Brian Glanz » Technology

This Brian Glanz is a social entrepreneur in Seattle, as on Twitter, Flickr, LibraryThing, Seattle Net Tuesday, Slashdot, Defend Science, MSNBC,, et al.

Testing Google Wave

In May 2009 we first heard about Google Wave, a new, partly open source way of communicating. This graphic shows my message to Google, with which I applied to test Wave. I watched Arrington’s interview with Google Wave founders and couldn’t wait to try it.
Google, of course had a cute form inviting the public to [...]

Seattle Net Tuesday

Net Tuesday is a monthly event at the intersection of social change and technology. Events combine organizations in need, interesting speakers, an eclectic group of able and willing technologists, and a few good drinks.
Find Net Tuesday in your city via its parent organization, Net Squared.
Seattle Net Tuesday recently organized an Online Makeover — Nonprofit [...]

Knowledge As Power — Everyday Democracy

Knowledge As Power offers accessible information on legislative action and education for citizen participation in the legislative process. A preview of their services is already available for Washington State, although as an organization they are just a few months old.
These are my notes from one of five sessions at a Seattle Net Tuesday event. Sessions [...]

Noonhat — Toss Your Social Salad

For all of human history, great conversations, meetings, and celebrations have happened over food. Your daily lunch is probably not often historic, but while wedged into our working lives, lunch done right is a small slice of greater humanity. It can be refreshing and even inspiring to step out of your routine.
Try Noonhat [...]

FoxyTunes — Everyone a DJ

Behold the power of mash-ups: with this you, too can be a well connected music jockey. When you add Twitter and FoxyTunes to Firefox, you get “FoxyTunes Twitter DJ.” Here for example is my FoxyTunes Twitter DJ play list page and then, here is the official FoxyTunes Twitter DJ page.
These are awful, alpha-version names [...]



Upcoming @ Pacific Science Center?

Joey Mornin, @joemornin on Twitter and a research assistant at the Berkman Center, had tweeted “I have seen the future, and it is a Carl Sagan/Stephen Hawking remix …” (11:24 AM Oct 2nd from TweetDeck). That I had to see, and when I saw it I had to tweet: “This Carl Sagan Stephen Hawking remix … should play on a wall @PacSci :) via @joeymornin” (11:35 AM Oct 2nd from Google Wave (Tweety)).

Pacific Science Center, @PacSci on Twitter, understands social media. As every person, business, or organization using social media ought to be, in a word they are: social. When I mention @PacSci, they watch for it and in this case their response was: “RT @brianglanz: This Carl Sagan Stephen Hawking remix … should play on a wall @PacSci :) via @joeymornin <GLORIOUS!>” (11:43 AM Oct 2nd from Seesmic). They responded quickly, giving credit to Joey Mornin and me, and added their own comment, <GLORIOUS!> — all in 140 characters. <yoda>Impressive!</yoda>

Will the “A Glorious Dawn” remix actually appear at the Pacific Science Center? Whether on a wall, at a kiosk, or on screen before IMAX films I do think this sort of “citizen media” should be displayed alongside “citizen science” in our educational and cultural institutions. This video accentuates and amplifies important parts of the messages Sagan, Hawking, and science at large have to share. In an incomplete circle, science has made possible the technology, has made possible the culture, has made possible great grassroots work like this media; science needs to close the circle and better connect with the community.

Quintin Doroquez, @quintind on Twitter chimed in, too by tweeting “@brianglanz That was brilliant!” (11:57 AM Oct 2nd from Tweetie) and I could not agree more. Thanks and congratulations to the creator of “A Glorious Dawn,” John Boswell, melodysheep on YouTube, whose video has a perfect 5 out of 5 stars after thousands of ratings and more than 600,000 views in its first two weeks.

还原真相:To Restore The Truth


Twenty years ago on June 4, 1989, thousands of pro-democracy protesters — most of them students — were killed by the Chinese government where they gathered peacefully, in Tiananmen Square.

Seattle’s Ken Judd en Montage

Update: you are seeing this message if MySpace took the video down, again; I have it coded to show if the video cannot. The audio is out of copyright due to its age, but regularly trips MySpace automatic filters. I have had it unbanned twice by people, only to be re-banned. Alas! It is a montage from my photos of the works of Seattle’s Ken Judd.

I may remaster the video — publish a higher resolution, remove the birthday reference, add a new opening and closing, etc. Generally, this is a test of displaying video on while it is hosted here by MySpace.

Remember 2009? Google Wave was 'it', good for everything from Pulitzer Prize winning journalism to Open Science Notebooks. 2009 was also the last time I updated this web site, to which you are more than welcome with that in mind.

Also 'it' in 2009, but where you can still find me: Twitter of course. I'm @brianglanz and for more about my work, see @openscience.

You can also circle me in Google+, and since that's a more thorough effort all around by the Big G, we have taken to it -- there you could also +1 and circle our Open Science Federation Page or join our new Open Science Community.