[p2p-research] p2presearch Digest, Vol 25, Issue 88

Ryan Lanham rlanham1963 at gmail.com
Thu Nov 26 14:05:00 CET 2009

On 11/26/09, Edward Miller <embraceunity at gmail.com> wrote:
>  Ryan,
> I am listening. Unfortunately, I haven't much to add beyond "moar robots!"
> myself.
> You guys have some great discussions on here.... but I think the private
> nature of these discussions is rather pointless, and I think the mailing
> list format is less efficient than a forum. I think these discussions need
> to be heard by as many people as possible.

Hi Edward,

Points taken.  My own view of what this is all about is an R&D facility for
the more public blog and for all our own discussions.  I admit to trying to
say too much too fast and often saying it stupidly (Stan often punishes me
for quick statements...) but speed is part of our milieu.  The niceties of
academic time are a thing of the past...at least a dying thing.  Like
buildings that had hand-carved cornices and tailored clothes for gentle
people...it just isn't realistic anymore.  Now, a person can find a tailor
in any city of size and buildings still have details, but the time is
clearly past for those things.  So it will be for polite and formal
discussions.  Somehow we need a breeding ground for more formal essays.

The investment cost is high.  I myself and often in Dutch doing work at all
hours for my job so that we can keep a discussion going.  Others sacrifice
in other ways.  I feel for Michel who must beg us all to keep blog output
up.  Such are the challenges of running a magazine in the Age of RSS!

Interestingly, no academic CV would avoid adding a post to magazine--even if
not "peer reviewed" -- a term I think that has also become rather obsolete.
But I saw a CV the other day with blog posts--over 600 on it.  It added 15
pages.  How should one think about that?  I often think much harder about
something I blog than something I hack out for a publication on paper.

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