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August 14, 2012 at 11:57 a.m.

A sign that I've really fallen off the blogging habit: The front page of my site, which lists my 15 most recent posts, is still showing the post I wrote last time I changed jobs. Now I'm writing another one of those posts.

Monday, July 30, was my last day at NPR. A week from tomorrow, my wife is flying to Boston to start her Nieman-Berkman fellowship at Harvard, and I'll be following with an apartment worth of furniture a week later. After more than three years here, we're leaving DC.

This is also the first ...



March 30, 2010 at 8:35 p.m.

It looks like I've lost another hard drive. Thankfully, I don't think there was anything irreplaceable on this one: a few photos that weren't Flickr-worthy, lots of podcasts, maybe one bit of entirely replaceable code I hadn't pushed to a remote repo yet. 

But it means I'm without laptop for a few days. And I have a new iPhone. So I think it's high time I see what the future of the web looks like, because from where I'm sitting now (on DC's Yellow Line, somewhere under the city) the future looks ...


Lessons from Gov2.0, and How I liveblogged it

September 19, 2009 at 11:51 a.m.

For three days last week, I attended the Gov2.0 Expo Showcase and Gov2.0 Summit, liveblogging the entire thing here and cross posting to Twitter. Between Tuesday and Thursday, I posted nine entries and 550 updates. After the conference, I dumped the entries and updates into one document, amounting to 66 printed pages and 19,815 words, plus another page of notes from the event's press conference and two video interviews with Tim O'Reilly and Santa Cruz's Peter Koht.

This was, in effect, just my usual notes, except more thorough and done entirely in public. Doing ...


Gov2.0 Summit, Day 2: Afternoon session

September 10, 2009 at 2:13 p.m.

We're in the final stretch now. I'm coming late to the afternoon session following a press meetup with some of the conference organizers and key speakers. I'll have more to post on that talk soon, but for now, here's the last bit of Gov2.0 liveblogging.


Gov2.0 Summit, Day 2

September 10, 2009 at 9:02 a.m.

It's the last day of the Gov2.0 Summit, and I'm back for another stretch of liveblogging. Today, we'll hear from Carl Malamud, Vivek Kundra and Ellen Miller of the Sunlight Foundation early on. I'm expecting another fascinating day of talks.

As before, I'll be liveblogging below and cross-posting to Twitter. Feel free to leave comments any time.


Gov2.0 Summit, part 2

September 9, 2009 at 1:21 p.m.

I came late to the after-lunch session (eating too slow), so this is a bit of catch up. The afternoon session goes more into the nuts and bolts of turning government as a platform. I'll have more ongoing updates throughout the rest of the day, here and on Twitter.


Gov2.0 Summit

September 9, 2009 at 9:19 a.m.

Following up on yesterday's series of posts from the Gov2.0 Expo, I'm attending the Gov2.0 Summit today, which promises to go deeper and be bolder.

I'll be liveblogging again, though my Twitter account appears to be suspended for the moment. Follow @eyeseast for updates.


Gov2.0 Expo, Part 5: Government as Partner

September 8, 2009 at 3:21 p.m.

The last set of talks today looks at Government as Partner, which I expect will bring together much of what we've heard throughout the day, and talk about how all the constituencies involved in this effort move forward.

The presentations in the Government as a PARTNER category showcase new partnerships forged with government that involve emerging technologies. Here both sides have a strong interest in creating the best outcome possible.


Gov2.0 Expo, Part 4: Government as Peacekeeper

September 8, 2009 at 1:59 p.m.

"Give peace a chance," says Steve Ressler, introducing our next session.

The Government as a PEACEKEEPER category shows off how people are using emerging technology as a tool to make the world a better place. From humanitarian efforts overseas to influencing the world through public diplomacy, these entries demonstrate a new way of working.

Talks here focus on crime, safety and related efforts.


Gov2.0 Expo, Part 3: Government as a Protector

September 8, 2009 at 1:03 p.m.

We're just getting back from lunch here, with the next panel about to start, looking at Government as a Protetor. "Government protects people, and the collaboration and teamwork needed to do this effectively dovetail naturally with Government 2.0 technologies," as the program description explains.

This series of talks includes the military, US Coast Guard, local police and the FDA.

As before, I'll be liveblogging below and on Twitter.


Gov2.0, Part 2: Government as a Provider

September 8, 2009 at 10:46 a.m.

We're entering the next phase of Gov2.0. After the flood of updates during the first session, I've decided to break each cluster of lightning talks and follow-up panel into their own posts. LiveBlog updates below, or follow @eyeseast on Twitter.


Gov2.0 Expo

September 8, 2009 at 6 a.m.

I'm at O'Reilly's Government 2.0 Expo today. For three days this week, tech types are in Washington trying to figure out how (or if) they can make the government work better. I'll be attending all three events, starting with the Expo today, then two days of summit tomorrow and Thursday. Here's how Tim O'Reilly explains the event and the movement behind it:

Government 2.0 is about bringing the principles and value of the web as a platform to the business of governing. Lots of people are talking about it. Who's doing ...


Twenty years

June 4, 2009 at 7:54 p.m.

The Beijing I knew in my brief visits is a product of the last two decades, the time since Tiananmen Square, when China traded political freedom for economic liberty. It's a city I remember as thriving, diverse, crowded and still growing. It's the only place in China I ever heard anyone acknowledge what happened twenty years ago today.

I wrote about that memory two years ago, when I was an English teacher in Dalian. The day after getting blank stares from a group of college freshmen when I asked about the date, a graduate student dismissed the movement ...


Local is what local covers

December 23, 2008 at 7:44 p.m.

Following up on my last post, I started listing in my head all the places and non-places my local newspaper, like every paper I've read or worked for, covers. Here's a partial list for a few news organizations:

The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, CA):


  • Santa Rosa
  • Rohnert Park
  • Petaluma (bureau)
  • Sebastopol
  • Winsdor
  • Healdsburg
  • Graton
  • Guerneville
  • Ukiah (bureau)
  • Lake County
  • Mendocino County
  • Occasional ventures into Napa, Marin and San Francisco


  • Sonoma State University (just outside Rohnert Park)
  • Santa Rosa Junior College (in Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park and Petaluma)

The Fremont Argus


  • Fremont
  • Newark
  • Union City
  • Niles ...


Live from the Olympic Torch Relay in San Francisco

April 9, 2008 at 4:06 a.m.

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