Nathaniel's Blog

A random collection of ideas, insights, and inspiration.

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

Big Ass Table -- Microsoft Surface

Microsoft launched Microsoft Surface a short time ago. The technology they have developed is very cool, including a large touch screen with motion and touch sensitivity. It may change the way we interact with an every day object like a table.

Despite these advances, some (humorously) question why people are making such a fuss about something that is just a "Big Ass Table". Enjoy the parody shown below.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Evolution of Democracy in an Online World

What would happen if you played a game online and thought that the company was cheating you or favoring one group of players over your own? You would likely dissent, raise your arms up, of use your digital feet to walk out the door. Eve Online is having these problems and doesn't want people to leave, so what are they to do?

Viewing themselves as the government and their players as the citizens, they are planning to hold elections, enabling different members of the community to elect their fellow players.

From the NYT:
"So now, in a sociological twist, the company that makes Eve, CCP, based in Iceland (population 300,000), says it will tackle the problem the way a democracy would. In what appears to be a first, the company plans to hold elections so that players can select members of an oversight committee."

It's an interesting development in an environment that will continue to evolve. First there were revolts in Ultima Online, then defacement and "grief" in Second Life and the Sims, and now in the face of civil disobedience, Eve is trying to figure out a diplomatic and democratic method for addressing their citizens concerns. Cool Stuff.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

How to get started as a Venture Capital (VC) analyst

Charlie O'Donnell writes a great post about how to get started as a Venture Capital analyst.

Having gone through the process of trying to get a job and now being in my job for about 8 months, I think he provides some great insights.

Take a look.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Things are changing... quickly

This is a great presentation from by a guy named Karl Fisch:

Bike Messengers Are on Crack

Video of the week.

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Monday, May 14, 2007

Congressional Hearing on the Future of Video

I found a great video on Youtube of the concluding remarks of a handful of technology and entertainment luminaries about the future of video. I have embedded it here for your viewing. Enjoy.

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Skywalkers in Korea Cross Han Solo

I was confused by the headline.

Take a look:
Skywalkers in Korea Cross Han Solo