksUnpublished accepts all submissions and provides discussion forums
 Worldwide Freelance Writer
    Dedicated to informing writers of international freelance writing markets.
 Writer’s Circles
    Free web pages available for writers
 Writers InTouch
    A quiet corner of the internet for writers to give and receive feedback on each other
 Writers Services
    A website packed with resources to help writers
 Writers’ World
    A Self-Publishing resource (print-on-demand) for writers
    Creative Writing Courses

10 June, 2005 at 09:03 Leave a comment


reboot is the european meetup for the practical visionaries who are building tomorrow one little step at a time, using new models for creation and organization—in a world where the only entry barrier is passion.
reboot is two days in june filled with inspiration, perspective, good conversations and interesting people.

This year’s theme is the new ways ahead. After more than 10 years of old ways of creation, old values, and old models for communicating and organizing ourselves, new ways are emerging. That is what reboot7 is about.

reboot7 Heros are

the mavericks who live the new ways and thereby lead and validate their possibilities. The Web Way, The Sharing Way, The Creation Way, The Digital History Way, The Global way, The Social Way, The Society Way, The Micro Way, The Natural Way and The Remixing Way. Read more about the topics .

programmers, designers, innovators, entrepreneurs, thinkers, bloggers, and activists. People who are working every day to maximize their ability to make a difference.

the people who live according to Alan Kay’s famous quote – “The best way to predict the future is to invent it”.

participants. a preview: Douglas Bowman, Jason Calacanis, Cory Doctorow, Jason Fried, Ben Hammersley, Hugh Macleod, Robert Scoble, Doc Searls, Jimbo Wales and David Weinberger. See the full list of participants and Signup to participate yourself.

what’s in it

you’ll give: reboot7 isn’t just one way consumption of fancy words from fancy speakers. it’s a community event. it’s about all of us being participants. We need you to come and share your perspective. you need that too. An open attitude is required.

you’ll get a reboot of your mind. A chance to get away for two days from your everyday work and reboot your mind with new perspectives, new energy, and new relationships.

and also inspiration, perspective on what you do, good conversations with like-minded people and good energy to come back from reboot and make a difference.

previously on reboot

Jason Calacanis, Marc Canter, Charles Contamine, Ed Dintrone, Cory Doctorow, Jason Fried, Dan Gillmor, Dave Gray, Justin Hall, Ben Hammersley, Josh Harris, Scott Heifermann, Meg Hourihan, Harlan Hugh, Mark Hurst, Steven Johnson, Guy Kawasaki, Rasmus Lerdorf, Chris Locke, Peter Merholz, Jerry Michalski, Evan Neufeld, Tim O’Reilly, Bo Peabody, Howard Rheingold, Douglas Rushkoff, Andrew Sather, Nathan Shedroff, Carl Steadman, Jonathan Steuer, Jeffrey Veen, Evan Williams, Ann Winblad & Dave Winer.

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9 June, 2005 at 23:52 Leave a comment

IBM Genographic Project Findings

While Ajay says he was unsurprised by the DNA findings, “This knowledge did prompt me to think and reaffirm my belief that all diversity we see today – in languages, caste, rituals etc – is fairly recent on historical timescale, and that the people on this planet are a lot more closely related than the apparent differences would suggest.”


Born and raised in central India, in the state of Chattisgarh, Ajay Royyuru is a member of Haplogroup H. Ajay can trace his ancestry back four generations on his mother’s side to the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, an Indian state on the Bay of Bengal. His father’s family came from the Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh, but because his paternal grandfather was adopted into the Royyuru family, the genealogical trail goes cold.

There are some other ancestral clues. “My last name implies that my ancestors once hailed from the town of Royyuru, also in the state of Andhra Pradesh,” says Ajay. And while there is no royalty perched in his family tree, there is a freedom fighter.

“My maternal grandfather participated in the freedom struggle in India, to win independence from British rule. He was imprisoned a few times for participating in non-violent protest.”

Haplogroup H predominates especially in southern India and Sri Lanka and is one of the older genetic groups. Males in this genetic group are found in a crescent extending as far north and west of India as eastern Germany.

Raised on a farm northeast of Cleveland, Carol Kovac knows that both her parents’ ancestors came to America from Slovenia. An independent country since 1991, Slovenia spent much of history as part of the Holy Roman Empire, Austro-Hungarian Empire or Yugoslavia.

“We can trace our family back only about three or four generations, all in Slovenia,” said Carol. “This genographic study will be really interesting to me because Slovenia is really kind of a ‘cross-roads’ of a lot of civilizations.”

