Monthly Archives: December 2013


Getting out of a Taxi in Madrid yesterday, by mistake I picked up a coat that a prior passenger had left on the seat. Here’s the label: The coat wasn’t exceptional except in respect to the apparent antiquity of that … Continue reading

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Automated Assumption Fail (#AAF)

So I just got this email from Pandora: This is an #AAF: an Automated Assumption Fail. I love music, and Pandora; but what Pandora’s telling me here doesn’t square with my experience of using it. I mean, what is “that … Continue reading

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Seeing Deeply

Cities aren’t simple, especially mature ones. They are deep and complicated places that require equally deep attention to appreciate fully.  That’s what I get from Stephen Lewis‘ insights about the particulars of present and past urban scenes and characters in Sofia, … Continue reading

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One more reason we need personal clouds

A couple days ago I went to an Apple store with my iPhone 4, which was running down its battery for no apparent reason. I forget the diagnosis, which didn’t matter as much as the cure: wiping the phone and … Continue reading

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I do, but that’s not why I’m unsubscribing

Lately I’ve been patching the roofs of my email inboxes, which leak a torrent of unwanted messages — in addition to the usual spam. I do this mainly by opting out of mailings, most of which I never requested. That’s … Continue reading

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Remembering Peter Bardach

I took my first job in radio at WSUS in Franklin, New Jersey, in 1972. The station at the time consisted of a run-down ranch house at the top of Hamburg Mountain, overlooking the central valleys of Sussex County, a tilted square … Continue reading

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Fred Wilson’s talk at LeWeb

I’m bummed that I missed LeWeb, but I’m glad I got to see and hear Fred Wilson’s talk there, given on Tuesday. I can’t recommend it more highly. Go listen. It might be the most leveraged prophesy you’re ever going to hear. … Continue reading

Posted in Blogging, Broadcasting, Business, Cluetrain, Culture, Events, Future, infrastructure, Internet, Journalism, Live Web, News, Personal clouds, problems, Technology, VRM | 10 Comments

Live blogging Studio 20’s Open Studio at NYU

Below is my live blogging, in outline form, of the final presentations of work by NYU graduate journalism students in Jay Rosen’s Studio 20 class, which I’ve served for three semesters as a visiting scholar. Open Studio was the name … Continue reading

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Links for today

No time to turn these into linky text. So I’m just giving you the links. If I have a chance later, I’ll turn them into text. Meanwhile, dig: Photography Stephen Lewis Duncan Davidson … Continue reading

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Grace Apgar, 1912-2013

Aunt Grace — my father’s younger sister — died yesterday at her home in Maine. She was 101 years old, and in good health until just a couple days ago. Last month, in fact, she flew to San Diego to … Continue reading

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