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my initial travel arrangements...

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four flights have been confirmed... i'll be departing nyc on 7/7/07 at 9pm, arrive in barcelona for a six hours. then, i'll depart for pamplona for a bit of bit of bull running. after 22 hours on the ground, i'll depart for prague to help teach a week long course and snag a few interviews...

during this leg, i'm only going to need one lovely couch and a guide around pamplona... i wonder how many couches are available?

Reservation of the flights:

Flight: IB6250
Date: Saturday, July 07, 2007
From: New York John F Kennedy International Terminal 7
Departing: 18:00
To: Barcelona Terminal B
Arriving: 9:50
Status: Confirmed

Flight: IB8404
Date: Sunday, July 08, 2007
From: Barcelona Terminal C
Departing: 14:30
To: Pamplona
Arriving: 15:25
Status: Confirmed

Flight: IB8535
Date: Monday, July 09, 2007
From: Pamplona Departing: 12:00
To: Madrid Barajas Terminal 4
Arriving: 13:05
Status: Confirmed

Flight: IB7884
Date: Monday, July 09, 2007
From: Madrid Barajas Terminal 4S
Departing: 14:45
To: Prague Ruzyne Terminal N2 Arriving: 17:40
Status: Confirmed

...where the sidewalk ends...

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There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,

And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.

Let us leave this place where the smoke blows black
And the dark street winds and bends.
Past the pits where the asphalt flowers grow

We shall walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And watch where the chalk-white arrows go
To the place where the sidewalk ends.

Yes we'll walk with a walk that is measured and slow,
And we'll go where the chalk-white arrows go,

For the children, they mark, and the children, they know
The place where the sidewalk ends.

-Shell Silverstein

megan, to answer your question, YES! thank you for the reminder...

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the computers power of suggestion

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i was composing and email and wanted to say apocalyptic, but instead got apoplectic...

"an apoplectic handbook, to the post-apoplectic world..."

i wonder if there's a new lexicon to define? linguistics through computer aided spell checking?

a rain of thoughts and ideas...

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yesterday it was pouring rain. though this rain was not your ordinary rain - filled with cats and dogs, the rain contained an unusual assortment of information...

at my usual watering hole, an unusual individual passed along a droplet of information that has soaked my soul. it's almost like a dream come true. imagine hitching a ride from london to mongolia in a car whose engine contain half the power of my camelpak... so what's a liter of power in english measurements? think of a fiat, citron or an old mini... in other words, a compact. a EUROPEAN compact. some call them micro cars. others, daily transportation. for a small group, at max 180 people, it will be home and a haven for an international rally that spans from the uk to mongolia. insanity right!?! hells yeah.

organized by the league of adventurists international LTD, 60 cars will leave on july 21st from london. these rebells from around the globe have three weeks to make their way across five "routes" and then end up in mongolia. nothing gets my heart beating like a good car race. nothing gets my heart beating faster than a bunch of lunatics attempting feats of nobility and self determination. nothing will make my heart beat faster than one of the teams contacting me asking for a third driver!

which then got me thinking about a "me" vs "we" factor. right now, public response indicates people think this trip is a cool "vacation" vs "adventure." without having an explicit charitable organization or partnership, it's been hard to convince my reluctant compatriots that this is not a "vacation." heck i had one friend outright question my manifesto's authenticity. not that i have one... nonetheless, i am searching for the right opportunity, partnership, marriage, etc... non-profits, media agents, and others... nothing is too crazy, as long as you don't compromise my integrity and my content.

then somehow the question of integrity carried me down a stream of consciousness back to february... in a mildly cold geneva surrounded by snow barren alps, i questioned what is digital integrity? but it's more than integrity, my real question lies in the existence of what is a digital soul. back at LIFT, sister Judith Zoebelein, holy see, spoke about the internet as a conduit for modern theistical practice. i think that our online existence is an extension of our physical existence. in this place we can explore freudian thoughts, interact and fill the void that a modern organic existence creates, and really understand that our identity wether organic or synthetic is an embodiment of our organic nature. (whew..)

personally, i've always tried to keep my self on the same plain of existence - synthetic or organic... i am the sum of all my parts, but because of my mental space has been growing further than my ability to type and express my thoughts, i'm finding my self in a fractured digital existence.

inherently our online existence is divergent though the plains of participation - flickr, myspace, del.icio.us, twitter, last.fm, etc... they force us to segment our flow. this segmentation provides us the ability to manifest many different personalities. historically, i've attempted to keep a unified existence. online or offline, my worlds collide through a curated view of self. while i am the one who builds the profile, my friends, number of friends and my quality of self is there for perceived through these mediums.

