Alotau shoot their way to Master’s, B and A Grade Grand finals

first_imgThe master’s semi-finals saw Alotau thump Central (2) 38-11.Alotau will face off with Central (1)in the grand final.Central  (1)  defeated Kairuku Hiri 24-15 in the second semi-final.To the B Grade, Alotau proved too strong for newcomers Kavieng with a 26-10 win. Meanwhile, Lae edged out Central (1) 35-31.Alotau will now meet Lae in the B Grade Grand final.The A Grade division semi-finals again saw Alotau come out victors 28-13 over Lae.Alotau have set themselves up for a fiery encounter with Central in the grand final.Central were too strong for Kairuku Hiri handing them a 34-12 beating.The Master’s and B Grade grand final will be played at 2:30pm with the A Grade Grand final to follow straight after.last_img

Alia beats the heat to win second gold

first_imgSwimmer Alia Atkinson secured Jamaica’s second gold medal at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia after winning the women’s 50 metres butterfly last night. Atkinson won the event in 26.60 seconds. The 29-year-old captured Jamaica’s first gold on Friday night when she won the 100m breaststroke in a Games record 1:06.83. “I’m starting to feel the effects of the dehydration and heat, so hopefully I can continue and get better as it goes along,” said Atkinson after her victory. “The medical staff here and the physio are excellent so it should work,” she noted of the near 100 degrees heat at daytime.” Commenting on her race, Atkinson noted: “It was a bit harder that I thought. It wasn’t as clean as I thought it would have been but hopefully in the future we’ll get it better for the finals. It was more of the effects of the dehydration and the tightening of the muscles.” Jamaica’s female footballers suffered their second straight defeat at the Games when they went down 2-1 to Costa Rica. Striker Khadija Shaw scored the lone goal for the Reggae Girlz in the 57th minute. Jamaica’s men’s hockey team went down 1-0 to Barbados in their opening match yesterday. They will face Cuba in their second match tomorrow. Meanwhile, Jamaica’s female basketballers will seeking their first win of the Games when they face the US Virgin Island at 3:30 p.m. today. – R.B.last_img read more

“The troubles”, Granger’s new brand of Kool Aid

first_imgDuringthe Ecotones 3-G Conference hosted two weeks ago in Montpellier, brief mention was made of Jonestown and why it is not commemorated the same way the sinking of the Son Chapman is. In response, it was suggested that the reason everything was done to forget the Jonestown tragedy is because it occurred in full knowledge of the PNC dictatorship which ended in 1992. The culmination of a madman’s delusion into mass suicide, was essentially due to four years of neglect from the Guyanese government to intervene.In reality, while the PNC latched itself onto the Wismar tragedy, not quite unlike a parasite, year after year and for its own political mileage, it cautiously distanced itself from the Jonestown mass suicide which claimed the life of over 900 people. The majority of the victims were Americans of African descent, the ethnic group constituting the core of the PNC support base and electorate.Sadly, the PPP/C also, during its successive mandates following the dictatorship, failed to accord Jonestown its rightful importance in our history and as a result, the jungle eventually reclaimed the land on which Jim Jones’ cabins had trapped hundreds of Guyanese.Jonestown is located in the vicinity of Four Miles, not far from Port Kaituma (Region 1). In 2014, during a land titling field investigation, Jonestown’s boundaries were carefully examined so that there would be no overlapping with the Four Miles proposed title (now titled). When we visited the site, debris was still visible, including a faded overhead signboard dangling over what was once the entrance. Most of the team abstained from entering the premises; it was believed that the lieu was haunted. There was a quasi-palpable sense of unease which I have to admit, was contagious. No one spoke much of Jonestown after we left, except to map GPS coordinates and delineate boundaries. Looking back it seems strange, especially since the team generally enjoyed uncanny story telling after dinner and a hard day out in the fields.Jonestown seems to provoke the same sensation of discomfort, or alternatively ignorance, associated with broaching taboos. There is such a disconnection between Guyanese and Jonestown that it could fool anyone who didn’t know better, into thinking that the tragedy is a fragment of our history which happened hundreds of years ago. But Guyanese, while we do have an important role to play in keeping the memory of our ancestors alive, are not the sole culprits in forgetting this obscure part of our history.Unfortunately, we have been cursed with Governments bent on negating their responsibilities in the tumultuous post-independence history of Guyana, unwilling to bring closure to the events which have scarred the country; unwilling to teach the nation to learn from history. When the PNC reinvented itself by forming the APNU coalition, it formally abandoned its responsibility in the downfall of Guyana during the dictatorship. By 2015, when the APNU coalesced with the recently founded AFC, it introduced itself as a “fresh approach” and a clean slate. Pre-1992 no longer existed in its books, although one of Burnham’s soldiers was now running for President.When President Granger assumed office, he continued this pursuit to reformulate history. His latest invention is a term he dubbed “the troubles” (early 2000s) on October 13, 2016, when he delivered a speech to the House that lambasted the PPP for being responsible for the current state of affairs in the country. Interestingly, “the troubles” is a term formatted to suit a particular political agenda, and confines Guyana’s post-colonial history to the period spanning the beginning of the Jagdeo era to now. To the unfamiliar ear, it is almost as though anything beyond Jagdeo and the PPP, never existed; as if the Burnhamite dictatorship never existed. Jonestown never existed.In light of the selective amnesia of our Governments and the minimal efforts at self-instructing ourselves where we can, we should not be surprised if “drink the Kool Aid” has become a banal expression used by young Guyanese and social commentators, to incarnate all that they’ve retained from Jonestown.The memory of our historical legacies, our cultures and our heritage, can only be immortalised by our will. And until we realise that we are the vessels of history, we will continue to repeat the same mistakes and succumb to the Government Kool Aid.(Send comments to read more

