Earlier this week Microsoft Research had a special opening symposium. I really wanted to go. But alas other work commitments kept me from going. Fortunately for me and for many others the talks were recorded and are now publicly available at: http://research.microsoft.com/conferences/msrneopening/agenda.aspx

One of the talks I thought would be of particular interest to my readers is this one:

· (Theoretical) Computer Science is Everywhere by Erik Demaine

He’s got a lot of interesting and unexpected places where computer science is important. Highly recommended.

A lot of you who are interested in Web 2.0 both in general will also be interested in Understanding Socio-Technical Phenomena in Web 2.0 Era by danah boyd. I’m pretty excited that danah will be joining Microsoft Research in January. I’ve been following danah boyd’s blog for a while and she knows a lot about how young people use the Internet.