Free World Dialup and IConnectHere: interesting VOIP services

Free World Dialup is an interesting VOIP service. It’s not PC-to-Phone (ala Vonage), but a very easy way to interconnect to other VOIP users in a semi-standardized way. The site is still a bit long on jargon, but definitely worth keeping an eye on.

IConnectHere is a very interesting Vonage-like VOIP>Regular Phone service. Very flexible service/pricing options, unlike Vonage.

This stuff might be just about ready for primetime. Hmm….

Tribe.net: interesting social-network app

Tribe.net is an interesting, still-in-beta, not-many-users yet social network (e.g. connect to your friends, friends of friends, etc.) app that is appears to be focusing less on dating (ala Friendster) and more on “other stuff.” Hmmm….

PS If you wanna check it out, let me know and I’ll try to figure out how to “invite” you to “join my tribe.”

Psychological underpinnings of conservative ideologies

Researchers at UC Berkeley (ed.– why couldn’t it have been University of Texas?) have just published a fascinating study that purports to identify some of the psychological underpinnings of conservative ideologies. Some of the best bits from the press release:

“Four researchers who culled through 50 years of research literature about the psychology of conservatism report that at the core of political conservatism is the resistance to change and a tolerance for inequality, and that some of the common psychological factors linked to political conservatism include:

* Fear and aggression
* Dogmatism and intolerance of ambiguity
* Uncertainty avoidance
* Need for cognitive closure
* Terror management

“While most people resist change, Glaser [the principal author] said, liberals appear to have a higher tolerance for change than conservatives do.”

‘Conservatives don’t feel the need to jump through complex, intellectual hoops in order to understand or justify some of their positions, he said. ‘They are more comfortable seeing and stating things in black and white in ways that wouldmake liberals squirm,’ Glaser said.”