with an infinite number of mediums, these inadvertently give us digital fragmentation. painfully, i now find my self in an altered existence with friends that are unrecognizable, relationships of no value and an overwhelming amount of data. sure, some may boil it down and say that it's a form of internet ADD. when it comes to my own understanding of things... i feel a bit scattered, and concerned with having a life that is inflated.

i'm sure you've all heard the statement, "he looks good on paper..." well for years i've frequented bars and had a persona for my bar existence, then i had my office life, another for scooter subculture, another for political events, etc... and what i find painful is that this is the type of existence i've had since high school... and while i always felt light and nimble, it also felt somewhat superficial. my friends where never given the proper justice, time or love. as for love, let's just say that though it all, i've had my ups and downs... in the end, i can look at a diversity of existence and experience. in the end, i am happy but now on an never ending quest for more.

ironically, the online model i follow is no more different than my physical existence. changing one social networking bio, leaves others disconnected from the current "reality" and presents an alternate universe. in the end, preferences left on one site will attract a different group of followers than what is featured on other sites.

it really does freak me out that i'm bothered by these disparaging profiles of existence. i know they are who i am, or whom i once was, but are they really who i am now? there are many ways to look at these online identities... some see them as time capsules. others, facets of expression, and yes, i know that i'm lumping in many thoughts here... but when i think of my online existence and maybe this is more of a traditional perspective, i want to see an honest reflection of how i view my life, but in reality images are built on how others see your actions...

imagine a figure skater who is just starting to spin. as the figure skater obtains balance, their arms are extended out. as the speed increase, arms withdraw and body mass is concentrated... speed increase and beauty is displayed.... not that i'm a fan of figure skating, but currently that's my perception of digital participation.

fundamentally i am conflicted. instead of being spread across a multitude of plaines, should i scale back? should i seriously consider revoking social networking profiles, firing all friends, and placing a tombstone as an image?

some people call this digital suicide... especially in light of this journey, but there is another argument that resonates... if we give away our own "labor" what protection do we have? on friday, trebor schultz made this his central argument... he waxed on that "we are labors in the digital factories of participatory culture."

this armchair philosopher is not intending this treatise to be a political argument. that conversation will come later, but as i wade though this river of thoughts i find THE real argument... i am asking for your fellowship. i am asking unknown people from around the globe to be my eyes, my ears, my hands, my beds and my wallets. i'm asking you to join me, rebuke the thoughts and notions of mental tyranny. let's go fishing beyond the borders of existence and see the connectivity of all things.


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thank you to two new donors!

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thank you Matt Turck and a huge thank you to John Keegan for donating $77.77!

interesting news today

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one of the most elusive creatures on this planet is my younger brother. stuck in the middle of ohio, he's one hard fella to track down. in our post-easter convo, i've come to discover that his graduation is not in feb, it's not in jan, nor even dec. it is nov 17, conveniently located when i would be in Antarctica.

i'm still mulling over this change of course. i can still start the trip in europe. i've decided that africa is impossible to cover. unless i can find a sponsor to take me to a kenya, namibia and south africa, i might spend a majority of my time in egypt and the middle east. then on to india, nepal, thailand, vietnam, and maybe hong kong. in a weird twist, i will finally cross the equator on my way to australia and new zealand. from the land down under, i'm considering finding steerage in an aluminum tube in order not to miss my brother's graduation. after graduation and coincidentally thanksgiving, i'll start my trek ether with my brother and we'll venture south though the usa and onto central america in an idealistic quest to see the wind mills of antarctica or i will venture on my own to argentina, in a more immediate desire to make no stone unturned.

as you can guess, i love my bother very much, and since i have not graduated college. i must support my brother's desire to finish and in a more interesting twist, potentially join the military. that leaves me no other option than to bend convention...

oh, in other news, i invited 170 people to join my account on linkedin and i got 5 donations... ether people don't read the invites or they don't care, but you know who does?

thanks gang!

