Well now, Doc has managed to turn the attack on the Trade Center into an "I told you so" on his gig. It's all about conversations, Doc -- always has been, always will be. Such crap. Even managed to slip in a link to the book, I see.
Doc, you were on to something good there for a moment, but then you just had to masterbate on it.
Of couse, Dave is promoting himself pretty-well too. F**king disgusting, IMHO. It was great, marvelous really, that he made the effort to broadcast stuff not found on the mainstream news. Once he started patting himself on the back, however, he became an opportunistic bastard. Sorry, but that's how I see it. And this is just caving in. Why should the march of technology slow down? It's just as important as it's ever been.
These guys aren't great examples to follow. Do selfless deeds and keep them to yourself. Weblogs and "conversations" are interesting, perhaps one more than the other. But -- and that's a BIG "but" -- watch those damn egos!
Afterall, what motivates Mr. Laden if not ego? He doesn't take credit for his deeds, so they do nothing for his cause (at least, not his stated cause). It's all about feeling important. Some poeople seem to need more of it than others.
My theory is that there is a finite amount of ego in the world, and that it is hoarded at the expense of others. Without enough ego, a person can be sloathful and generally pissed at the world. Too much makes a person undervalue others. So, leave some ego for other and use as little as you can.