It’s not a matter of being saved

rotten_apple Seth Godin had an interesting post the other day asking who would save book publishers and what would save the newspaper publishers.

In the post Seth asks a simple question: What means ‘save’?

In his usual concise manner he gives his usual round-a-bout cryptic answer but it got me to wondering.

What if it isn’t about saving anything?

What if there is no way to save what is failing?

Perhaps the question needs to be re-phrased. Maybe the time is coming where what constitutes profit at all costs needs to be re-evaluated.

Trying to save something that is rotting from the inside out only prolongs the inevitable.

Only by taking the best those things had to offer and then stoking the fires of the phoenix do we stand a chance of building something better.

Sometimes things just don’t need to be ‘saved’. Sometimes we are better off not saving some things.

Just ask the basket of apples with one rotten one in the middle.

Braindead Techcast Ep 1: The perfect example why we call this the Braindead Techcast

braindead As you can tell from the show name and logo we have made the transition to out new tech oriented podcast. There will be a follow-up post explaining the reasons for the change but for now tonight’s show with myself and Sean take a look at some of the really braindead things we ran across today.

The show starts with us asking the people behind the Minnesota Wind Turbine project what made them think that the windmill would turn in minus degree weather without proper preparations.

We take a bit of a sidetrack after that to the story of the young girl charged and slapped in handcuffs for writing on her desk with an erasable marker.

The show ends off with a little bit of a tirade from Sean about the EFF and their habit of patting themselves on the back over the stupidest things.

Posts referenced in the show.

Minnesota’s frozen turbines raise new doubts about wind power – GreenBeat
Alexa Gonzalez Handcuffed For Doodling On A DeskSean P. Aune
Google Superbowl Ad Explains The Need for Search Privacy – EFF

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Me, Karoli and 10 Questions

karoli-flower I have known Karoli for a number of years, first through her blog and then as one of the first people that I followed after joining Twitter. She is an incredibly smart woman who doesn’t suffer fools gladly – maybe that’s one of the reasons why I like her so much.

When I first started putting together the idea for this 10 Questions interview series Karoli was one of the first people I thought of interviewing. While she doesn’t concentrate that much on the tech side of things she is still a force to be reckoned with when it comes to political blogging and Twitter activity.

Needless to say I was very happy when she agreed to take part in this interview. As a side note Karoli gave me permission to edit as needed but I have not edited a single word as that is my policy when it comes to these 10 Question interviews.

So without any further ado here is Karoli and her 10 Questions interview.

CobWEBs Daily Edition podcast: The Forbes Web Celeb 25 – picked from a panhandler’s hat

cbn1-podpost Tonight’s show with myself and Sean takes a look at the freshly minted Forbes Web Celeb 25 list. Not surprisingly neither of us made the list but we did realize that is that if you want a shot at next years list there’s a few things you will need.

Top of the list is the famous Mashable Stubble Razor with a helping hand from the patented Arrington look-a-like wig and a liberal dose of Tequila madness. Never mind about creating anything unique or useful. Just apply the above three things to your life and you could have a shot at next year’s list.

Finally Sean and I express some surprise over support for Microsoft’s Bing search engine as it comes from an unexpected person.

Posts referred to in tonight’s show.

In Pictures: The Web Celeb 25 – Forbes.com
Is Google’s One Trick Pony About To Be Euthanized by Microsoft – Shoemoney

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