Return to Babylon 5: The Lost Tales

Every now and then, I’ll tell the story of how my early history with the Internet is intertwined with being a fan of the TV series Babylon 5.
Babylon 5 was pioneering and influential in many ways, not the least of which was telling a story that was planned to take and took 5 years and 110 episodes to tell. It was a rich and rewarding universe that many fans, including me, hated to leave.
J. Michael Straczynski, affectionately known as the Great Maker of Babylon 5, has revisited the Babylon 5 universe with a DVD of new stories released today called Babylon 5: The Lost Tales.
I watched the entire DVD this evening. I loved it, but there’s no surprise there – I don’t pretend to be objective. I suspect that long-time fans will appreciate and enjoy the DVD more than those who are new to the series because there are references to backstory that it helps to know. There are also very nice tributes to two of the main actors, Andreas Katsulas (who I had the pleasure to meet once) and Richard Biggs.
It’s a joy to see a familiar and meaningful fictional universe return, with some of the main characters returning in new stories that both honor the history of the show and extend the story in new ways. You can go back again. Great stuff.
For new and old B5 fans, I must recommend the excellent Babylon Podcast.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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BlawgWorld 2007 eBook Debuts Today

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There are still many, many lawyers and others who aren’t comfortable that they understand what a blog is. Even more do not understand what all the fuss about them is. Even the lawyers familiar with blogs often do not realize the richness and diversity of law-related blogs.
Neil Squillante at TechnoLawyer has performed two valuable services with BlawgWorld 2007, a free new eBook that features “best of” posts from 77 law-related blogs.
First, the eBook gives everyone from the complete blog novice to the most blog-savvy an excellent introduction to the world of blawgs. You can learn a lot about the blogs that are available and you can learn a lot from the topics covered by the posts collected in this eBook. I’m sure that you will find many new blogs to visit.
Second, the eBook includes a valuable resource on legal technology vendors that matches up vendors with the questions a law firm would commonly ask. I think that you will find this very useful.
Congratulations to Neil for putting together this excellent FREE eBook (and take note of the cutting-edge and user-friendly design of the BlawgWorld eBook. Becomiing a member of TechnoLawyer is a wise move for anyone interested in legal technology.
Download your copy of BlawgWorld here.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Two Invitations

For readers of this blog:
1. Tom Mighell and I are planning the next edition of The Kennedy-Mighell Report podcast. We’re thinking of doing a segment where we answer questions from listeners (and listeners-to-be). Ideally, I think, we’d like to have questions that can be answered quickly, say, in a minute or so. If you have questions, email them to me at denniskennedyblog @ gmail.com.
2. As I’ve mentioned, I’ll be speaking at the ILTA legal tech conference in August. I really enjoy this conference. I’ve been thinking about putting together a blogger meet-up one of the evenings there. To me, this simply means finding a spot in a hotel lobby or hotel bar and seeing who shows up, but if there is sufficient interest and people want to do something more elaborate, that’s cool, too. Let me know if you are interested. Maybe we can create a little Facebook group for the meet-up. If you’d like to try to get together with me while I’m at the conference, let me know and we’ll see what we can set up. For more details on one of my sessions on blogs and wikis and the rest of the great KM track, see Ron Friedman’s overview here.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Law News Now . . . and More to Come at the ABA Journal

The American Bar Association has today launched a completely revamped version of the website for the ABA Journal to stellar notices, like this, this and this. My friend and ABA webmaster Fred Faulkner played a big role in this launch and I enjoyed getting the chance to congratulate him on his excellent work this evening. Fred was a key reason that the Law Practice Today webzine got off the ground so successfully and I clearly see Fred’s influence on this new site. I miss getting the chance to work with Fred on a regular basis as we used to do on Law Practice Today.
You will want to visit the site for legal news, a great blawg directory, and free content from the magazine archives.
I like the direction that the ABA Journal is going with the website and the print publication. In fact, I like it so much that I’ve recently agreed to take over the legal technology column for the publication starting this fall. I’m looking forward to working with Ed Adams and the ABA Journal editorial team.
It was a big honor for me to be asked to write the column and get the chance to continue the great tradition of the column that “the two Davids” – David Beckman and David Hirsch (two of the biggest names in legal technology history) – established and carried forward for many years. Their column was always my first stop in the ABA Journal when it arrived (except, of course, the issue that had an article with my picture in it – the lawyer equivalent of getting your picture on the cover of the Rolling Stone, or at least inside it). I salute the two Davids and hope that I can carry on in their footsteps.
I started out writing about legal technology in a column for Lawyers Weekly USA and I’ve always liked the regular monthly column format. This new column will become my primary outlet for regular articles on legal technology. I’m planning to take an approach that is highly practical, appeals to all lawyers and helps them in their daily work, and also makes people stretch just a bit and think about technology. I have a list of column ideas already put together, but will always welcome ideas for new columns.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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Shared Feed Items Are GINORMOUS!b

So says my personal Facebook guide and guru, Denise Howell, taking advantage of Webster’s recent addition of “ginormous” as an officially-sanctioned word.
We’re talking about using the Google Shared Reader App for Facebook to generate a combo “linkblog” and feed through Facebook . . . and beyond.
I’ve been wanting to do my own linkblog for a zillion years, but had never found an easy way to generate one – at least for me.
When I read Robert Scoble’s post Google Reader + Facebook Application = Digg killer?, something clicked and I had to try it. And that meant even joining up with Facebook.
And it looks like the app gives me exactly what I wanted. After installing the app, I can simply mark a feed item in Googgle Reader(from a blog or feed to which I subscribe) as “shared” and it automatically gets put into a list of shared items on my Facebook profile and, best of all, it gets added to an RSS feed that I, and anyone else, can subscribe to. There’s also a Google Reader Shared page here that you can visit if you don’t do feeds (but you really have to start moving in that direction).
What was even more interesting to me was the possibility of (1) subscribing to someone’s else’s Shared Items feed (e.g., Denise’s) and (2) aggregating these feeds from a selected group of friends.
I becomes easy to share what’s interesting to you, learn what others are reading, and potentially share common links and interests. Someone I described this to today immediately thought that it could be turned into raw materials for a wiki.
Denise has started an experiment with a single point of contact for shared items from members of the new Between Lawyers Facebook group. The group is intended to be a companion site to the Between Lawyers blog, and a bit of a playful joke on how we spend more time on the backchannel email list for the blog than we do writing the blog. Check it out and join in.
Anyway, this is one part of some tentative experiments I’m doing on the Facebook platform that might have implications elsewhere.
My new Facebook profile (hey, I’m a very late adopter on this one, and got in because we wanted to try the Between Lawyers experiment) is here.
NOTE: I’m not sure how links into Facebook work. You might have to create a Facebook account. It’s worth doing to experiment a bit.
[Originally posted on DennisKennedy.Blog (http://www.denniskennedy.com/blog/)]
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