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From the perspective of history, comes this article, found in the stacks of Inc. magazine, comes a bit of a timely, useful and much needed shot of information.  Dare I say it even contains a healthy dose of wisdom?  Yes on both counts; I do and there is.

With the vantage of 2 years of hindsight, might we not learn from our recent history, that the following article has some real merit?  It's workting for those who practice; it doesn't for those who don't.   Can we not draw a clear conclusion?  If not, what – other than ego – stands in the way of clarity..?  I submit whatever it is should be removed before permanent damage results.

_really_ suggest this be a slow and deliberate read.  Re-read it – whether you think it's necessary or not.  It is!

In Praise of Selflessness
Why the best leaders are servants

http://www.inc.com/magazine/20070501/managing-leadership.html

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‘What’s in a name?’ A question asked many times by equally many pondering minds.  Value. Honor. Family. Origin. Future. Regret.  These and many more make up the sum of the names we carry; assigned or assumed.  Writers, in many cases write under ‘assumed names’ – referred to as PEN NAMES or in the French tongue, Nom de plume.  A bit of a travel among the stacks of Wikipedia provided this tidbit on the art of writing under an assumed name.

In today’s venue of communication offerings, eMAIL has grown to unimaginable levels in just the past 10 years.  How we send these tiny digital bits of yak ‘n frak, is as varied as the options offered in a Google on the subject.  But another matter entirely arises when we descide the archival and recall of our online correspondence is important.  There are a number of offerings and I personally use more than one.  Mostly because I am constantly kicking the .exe files to see what’s new.  And partly because I just haven’t found that ‘perfect’ email reader/storage/recall tool.  Maybe we have gotten a bit closer with the offering from a group called POSTBOX-INC.COM.   PostBox-Inc.com is not a free tool, but neither is it cost prohibitive. At $30, if it works as well as it is promoted to, then it will be well worth it and well on its way to providing a more ‘total solution’ package.  It’s free to download.  I have and will be testing it soon.  But I still won’t give up my Gmail accounts!  Nope.  I like and enjoy the versatility and access freedom far too much to look elsewhere… yet.

And with that I segue into the next item.  As mentioned I use Gmail .. a LOT (> 45 accounts, presently! … and I use them all day, by-the-minute!).  With all those accounts and all that email: I also rarely delete any email deemed worthy of keeping: I obviously don’t want to ‘loose’ my email. So, like all good computer technology practices DATA BACKUP is a ‘good thing’.  A REAL GOOD THING!!

I began looking for ways to gather groups of email within my various Gmail accounts and send them in .zip compressed files to people wanting such information.  I have yet to find such a resolution (hint, hint! please let me know if you KNOW of such a tool or technique!) – but I did find a neat tool for backing up my Gmail email accounts.  The took is called Gmail BACKUP – odd eh? – and is a 3rd party product produced by a couple of enterprising Czechs.  I can’t give a ‘thumbs up or down’ on this as I’ve not tried it yet.  But it sure looks easy enough to execute.  I will test and provide my findings in an ‘update’ – on this page – when I do.

While I’m on NEW STUFF … Adobe® has come out with a cool tool called the BrowserLab.  It’s essentially a browser testing tool – for your web designs – all under one FLASH roof.  Actually this is a very welcome tool.  I only took it for a quick turn around the block, but it sure did the trick on finding the kinks and offering solutions in a quick design.  Not sure what ALL it will do, but knowing Adobe as well as I do! – they will have it tricked out and downright indispensable within couple of versions; if not sooner.

