"Journalists are just sharecroppers on Facebook’s giant farm."

My favorite line from the recent WIRED article about FB

“Every word ever said, whether heard by a hundred listeners or none, far from having vanished into the air, leaves its indelible mark, the complete record of human utterance being encrypted by the laws of motion and capable, in theory, of being recovered — given enough computing power.” (pg 376)

— The Information (James Gleick)


June 20, 1994 – Paid $1,700 for a used Toshiba notebook computer. Base price was $1,400 plus $300 for a fax/modem PCMCIA card.

It was a heavy mother but I was in heaven.

I was browsing through some old Day-Timers (calendars) and came across this from 1994:

April 26 – A meeting with some folks at MOREnet and the University of Missouri J-School. My first look at a web browser (Mosaic).

Remember when you saw the term "New Media" everywhere? I can't recall the last time I came across that.

“If we don’t improve our youth’s chances for a better life, we will one day hand this country over to a generation that does not want it.”

-- 2030: The real story of what happens to America (Albert Brooks)

Idea People Show more

“What’s actually happening is this: we’re realizing that the industrial revolution is fading. The 80 year long run that brought ever-increasing productivity (and along with it, well-paying jobs for an ever-expanding middle class) is ending.”

“The promise that you can get paid really well to do precisely what your boss instructs you to do is now a dream, no longer a reality.”

-- Seth Godin


“Everyone knows one of those self righteous Facebook abstainers. Social media luddites. Pushing aside modern society in favor of a purer lifestyle, devoid of pokes, tags, and feeds. Except really, these people aren’t defending anything except antisocial, extremely annoying behavior. And if you’re one of them—you need to stop.”

— From a snotty little 2011 article by Sam Biddle (“If You’re Not On Facebook, It’s Time to Get Over Yourself.”)


Wonder if Sam still feels the same.

How is that each musical era can sound not only different from the previous era, but from ALL previous eras? Will we have a period that repeats some earlier period?

If not, does this mean that it will get more and more difficult to create a completely fresh sound? How different will music sound to these disturbingly large ears in 30 years?

“The state will fight back, of course. They will improve their controls on secrets, raise surveillance and punishment of possible leakers, try to negotiate multilateral media controls. […] Assange has claimed, when the history of statecraft of the era is written, that it will be divided into pre- and post-WikiLeaks periods. This claim is grandiose and premature; it is not, however, obviously wrong.”

Clay Shirky on Wikileaks (2011)

A standing reminder to the 250 people who are (potentially) exposed to the things I share here:

If I... over-toot? ... please tell me. I do try to space them out but tend to be the guy who just gonna have one beer.

Cloud Government (uspol) Show more

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“If the Internet was walking around in public, it would look and act a lot like Julian Assange. The Internet is about his age, and it doesn’t have any more care for the delicacies of profit, propriety and hierarchy than he does.”

The Blast Shack (Bruce Sterling on WikiLeaks) 2010

Like androids having sex Show more

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