CS, where can i get an inexpensive global cell phone

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this is in response to a post on an CS RTW question about global mobile phones...

i too am in a similar boat. i'll be leaving on july 7th for seven months and have been looking into a communications plan that will keep me happy on all 6 populated continents. over the weekend, i dropped into my local t-mobile store to ask a very distracted man a few questions. over my shoulder stood a tall blond who was fidgeting with a sidekick and without out a doubt, i stood in the way of the t-mobile agent getting some digits.

nonetheless, i discovered that while t-mobile would be the best provider bouncing back and fro from US and Europe. there is no good single provider. t-mobile has the most inexpensive international blackberry (data) plan, but data, voice and text are comparable to cingular, the new at&t. i've heard Europeans get a better plan when they come over to the US on voice and text but not on data. to date i have no one can provide conclusive evidence.

logically, i see my self purchasing an unlocked GSM cellphone and keeping my fingers crossed or keeping my brick like treo. my other consideration is fairly expensive. in june, apple and cingular will launch the iPhone and conceptually it's the perfect device for a world traveler - GSM, WiFi, iPod with 8 gig, Address Book, 2 megapixel camera and what appears to be an SD card slot.

in the end, i've been debating the suitability of have a phone, battery, etc... but then i think of twitter and txt messages... how will i ever live what my friend heather calls the "mini postcards."

update of appreciation

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Welcome all GigaOM and NewTeeVee travelers!

Thanks for clicking on the buried link and visiting a site that hasn't been updated in a week. I'm currently working on a project that you might have read about - huffington post and newassignment.net team up to build a citizen journalism publication covering the 2008 presidential campaign. it's been eating more time than anticipated, and by middle of next week i'll have a few interesting posts for you.

in the meantime, i urge you to do the following...

1. Donate $11.11 - doing so will get you a copy of the book, put you on my email list, and will help me cover open source communities, free culture and global change.
2. Find me on Facebook, MySpace and Couchsurfing.com - doing so is like exchanging business cards... ;)
3. Subscribe via RSS - and start monitoring the adventure.

btw, if you're around for podcamp nyc, i'll be in attendance and hosting a session on politics and media... check out noneck.org for more information

many thanks for sstrudeau & theburg.tv for giving me the heads up.
thanks again to sstudeau for helping out with
a simple bit of php.
thank you
lillyliane for your donation!!!

play a game and join the club!

"do you remember when things were really hummin' yeah let's twist again twistin' time is here!"

ah, how the words to that song always seem to twist me in the right direction. my good friends over at photogamer have a little twist to the game they've been playing. in celebration of spring, photogamer #6 says get out of the house and go someplace new and shoot five things (something tall, small, playful, something you are pointing toward, and the space above your head)... PLUS there's a bonus, "find the number 7 and take pictures of it!"

without a doubt, i'll be playing this weekend. will you?

this has been a good fundraising week, with $1,273.87 in the bank, which is a long way from $7,777.00. closing the fundraising gap is alone proving to be an interesting trip. rounding out this week, we have four new members have joined club 777! thank you so much!!!

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my twit on twitter

last night, eric, rachel, and amit had an impromptu-quasi-pannel about twitter. granted, twitter is currently the rage, but as some have stated that twitter is no different that dodgeball and others compare it to the early days of blogging/friendster/myspace.

in the pure basic terms, twitter is a novel approach to bridging the digital divide within technological devices. through a marriage of cell phone text messaging, instant messaging, desktop applications and a website. you have the power to choose, how, when, and whom can communicate with you.

why do you think john edwards is on twitter? if you have too many RSS feeds, then you monitor twitter for salient blog posts. if you have too many fickr contacts, then you wait until a friend posts something interesting from their photostream. if you're not into wading through the thicket of news sites, you subscribe to CNN, BBC or if you're interested in micro-loans you follow Kiva. like all new technologies, you can either be overwhelmed by information or think of how to harness information.

though there's one part of twitter that most people don't seem to discuss - simplicity through extensibility. with infinite possibilities, twitter in it self is a simple service. twitter would not exist if AIM and jabber did not have easy integration. the addiction to twitter would not exist if you could not get updates via your cell phone, instant messaging client, desktop application or on a website. conversely, twitter would not be popular if people didn't have an easy method to populate data into external systems. twitter would not be popular if they squelched their fandom and prevented people from discussing innovative ways to create via the twitter pbwiki, yahoo group, last.fm, IRC chat room, MoDaCo, or Flickr.

other bloggers may think they are cute by tying technology tools to UNIX commands, but as novel technology tools are introduced or shall i say reintroduced, one must think of their origin from within the construct of society. nothing was created in a vacuum. to me it's clear that we are no longer about the customer. our new world is filled with constituents. sadly too many of us think these are new methods of inclusion. in reality, these are old methods of inclusion that we forgot were key to our values and success. never forget our path of humanity - open communication, competitive dialogue, open competition, teamwork and most importantly personal relationships.

maybe i'm wrong for looking at the constitution of applications and only seeing them as community empowering tools.

