Monthly Archives: April 2013

Identity systems, failing to communicate

There is a classic scene in Cool Hand Luke where the prison warden (Strother Martin), says to the handcuffed Luke, (Paul Newman), that he doesn’t like it when Luke talks to him as an equal. So, to teach a lesson, the warden … Continue reading

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Outlining vs. Formatting

Dave makes a profound distinction in his post this morning titled Outliners and Word Processors. For the first time I not only grok what I already knew about outlining, but why it’s so much better as a way to write … Continue reading

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On cities and networks

I’m in Boston right now, and bummed that I can’t attend Start-up City: An Entrepreneurial Economy for Middle Class New York, which is happening today at New York Law School today. I learned about it via Dana Spiegel of NYC … Continue reading

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TV 3.0

We’re not watching any less TV. In fact, we’re watching more of it, on more different kinds of screens. Does this mean that TV absorbs the Net, or vice versa? Or neither? That’s what I’m exploring here. By “explore” I … Continue reading

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Hitting the roads

I’ll be participating in a run of good and fun events over the next few weeks, taking me to at least five cities in five countries. Here they are: Currently: New York, Boston and Cambridge. Then… OuiShareFest, May 2-4, Paris, … Continue reading

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CISPA roundup

Last week, while most of us were busy watching the Boston Marathon bombing events unfold, an icky bill called CISPA, or HR264, was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, with enormous lobbying help from IBM and other industrial giants. There are lots of angles on … Continue reading

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The (almost) complete OMNI archive

I was excited to learn, via BoingBoing, that “The complete run of Omni… is now available for free on the Internet Archive.” So I eagerly went there, hoping to find two pieces of mine published early in the legendary magazine’s … Continue reading

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Broken news

For me, news of the Boston bombing broke on my phone, in a remote hotel on the island of Providenciales in Turks and Caicos, where I had gone for a speaking engagement at a corporate offsite. First came emails with … Continue reading

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Why durable links matter

In How podcasting got its name, Dave nicely outlines the derivation of the terms podcast and podcasting. That last link goes to the Wikipedia page, because pretty much any other link I put in there has a greater risk of breaking. And … Continue reading

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How the Web is being body-snatched

Yesterday, when Anil Dash (@AnilDash) spoke about The Web We Lost at Harvard, I took notes in my little outliner, in a browser. They follow. The top outline level is slide titles, or main points. The next level down are points made … Continue reading

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