Monday, September 07, 2009

Get ready to party like is 11/11/11!

My friend Auren Hoffman has been planning a party on the Golden Gate Bridge for November 11, 2011. He's going to make an attempt at a Guiness record for the largest party on a bridge. Check out the evite:

Divine, Inc.

My friend Brian Doom is coming out with a movie. It's called Divine, Inc. I saw the trailer at It look like a wild and krazy time.

Good luck on the debut Mr. Doom!

Uplifting social disturbances

A few weeks ago our friend Jay and his hula troop crashed various spots throughout the city (san francisco) and broke into hula. This hula-by-surprise was part of an organized effort called Hit and Run Hula ( My favorite was when we crammed into the Apple store ( While the unsuspecting customers browsed the computers, Dee and I put the Hit and Run Hula website up on the Safari web browsers on the display machines. That way they'd know what hit 'em. The best thing about the dances was that the dancers were all in plain clothes. More and more of them would join the dance as the song went on. As a bystander you couldn't tell who was a dancer and who wasn't. The reactions on peoples' faces were very memorable. The funniest was when the Apple store's security guard first noticed somethin was afoot. He lunged into the sea of people but his pace quickly slowed to a stunned run as he began to realize the store was being ambushed by a rare act of kindness and beauty.

Dee and I had lunch with the Hula troop that day and were talking about social disturbance. Someone mentioned another example where on Valentine's Day, singles get together in Justin Herman Plaza and have a pillow fight ( From what I've heard they're protesting those in love...and hoping to get lucky themselves perhaps in a fun and unusual social setting.

One last example of social disturbance with a positive tone came up as I've been reading SOMA ( It's a great work of fiction-based-on-fact. But anyway, in the book it talks about all kinds of ways people in my town have innovated to connect with each other. One is called the Cocktail Club. I can't find any mention of it online anymore, but apparently this used to be a crowd that would suddenly get a text message one night with the location of a bar typically unfrequented. The idea was everyone would suddenly show up at that bar as if out of the blue causing a bit of fun social disturbance for the regulars.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

NetBase unveils public demo - HealthBase

NetBase now has a publicly-accessible demo of its technology. The domain area we chose was health because it's something we can all relate to.

Check out HealthBase at

This demo illustrates NetBase's Content Intelligence technology applied to health care. We have other applications of Content Intelligence for other domains as well. Our website goes into more detail:

I love exploring valuable new ways to apply technology. If you find you have to read tons of text (on the web, subscription-based sources, etc.) and you would like technology to do the reading for you, then Content Intelligence might be the solution.

What kind of analysis would you like to automate on the text you read?

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