The good folks over at photo store’n’share giant, Flickr have come up with a very cool tool, currently in (Beta), called Flickroom [note the shared ‘r’ in the spelling!].  The idea here is to have a Lightroom-like viewing window in which to view all of your Flickr goodies … and  those of your Flickr associations; established or serendipitous!  Flickroom is based upon the Adobe® Air technology.  Quite slick, but a bit slow on older machines [read: impossible!! FLASH 10 is NOT usable on OS X below 10.4 or Vista].  And now it’s time for a bit of spawned btr editorial comment. Two (2) topics today…

[1] I am a web designer – have been for 15 years – and I really, no longer, design for legacy technology.  I did this in my early years.  Beat myself to death trying to make my web designs work for every platform.  I stopped.  It was not worth the effort.  If you choose to design with cutting shelf technology, then do so without looking over your shoulder.  But, if you must design looking back, then drop the box of goodies you just found in the latest-n-greatest what’s-new-in-online-technology-bundle and stick to the basics of HTML and forget about ‘cool’ looking.  Just the facts is all ‘Joe Friday HTML’ is looking for.  This might grate in the craw of those who try to say we ‘must’ design for legacy data and those who are still ‘behind’ in their run-toward-technology. My response is still the same. I’ve not seen the data to support the so-called, lagging-element.  What I do see is a lot of people who choose NOT to update – for whatever reason [most of it being ‘fear-based’ .. ie, primarily: fear of change].  But I don’t see people still using WIN 98, NT or 2000 complaining their machines can’t do ____ (fill-in-the-blank). The same goes for legacy users of Mac 9.0 or lower.  By far, the majority of these users are not interested in updating. Thus they either are unaware of new offerings or just don’t care.  For them, their computer is an ‘IBM selectric upgrade’, nothing more.  Fine.  Let’s understand this and move forward, NOT trying to drag the disinterested along and everyone else – including technology advancement – down.
[2] Flickroom DOES ask to have FULL, unfettered access, to your Flickr account; both public and private material. So, if you are not willing to have the items marked PRIVATE in your Flickr account, Go Public! – then I would say, ‘steer clear of this tool opportunity’.  I have nothing to hide in my data, but I do have a few Flickr sites for certain art and marketing projects that I use for ‘private storage’ and/or communication between a small group of specific colleagues.  Thus the material is NOT for general (aka: Public!) consumption.  That’s why Flickr has the PRIVATE settings!  However, if you activate this 3rd party extension, you will be negating the ‘Private’ portion of ANY Flickr account you give discovery access to this software.  Flickroom is still a very cool tool, but this is something to be aware of.


OK. Peachbox Platform is OFF.

I love technology as much as the next nerd, but there is no replacement for running and romping outdoors, no matter what age you are. Kids need to get outside and play.  I grew up on a small creek, surrounded by riparian buffers of old growth Hoosierland hardwoods.  My playtime was spent amid trees, fish, tadpoles, mud and all the fun and mess that goes along with it.  I would not trade that for anything.  So the next item is near and dear to me and it was a wonderful serendipitous find. The folks over at GlobalFisher.com have teamed up with a design firm called RED DIRT and a very impressive gathering of outdoor artists (my friend Bob White of WhiteFishStudio.comis one!), to produce a great site for kids called Fishy Kid.

FishyKid is right down my aisle.  It’s about teaching kids the values of fishing, knowledge of the natural world, respect for environment and the lifelong values each of these areas bring to life. Do check it out and get you kids involved in the FishyKid Coloring Contest.

If you want to see the influence natural beauty has upon the life of the person who participates in such endeavors and for those influenced by such a person, then visit the site of Yoshikazu Fujioka called, Trouts and Seasons of a Mountain Village. Yoshi is an amazing artist and a wonderfully gentle man. I have no doubt anyone visiting this site will do as I did back in 1997 when I first stumbled upon it – just after Yoshi had first released his new web site.  And like then, I find myself everynow and then re-entering this Japanese Brigadoon. Once again, being swept up in it’s magical mystery and then leaving it only to return by serendipitous encounter again a few years later.

This is why I love the act of serendipitous encounter.  Why I write the Beyond The Ripples.