Integrating Guyana

first_imgPolitically, Guyana is a country like a bear caught in a trap, and can only eat away its trapped foot in a desperate attempt to free itself. And it is because leaders refuse to consider other forms of governance, such as federalism or consociationalism, which are more suited to Guyana’s history and sociology. When they hear the word “federalism”, for instance, most Guyanese think of Guyana being “divided”. But federalism — simply another way of integrating a country with “factions” – was first explored by the US.All forms of human organisation are undergirded by ideology or philosophy about how human societies can and ought to be organised. Federalism is not just any form of government. In its most general and commonly conceived form, federalism can be considered as “an ideology which holds that the ideal organisation of human affairs is best reflected in the celebration of diversity through unity.”Federalism, then, has its particular perspective on governance: to achieve stability with justice in pursuit of the good life — the objectives of most human communities. Federalists are sensitive to the Kantian caution that “ought” implies “can”; so that an understanding of the empirical conditions of the society under consideration is an absolute prerequisite, since each society will have its own idiosyncratic enabling or retarding institutions and structures.Substantively, Federalism is centred on the values of liberty and freedom, and seeks to give life to those democratic values by integrating diverse groups within societies through accommodation, and not obliteration, of their differences. In the post-modern, post-colonial world, there is not only an acceptance, but a celebration of diversities. As far back as the middle of the last century, the staid British expert KC Wheare pronounced: “One of the most urgent problems in the world today is to preserve diversities…and at the same time, to introduce such a measure of uniformity as will prevent clashes and facilitate cooperation. Federalism is one way of reconciling these two ends.”Federalism thus seeks to achieve and maintain unity and diversity. It addresses the innate need of people (and politics) to unite for common goals, and yet to remain separate and preserve their respective integrities.Federalism means organizing our society around the principle of freedom and autonomy, rather than through the calculus of bureaucratic efficiency. To those who may complain that federalism may introduce unnecessary levels of bureaucracy, studies in cybernetics show that a certain amount of redundancy is necessary for optimum transmission of information etc.  From this perspective, federalism demands quantum changes in our conceptions about means and ends in politics. Federalism keeps in focus at all times this concern about means and ends, and insists that we cannot intend to have people live in democracy and freedom while utilizing institutions that stifle and restrict the liberty of the people.In general, there is an inevitable lag between the institutions honed during times of more restrictive conceptions of human freedom and the more expansive ones prevalent today. In Guyana, federalist principles would have to infuse the new political culture to give life to the values of democracy, while institutional changes would have to nurture and inculcate these new values at the personal, social and ideological levels. Federalism deals directly with the fact of pluralism in the post-modern world.While there will be many expressions of diversity, from a political perspective, we have seen that, in the post-modern world, ethnicity has become the most widespread one, leading to severe strains and this seemingly inevitable and intractable conflict between nationalism/ethnicity and democracy. It combines kinship (the basis of ethnicity) and consent (the basis of democratic government) into politically viable entities through constitutionally protected arrangements involving territorial and non-territorial politics. This is the central need of politics in Guyana.In the modern world, where groups — especially ethnic groups — have not disappeared into some sort of mélange, and there are far more groups in the world than countries, federalism performs a sociological function by simultaneously facilitating the integrity of various groups and their input into the political system.Thus federalism combines the seeming contradictory impulses present in all societies, but accentuated in plural societies such as Guyana’s; the need to be united (the principle of solidarity – and shared rule); and the need for groups to live authentically (the principle of autonomy – self-rule).last_img read more

