Wanted – virtual address

The government should forget trying to get tourists to come to Australia by using the ad slogan “So where the bloody hell are you?” – you can’t even get bloody books down here!

The following is a direct crosspost from my Lifekludger blog. If you get the impression I’m not happy… you are right!

Virtual Geographic Kludging

Here’s the story. I had been hearing lots aboiut David Allen’s book “Getting things done”. I had heard it was available through audible.com and so wandered over there, credit card at the ready, to purchase a audio download of the book.

Having a disability that severely restricts my ability to handle physical “paper” books, the prospect of an audio book meant this would be more accessible to me. In fact, there is no way I would buy the physical book.

Little was I to know.

As it turns out, audible is more inaudible. It appears that because I have an address that is in Australia, and I foolishly gave my true address, the system will not let me access the audio book.

You can read below what audible said when I enquired.

A lot of bloody good that does me! All these publishing people may have their “legal” reasons for justifying their geographic discrimination, but whatever justification spin they want to put on it IT STILL DOESN’T HELP ME ACCESS THE BLOODY BOOK!

Just more barriers to overcome!

So, as a kludge I am asking anybody who does not live in Australia who may be willing to have a “virtual boarder” reside with them and donate their address for the sole purpose of lying to audible so I can actually PAY them to get access to a book.

Anyone who feels they will be able to help me out in this, please email me or leave a comment and I will email you.

Dave – Lifekludger

(I wonder what someone like Seth Godin would make of this response)

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Subject – Geographical restrictions

Discussion Thread
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Response (Arun V.) – 02/26/2006 08:59 PM
Dear David,

Thanks for contacting Audible, the world’s largest online destination for downloadable audiobooks and other spoken-word entertainment.

I apologize for the inconvenience. This one is an issue of Geographical restrictions. Not all books are available worldwide.

When publishers decide to publish a work, they acquire the rights to distribute that title in certain parts of the globe. Sometimes they buy “world” rights, but frequently the rights for a book are split among several companies, each of whom publish for certain countries. As a distributor, we need to abide by the restrictions that publishers assume when they publish a work. Thousands of our titles are available for “world” distribution. You can find a catalog of our “world” titles at or by clicking on the “View All Categories” link on our left nav bar on our homepage.

If you need further assistance, please try our online Help Center, where you’ll find quick answers to many common questions and issues. You may also contact us directly during our regular business hours:
Mon – Fri we are open 24 hours
Sat & Sun 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST.

We appreciate your interest in Audible, and wish you many hours of great listening.

Sincerely,
Arun

[tags]publishing, drm, subversion, barriers, lunacy, gtd, david+allen, seth-godin, disability[/tags]

Pick a card, any two!

Our jewel code:

my %blogosphere = &assessment;

if($blogosphere {‘opportunity’} eq ‘fame’) {
# do nothing
}
else {print “equality & fairness\n”;
}

“If opportunity means something like fame (or google-juice) in the blogosphere, then Dave and I would pick equality and fairness as our ‘two’.”

That bit of perl code is a geeky way of expressing what Mike clarifies beautifully above as where we are coming from and where our focus is.

Mike came back from a weekend away and wrote a great post about the longtailjewel, second opinion conversation. He tells it much better than I over on his Learndog blog.

We had a chat about it – a bit more discussion we’re putting out there as a podcast.

Blob 6 – Horizontal HQ Sessions #3 – Pick Two Cards.
Mike (Learndog) and Dave (Lifekludger) chat about stuff they’re thinking about. This session is a short one mostly explaining and expanding on a post of Mikes on the Learndog blog. We pick ‘equality and fairness’ as our two cards, talk about finding meaning not just traffic and what it takes for newcomers to get ‘traction in the blogosphere.

[tags]longtailjewel, second+opinion, Learndog, Lifekludger[/tags]

(thanks wol for the code)

Upcoming

I wandered across this site called Upcoming.org.

What is Upcoming.org?
Upcoming.org is a collaborative event calendar, completely driven by people like you. Enter in the events you’re attending, comment on events entered by others, and syndicate event listings to your own weblog.

