Audio of Linda Stone’s Supernova Address

Listened to this on way to work in car this morning. It’s the audio containing the address Linda Stone gave at the Conference – the notes of which I referred to in my previous blog post “You can’t stop the signal

A few key points missed in notes I want to highlight:

  • Multi-tasking was a superfunctional adapted behaviour.
  • Continuous partial attention is a post multi-tasking adaptive behaviour.
  • Productivity and getting things done used to make us feel alive, now being connected is what makes us feel alive.
  • Aphrodisiac of past decades (C3) – Technology, New afrodisiac (for C4) – Commited Attention, Intention and Focus

Question left to discover is what will be the ‘adaptive behaviour‘ that will emerge to fulfill our desire of ‘being connected‘? Will it be, as I touched on in my previous post, this concept of ‘openness‘?

Full audio found here. Linda’s address was start of this panel discussion.

IT Conversations: Your Attention Please – Supernova 2005

Adelaide sees first Ozzy IPTV rollout

Ha! Little ole [tag]Adelaide[/tag] scores a firsrt!

From the Australian:

Set-top is the Reel deal
John Lehmann, JANUARY 12, 2006
PIONEERING broadband TV provider ReelTime has signed a multi-million-dollar distribution deal with 20th Century Fox, which it says will provide access to new release movies months ahead of pay-TV operator Foxtel.

ReelTime, a Sydney-based operator which counts former Network Ten chief executive John McAlpine as a director, is expected to announce its latest Hollywood deal today, only weeks before the March launch of its video-on-demand service in Adelaide.

It will launch its service nationally using Telstra’s broadband network in June, enabling customers to download up to 15,000 movies on to their televisions from a set-top box.

Mike, seems to add weight to your theory of bandwidth that’s going through Adelaide.

Subversive Accomodation

Came across this interesting site called CanICrash? – a (blogger) community for travellers!

The idea is for bloggers to offer a couch/floor/bed or similar for any travelling bloggers to stay at. Crossed my mind could be handy for ConnectingUp2006 Conference.

This would offer anybody who is a blogger coming to CU a place to stay. Also give chance for extended pre/post conference catching up and ‘meshing‘. I might add my couch as an option. Maybe other Adelaide bloggers could follow.

Don’t forget to check the tag for ConnectingUp2006 on or .

Can I Crash



You can’t stop the signal.

I have been spending alot of time thinking about the notes on Linda Stone’s article at Supernova 2005. I’ve decided to put my thoughts up here rather than refine them any further.

The article goes from the position of needing to “Filter the NOISE from the SIGNAL” at the start of the article to “Filter SIGNAL from the NOISE” towards the end. The focus moves from the SIGNAL to the NOISE as the thing that’s been getting (or swamping) our attention – yet all along, as humans, I believe it’s really the SIGNAL we want to focus on. So I think it’s time for a re-emergence of the SIGNAL – time to shut-up the NOISE.

Some cut snippets from the article I wanted to highlight and sumarise:

We want to ensure our place as a live node on the network, we feel alive when we’re connected. To be busy and to be connected is to be alive.

a tension between collective and individual

C1-1945-1965: organization/insitution center of gravity
Trusted experts in authority to filter the noise from the signal, to give us the information that matters.

C2-1965-1985: me and self-expression. Self and self-expression new center of gravity
Trusted ourselves … Multitasking was an adaptive [to filter noise from the signal]

C3-1985-2005: Network center of gravity
Trust network intelligence. Scan for opportunity.

Continuous partial attention isn’t motivated by productivity, it’s motivated by being connected.

As the article points out we are on the cusp of a new cycle. Here’s my observations/predictions for next cycle : (C4)

    .Centre of gravity will be around individual. Individual trust gateway.
    .Need to Filter SIGNAL from NOISE
    .Deal with the NOISE and Focus on your own SIGNAL (what’s important to individual)
    .Just as C2 saw rise of individual freedom of expression as reaction against suppressed individual of C1, C4 will see rise of tailoring and enhancement of individual lifestyle.
    .Rather than seeking what ‘network’ can provide to ‘broaden’ opportunities (network effect), will seek what ‘network’ (mesh) can provide to ‘narrow’ threats to existing or desired focus (signal).
    .Creativity explosion as ‘openness’ of web/technology enhances our ability to express our human desire to ‘connect’ and interact.
    .More individual ‘speciality’ as focus on signal – individual connectedness.
    .Social constructs and capacity building will move from ‘portals’ (collective) to a ‘mesh’ (individuals – geodecic) following way web is moving.
    .What I’m terming a will form as ‘networks’ expand and focus changes.
    .Signal will be found in the interstice of the ‘mesh’ (personal space, focus, ‘‘).


Supernova article: http://radar.oreilly.com/archives/2005/06/supernova_2005_2.html
Linda Stone: http://research.microsoft.com/workshops/SCS2005/speakers/Stone.aspx
My blog post: http://dnwallace.com/blog/2005/12/31/post-multitasking-adaptive-behaviour/

Tunatic – recognise songs

Tunatic is “a search engine that identifies songs playing from radio or any other music source. Tunatic displays the song’s title within seconds, along with the name of the artist and many useful links to download the song, read the lyrics, buy the CD, etc. Tunatic is free and available for both Windows and Mac OS X platforms.”

Very twilight zone-ish.

I tested it by playing a few songs from my iTunes Library. It recognised most things I played at it except any Bruce Cockburn and other songs which are not mainstream. It seemed to have probs recognising slower tunes – ie: it recognised ‘Slow Train Coming’ by Bob Dylan, but not a slower song from same album. Had no trouble with ‘Wallflowers‘.

I was suspect it was reading my ID tags from my iTunes music, so I grabbed a radio and played whatever song was playing. It wasn’t a great signal but it recognised it – ‘From Paris to Berlin‘, by Infernal. I had no idea what it was, just sounded like every other dance track to me. But Tunatic recognised it seconds before the song atually went into the chorus and said the words of the track.

A fun gadget. Don’t know how useful it is in it’s current form….but it’s clever.

via Cam.