Bloggled: On Google Keep, Twitter’s Birthday, And Wow! Voyager Is Really Out There

Bloggled: On Google Keep, Twitter’s Birthday, And Wow! Voyager Is Really Out There

Google Keep — the behemoth’s note-keeping, stuff accumulating, always there to capture what you’re thinking service — is officially live and I’m not interested. Well… I might be, but I won’t be. I’m not swell on the idea of Google creating yet another category killer like Google Reader, only to kill it off on the eventuality it can’t be monetized. The more I use my note-keeper of choice, Evernote, the more I find it indispensable. And besides, there’s currently no IOS version of Google Keep. So there. Holy cow! Twitter is seven years old today! I’d wax lyrical on the ways it’s changed life as we know it but I only have 140 characters. Oy. According to NASA, while Voyager hasn’t officially left the solar system yet, it’s definitely at the threshold. (Cue: Bob...

Bloggled: Helsinki Bus Station Theory, Google Glass Banned, & Happy B-Day Hitchhiker

Career Advice: The Helsinki Bus Station Theory [via: Karen McGrane]. Puts me in mind of Ira Glass’s comments on stuff nobody tells beginners (also available in the handy Zen Pencils edition). Google Glass hasn’t hit the streets yet, but it’s already banned in one Seattle bar. There’s bound to be some interesting conversation about expectations of privacy in a world where personal tech can easily and unobtrusively observe (and record) most any sort of personal interaction. Happy Birthday, Douglas Adams. You were, like, a totally hoopy...

Bloggled: Tweetfarts, Facebook Gets Tublr-y, And Hacking the Brain

Track the carbon footprint of a Twitter hashtag at tweetfarts.com. Yes, that’s tweetfarts.com. [H/T: A Blog Apart.] Thoughtful remarks on the recently-announced Facebook redesign (cue the inevitable comparisons to Google+, Tumblr and every other progressively loading, infinite-scrolling site launched since 2008). Hacking the brain for fun and profit. Okay, so that’s not actually the title, but it could be… Some nicely illustrated examples of cognitive psychology and human perception in the field of user...

Bloggled: Sportsmanship in Texas, A Very Bitter Pill, and Hedgehogs

A high-school basketball game features a twist of sportsmanship that makes it the feel-good story of the week. (Reported by CBS’ Steve Hartman, who now has totally inherited the legacy of the late, great Charles Kuralt.) Steven Brill’s Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us is Time Magazine’s  cover story and this week’s must-read: “What are the reasons, good or bad, that cancer means a half-million- or million-dollar tab? Why should a trip to the emergency room for chest pains that turn out to be indigestion bring a bill that can exceed the cost of a semester of college? What makes a single dose of even the most wonderful wonder drug cost thousands of dollars? Why does simple lab work done during a few days in a hospital cost more than a car? And what is so different about the medical ecosystem that causes technology advances to drive bills up instead of down?” Why, indeed. And, because the medical billing story is almost certain to raise your blood pressure, here’s 15 Hedgehogs With Things That Look Like Hedgehogs as...

Bloggled: Spendy Greetings, Science Redefined and Ankh-Morpork!

Why does a greeting card cost as much as five bucks? Why, because on a day like Valentine’s Day — more likely the night before, stepping into a queue of men three-deep in the card aisle at the local supermarket — you’ll pay it. A new bill in the Missouri House would redefine science and give equal time to intelligent design. It’s shit like this, Missouri, that makes the other states point and laugh. Got an iPad and an unrelenting love of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld? There’s an App for that. It’s a living map of that city of cities, Ankh-Morpork. And by living… “the map is dotted with itty-bitty little people walking around Ankh-Morpork, doing their Ankh-Morpork business. Walking around, being themselves.”...

Bloggled: Paul and Plait and the Pope, oh my.

Former Congressman and Internet cowboy Ron Paul is feuding with his fans over ownership of his eponymous domain. The free market capitalist is appealing to the UN’s IPO authority, ’cause — I guess — he’s irony-deproved. Politics is a funny bid’ness. Leave it to Bad Astronomy’s Phil Plait to offer everything you need to know about this friday’s close shave by Asteroid 2012 DA14. Spoiler alert: it’s not going to hit us. But damn, it’s close. So, Pope Benedict is to become Ex-Benedict by resigning the papacy. Like no Pope has ever done before that wasn’t squarely in the middle of political intrigue or a compromising situation. In the entire history of the church. Ever. Come to think of it, the Papacy is a funny bid’ness,...
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