Monday, April 16, 2007

Web 2.0 Expo - Web2Open Better Than Keynote

Ok. I'm sitting here listening to an interesting conversation about to what degree one can expose a part of their body over the other. Note, I'm using my ears.

The conversation is part of something called Web2Open and it's quite interesting. For example, what's taking place now is a discussion over the First Amendment -- free speech. There's parts of this conversation I simply can't print, but it's

What can a person say online? If this happens on a privately owned social network, what can be done? My almost-a-lawyer response is that if what happens in this "private space" impacts millions of people, it's no longer really private. Thus, it is subject to a set of laws that goes all the way back to Rylands v. Fletcher and the underpinnings of what became the Coase Theorem.

The reason I wound up here is I was in line to go into the regular Keynote Speech, but because -- unknown to me -- I had an "Expo only" badge, this woman, who I'm a little aquainted with as she's in my video on Aimee Allison, didn't even bother to cut me a break, she just told me to get out of the line. It's easier to spot me as I'm one a few Blacks here. But still the, eh, person could have really given me a break.

But in a way I thank her, because if it were not for that, I'd have never sat down at Web2Open.

Sitting In An Overcrowded Room 2016 At The Web 2.0 Conference!

Yep. I'm at the Web 2.0 Expo and I'm sitting on the floor of an overcrowded conference room with an all-too-slow web connection.

Part of the reason for the overcrowded condition is the topic: "Profit From The Long Tail By Tapping The Invisible Crowd." The other part of the reason for the crowd is the other event didn't have a description of what it was all about. Plus, this and the other event can be attended by anyone with a tag, and since I paid just $100 rather than a grand, I'm here as are a LOT of other people.

The topic itself is interesting...and wrapping up. I'll write more about it in a bit.

I'm also trying to get my Mac to "talk" with my cell phone, but when I go through the procedure, I get my phone...and five other phones.


More soon!

Broncos Release LB Al Wilson

Broncos Release Linebacker Al Wilson
AP Sports Writer

DENVER -- Broncos linebacker Al Wilson's heart tells him he can still play football. His neck is a different story.

The Broncos released the five-time Pro Bowl player Friday because of a combination of injury and salary cap concerns. Wilson, who injured his neck against Seattle on Dec. 3, was scheduled to make $5.2 million in base salary this season.

A Broncos spokesman declined comment and an e-mail to Denver general manager Ted Sundquist wasn't returned.

Wilson, who was informed by the team Thursday night he'd be cut, had no bitter feelings toward the team.

"My time is up as a Bronco," the eight-year veteran said. "It's time to move forward and try something else. You have to do what's best for your organization, just like a Fortune 500 company. Sometimes you have to let good employees go."

Wilson has been the defensive captain for the last six seasons. He led the team in tackles last season with 113.

However, he was plagued by injuries in the second half of 2006. Wilson hurt his neck running into teammate Gerard Warren on a tackle against the Seahawks and had to be carted off the field as the crowd gave him an ovation and chanted his name.

And while he played the next three weeks, Wilson didn't participate in the season finale against San Francisco due to thumb and back injuries. The loss knocked Denver out of a playoff spot.

"I've had a great time here," Wilson said. "I feel like I've got a few more good years in me, too."

He was nearly dealt to the New York Giants earlier this spring. However, he failed a physical and the Giants backed out of the trade.

"I was looking forward to a new opportunity," Wilson said. "There are 31 other teams out there."

But his neck remains a concern. Wilson won't play again until doctors clear him. Wilson claims doctors say his neck is getting better.

"If I can get medically cleared, hey, I'm going to go out and play," Wilson said. "I feel like I still can play. It's not about the money. I'll only get out there and play if I'm healthy."

Peter Schaffer, Wilson's agent, wouldn't discuss the exact nature of Wilson's neck injury.

Wilson played the following week after he injured his neck against division rival San Diego. Asked if he came back too soon from the injury, he paused as his eyes stared at his folded hands.

"Maybe I should've sat out a week or two," Wilson said. "The competitive nature in me, I wanted to compete."

Wilson had a good parting conversation with Broncos coach Mike Shanahan on Thursday.

"I wish him nothing but the best," Wilson said.

Yet there's still the side of him that wants to prove cutting him was a bad decision.

"You definitely have that in the back of your mind," Wilson said. "You definitely want to prove people wrong. You want to go out and show people you can still compete. If I'm able to get back out there, and the doctors say I can do it, you'll see me out there flying around."

Wilson was the undisputed leader in the locker room and even spoke at the funerals for cornerback Darrent Williams and running Damien Nash. Williams and Nash both died in the offseason at age 24.

The fact Wilson was a no-show at the Broncos' offseason conditioning program in early April was taken as an ominous sign by teammates. Cornerback Domonique Foxworth took the Broncos shopping Wilson around as a wake-up call.

"It tells you everybody is expendable in this business," Foxworth said at the time. "I don't think anybody in this organization will say that we're better off without his personality around. For whatever reasons they felt we'll be better off going in a different direction."

If Wilson's neck injury prevents him from playing again, he said he's at peace with his accomplishments. He has 21.5 career sacks and five interceptions.

"I have no regrets," said Wilson, the Broncos' first-round pick in the 1999 draft out of Tennessee. "I gave them all I had. I can walk away with my head held high."