Public intellectuals subverted

first_imgDuring the last decade-and-a-half of the PPP’s regime, there was a vigorous intellectual debate in the press from individuals who held that the Government was ignoring the views of “the other side”. Some of these intellectuals did not locate themselves within the ranks of the major opposition party – the PNC – but rather in the ranks of the latter’ constituency, the masses of African Guyanese. Some persons took umbrage at this perspective and insisted that “intellectuals” should be untethered from “ethnic” or particularistic identifications.This view harks back to the old Platonic notion that there is some standard of social, political and even moral “good” that somehow exists outside of our particulars. This “universality” has been rejected through the millennia but it crops up every so often when some people do not concede that whatever “universal” they posit, it had to have been extended from someone’s particulars. And those universalised particulars are inevitably those of the group with power in the society.The problematic was posed from another angle by the political philosopher, John Stuart Mill, two thousand years later in his foundational “On Liberty”:“Society can and does execute its own mandates: and if it issues wrong mandates instead of right, or any mandates at all in things with which it ought not to meddle, it practices a social tyranny more formidable than many kinds of political oppression, since, though not usually upheld by such extreme penalties, it leaves fewer means of escape, penetrating much more deeply into the details of life, and enslaving the soul itself. Protection, therefore, against the tyranny of the magistrate is not enough; there needs protection also against the tyranny of the prevailing opinion and feeling, against the tendency of society to impose, by other means than civil penalties, its own ideas and practices as rules of conduct on those who dissent from them.”The “protection also against the tyranny of the prevailing opinion” can only come if the individuals and groups in the society, who differ with the accepted wisdom, can have their opinions enter the public sphere for discussion and debate. And this is where the public intellectuals from the various groups – as they define themselves – have to play their role of interrogating the dominant paradigm and articulating alternative answers to questions posed to the nation towards the creation of a more just society.In Guyana, it would appear that after a long period of public denial, most persons now accept that in the realm of politics our voting cleaves, more or less, along ethnic lines. This implies, for whatever reasons, people of this country believe that their political interests are secured by particular parties that then inevitably become identified as “ethnic parties”. But it is precisely this identification and articulation of interests that scare some. They fear that such a discussion would intensify our divisions.But there is a strong opposing view that proposes that when societies have deep divisions, there is a need for the different views to be shared in the public sphere to both “air” grievances that may spill over into dysfunctional behaviour and to perchance lead to compromise and even consensus. This practice can create what the theorist Juergen Habermas call a “deliberative” democracy.Sadly, the actions of the public intellectuals who castigated the PPP for excluding “the other” from the power relations of the society, have now become apologists – or at best been struck silent when the same behaviour is being practiced by the incumbent APNU/AFC coalition Government. Take for instance the seemingly compulsive action of the government to interfere with the workings of constitutional bodies that were established specifically to curb Executive excesses. Very few of the formerly vociferous critics of the former government have condemned such actions.What this does is reinforce the perceptions of partisanship by public intellectuals in the minds of the public and regarding the possibilities of us developing a “deliberative democracy” that can transcend our ethnic divisions.last_img read more

Lima Sideline Dam residents want new road, bridge

first_img– say current conditions hampering developmentResidents of Lima Sideline Dam are calling on the Region Two Administration (Pomeroon-Supenaam) to make the rehabilitation of their access road a priority in 2017. They explained that their standard of living has declined due to lack of adequate infrastructure and poor drainage in the area.Jasmattie Kissonlall points to the condition of the main entrance into the villageThe access road is covered with weeds and the bridge to the area is on the verge of collapse.During interviews conducted recently, residents explained that drainage canals are clogged with overgrown bushes, which causes the entire area to become flooded whenever it rains. Several reports were made to the Anna Regina Town Council, which has sole responsibility for drainage in the area, but according to the disgruntled inhabitants, their complaints always fall on deaf ears.One resident said he wanted to purchase a vehicle for the new year but could not, due to the condition of the road. The road is almost impassable to vehicular traffic and whenever purchases are made, residents would have to manually transport the items.An elder, Jasmattie Kissonlall, said that on numerous occasions, she cleaned the clogged up trenches. Residents living in the area are calling for the Administration to urgently address the situation.last_img read more

