Walk Score City Rankings: figuring out where you can live (and walk around)

Urban Sprawl Repair Kit: Repairing The Urban F...
Urban Sprawl Repair Kit: Repairing The Urban Fabric (Photo credit: Inhabitat)

This is a great way to assess places you might want to live by how friendly they are for walking about. Boston, DC, NYC and San Fran are all tops which is encouraging but a little surprising given the crazy drivers I have encountered. Still, this probably refers to the downtown areas which feature older architecture that these cities preserve against shopping mall suburban sprawl which encourages auto travel.

Walk Score City Rankings.

Enterprise 2.0: Article in KMWorld

Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston
Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston (Photo credit: @heyamberrae)


Great article on Enterprise 2.0



Writing the book on Enterprise 2.0: KMWorld.



Brandeis University Health Informatics program integrates computer, social and bio sciences

English: Electronic patient chart of Care2x, a...
English: Electronic patient chart of Care2x, an open source integrated healthcare information system. for verifications contact legal@care2x.org (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yet another Boston area school has launched a health and medical informatics program, largely online. Know for its bioinformatics degree, Brandeis is now adding courses in these other areas.

Health and Medical Informatics | Programs and Courses | Graduate Professional Studies | Brandeis University.

Secret swimming holes and kettle ponds of Cape Cod

English: kettle lakes and peaks of the Alaska ...
English: kettle lakes and peaks of the Alaska Range seen from the Denali Highway Category:Images of Alaska (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Freshwater secrets, paddle optional – Boston.com.

As an avid lake swimmer, I was excited to find this article which reveals some of the unknown freshwater swimming holes and kettle ponds of the Cape.

Energy efficiency “hyper milers” saved thousands in heating costs

This guy keeps his house at 63 degrees year round in Boston with insulation and passive heating so has no need for a heating system.

Home is where the heat is off – The Boston Globe.

Getting real about Enterprise 2.0

E L S U A ~ A KM Blog Thinking Outside The Inbox by Luis Suarez » Getting Real about Enterprise 2.0 by Oscar Berg and Henrik Gustafsson.

The end of the office… and the future of work

Image representing oDesk as depicted in CrunchBase
Image via CrunchBase


So recently I’ve been taking a look at new forms of work including elance, odesk and of course well known micro-commerce sites like threadless, etsy, and those periodic sales on ebay… What is interesting is how this article shows these are all part of a larger shift in the way we work which encourages a more mobile, project based workforce.

Human behavior is 93 percent predictable, research shows | Northeastern University News

DLD13 Conference
DLD13 Conference (Photo credit: Hubert Burda Media)

via www.northeastern.edu

Human behavior is 93 percent predictable, a group of leading Northeastern University network scientists recently found. Distinguished Professor of Physics Albert-László Barabási and his team studied the mobility patterns of anonymous cell-phone users and concluded that, despite the common perception that our actions are random and unpredictable, human mobility follows surprisingly regular patterns. The team’s research is published in the current issue of Science magazine. Barabási, who is also director of Northeastern’s Center for Complex Network Research, and his team studied the real-time trajectory of 100,000 anonymous cell-phone users. We now know that when it comes to processes driven by human mobility—such as epidemic modeling, urban planning, and traffic engineering—it is scientifically possible to predict people’s movement.

What a collector loses (and gains) in the age of music downloading – The Boston Globe


An interesting take on the social science of digital music which uses Locke’s perspective on ownership of property to argue that companies will need to consider ways to add context to technologies which become increasingly untouchable.


Borderland State Park: Mountain bike, jog, xc ski, and swim with leeches

Mountain biker gets air in Mount Hood National...
Mountain biker gets air in Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Department of Conservation and Recreation – It’s Your Nature.

A good place to swim? It appears so. Very clear water. And not a leach to be seen, contrary to one mountain biker‘s postings..