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the big news...

back from austria and austin, thank you donors and check out matt's dance

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the past eleven days have blown my mind! from austin and SXSW to austria and salzburg seminar on The New Information Networks: Challenges and Opportunities for Business, Governments, and Media. through the panels, conversations and the people, i am invigorated to change the world.

as of today, we have reached $1220.54 and this could not have been possible without your generous donations! thank you club 777 and i'd like to welcome some new members!

while i gather some notes for a big announcement, i leave you with an inspiring video from Matt Harding, a fellow world traveler.


ps - you should also check out user's responses to this great video.


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from austin to austria, i'm packing my bags and heading to sxsw.

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SXSW Interactive i'm packing my bags and heading to SXSW interactive. if you haven't heard of SXSW, it's kinda a Mecca for technologist, programmers, and anyone who's into socializing with notables who like to party. i'm going to promote a few things i've learned, learn a few more things that i don't know, talk incessantly about of on the luck of seven project, hang out with some friends, catch up with old friends at Barcamp Austin, and figure out a thing or two about life.

last year, i learned quite a few things... most of them too personal to tell here (it might make it in my book), but this year... i feel things are different. i'm not sure why, other than i'm 100% more adventuresome and well... i've got a nifty little vlog project! also, if you haven't noticed, for the month of march, i'm vloging every 7 days. on 14 march, my next video will be sent from austria.

YUP! on monday, i'm departing austin and spending a day in the air to attend a salzburg seminar - The New Information Networks: Challenges and Opportunities for Business, Governments, and Media. once on the ground, i'll be moderating a roundtable entitled: Participation, Community, Governance and be on the roundtable Communication, Networks, and Political Impacts. i'm really stoked to be in the same arena as yochai benkler, viktor mayer-schonberger, kenneth cukier, and jo twist.

in the meantime, i'm changing my fundraising tune and for the next three weeks will attempt to rase $2222.00. i'm not sure how i'm going to accomplish this step, but one thing is for sure... if i don't push to rase $2222.00, i'm not going to make my fundraising goals. if you can't donate money, give me a suggestion on were to go or what to see and whom to visit or interview.

well.. if you're looking for me, check out my twitter and my conferenceer profile, otherwise i'll see you around AUSTIN!


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20 mins to change your perception on technology

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ekk, i know i should have had my notes from Harvard sooner, but after an hour long delay at Logan and then I mistakenly ended up on an E train with a sever personality disorder. finally, i ended up in brooklyn at three am. ugh, after an 8 hour nap, i woke to find laurent, the badass organizer of lift, had uploaded Ben Cerveny's presentation. instead of pruning and grooming my notes, i sat down and penned my conscious thoughts of Ben's metaphors...

20 mins to change your perception on technology

WOOT, tomorrow, you'll get another video!

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on my way to harvard...

on my way to boston

armed with my seven tools (macbook, moleskin, montblanc, ipod, tea, camelpak, and red pants), i'm heading back to harvard. after last week's social entrepreneur seminar at nyu, i was made aware of an annual gathering of harvard business school's social entrepreneur club. this will be the third time that cheryl dorsey, president of echoing green, and i will cross paths. also in attendance will be victoria hale, founder and ceo of institute for one world health, and daniel doctoff, deputy mayor of "my fair city" of new york.

to be honest, the only reason why i submitted my $40 dollars was in an attempt to win $2000 in their pitch for change, one of the club's lustrous prizes. now in the wind that fast company killed their profile on Lo7, i go in earnest not to win (since harvard also rejected me), but to see other social entrepreneurs and find fellow projects that will change the world.

while i might not have the opportunity to live blog the event, i've made the goal of documenting the trip and making the best of the number seven. from my seven items, i will hand out seven business cards asking people to tag them self with seven words...

as i sit here waiting for my plane, i do wonder about the adventure in front of me... it's been several years since i last visited boston. back then, i was foolishly in love with a girl. now, some may say that i'm foolishly in love with a project, that just like that relationship, has a purpose but no end goal... oh, wait may be i shouldn't say that. while this project may not have end goal other than elevating the conversation. in the grand scheme of things this is an nevering quest to change people's perception on the tiny planet we call home.


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on the luck of seven was an open-source, around the world project by noel hidalgo, a new york city based activist, organizer, barcamper and coworker.

for seven months, he traversed the globe. using a new media voodo (blog, vlog, wiki, flickr, couchsurfing, twitter, myspace, dopplr, and facebook), noneck harnessed the collective knowledge of the internet, and report on seven topics of freedom. this trip was funded by 253 people and supported, house, fed, and loved by countless others.

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