Until later …

BTR

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BTR 09.14.08

Customer relationship management (CRM) consists of the processes a company uses to track and organize its contacts with its current and prospective customers. CRM software is used to support these processes; the software system can be accessed, and information about customers and customer interactions can be entered, stored and accessed by employees in different company departments. Typical CRM goals are to improve services provided to customers, and to use customer contact information for targeted marketing.Wikipedia

Much has been written over the last few years about this engaging topic. Most of it from a marketing perspective. After all, it’s origin is in marketing. But is there more? Can CRM play an important part in relationships outside of the marketing sphere?

On this day’s journey I encountered some interesting elements dealing with CRM.

The CRM FORUM … I will state up-front that I am NOT a fan if either Microsoft, nor Oracle. But that does not preclude me from visiting sites that do promote their products, propaganda and persuasion. In this case the CRM Forum is a very interesting read because it is a very active community. Thus the content is wide, varied and fresh. So, the CRM Forum ends up being a very good source for ‘listening’ to the needs, wants and frustrations of the business world in the hot-topic areas on – learning about, configuring and implementing a CRM installation.

After reading the comments in CRM Forum, even I, with a long history in reading about, evangelizing and initiating CRM, wanted to get back to a clear definition of the term. In my early days of CRM evangelizing, I was constantly messing up the acronym. I was forever calling it Consumer Retention Management. Which, BTW – though it is NOT the correct iteration of CRM – it is a good definition!

In an effort to find that clear definition I Googled the term: CRM. Several returns came up [roughly 55M to be roughly-exact!! Would seem it’s a bit popular, eh? ]. One of those megabitic returns [yes, I get to create words, too: cool one though, eh?] was Wikipedia [imagine that!] so, I ventured over to Wikipedia to read what they had to say about CRM. Part of the Wikipedia revelation was my lead in; in case you hadn’t caught it.

In another of the Google-returns, I found a link to MyCustomer.com. What struck me about this site was it offered me a British point-of-view on their CRM efforts. I’m fairly well versed on the US posture, but thought a visit to the neighbors across the ‘big pond’ might be fun. Well, I was right. It was quite fun. The Brits are all quite enthused (well those involved in marketing technology at least!) with the whole CRM idea.

I also noticed that Neil Davey was a member of the ‘Head of Editorial’ for the site. I’ve read Neil’s commentaries for a few years and have rather enjoyed his perspective. So I continued on.

  • But WHY did I continue on?


This poses a good question and a fine segue into how I break into and reveal the guts of a site.

The first thing I look for is an ‘About Us’ page; which BTW, every site should have one!!. The About US page gives you the ‘lay of the land’, so-to-speak, of a site. A reveal of the character behind the site, it’s mission and WHO is involved. I’m both a fan of history and a student.

It is my firm belief that we can avoid a lot of pain and wasted effort through attentive detail to historical actions and their results. So, the history of a site – reveals much about the value – or waste – in continued exposure.

If I find information that compels me to be interested, I will forge on to find out more. I believe, this is one of the top five most important issues for site construction:

  • #2. Build your site, regardless of platform or architecture, so that people are given a reason beyond ‘data’ or ‘documentation’ to be there. Give them INFORMATION that is relevant to their quest, or highly compelling to find out more about you.


Yes, this is all relevant to today’s BTR topic because this is the essence of CRM.

  1. A visitor to your web presence is a CUSTOMER.
  2. The experience that Customer feels on your site is the start of a RELATIONSHIP.
  3. The conversation between you and the Customer is MANAGED by your actions – or lack of – communication.


What? you ask. You’re not selling a product or a service.

Oh, you’re not? Then what do you call posting all those opinions – and maybe a few facts – on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Ning, assorted Forums… or other Social Network – aka, Personal Journalism – efforts? !!!

You’re selling your ideas and opinions with the hopes that someone will INVEST their TIME [aka, BUYING YOUR LINE with the most precious commodity in anyone’s life!!] to read your publication. That my friend [aka: Customer!] is SALES!  Your readers are therefore CUSTOMERS with whom you build RELATIONSHIPS and all contact is the method – good, bad or ugly – in which you MANAGE it all.