Schaffer thinks Wilson's tenure in Denver will one day be rewarded.

"I believe he's done enough to have No. 56 on the Ring of Fame someday," Schaffer said of the ring around Invesco Field that honors former players and administrators. "That's immortality right there. He's definitely a player who's earned that right."

But Wilson isn't ready to close the door on his career just yet. Neck willing, he still wants to play.

"It's time for a change," he said of his release. "I'm not sad. I'm not mad. I'm looking forward to the next step."

Will Shields Retires from Football

Chiefs Guard Will Shields Retires
By Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City guard Will Shields is retiring after 14 NFL seasons, during which he made a record 12 Pro Bowl appearances and anchored one of the top offensive lines in the league.

The 35-year-old announced his decision on his Web site --

"The decision to hang up my cleats has not been an easy one to make for me, but one I knew I would eventually have to make," Shields wrote. "Today, I am letting everyone know that I am putting away my pads."

Shields, who made a team-record 224 starts, made his 12th Pro Bowl appearance last season to tie the record held by Minnesota guard Randall McDaniel.

The Chiefs had been waiting for Shields to decide whether he would come back for another season. Making the announcement entirely without warning on his Web site seemed in keeping with the privacy he has closely guarded throughout his stellar career. A team spokesman said Sunday night the club was not aware of Shields' announcement.

Shields strongly contemplated quitting after the 2005 season.

Shields' agent, Joseph Linta, did not immediately return a message left by The Associated Press.

"We haven't spoken with Will regarding his future plans," Chiefs spokesman Bob Moore said. "I'm sure in due time we will speak if that's the path he takes.

"Without question, Shields has been more than a good player. He's been a major figure in the community. There's no doubt that whatever decision he makes, he will continue to hold that position."

On his site, Shields thanked fellow players, coaches and his wife and children.

"I am looking forward to a future filled with sports in mind," he wrote. "Whether it is in the stands, on the sideline, in the press box or in an office -- football will remain in my blood. My best wishes to all and I hope to see you soon. Thank you again, for all your support."

Shields was a third-round draft choice out of Nebraska in 1993 who quickly developed into one of the best players at his position.

Quick and agile for a 300-pounder, Shields led the way Pro Bowl runners Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson.

For several years, he teamed with Pro Bowl left tackle Willie Roaf, Pro Bowl left guard Brian Waters and Pro Bowl tight end Tony Gonzalez to form one of the best blocking units in the NFL.

Roaf retired abruptly just before the opening of training camp. It's possible that only Waters and Gonzalez will remain of the great Chiefs line of a few years ago because center Casey Wiegmann, an 11-year veteran, is also contemplating retirement.

Shields' absence, although not unexpected, is certain to leave a big hole in the offensive line as the Chiefs give second-year quarterback Brodie Croyle the chance to compete for the starting job.

Shields also has been active in community affairs, but never used his work in that area to raise his own profile. He created the "Will To Succeed" Foundation in 1993 and dedicated it toward improving the lives of abused, battered and neglected women and children.

"Every day I count the blessings that have been bestowed upon my family and me," he wrote.

"Each day I am thankful that I was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs and think of all the people who have supported the team, our family's foundation, and me. This community is like no other when it comes to support. Fourteen years sure fly by when you get to do what you love. The love for the game never decreased but, as the years passed, the physical requirements of the game became harder to fulfill each and every day. If it was up to me I would play football forever but, as we all know, that is unrealistic.

"However, I do hope to always be connected to the game in some capacity."

To Say that Will Shields was a Good Player is like saying That Paul Brown or Vince Lombardi were good coaches. it's an understatement! The Prototypical Offensive Pulling Guard in College, he more then outdid himself in the pros. Guess the Chiefs are really looking for OL help now.....

President William J. Clinton - Clinton Foundation Speech In San Francisco - Video

President William J. Clinton – Bill Clinton – appeared before 2,000 people at a reception for the Clinton Foundation at the Fairmount Hotel in San Francisco. An event which raised $200,000 for his organization. (The video that accompanies this is the only one online with the full speech Clinton gave that night.)

He gave a short – for him – speech about giving. He says that this event is part of a global movement toward lifting citizen power to do public good without holding office, where people are donating to World causes at levels not seen in history. "Warran Buffet’s gonna give away 98 percent of all his money. Bill Gates already gave $35 billion,"President Clinton said.

"The Internet," he said, "has made it possible for people of modest means, if they agree on one thing, to change the World." President Clinton said the Internet made it possible for the Bush / Clinton Katrina Fund to generate $1.2 billion in America alone.

President Clinton also pointed to the rise of "NGO’s" or "Non Governmental Organizations "around the world for the rise in global donations to causes. They are the organizations like the Gates Foundation giving money and directing it to solve problems around the World. There's a half million NGOs in Africa and China, each.

President Clinton himself was able to negotiate a dramatic price reduction in medicine for AIDS in developing countries. In America he’s working to combat the problem of childhood obesity and promoting economic empowerment.

President Clinton explained that we must work to achieve positive works from our interdepence. "We’ve still got to figure out how to live with our differences, "he said.

“I want you to talk to people about what you did tonight, "he said.

Senator Hillary Clinton did not appear on stage, but she was there according to a security agent I talked with.

For more information, visit the Clinton Foundation website at