Archive by Author - Craig Newmark

A view in Charterhouse Square

by on July 12, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Chart Our hotel was adjacent to an old monastery in Charterhouse Square.

The Charterhouse is on the site of a former Carthusian monastery founded in 1371, by Walter de Manny,
on what is now the north side of the square. It was established near a
1348 plague pit, located in the square, which formed the largest mass
grave in London during the Black Death when around half the population died of the plague. Tens of thousands of bodies were buried here. The name is derived as an Anglicisation of
La Grande Chartreuse, whose order founded the monastery.

a Perfect Duck, on the River Cam

by on July 12, 2009 at 9:22 am (yes, I'm still on GMT)

A duck, with attitude, on the River Cam

by on July 11, 2009 at 4:56 pm


Britticisms: What’s the deal with “punter” …?

by on July 10, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Okay, for me to get the British fiction I read, I gotta figure out:

punter — which I think is basically Everyman

tosser — not so good, a little rude

wanker — worse, very rude

Do I have it right?

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Colalife: using Coca-Cola distribution network for social good

by on July 8, 2009 at 10:24 am

Hp-main Well,, something casually observed at NESTA, as part of the Traveling Geeks tour in the UK, is a bigger deal than I expected.

This guy, Simon Berry, had observed that all over the world, Coca-Cola was really good at delivering product.  In each shipment, there was wasted space, which could deliver needed supplies if the right packaging was invented.

Well, Simon worked with 'em to make it happen, as you see in this photo. That can carry a lot of medical supplies.

Pretty cool common sense, effective idea that really helps.

Here's the deal in their words:

That Coca-Cola use their distribution channels (which are amazing in developing countries) to save children's lives by carrying 'aidpods' that fit in the unused space between the necks of bottles and carry 'social products' such as oral rehydration salts, malaria tablets, vitamin A, water sterilisation tablets or whatever else is required locally.

A view, with Traveling Geeks #1

by on July 8, 2009 at 9:15 am


I guess that’s not bad.

Seedcamp at NESTA, part of the Traveling Geeks tour

by on July 8, 2009 at 3:46 am

Hey, the folks at Seedcamp, with NESTA, have done remarkable work with a number of British Net-related companies.  My fellow geeks spoke with the following day; I was consistently impressed, these guys have real stuff. I've already started using some of their work:

Basekit Rapid website design and development tools.

Groupspaces Group webspaces.

Huddle combines live conferencing,
project management software and document sharing.

Kwaga creating a new revolutionary service that will
help you manage your mail.

Moo miniature business cards

Qype Local reviews on everything

School of Everything puts teachers in touch
with potential student

Skimlinks hyperlinks keywords in websites

Spotify legally downloading songs.

Stupeflix automatically arranges and animates
banks of pictures.

Ubervu  meta-web 2.0, merges and tracks
conversations and feeds across the web.

Zemanta dynamic text editor that assists in
content creation and addition

Songkick music concert online database.

in UK, that three-prong plug thing? it’s a long-running gag

by on July 7, 2009 at 6:09 pm

07052009009 I guess it's British humor, but the three-prong electrical plug you need here, it's all been a joke.

For that matter, same thing with driving on the left hand side of the road.

Both, some kind of Benny Hill or Monty Python kind of thing, and we fell for it.

Do I look like that?

by on July 7, 2009 at 8:38 am

Renee Well, last night, British Telecom hosted a dinner for the Traveling Geeks, best described by Renee Blodgett.

Let's just say that the image on the left, well, the wings are vestigial, the hat is not.  (that is, that's me with the hat.)

Ian Livingston, CEO, British Telecom

by on July 7, 2009 at 7:41 am

Ian Hey, the Traveling Geeks met him last night at the BT Tower.

Apparently the guy publishes his email address, and gets a few customer service emails every day.

He answers or delegates each one.

I don't believe the CEOs of AT&T or Verizon do that, nor do they have any direct reports doing something like this.

(Related: this is why a President needs to keep his Blackberry.)

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