So in answer to my question above:  Can CRM play an important part in relationships outside of the marketing sphere?  I believe the answer is a resounding YES IT MUST!

My father was an insurance salesman and a very successful one.  He was successful on all levels.  He led, or was in the top 5, in his company, year-in-and-year-out in sales volume.  He also led the company – in 5 states! – in customer service.  And in what I believe to be his greatest honor, when he died from a tragic wood-cutting accident, my mother continued to receive monthly checks at the maximum allowed rate- based upon the renewals of his insurance policy sales – for a full 8 years AFTER he sold those policies.  That is not only unheard of, it has never – nor likely to happen – again in that company.  Entire communities bonded together; some with nothing more in-common than the insurance policy sold by my father; to keep their insurance and not allowing any other agent or company to replace it.  Solely so that my mother; my father’s widow; would be taken care of.

What else would you call that but, a great reward for extremely high quality – CRM.  And he did it with no technology any more sophisticated than a smile, a handshake and the assurance that with one phone call, he was in motion to help his customers. And would see that promise through with the utmost of human capability.  A point many in business could learn from today.  History.  We won’t last – long – without remebering and learning from it.  Remember well the words of George Santayana, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

NMATC … New Media Arts Training Centers, Inc.
If you are looking for a top-of-the-line certification source for the more popular and used! tools for New Media creation and deployment, then NMATC is sure to be included in the top of your choice list.  Located in Madison, Wisconsin, NMATC is easily accessible to many NM artists in the US and Canada. The courses are not cheap, but neither is the instruction.  A quick read of the people who make up the trainers should give any potential student a buzz for the quality of education and experience that awaits them.

My readers will remember that the byline of BTR is, “… an eclectic journey….”.  This said, you know the topics covered in this blog are wide, varied and often time have little relationship to one another, except – they came through my mouse clicks.  To me – and I hope to my readers as well – that’s part of the fun in this.  Just like Forest Gump‘s mamma said, “Life was like a box of chocholates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

With this in mind…

Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV) …
51years ago, the citizens of Milwaukee and the state of Wisconsin, and quite frankly the entire country, were given their own ‘eye on the world’, when Milwaukee Public Television began broadcasting. Visionaries from all walks of life and professions lobbied long and hard to get the license and finally their efforts paid off when on October 28, 1957 MPTV began flowing into the homes of its viewers.  Over a glorious career of bringing the finest of Public Television programming to its viewers MPTV has itself been a pioneer in Public Television.  Being one of the first PBS stations to offer regular programs in color. MPTV offered its own in-house prodcution in 1960 with, The Inquiring Mind.  In 1984, Outdoor Wisconsin, now in it’s 27th year, first appeared.  The host then – and now – is Dan Small.  Dan and I are personal friends, colleagues (outdoor communicators and members of OWAA) and he’s a client.

While doing some research for a newsletter I do for Dan’s Outdoor Radio show (Dan Small Outdoors Radio) I came to the MPTV site for one of the shows he did there.  That search started my look inside MPTV.   Because of one of the shows on that search spoke about Lead Shot and its effect on wildlife and the environment,  I followed up with a Google on <lead shot> which took me to this Wikipedia page on … Lead Shot

And with that, Beyond The Ripples closes the book on another days, “serendipitous encounters from eclectic online journeys”.  Until the next time … enjoy the chance luck of the draw. You just never know what you’re gonna get.

BTR

While doing a search for the number of active scientists around the world, I found this list from 2004. It’s safe to assume the numbers have not reduced; more likely increased. But even if a decrease has occurred, I would doubt it would be by much.

The reason for conducting the search was spawned by an email I received the other day containing a link to the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. This is the committee on which the infamous Oklahoma Senator, James Inhofe resides as the minority (Republican) chair.