Carol’s DNA puts her in Haplogroup H. The most common Haplogroup in all Europe, H is found in more than 40 percent of all European female DNA. Her genetic markers indicate that her ancestors probably retreated to southern France or northern Spain to survive the last ice age that ended almost 10,000 years ago.

H is the most widely found Haplogroup for females of European lineage. While H accounts for 40 to 45 percent of European females, no other group is found in more than low double digits.

Rod Adkins is not surprised to find that his ancestors came from sub-Saharan Africa. “Based on my knowledge of people and cultures, I had always concluded that my roots were most likely originated in the Congo region of Africa,” he said. Like many Black Americans, his ancestors came to the Americas as slaves.

“I can trace back my father’s family for five generations on his mother’s side and four generations on his father’s side,” said Rod. “My great-great-grandparents on my grandmother’s side, Charlie & Mandy Sinquefield, were born slaves in Louisville, Ga. My great-grandparents on my grandfather’s side, Israel Gibbons and Gertrude Adkins, were also born slaves on a plantation in Louisville. The Adkins name was adopted from her owner.

“Today, my grandmother still lives in Louisville, Ga., on what was the first major land purchase by the Adkins family. Five acres were purchased from a large landholder, TB Kelly, after several years of my grandfather working for him.

“I can trace back my mother’s family for five generations. My great great-grandmother, Patty Campbell, was born as a slave on a plantation in Brunswick, Ga.”

Rod is a member of Haplogroup E3A, which means his ancestors were Black Africans. His DNA also indicates that his forebears took part in the Bantu expansion when members of that tribe moved across Africa in the last 2000 years. Haplogroup E3A dominates genetic types in both east and west, sub-Saharan Africa. It is also the most common Haplogroup among American men of African descent.

Their DNA makeup differs greatly. That indicates that the line is very old — not surprising since Africa is often cited as the cradle of all mankind. In fact, scientists say there is more genetic diversity in a single African village than in all of Western Europe.

“I was not surprised by the results, but it is extremely interesting to gain a view on where in Africa my ancestry originated,” said Rod.
Although he was born in Havana, Cuba, Irving Wladawsky-Berger is of Eastern European origin. That’s not a surprise for him.

“Both my parents came from Eastern Europe to Cuba, my father in the 1920’s, my mother in the 1930’s,” said Irving. “All the family that was left behind in Eastern Europe was killed during the Holocaust. I cannot trace my parents’ family beyond their parents and brothers and sisters.”

Irving’s parents both came from small villages, his father from a town called Drohiczyn, now in Eastern Poland, his mother from a town called Pruzhany, now in Belarus.

Irving belongs to Haplogroup J, a Semitic group that flowed out of the Middle East in two great migrations in the last 10,000 years. The first was the migration of farmers from the Fertile Crescent, now Iraq, which brought agriculture to Europe. The second, which took place about 70 AD, came just after the destruction of the second temple in Jerusalem. Irving’s ancestors are believed to have been part of the second migration. About 50 percent of Eastern European Jews are members of Haplogroup J.

Although there were few surprises in the DNA results, they did have an effect on Irving.

“The findings caused me to look into my heritage more, something I had not done in a long time,” he said.

Peter Mous’ DNA identifies him as a member of Haplogroup R1B, the most common group in Europe. In some places, notably one area of Ireland, it accounts for 98 percent of the males.

And his family history mirrors the DNA findings. While he was born in Belgium, and raised there and in France, the US and the Netherlands, Peter’s father’s family is Dutch and can trace its history back to at least the 18th Century. Less is known about the history of his mother’s family, although it is believed to have come from a German town called Querbach.

Ancestral members of Haplogroup R1B were responsible for the famous Paleolithic cave paintings in Cheveaux, France. Peter’s forebears were probably the first homo sapiens in Europe, arriving around the time the Neanderthals were dying out. When the last ice age arrived, they were cut off from both northern and eastern Europe and retreated.

Shanker Annaswamy was born in Guntur in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradhesh. He was raised in Chennai (formerly called Madras) in the state of Tamil Nadu, also in southern India.

He can trace his genealogy back only to his great-grandfathers on both sides of his family.

“My father’s side of the family hailed from the southern city called Tirunelveli (Tamil Nadu state) and more precisely from village called Arumugamangalam,” said Shanker. “I’ve visited this village, and there are hardly any of my relatives still living there. Most of them seem to have moved to more metropolitan areas of India. My grandfather was a lawyer in Madras.

“My mother’s side family hailed from a town called Mayavaram (Tamil Nadu state). Similarly those families later migrated to bigger metropolitan areas. My grandfather was a civil engineer.”

Shanker’s DNA matches that of Haplogroup R1A, a group that scientists believe probably formed in what is now Pakistan and northern India about 30,000 years ago. About 20 percent of the men in India are in Haplogroup R1A.