‘Talladega Nights’ revs up for big opening

first_imgAs a movie actor, former “Saturday Night Live” star Will Ferrell has had his box office hits (“Elf”), flops (“Bewitched”) and in-betweens (“Kicking and Screaming”). His new release, “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” is expected to drive straight into the hit category when it opens today, with box office prognosticators projecting a debut weekend gross of $30 million-plus. “This seems to be the kind of picture that people want to see Will Ferrell in, unlike `Bewitched’ or `Melinda and Melinda’ where he wasn’t able to help the box office because those movies served a different audience,” said Brandon Gray, president of Box Office Mojo. Ferrell’s movie, released by Sony Pictures Entertainment, is a comedy about the world of NASCAR and its corporate sponsors. “Talladega” enters the multiplex in 3,800 locations with the animated “Barnyard” and the horror film “The Descent” as the other two wide releases making their debuts. Also new this weekend is the Robin Williams psychological thriller, “The Night Listener.” Released by Miramax Films, it is debuting in 1,400 locations and will be going for a slice of the adult market. Disney’s mega-hit “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” appears to still have plenty of life in it. “Pirates” surpassed last weekend’s No. 1 movie, “Miami Vice,” in weekday grosses to finish in first place on Wednesday. “Pirates” has earned $366.4 million domestically after less than a month in theaters. “`Pirates’ should continue to sail on,” said Gray. “It’s on its way to topping the $400 million mark and could end up doing more than `Miami Vice’ this weekend.” “Vice,” starring Colin Farrell and Jamie Foxx, had toppled “Pirates” from the top spot last weekend with a $25 million gross. But its grip on the box office crown has been a bit slippery. “I don’t think the word of mouth is very good and it will drop to second or third place,” Pandya said. “People aren’t liking it so much.” But people are liking “Little Miss Sunshine,” the Fox Searchlight comedy about a dysfunctional family that did gangbuster business in extremely limited release last weekend. It expands to 60 more locations today. “It certainly is positioned by Searchlight as its breakout movie this summer,” said Gray. “They are aggressively rolling it out just like they did with `Thank You For Smoking’ and other pictures. They seem very good at taking little comedies and finding an audience for them.” (818) 713-3758160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.“I think after a month of action movies in July, audiences are ready for a mainstream comedy,” said Gitesh Pandya, editor of “It will be a decisive victory for `Talladega.”‘ Paramount Pictures is hoping to attract the family audience and has booked “Barnyard” into 3,000 theaters. It is the third animated film to make its debut in as many weekends following “Monster House” and “The Ant Bully.” “The family audience is getting split three ways.” Pandya said. “I think what `Barnyard’ has going for it is that it’s an all-out comedy and typically when kids go to see an animated movie, they want to laugh.” Pandya also gives “The Descent” a good shot at debuting in the top five and making some decent money as the Lionsgate release bows in just more than 2,000 locations. “This will reach the core movie audience,” he said. “Lionsgate has the market cornered when it comes to low-budget but brutal and gory horror films like the `Saw’ movies and `Hostel.’ They’ve raised the volume when it comes to brutality and violence, and horror fans respond to that.” last_img

K-9 disarms knife-carrying barricaded suspect

first_imgCANYON COUNTRY – A Canyon Country man who threatened to kill his sister and assaulted a female neighbor was in custody Thursday after keeping sheriff’s deputies and crisis negotiators at bay for several hours the night before, sheriff’s officials said. Mark Hillman, 53, barricaded himself in his Solemint Road apartment about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, telling deputies he was going to kill his sister when she got home from work, according to sheriff’s officials. He then assaulted Christine Granados, 47, a resident of the apartment complex, with a butcher knife before returning to his apartment and refusing to come out, claiming he had explosives, Lt. Diane Walker said. When Hillman stepped out to talk with negotiators, a sheriff’s dog was sent to attack, prompting him to drop the knife. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possible 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Hillman was arrested and booked at the Santa Clarita sheriff’s station on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, Walker said. After doctors at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital determined that Hillman should receive psychological evaluation, he was taken to the mental observation wing of the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles.last_img read more