This is a list of the committee membership:

Senate Majority Committee Members
Barbara Boxer (Chairman)
Max Baucus
Joseph I. Lieberman
Thomas R. Carper
Hillary Rodham Clinton
Frank R. Lautenberg
Benjamin L. Cardin
Bernard Sanders
Amy Klobuchar
Sheldon Whitehouse
Senate Minority Committee Members
James M. Inhofe ()
John Warner
George V. Voinovich
Johnny Isakson
David Vitter
John Barrasso
Larry E. Craig
Lamar Alexander
Christopher S. Bond

The lineup, especially on the Republican side, certainly has more than a few members of the US Government ‘doubters squad’ to be sure. But that isn’t what gave rise to the search. That was due to the headlines gracing the website’s landing page.

U.S. Senate Report: Over 400 Prominent Scientists Disputed Man-Made Global Warming Claims in 2007

Senate Report Debunks “Consensus”

The email that contained the link led with a subject line saying, The Debate is Over .. I guess referring to the subtitle on the Senate report.

Hmm. At differing times over the past 30 years, I’ve had either ‘very close’ or ‘at least approximate’ relationships with numerous areas of study, having had some part in the ongoing debate over Global Climate Change (GCC). Consequently, I have a feeling the ‘debate’ has only just begun. But aside from this, I had a question.

How many scientists exist, worldwide?

How many people, having at least an M.S. degree, regardless of field, who are devoted to scientific study, guided by critical thinking and the basic search for hypothesis guided information seeking, actually exist out there? I had a feeling there would a lot of them. But I wanted a number. A tangile, scientific number that could be quantified.

I sought Google and queried: scientists active worldwide.

A whopping 165,000 returns were spit out. Yes, we all know the unlikelihood of ever getting to all those returns, but the first 50 offered a lot of very interesting material.

The list below provided the most accessible numbers of relative freshness; only 3 years old.

Why the numbers of scientists?

Simple. In the link to the CEPW report this bold statement, ‘… over 400 prominent scientists …’, seemed like a large number of scientists. It was impressive. It seemed a rather large field of expertise. But was it? What percentage, of the worldwide scientific community, did that ‘over 400‘ number truly represent?

Just taking the documented numbers for active members from the listings below, we get a total of 347,580 scientists. A cursory view of the list of organizations represented, reveals many prominent scientific organizations are not listed. Therefore, this large number, would no doubt become far larger if a true census of the scientific community were conducted.

But, never-the-less, let’s work with the numbers at hand and see what we find.

For the sake of argument, let’s assume duplications exit in the numbers. Meaning, that a person could be listed on the rosters of more than one of the listed organizations. Therefore, let’s reduce the total number by 10% for redundancy. Leaving a working number of 312,822.

Now, lets say that only half of these are actual research scientists whose work would be germane to the issue of GCC. That leaves 156,411 members of the scientific community that this sampling represents.

With this number we see that the, ‘over 400‘ number (even assuming the number to be the maximum possible of 499) … is still only 3/10ths of 1% (.00319) of this sample of the community of scientists worldwide. Not exactly a commanding number. Especially when compared to the likely, far larger, community of scientists that actually exists.

There are many elements within the report itself that promote serious debate on its validity and genuine scientific integrity.

But, that this committee chose to market their report as being upheld by such a commanding number of scientists, “… over 400…”, a number whose reality is an extremely small percentile of a sampled guesstimate of the actual community of scientists worldwide – alerts us to question – at least – these two elements of this committee report:

  1. level of sincerity and genuine interest in providing solution(s) to a serious problem
  2. validity of the report and those producing it

One quote, from the report is worth noting here as well. It really struck me as an odd comment and a rather, potentially, enlightening view into the driving force behind those who deny the existence of GCC.

Scientists from Around the World Dissent

 

This new report details how teams of international scientists are dissenting from the UN IPCC’s view of climate science. In such nations as Germany, Brazil, the Netherlands, Russia, New Zealand and France, nations, scientists banded together in 2007 to oppose climate alarmism. In addition, over 100 prominent international scientists sent an open letter in December 2007 to the UN stating attempts to control climate were “futile.” (LINK)

 

[NOTE: all links remain live. I suggest you read them and become familiar with what this group of eminent scientists have to say on this issue.]