But Shanker probably has many distant relations in Europe as well. For example, R1A is the predominate type of DNA found in Poland. Geneticists believe that the group spread westward from India in an arc that went through central Asia to Russia and as far west as eastern Germany.

That connection to Poland and how people from India could have moved to Eastern Europe surprised Shanker when he saw his Genographic Project results.

“This kind of scientific work will bring the world together and narrow the differences that arise due to location and geographic boundaries,” he said.

9 June, 2005 at 23:25 Leave a comment

City of Angels (1998)

cover Directed by
Brad Silberling

Writing credits (WGA)
Wim Wenders (screenplay) &
Peter Handke (screenplay) …

Genre: Drama / Fantasy / Romance, “s (1998) * guilt * heaven * hospital * library * remake-of-german-film * medical * religion * suicide * swimming * tragedy * angel * beach * bicycle * death * doctor * fall * god * self-sacrifice * defibrillation * heart-in-hand * heart-surgery * hollywood-sign * los-angeles-california * bathtub-scene


She didn’t believe in angels until she fell in love with one.
What if angels walked amoung us, and one of them fell in love with us?

Plot Outlines:
(view trailer)

Inspired by the modern classic, Wings of Desire, City involves an angel (Cage) who is spotted by a doctor in an operating room. Franz plays Cage’s buddy who somehow knows a lot about angels – Summary written by Mr_bogart

Seth, an angel watching over Los Angeles, begins finding his job difficult as he falls in love with Maggie, a beautiful heart surgeon. She becomes interested in Seth, and soon his not-quite-mortal state seems a barrier rather than a gift. A choice must be made between celestial duty and earthly love – Summary written by Matthew C. Powell

Angels are among us and when we feel an invisible presence, you better believe they are watching you. For a Los Angeles heart surgeon named Maggie, that is too much of a stretch. She believes that it is her job to save the lifes of her patients and when she meets Seth after visiting hours are over, he tells her it’s simply just their time to go. She becomes intrigued by his presence and opinion. Seth is not just normal, he is an Angel. He meets Messinger while visiting patients. Messinger can see him because he was once a Angel but gave his power up to become human. This makes Seth want to become human so he can feel, smell, and love Maggie – Summary written by Kyle

A very interesting story about an angle (seth) who falls in love with a heart surgery doctor (Maggie) after he watch her trying to safe a patient. She accidentaly looks into his eyes (although she can’t see him!) and leave a very deep feeling on Seth’s heart. Seth let Maggie saw her, talk to her, and made her very interested to her. Seth is helped by an ex-angle who become a human and also one of Maggie’s patient. – Summary written by Mei Maria

Inspired by the modern classic, Wings of Desire, City involves an angel (Cage) who is spotted by a doctor in an operating room. Franz plays Cage’s buddy who somehow knows a lot about angels. Film is based on an interesting idea – that angels surround us in our everyday life, and involve themselves in our affairs if necessary. Best part of movie is the beginning, where we can see the angels at work. Film degenerates quickly into a damned-if-I-do, damned-if-I-don’t love story.

User Comments: Wooden performances nullify interesting idea (more)

Memorable Quotes from City of Angels (1998)

Susan: What good would wings be if you couldn’t feel the wind on your face?

Maggie Rice: When they ask me what I liked best, I’ll say it was you.

Seth: You’re a good doctor.
Maggie: How do you know?
Seth: I have a feeling.
Maggie: Yeah, well that’s pretty flimsy evidence.
Seth: Close your eyes. Just for a second… what am I doing?
Maggie: You’re… touching me.
Seth: How do you know?
Maggie: Because, I feel it.
Seth: You should trust that. You don’t trust it enough.

Seth: Hello Maggie! It’s nice to see you again.
Maggie Rice: It’s weird to see you again.
Seth: Weird is nice.

Ann: Never date a guy who knows more about your vagina than you do.

Seth: Let’s go.
Maggie: Where?
Seth: Anywhere.
Maggie: What’ll we do?
Seth: Anything.

Maggie: Something happened in that room. I got this jolt that… something bigger is out there. Something bigger than me, bigger than you. Does that sound crazy?

Maggie: Why do you wear the same clothes all the time? Why won’t you give me your phone number? Are you married?
Seth: No.
Maggie: Are you homeless?
Seth: No.
Maggie: Are you a drummer?

Seth: What’s that like? What’s it taste like? Describe it like Hemingway.
Maggie Rice: Well, it tastes like a pear. You don’t know what a pear tastes like?
Seth: I don’t know what a pear tastes like to you.
Maggie Rice: Sweet, juicy, soft on your tongue, grainy like a sugary sand that dissolves in your mouth. How’s that?
Seth: It’s perfect.