Not-So-Fancy Dining: A Review of Diamond Horseshoe

first_imgShare This!For the next few months (March 13-May 30), Magic Kingdom guests have a chance to dine once again inside the beautiful Diamond Horseshoe restaurant located in Liberty Square, just adjacent to Liberty Tree Tavern. This restaurant has operated seasonally over the last few years as a quick service dining location, but has added a new table service menu available for lunch and dinner for late spring this year. Signage outside indicated I was in for all-you-care-to-enjoy “fancy dining”, and while I certainly didn’t leave hungry, I’m not sure the experience could be described as all that “fancy”. I was greeted by a gaggle of friendly Cast Members in a fairly empty restaurant (not terribly surprising, given it’s a new offering), and promptly taken to a table where I got a gander at the menu for this “fancy” feast. Prices are exactly the same as Liberty Tree Tavern’s next door ($33 for adults, $19 for children; Disney Dining Plan and Tables in Wonderland discounts accepted), but here you’ll receive salad, choice of an entrée (more on that in a second), and choice of a dessert, along with a non-alcoholic beverage.In reading the menu through before arriving at Magic Kingdom, I expected family-style entrees, like Liberty Tree’s dinner service, but every entrée actually comes in individual portions – I was, however, allowed and encouraged by my server to order seconds or a new entrée at any point. First up, though, came Frontier Salad – tossed greens, tomatoes, onions, roasted corn, and corn bread croutons with house-made chipotle ranch dressing, served alongside a few pieces of corn bread and honey butter. The salad was exactly as explained on the menu – typical salad greens and fixings tossed in a slightly spicy, creamy dressing. Most diners will find this salad just fine – not too spicy, hits all the bases to make you feel like you’re checking off the “vegetable” box in the meal, and it’s not overly heavy, either. The cornbread on the side was very similar to what you’ll find at Trail’s End or Boatwright’s – sweet, dense, and very cakey, served with an even-sweeter honey butter. Overall, I found the side of bread a nice compliment to the spice in the salad dressing, but a little too sweet for my taste at the beginning of the meal.Entrée choices include Barbecue Pulled Turkey served over corn bread with seasonal vegetables (spoiler alert: green beans), Spit-Roasted Ham served with country beans and seasonal vegetables (spoiler alert: green beans), and Stewed Beef (what an appetizing name, right?) served with mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables (wait for it…. green beans!). In the interest of science, I ordered all three. First to arrive was the ham – a few thinly sliced pieces of carved ham over basic baked beans (they added bacon!) and simply sautéed green beans. The ham was pretty dry and without a ton of flavor, but the baked beans helped – sweet, slightly salty from the added bacon; the green beans were cooked just enough, with only a little salt and pepper as seasoning. There’s nothing special about this plate, and the ham was a bit disappointing, but for picky eaters who enjoy canned baked beans, go for it – nothing will surprise you here. The pulled turkey entrée was next. The corn bread (three pieces under the pile of turkey) is the same as what comes with the salad, here acting as the bread in a kind of open-faced sandwich. The turkey was indistinguishable in flavor from any other poultry, but a nice serving of barbecue sauce helps give the dish all the flavor (aside from an occasional kick of spice from the jalapenos). This dish is pretty filling, and a lot richer in flavor than the ham entrée, but also one-note in flavor and texture. Finally, I dove in to the “stewed beef” – a few chunks of pot roast served with a rich (and salty) brown gravy over skin-on mashed potatoes. I was probably most afraid of this dish based on the menu description, but it actually turned out to be my favorite of the three. The meat was fork-tender, not dry, and the mashed potatoes were homemade and pretty tasty (similar, and likely the same as what you encounter next door at Liberty Tree Tavern). Admittedly, it’s tough to mess up mashed potatoes, but the gravy on top was fairly salty, so beware before you start mixing it in. Overall, this is the most traditional and familiar dish to diners, and probably also the safest bet. Many tables around me actually ordered seconds of this dish, switched to it after trying their first entrees, or ordered an additional side of the mashed potatoes (a possibility with any of the sides, as well). Refills of any dish don’t take too long, as chefs are just serving the food directly from a hot-line inside the dining room of the restaurant – a plus if you’re in a hurry, but something that might be a turn-off for some diners if they prefer the illusion of freshly-prepared meals.Dessert is pretty simple – you get a choice between a “campfire brownie” or apple tart. Another spoiler alert: the apple tart is the same apple-craisin dessert you’ll find next door at Liberty Tree Tavern (do you sense a trend here?). It’s usually pretty tasty over there, but I decided to give the campfire brownie a shot since it was something different. I was actually pretty satisfied with this dish – a thin layer of graham crackers crumbs below a dense, fudgy brownie, topped with slightly bruleed marshmallow fluff. I hadn’t filled up much on my entrees, so I ended up eating both pieces of the sweet brownie dessert, but it was a pretty sizable portion – you could easily split this with someone.Overall, I left Diamond Horseshoe a little disappointed with the meal I had – it’s a reasonably option if you’re looking for traditional American fare served relatively quickly, but for the price, Liberty Tree Tavern and Skipper Canteen are much better table service options in Magic Kingdom; a cheaper, better meal with similar food is just a boat ride away at Fort Wilderness’ Trail’s End dinner buffet. There’s not an abundance of options here at Diamond Horseshoe, but they are up-front with that on the menu. As a result, vegetarians or those not fond of heavy meals would do well to steer clear given the price – they can accommodate special dietary requests, but with limited results.  Though Diamond Horseshoe will likely become a popular location for those who have not managed to snag a dining reservation elsewhere in Magic Kingdom for a meal, you’d have better luck finding quality food in a table service atmosphere by grabbing a same-day reservation at Skipper Canteen or by visiting nearby quick service locations like Columbia Harbour House or even Pecos Bill’s, where the food may not be “fancy” but comes at a lower price for a wider variety at a higher quality.last_img read more

