We have lived in this world where little things are done for love and big things for money. Now we have Wikipedia. Suddenly big things can be done for love.

Clay Shirky

Science, Fiction & Fantasy Notes

It’s Friday and there’s a long, holiday weekend ahead. To see you through, here’s some leftovers bits and pieces from all over… From Phil Plait’s awesome Bad Astronomy blog, Bill Nye (The Science Guy) contrives a sundial at Cornell...

“If we have learned one thing from the history of invention and discovery, it is that, in the long run — and often in the short one — the most daring prophecies seem laughably conservative.”
— Arthur C. Clarke, The Exploration of Space, 1951

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On Invention & Discovery

Steve Jobs Steps Down

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner...

Dorothy Already Knows

To those of you who have disparaged Kansas, my twice-upon-a-time home, as being “flat as a pancake,” it turns out you were underselling your claim… Kansas is flatter than a pancake.

August 9, 2011

Down goes the Internet! Down goes the Internet! Facebook now Grouping News Feed by Topic On This Day in Tech History: Netscape...

It’s (Still) Not About the Technology

With 100,000 subscribers, The New Yorker is enjoying better sales on the iPad than its sister Condé Nast publications — including Wired Magazine.

But wait… Wired is all about technology — and in particular all things digital — and the iPad is a digital platform. Shouldn’t they go together like peaches and cream? Pizza and beer? Like Wired Magazine and a freaking 21st century wireless multimedia tablet display? Well, yeah.

The Beginning of the End

I am feverishly working on a dramatic facelift for Bloggle. Actually, facelift doesn’t adequately cover things… there’s all the stuff under the covers, too: a huge leap forward in terms of getting caught up with WordPress and PHP and MySQL, all of which have been zooming right along while I’ve been snoozing. The universe that is the web is still expanding. Accelerating, too.

Heckling Goes High Tech

Confronted by a candidate who refuses questions from voters and the media alike, Democrats take their queries to new heights with a high-tech heckling system [via Gizmodo] — At a Sarah Palin rally in LA on Saturday, the California Democratic party rented a...

Groupthink by Any Other Name

I’ll admit it: the usability geek in me is smitten with the coolest doodad of the political season, CNN’s live dial-testing of a focus group during the debates. There it is in real-time — the collective response of a group of undecided and presumably...

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...

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