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NATE SILVER STUNNED THE POLITICAL pundits in 2008 when he used statistics to correctly call the presidential election outcome in 49 of the 50 states – as well as predicting winners in all 35 US Senate races. In short order, he was everywhere as an electoral and political analyst. The established players, with mouths gaping […]

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RIGHT AFTER AN ELECTION CYCLE AND all its attendant cynicism and mudslinging, I find myself needing something to counter all the muck. Nothing like a nice techy conference to clear the air, right? Last week’s Massachusetts Digital Summit provided blissful geek-speak – and reminded me how much good work actually happens in town hall and beyond. […]

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To School, Virtually
Sept 30, 2012

by tmartin on September 30, 2012

SO, I’VE SPENT SEPTEMBER transitioning to high school. It was hard!  But for some reason the actual incoming freshman student zoomed through the month unfazed and seemingly untouched by it all. Maybe it’s only hard on us Moms. Over the summer, we started the high school experience in a whole new way: virtually. As in, literally […]

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Brrrrrp. At 3:45 pm, as I type these words, the National Weather Service posted a wind advisory for Barnstable County. Brrrrrp. My NOAA Radio iPhone app let me know the advisory was in effect. Almost two years ago I spent a lovely spring day at a Gov 2.0 unconference in Cambridge (http://www.capeeyes.com/2010/03/the-unconference-a-whole-other-way-to-meetmarch-10-2010/). The group talked […]

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I LOVE MY FOOD, so when I hear the word sopa on a gray November day I think: mmmm, warm, soup, good. But this week’s political definition of SOPA is giving me the chills. SOPA, for those of you who don’t live in a world of technology or politics, stands for the Stop Online Piracy Act. SOPA, the […]

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HERE’S A URL I want to share: http://www.broadbandmap.gov/nbm/speed (To navigate it well, use the menu options in the footer. By default the footer is turned off, so you’ll probably want to click on the “show footer” link at the lower right corner of page. The footer links are really pop-up menus to different ways of […]

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Web 3.0:
Machine talk
Feb 02 2011

by tmartin on February 2, 2011

WEB 2.0. You’ve mastered it, right? You tweet. Your videos post to YouTube. Your resume highlights nestle into a LinkedIn bio. Your high school friends tracked you down on Facebook. You’ve added your favorite cinnamon roll bakery review to Yelp! This user generated 2.0 social web thing keeps chugging right along. Of course, you try […]

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THE FIRST week in January is traditionally a time to look back – hmm, let’s review top 10 trends of 2010? Or maybe a time to predict – top 11 trends of 2011, anyone? Or maybe, just maybe, it’s the perfect time to make a grand gesture. I’m going with the third. I started thinking […]

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“Where’s the bus?” That should be an easy question to answer, thought Chris Dempsey, Director of Innovation at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). Heh. Think again. Where’s the bus? The answer had eluded transit authorities since, well, probably since the first bus rolled away from the first bus stop. It was a simple, yet […]

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