Have You Read Malcom Gladwell’s The Tipping Point?

Cover of The Tipping Point

On the DC Tech Network forum, some of us started chatting how we hadn’t read Malcom Gladwell’s The Tipping Point. In the spirit of community, it was suggested that we should read it together.

So I’m writing this to see if any of you in the DC area would want to join our little book group and read The Tipping Point?

All are welcome to join.

Let me know if you’re interested. I’ll post more specific details once things are decided. This should be really fun to do as a community.

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Where is it safe for geeks in Washington DC?

When I moved to Washington DC, one of the first things I did was scope out all the cool coffee shops and cafes.  I wanted to find where a place to hang out with and meet other cool geeks.   These places had to have free and easily accessible wifi, good coffee (or other tasty beverages), and a chill atmosphere.

So far I have found and hang out at the following.

Depending on my schedule, chances are that during the week you’ll find me at one if not all of these places engaging in some kind of computer geekery.

I think its important for DC to have these places where people can go at any time during the week and hang out with like minded individuals.  It’s one step to creating the community and the culture of innovation that I think we’re all looking for.

Where do you go when you wanna relax and work on your side projects?  Where do you go when you wanna go some CSS but get an injection of caffeine?

Kick me in the head if I ever get like this…

The New York Times has a sad story, “In Silicon Valley, Millionaires Who Don’t Feel Rich.”  It’s about how all these Silicon Valley executives, who are millionaires, don’t feel like millionaires because all the people around them are richer then they are.

These people are among the top 2% most wealthy people in the country and whats drives them is wanting more wealth.

If I ever got like this, I hope my friends would be grounded enough in reality that they’d beat me up or kick me in the head.

Some quotes from the article:

Silicon Valley is thick with those who might be called working-class millionaires — nose-to-the-grindstone people like Mr. Steger who, much to their surprise, are still working as hard as ever even as they find themselves among the fortunate few…

But many such accomplished and ambitious members of the digital elite still do not think of themselves as particularly fortunate, in part because they are surrounded by people with more wealth — often a lot more.

…those with a few million dollars often see their accumulated wealth as puny, a reflection of their modest status in the new Gilded Age, when hundreds of thousands of people have accumulated much vaster fortunes.

“Everyone around here looks at the people above them,” said Gary Kremen, the 43-year-old founder of Match.com, a popular online dating service. “It’s just like Wall Street, where there are all these financial guys worth $7 million wondering what’s so special about them when there are all these guys worth in the hundreds of millions of dollars.”

Last Chance to See Joe Price’s This Digital Life: Basic Instructions for Coping with the 21st Century

Today is your last chance to see Joseph Price’s play “This Digital Life: Basic Instructions  for Coping with the 21st Century.”  It is showing at the Goethe-Institut (812 7th St. NW) at 2:30pm.

I’d be there with 20 friends if we all didn’t have a wedding to go to this afternoon but I encourage you all to go. I think you will enjoy yourselves and it will challenge you to think about your Web 2.0 lives.

Have you seen it already?  What’d you think?  Drop me a comment.

Hopefully the response for the play has been good enough that it will get picked up again somewhere else.

Theater: “This Digital Life: Basic Instructions for Coping with the 21st Century”

I wasn’t really sure what to expect when my friend Joseph Price invited me to a play he wrote, “This Digital Life: Basic Instructions for Coping with the 21st Century.” I had a hard time imagining a play about technology. The description is as follows:

Sometimes, late at night, do you Google yourself? Have you ever sent yourself an email from the future? Three short plays explore life, death, and infamy in the age of Second Life and Wikipedia.

I have to say I really enjoyed it. I’d describe the show as a semi-satirical commentary on the current state of technology and Web 2.0. It’s about how all of this is affecting our lives.

We may get excited by all of these new technologies but whats underlying is human relationships. It’s those relationships which are important not the technology.

Much like after reading Andrew Keen’s The Cult of the Amateur (which i’ll write about soon), it got me thinking about how can we raise up a generation that responsibly uses the power of Web 2.0 not to stoke the flames of their own narcissism but to change the world.

The play incorporates technology which is really interesting. Despite a few hiccups, he was able to pretty successfully integrate AIM, YouTube, and even Google Spreadsheets into the play.

Overall, I’d recommend people go see this play. It has a pretty short run so go order tickets right now.

I may go again and take a group of friends. If you’re interested in going too, drop me a comment.

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