I immediately went to see if anything was entered for Adelaide– which there was. My second thought was maybe ConnectingUp 2006 should be in there. What do you reckon Doug?

[tags]cu06, adelaide, calendar[/tags]

What’s Good? – want a second opinion?

As to this, quoted from a post of Kent‘s :

“As an aside, are there any bad blogs in Australia?”

Define ‘Bad’… or ‘Good’ for that matter.

This is what’s great about the blogosphere – you just ‘voice’ what you want and leave the ‘listeners’ to decide what’s good and bad FOR THEM – in the context they live in. (There’s a simile that comes to mind around access to built environment and disability, but that’s another post).

To say if you want more readers write better stuff seems a bit silly. How do I know what constitute’s better for a given ‘listener’? (Though yes, I know Hugh, you’re talking about expressing from your soul and writing what’s better for yourself)

The point Mike and I’m trying to make is not that we want a ‘hierarcy-killer’ but we want to be able to find what’s good (precious, the Jewels) for us. In some ways the ‘heirarchy’ can even play a part to help that.

Dave
(and the answer’s NO Kent ………………… and YES)

[tags]second opinion, longtailjewel, australia[/tags]

Horizontal HQ Sessions #2

Another rant between Mike and I, this time around the whole ‘inequality kerfuffle‘, as Hugh termed it. It touches on the issues behind the [tag]gatekeepers[/tag] debate. Empowerment, inclusion, isolation, barriers – all these things which over 20 years in a wheelchair has given me good opportunity to be aquainted with.

Great to see people like [tag]Doc Searles[/tag] giving recognition of affermative action (traction) that [tag]Kent Newsome[/tag] is proposing with the second opinion tag. In our chat, Mike came up with the idea of Jewels in the Longtail and going ‘hunting’ for them. Good on you guys. Those are positive/ affermative / pro-active things to do to make the blogosphere great.

This podcast is really background to my response to Hugh here and was the means by which Mike helped me by discussing the issues and doing the bulk of the typing for me – the task I find slowest while laid up.

Blobcast #5 – Horizontal HQ Sessions #2.
Mike (Learndog) and Dave (Lifekludger) chat about stuff they’re thinking about. This session is about the social end of the LongTail, Ensuring every voice has at least one listener, connection, inclusion, digging for the jewels in the LongTail and how to get a discussion going in the blogosphere.

Dave – [tag]Lifekludger[/tag]

[tags]second opinion, longtailjewel[/tags]

Equality on the blogosphere – no gaping voids.

Following up on a conversation with [tag]Hugh Macleod[/tag] over on .

To me, equality in the blogosphere is not about every blogger being the same in quantity or measure of what they write. And it is not about status, whether measured by outcome, traffic, readership, quality or even those (I think fictitious) “attractive, sexually willing blog groupies” to which Hugh alludes. To me it’s that each person who contributes something has that something heard. In short it’s about connection.

We just want to start a conversation about IDENTIFYING ‘disconnected stuff‘ in the LongTail and DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

Every voice should have at least one listener. Every writer at least one reader. Every feed at least one subscriber.

I don’t see it currently in the web2.0. There’s tools available today there are mechanisms focussed on highlighting/ranking ‘popular’ or ‘topN’ posts (with lots of links). Even efforts that try to identify value in ‘Z’ list posts, tend to promote those posts to ‘A’ list status (even if for a short time) and bringing stuff out of the long tail into the short head. (for example: [tag]Robert Scoble[/tag]’s post about aussie kid from obscurity to front page of wall street journal in 48hrs). Promotion to A-list status isn’t what I’m on about.

Lots of unrealised potential value goes untapped in the long tail. Connecting these less popular posts to people who care about the content can be done using the ‘context cluster’ ideas to connect subscribers to obscure publishers.

Rather than show me the top 100 blogs with most links, show me the bottom 100 without any links. Rather than highlight the long established bloggers who’ve built up, yet need little support, show me the newest blogs who might need a bit of support and might have interesting things to say about just what I’m interested in.

All things on the blogosphere may not be of equal value – but all people are.

Dave

[tags]equality, inequality, longtail, longtailjewel[/tags]