Invitation to explore the Future of the Conversational Web…

Invitation to explore the Future of the Conversational Web

I believe Spring 2017 MoNage, taking place March 21-23 in San Jose, CA has the making of being a LANDMARK Event.

MoNage is going to explore the FUTURE of the Conversational Web; the CONVERGENCEof Computing, AI, Communications, and the underlying ecosystems. This conference is ideal for Investors, Entreprenuers, Strategists, Thinkers, and ANYONE who is interested in what will be the NEXT BIG THING.

This video describes what I have been working on. Please watch and if you can think of someone, who can benefit from joining this conversation, please share this message.

For more information, please visit the Spring 2017 MoNage website, Our “early bird” pricing ends on February 24th and available space is limited.


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Overdrive update.

Overdrive update with a new version.  And it’s still not working on my iPad.

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I wrote about this earlier this week  I had checked and found out that there was a new/updated version of the app.  Great, I thought.  Moving from v. 3.5.8 to v 3.6 would be an improvement.

And I was wrong in my presumption.  Version 3.6 is no better than v. 3.5.8 on my iPad.  The app doesn’t hold selections while attempting to log into the app.  It still has a challenge in keeping my Library Card Number as my login.  Sometimes it does and others, I’ve got to re-enter all the information again.

The user interface was apparently repurposed and now isn’t user-friendly in the least.  So now I will begin looking for alternative sources of books.  Amazon Unlimited for the Kindle is certainly one option.  The downside of this is the lack of support for my local library system.

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Auto Play Video Ads.

Why have we returned to the interweb’s of the 80’s and 90’s? I’m of course referring to the screenshot_1propensity of web sites to have auto play video start playing when you go to their site.
What is even worse is that the video more often than not, has nothing to do with the site content. The videos are simply ads. If I wanted to watch TV type ads I’d have cable or satellite thank you very much. This is directly why we don’t have cable or satellite, as there are entirely to many ads.
One of the worst offenders I’ve found is Not only do they have the auto play video ads, and they have the same ad playing in two different places on the article page. has great content, and yet the video ads are a complete distraction from their content. I know that there are other sites that I’ve gone to who have something similar and yes, it’s just as annoying.
I’m wondering if this is simply a push for ad dollars during the presidential campaign and nothing more. We shall see after November 8th, 2016

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Don Tapscott: How The Blockchain is Changing Money…

What is the blockchain? If you don’t know, you should; if you do, chances are you still need some clarification on how it actually works. Don Tapscott is here to help, demystifying this world-changing, trust-building technology which, he says, represents nothing less than the second generation of the internet and holds the potential to transform money, business, government and society.

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Blockchain: “It’s Going to Radically Transform Our Society’s Institutions”

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Communications Overload

We have a plethora of communication apps and yet we’re likely the least communicative in spite


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of the tools available to us.  On my devices, Skype, Messenger, Facetime, Google Talk and a bunch of other apps I’ve forgotten about.  The article from the New York Times gives a good overall view here.

There, in my view doesn’t appear to be a clear winner or app that a majority of folks are using.  Many are quick to introduce or sing the praises to the latest and most promoted messaging app.  Like many I’ve downloaded them to see what all the hype is all about.  As of this writing, nothing has continued to stay in my apps.

Not unlike the phone service, does the messaging app arena need some consolidation and thereby some much-needed improvement?


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The 5 Best Free Instagram Analytics Tools

Yes I’m on Instagram and I imagine that you are as well. Am I using it to it’s full potential? No. These tools appear to be good ones to have.


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English: A collage of an image modified with 16 different Instagram filters (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Change Your TV viewing.

This trend will change the way you look at your TV viewing.

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Friday Afternoon

Varied commentary and thoughts on a Friday Afternoon.?

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Being A Good Neighbor.


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Being a good neighbor has come up twice in the past 24 hours for me. Not so much, being a good neighbor, as the overall concept of simply being a neighbor.

Yesterday’s occasion occurred when I walked out the door of our apartment to go check the mail, which didn’t get delivered until well after 6pm. I digress, so back to the story. I open our door and step out into the hallway to find three Wheat Ridge Police standing across the hall in front of a neighbor’s door. One of the police turned and asked if I knew the individual at that apartment.

Now some background. We’ve lived in this particular location since 2005 and are one of 10 apartments in the building. Of the 10 apartments in the building, we’re one of the five who are still here since we moved in back in 2005. If you’re an apartment dweller or have been one you know the drill about your neighbors. You exchange nod’s or polite conversation should you meet in the hall or while getting your mail. There is also the possibility that once or twice a year there might be a building gathering or cookout for Memorial Day or the Fourth of July. Otherwise, we all keep to ourselves.

I responded to the Police question, with an short response as in the above paragraph. Yes I knew who the individual was, by sight and that was about the total of what I knew. I didn’t bother to qualify the answer with, I had better things to do than spend my days peering out my door peephole monitoring my neighbors hallway activities.

This morning’s neighbor came electronically via Chris Brogan. Chris sends out a weekly email missive on various subjects, today’s being about neighbors. Of course, this focused on being a digital neighbor. What is interesting to note is that I likely know more about my digital neighbors than those who live in our building. My digital neighbors reside in Finland, Switzerland, the U.K., India, Nairobi, Kenya, and in most of the 50 United States.

Growing up in North Suburban Chicago, there were as many neighbors on our street as there are currently in our apartment building. 50 years ago, I knew more about those neighbors, than I do about those living in our building today.

Who knew back then that my neighbors and neighborhood would so drastically change.

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