Sunday, July 29, 2007

Rex Hammock’s weblog » Blog Archive » Happy Birthday, Doc

The blogging culture isn't very old. I did start early. Blogging is still a minority hobby in Finland and those who use Twitter, Jaiku, Facebook and other Web 2.0 and social media tools is even smaller. The short form SMS twitters and jaikus are a great way to communicate with the world. Podcasts are very useful but take more time to produce. Rex Hammock’s weblog » Blog Archive » Happy Birthday, Doc: "The first time I ever heard the word, “weblog,” it was from Doc Searls. And the first time I ever heard the word, “podcast” it was from Doc Searls (on September 28, 2004 — I blogged about it the next day).

I am a big fan of Doc’s and the things he says. Heck, I’ve listened to and internalized so much of what he’s said, I’m sure a lot of what I write here is merely channeling Docisms.

Doc also taught me to look out of the window when I fly. Because he takes incredible photographs out of the windows of airplanes, I look forward to his travels because — in “where’s Waldo fashion” — I can’t wait to see what geologic formation or natural phenomena he’ll record: I can recall photos of mud-slides, forest fires and, just recently, an awesome display of the Aurora Borealis.

I think Doc Searls sees lots of things the rest of us don’t because he looks while others don’t think to. His depth of curiosity is, fortunately, balanced by his gift for analysis and the ability to write in such a way as to convey perceptive — sometimes even radical — ideas in a provocative (but respectful and professional), non-technical and entertaining fashion"
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