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Monthly Archives: April 2008

Weekly Snippets, 4/21/2008

My day job is at Google, where there has long been a tradition of the "weekly snippet".  This is a short summary written every Monday about what you did last week and what you plan to do this week, automatically indexed so you can search them or look at someone’s snippets.  It’s a nice way to keep track of what other people are doing, and I’d like to bring snippets to TSI.  Here are some snippets for our first public week:

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A Protocol Suite For Seasteads

(Another new snippet from the book beta, inspired by a lunch conversation today.)

When talking about how we’d like to revolutionize the governing industry, we used the metaphor that we’d like government to be more like the internet industry than operating systems.  One of the properties of the internet is that it is based on a variety of open standards which allow many diverse programs, companies, machines, and people to interoperate.  We’d like seasteads to have this property also.

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Website formatting fubared

Some of the recent set of website changes, probably installing the GUI editor, seems to have broken the formatting of the site, specifically by removing paragraph tags.  Sorry about that!  I’ve fixed some of the pages by hand, but the rest will have to wait until our Drupal coder fixes the bug.

This website is less than a week old, so you should expect more hiccups like this as we continue to rapidly add features :).

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Made To Stick

This morning I took a leadership class that used the principles from Made To Stick, a fascinating book about what I’d call "memetic engineeering". The authors try to figure out what makes some ideas spread so fast, even when they are false (like urban legends), so that those principles can be applied to spread important true ideas.

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Website issues

Thanks for all the bug reports on website issues like broken links. Most of them have been fixed, except for users not being able to create new forum threads. Our programmer will fix that tonight, and for now I’ll start some threads. If you find more problems, please comment here.

UPDATE: I think I fixed the forums issue, let me know if you still have trouble.

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