ios9: ads, content-blocking and the mobile economy

It’s being called “a blow for mobile advertising.” It’s a start. 

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“Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something. It’s basically a license to proudly emote on a somewhat childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult. Being a geek is extremely liberating.”

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You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat.

Albert Freakin' Einstein

Solsticity

If Autumn weren’t so lovely, we’d complain bitterly about her theft of Summer’s golden days. Her touch is, however, so subtle… and besides, she brings such an endearing dowry — jewel-ripe, gold and ruby apples; crimson sugar maples, drunk...

Passages: Paul Newman, 1925-2008

Film legend, race-car driver, popcorn impresario. Activist, philanthropist, and all around lucky guy. Paul Newman died Friday. I mention this because — as much as I’m a fan of his work on screen — I’m downright grateful that he leant his name...

I’m Not Looking at You

So… one debate down and right now — right this very moment — hundreds of thousands of folk are furiously typing millions of words on why their guy won. Me, I’d just like to make a single observation of one thing that struck me as extremely...

In Response to Reader Emails

Top five answers to your recent questions. 1) Yes, I am aware that it’s been too long since my last post. August 14th? Okay, so I wasn’t aware that it had been *that* long. Shame on me. 2) Yes, I’m well, thanks for asking. Doin’ fine. Better...

Inconstant as a November Sky

It’s fascinating the things folks search for… and confounding. There are search phrases in Bloggle’s referrer logs that are truly head-scratchers: cyphers, bits of blank verse, and the odd, indelicate phrase that could make Bob Saget blush. Then...

It All Adds Up in the End

Some quick, back of the envelope calculations… Since making the switch to a scooter for my daily commute I’ve ridden about 1000 miles in the last month, despite record rainfall in Vermont this summer. (grumble) Along the way I gobbled up 37 fewer gallons...

Coffee Notes from All Over

The cool kids at Barismo do a deft take on a David Letterman style top-ten list with 10 Reasons Coffee Doesn’t Taste Like the Bag Descriptions. Number 10 – Juan Valdez is dead. Get over it. Number 9 – The marketing team ran out of ways to say,...

Spammy Story: Weird Tales Loser

Weird Tales magazine recently hosted a spiffy flash fiction contest. The challenge: write a piece of fewer than 500 words based on a SPAM email. Well, gosh. I have a host of collected SPAM to choose from — some of them artful in their painful obfuscation and...

China’s Awe-inspiring Coming Out Party

Congratulations to China, who — despite predictions of epic failure, and regardless of what may happen in the coming days (from heavy smog to heavy-handed tactics with the press) — just schooled the entire world in how to stage an epic spectacle with the...

Starbucks Stumbles, We Eat Schadenfreude Pie

It’s enough to make even Motley Fool cheerleader Alyce Lomax choke on her coffee. Consider — 600 store closings (or 12,000 job cuts) 1000 additional job cuts at the home office a first ever quarterly corporate loss, and diminished expectations for the rest...

The Grand Experiment is Begun

I have moved my writing nook — at the risk of expending nearly all my some-assembly-required-fu — to the north of the house, where, fueled by the electric treacle fingers of the aurora borealis, I hope to reach altogether new heights of participular...

Stumptown’s Guatemala El Injerto Reserva

You should know something about coffee people… we’re *constantly* tasting coffee: our own, the stuff from the guy across the street, and across the country. Oh sure, part of it’s about keeping tabs on what other folks are doing — but...

Various and Sundry

It was only a matter of time before Rupert Murdoch’s poisoned hand of glory made itself manifest on the pages of the Wall Street Journal. I shouldn’t have imagined, however,  it would appear so blatantly, so soon. Talking Squid takes ’em on in a blog...

Town Meeting Day

And now for something completely different. Of late I’ve been writing an increasing amount about fiction on these pages. This is the first time in a very long while that I’ve offered up any of my own. Town Meeting Day — the first Tuesday in March...

Just for Clicks: The Caffeine Click Test

First a disclaimer: I’m not of the “I drink coffee for a caffeine high” camp. There’s two reasons for that. The first being that, as I have a long history of drinking cup after cup (after cup) all day long, I guess I have something in the way...
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