Welcome to the American Renaissance

In the global economy, when what one person shares with the local workshop through online tools is shared with the world, how does “insourcing” help the locals compete globally?

Today, an online hangout called “We the Geeks: Don’t Be Bored, Make Something,” inspired by Joey Hudy’s business card that he gave to the U.S. President during a White House science fair, the group talked about an explosion of innovation taking place in the United States, partly through the Maker Movement.

What do you think?  Do the citizens of your country consider themselves globally competitive because they feel empowered to be creative and ultimately successful in the local/national/world/galactic economy?

Screenshots from today’s hangout on Google+:

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Any Wonder, One Hit, Two Hits, Three Hits, Four

I was told yesterday that the Rutles are getting back together and recording a new studio album.  Rumour has it that they plan to name their album “Minus One for Tea – Before It Becomes Minus Two,” releasing it in either audiocassette or 8-track tape format exclusively.  One band member allegedly insists that publishing the album in parlour pump organ sheet music is the only route to eternal infamy, but not necessarily success.

Also, protesters have assembled their own list of the Seven Wonders of the World:

  • The world’s largest potato chip
  • The world’s largest open pit mine
  • The world’s smallest inbred dog
  • The world’s most inept government because it actually operates at a profit
  • The world’s least useful technological achievement that still made its inventor a gazillionaire
  • The world’s longest running protest movement that doesn’t achieve anything worthwhile, nor plans to
  • The world’s most creative business card that still did not generate any new leads
  • The world’s first bullet point listing the eighth wonder of the world which does not exist because eight is seven plus one and, as you know, one is is the loneliest number…