Seth: I would rather have had one breath of her hair, one kiss from her mouth, one touch of her hand, than eternity without it. One.

Seth: Some things are true whether you believe in them or not.

Maggie: No dying yet, Mr. Messenger. Not until you give me Seth’s phone number.

Maggie: What happened?
Seth: Free will.

Nathaniel Messinger: [to Seth] I can’t see you, but I know you’re there.

Seth: The little girl asked if she could be an angel.
Cassiel: They all want wings.
Seth: I never know what to say.
Cassiel: Tell them the truth. Angels aren’t human. We were never human.
Seth: What if I just make her a little pair of wings out of paper?

Seth: Why do people cry?
Maggie: What do you mean?
Seth: I mean… what happens physically?
Maggie: Well… umm… tear ducts operate on a normal basis to lubricate and protect the eye and when you have an emotion they overreact and create tears.
Seth: Why? Why do they overreact?
Maggie: [pause] I don’t know.
Seth: Maybe… maybe emotion becomes so intense your body just can’t contain it. Your mind and your feelings become too powerful… and your body weeps.

Seth: Can I ask you something?
Susan: Yes?
Seth: What did you like best?
Susan: Pyjamas.

Trivia for City of Angels (1998)

  • This dialogue between Seth (Nicolas Cage) and Maggie – “Let’s go.” “Where?” “I don’t care.” “What will we do?” “Anything.”
    • is virtually identical to an exchange between Nicolas Cage and Deborah Foreman in Valley Girl (1983).

  • Director Cameo: [Michael Mann] in the foreground when Nicolas Cage is drinking and smoking in a bar.
  • During the “falling” sequence near the end of the film, Seth’s memories are shown. One of them is of a pregnant woman. This woman was portrayed by Elizabeth Shue, though you only see her stomach.
  • When they show shots of any of the angels, they rarely blink. Nicholas Cage actually practiced not blinking and was able to do it for several minutes by the time the film was done. However, once he became human he was able to blink all he wanted.
  • Right before the falling sequence, when Nicholas Cage is preparing to fall, the music being played are the prayers “Our Father” and “Hail Mary” recited in Polish.
  • The concept of angels moving among the living, hearing their conversations, experiencing beauty that humans rarely stop to enjoy or even notice, yet not feeling any emotion or passing any judgment, was first discussed in the writings of Rainer Maria Rilke, specifically, his collection The Duino Elegies.
  • The dedication “For Dawn” refers to producer Dawn Steel, who died of a brain tumor before this film’s release.
  • The rooftop scene with Franz and Cage sitting on scaffolding high above the city was shot for real. Both actors were afraid of heights.
  • When Meg Ryan is looking in the mirror and Cage is not reflected, this was shot twice with motion control: once with Ryan and Cage, once without the actors, and mixed together. also, if you look closely enough, you can see a few strands of Ryan’s hair morphing in and out where Cage’s face was erased.

Goofs for City of Angels (1998)

  • Continuity: The time on a clock in the kitchen.
  • Continuity: Maggie wakes up in bed wearing a ribbed tank top. She rolls over to check the time on the clock and suddenly she’s wearing a satin spaghetti-strap camisole.
  • Continuity: When Seth is cutting the lettuce, he pulls a knife out of the knife block containing 4 or 5 knives. In a later shot, after he has cut his hand, there is only one knife in the block.
  • Plot holes: How does a man with no past, friends, or ID, get possession of Maggie’s house without anyone contesting, when there wasn’t enough time for her to change her will?
  • Incorrectly regarded as goofs: At Messenger’s welcome home picnic, Seth’s reflection is visible in the sliding glass door. But Seth can be seen if he wants to be.
  • Continuity: When Maggie is in the bath-tub, Seth can clearly be seen in the corner of the mirror when Maggie runs her hand through her hair. Then in the next shot (the famous ‘no-reflection’ scene), he has no reflection.
  • Continuity: When Maggie and Seth are on the floor of Maggie’s uncle’s cabin, Maggie’s hand alternates between touching/not touching Seth’s face between shots.
  • Errors in geography: The angels face the sunrise in the mornings, yet in Los Angeles the sun would not rise over the ocean but in the opposite direction.
  • Continuity: When Maggie is putting away her name badge after meeting Seth in Messenger’s room, her fingers are all behind the badge. In the next shot, her index finger is in front of it, touching her name.
  • Plot holes: Seth asked Cassiel at the beginning if he had ever thought about what it would be like to be human. Cassiel says no, but a minute later when Seth tells him he’s lying, Cassiel admits that he had. Angels in the movie can’t lie.

9 June, 2005 at 18:05 Leave a comment

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