 

 

 

So, what do I find problematic in the above quote? This comment really stood out.

 

“…international scientists sent an open letter in December 2007 to the UN stating attempts to control climate were “futile.”

In thousands of serious discussions on the issue of GCC, I have never heard a platform for debate to say anything about, attempting to ‘control the climate’. I have heard many points of argument and debate on both sides of this issue. Discussions varying from personal opinions from all points of the galaxy, to seriously interesting points worthy of further investigation. But, at no time, have I been privy to any reasonable presentation claiming that we – or anyone – could ‘control the climate’. The heart of the debate is whether or not the ‘actions of mankind’ have accelerated – by adding to – the changes we are now experiencing.

The point has been, and remains, concerning GCC and the ‘affects of possible man made influence’, on the planet’s climate … this:

If we are adding to the effects causing the current GCC, then we should halt – immediately – any and all such negative actions, in the hope doing so would – at least – lessen the eventual changes that will be experienced by all life on the planet.

The statement sets forth these important points:

  1. acknowledgment that adaptation WILL be required; by all life on earth, regardless of who is to blame
  2. man cannot control the climate, only his part of a potential acceleration of the natural effects on the climate
  3. whether man has had influence on the climate or not may be immaterial, change is coming and if we can do anything to eliminate any negative influence – we should do so.

I believe to say the debate is over, is very much premature. Much in the same vein as such infamous foot-in-mouth declarations as, “… the world is flat.”, “If man were meant to fly, he’d have been given wings.” and, “… there is no need for further study or research, we’ve learned all there is to know.”

It’s not over ’till the … well, until the outcome reveals itself.

The only thing about that reality is this… When we can see it, it’s too late.

Beyond The Ripples


American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
is the world’s largest general scientific society, publisher of Science.

American Chemical Society (ACS)
organization that consists of more than 163,000 members at all degree levels and in all fields of chemistry.

American Chemical Society – Division of Colloid & Surface Science

with approximately 2500 members throughout the world.
American Physical Society (APS)
more than 40,000 members in the arena of national, international, and governmental affairs
American Vacuum Society (AVS)
AVS is comprised of 10 technical divisions, 2 technical groups, 18 local-area chapters and about 6000 members worldwide.

CATS – Catalyst testing and evaluation service
CATS is a service aimed at evaluating, optimising and commercialising new compounds and materials as catalysts
Catalysis Section of the Royal Dutch Chemical Society
an organization with about 700 members , both in academia and in industry.
Catalysis Society of JapanChemical Society of Japan

DECHEMA Catalysis Activities (Gesellschaft für Chemische Technik und Biotechnologie
)
Mehr als 5.000 Naturwissenschaftler, Ingenieure, Firmen, Organisationen und Institute gehören ihr heute als Mitglieder an.

Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG)
die älteste und mit mehr als 45.000 Mitgliedern die größte physikalische Fachgesellschaft. Die Namen der Mitglieder – s

Electrochemical Society

ECS has 8,000 scientists and engineers in over 75 countries worldwide who hold individual membership, as well as roughly 100 corporations and laboratories who hold contributing membership.

European Federation of Catalysis Societies (EFCATS)
EFCATS is a federation of catalysis societies from 24 European countries.

European Materials Research Society
non profit scientific association founded in 1983,

Federation of European Materials Research Societies
Networking for European materials scientists and engineers.

Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE)
is a leading international body, providing services for and representing the interests of those involved in chemical, biochemical and process engineering world-wide.

Institute of Applied Catalysis

The institute currently has 13 industrial members along with over 70 individual academics from nearly forty universities.

Institute of Clean Air Companies (ICAC)
The nonprofit national association of companies that supply air pollution monitoring and control systems, equipment, and services for stationary sources.

