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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:

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.

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.

Today’s updates

  • Lasse notes that the UC Boulder talks I gave in 2005 are up on Google Video, here’s a page with them embedded.
  • I’m working on job descriptions for some paid staff and volunteers we’re looking for.
  • Lots of small website bugs fixed. More still to come.
  • Some more “user properties” have been added, you can click on your name on the upper right, then click Edit to fill them in.

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.

Welcome to the new blog and site!

As long promised, we’ve redesigned the website with forums, blogs, and more, as part of launching The Seasteading Institute. If you haven’t yet, you may want to read the introductory press release. Please poke around – you’ll see some familiar content from the old site, and some new pages to reflect the project’s more active status. Expect to see lots more over the coming weeks and months as we kick into high gear!