Lunarr Launches Thought Provoking Collaboration Tool – With Issues

first_imgLunarr aims to solve two problems: version confusion and lost email conversations. The company’s solution is like a wiki with site-mail, but there’s a certain elegance to how it’s implemented. The service has some real shortcomings, but given its Alpha state there’s time for improvement. If you’d like to check it out yourself, send an email to to request an account.Here’s how the service works. While most annotation and collaboration tools let users write on top of objects or around them via all-too-often complex asset management systems – Lunarr employs a fundamentally different metaphor. Their document-centric approach lets collaborators share a common asset like a Word doc, a live web page or even Google Apps like a spreadsheet – and “write” on the “back” of each asset using what’s essentially a focused, personal webmail client. One click on a tab flips the view to the metaphorical back of an asset where messages are sent and received between users concerning just that single asset itself. There doesn’t appear to be any parsing of the content you’re collaborating about – a lost opportunity. In that I wish it was more like the Austrian tool SystemOne, which dynamically recommends document pages, posts in your OPML file and other resources from around the web – in real time as you type up a document. Lunarr doesn’t do anything with my content but let me write on the back of it.. That could be solved by integrating this company into another one, but you’ve got to wonder how much barrier to entry there is around Lunarr’s technology. marshall kirkpatrick Now to some of the problems. Tags:#web I’ve got high hopes for this company. The core metaphor is very pleasing and Toru Takasuka and Hideshi Hamaguchi, the two Japanese transplants who founded the company, are remarkably dynamic. I want it to work. Rafe Needleman generously says Lunarr is “not quite ready for prime time.” Tom Foremski says, “Lunarr is completely fascinating and I meet maybe 2 to 3 companies per year that fall into this category.” I agree with both. I can imagine investing some time into learning to use Lunarr right away, but will hold off on doing anything serious with it for now. I look forward to using the service to share notes about company pitch emails, for example, with teammates here at Read/WriteWeb. Lunarr says that someday it will license its technology, but the company is very well funded via the previous success of the founders and I’m sure they envision an acquisition well before licensing starts. That could happen. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The world does need more and better online collaboration tools, I agree with the company on that. I think they’ve also taken some great steps toward solving the problem of random email threads all over your inbox. Version confusion can be solved by any wiki or similar service, but wikis are scary for many people and Lunarr looks friendly. Related Posts There’s quite a number of issues with the service at launch. There’s no data export option. It doesn’t publish RSS feeds, much less take them in. Notification in general needs a lot of improvement. It doesn’t handle Word documents other than as a link to a download – you are supposed to compose original text in Lunarr and then copy and paste elsewhere! It does handle live web pages well. Site navigation on Lunarr itself is confusing – it’s an entirely AJAX site for one thing so don’t hit delete at the wrong time or you’ll be logged out. Site navigation is not at all intuitive – other than the elegant flip to the back of a document. The interface is sparse, but the few decisions it does make don’t accurately predict the questions my eye and hand ask it. Cofounder Hideshi Hamaguchi, who probably has a career as a poet in his future if this doesn’t work out, says that Lunarr leverages the creative tension between structure and chaos. In that mental place, Hamaguchi says, we just may find more time for creativity in our work. I buy that. Portland, Oregon based Lunarr is launching a deceptively simple looking collaboration platform tomorrow and we’ve got invites for the first 200 readers who want to check it out (see bold line below). The company had a very nice launch party tonight and they give a heck of a demo – but here’s what I think after using it just a bit myself. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more