Institute of Nanotechnology
established since January 1997… history …goes back even further… Centre in Scotland for Nanotechnology, … between 1994 and 1996. … major EU contract to lead a 2.7 million euro NanoNetwork of Networks

Institute of Physics (IOP)
a leading international professional body and learned society, established to promote the advancement and dissemination of physics.

International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC)
scientific, international, non-governmental and objective body, IUPAC can address many global issues involving the chemical sciences.

International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP)
stimulate and facilitate international cooperation in physics and the worldwide development of science.

Italian Group of Catalysis
an interdivisional group of the Italian Chemical Society ( Società Chimica Italiana , SCI). More than 500 academic and industrial researchers belong to this group.

Materials Research Society (MRS)
a non-profit organization which brings together scientists, engineers and research managers from industry, government, academia and research laboratories to share findings in the research and development of new materials of technological importance. Founded in 1973…consists of more than 12,000 members from the United States and over 50 other countries.

Nanoscale Physics & Technology Group of the IOP
research, technology and public awareness, related to the physics of nanoscale structures.

National Academies (USA)
consist of four organizations: the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council…created in 1863 by a congressional charter approved by President Abraham Lincoln.

National Nanotechnology Initiative (USA)

NICE – A Network for Industrial Catalysis in Europe
a group of companies with diverse interests in catalysis and catalytic processes

North American Catalysis Society (NACS)
to promote and encourage the growth and development of the science of catalysis and those scientific disciplines ancillary thereto

Physical Society of Japan
an organization of some 20,000 physicists, researchers as well as educators, and engineers.

Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
a network of 45,000 members worldwide and an internationally acclaimed publishing business

Royal Society of Chemistry, Applied Catalysis Group
to promote the interests, both within the RSC and externally, of all members of the Industrial Affairs Division working in or having a professional interest in applied catalysis.

Royal Society of Chemistry, SURCAT group
specialist interest group represents those with interests, experimental or theoretical, directed towards reaction processes involving solid surfaces, and especially chemisorption and heterogeneous catalysis. …membership of ca.380 is from both UK and international laboratories and has extensive representation from industry.

Societies Index from the Royal Society of Chemistry

Surfaces in Biomaterials Foundation
dedicated to exploring creative solutions to technical challenges at the BioInterface by fostering education and multidisciplinary cooperation among industrial, academic, clinical, and regulatory communities.

User Groups & Bulletin Boards
The purpose of this list is to provide information about User Groups, relevant sub-groups of national societies and surface science bulletin boards. Please feel free to e-mail new additions and corrections to r.m.nix@qmul.ac.uk

Maintained by kolasinski@virginia.edu

Last Modified: 3 December 2004

Once again the magic of serendipity pays off! I never thought I’d find a replacement for Firefox .. but I have! It’s called Flock, the Social Networking Browser. It’s extremely cool. I am writing this post in the ScribeFire Add-on that is written for Firefox .. but it works great in Flock! I’ve found a number of Firefox Add-ons that work in Flock. In fact, everyone that I’ve tried, works in Flock. So, I have switched to Flock. I really don’t see a reason – at this time – to go back to Firefox.

I have nothing against Firefox .. it’s a great browser. But Flock is just more intuitive for working with Blogs and other Social Networking tools. The access to these tools is either built into Flock or works with it so seemlessly that it feels like it’s built there.

One other thing. For those who work in the Linux OS arena … Flock is YOUR browser, too. Now there is no reason not to work in Linux if you’re concentration is on NewMedia and Social Networking tools. The only thing I still hold out for on Windoze, is the use of the Adobe products I need that have just not been ported over to Linux. Hopefully one day soon, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Freehand, InDesign and Acrobat will all be ported to run on the Linux OS.

In the meantime, Flock is a new satisfier in the seemingly endless path of the ever changing world of technology. Change or die. That is the mantra for today’s face of technology. Tools like Flock keep you wide awake and very much alive.

BTR

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