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  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri

    From director Martin McDonagh, who is also responsible for In Bruges, comes Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri. Frances McDormand stars and even in the trailer, she is a force of nature. (No off...
  • How Vladimir Putin rose to power and Made Russia Great Again

    This video from Vox explains how Vladimir Putin took advantage of the post-Soviet political and economic chaos in Russia to become its leader in a very short period of time and what’s he done wi...
  • Skateboarding on frozen sand

    In this beautifully shot video, four skateboarders discover the joys of skating on the frozen sand of a Norwegian beach. Ice, driftwood, foamy waves and … skateboards? Four skaters head north t...
  • Delicately detailed illustrations of small Korean convenience stores

    Oh, I really like these. The detail, the delicate realism, the muted but also somehow vibrant colors. Me Kyeoung Lee has been drawing South Korean convenience stores for the past two decades. There ap...
  • Citizen Jane, a documentary film about Jane Jacobs

    Citizen Jane: The Battle for the City is a documentary films about Jane Jacobs and her legendary battle against Robert Moses for the soul of New York City. People have to insist on government trying...
  • #115: Remembering Jody Sherman

    Jody never took a call by saying “Hello.” He always answered by barking his own name into the phone: “Jody.” As if that voice could have belonged anyone else. He was often in a...
  • #114: The Answer is Just a Click Away

    About twenty people walked into the room, sat down and slid their phones, iPads, and other devices towards the center of the table. It was the last session of the conference and the rules were simple.
  • Confession #113: Get Off My Stoop

    When news of the unthinkable comes, we all head for the front stoop. Today, that stoop is virtual, and the digital neighbors with whom we share the news of the moment communicate with us via tweets, s...
  • Confession #112: Screen Rage

    At five years-old, it’s no fun getting interrupted while you’re focused on something. As a parent, I compensate for that by employing a series of intricately planned measures to guide my s...
  • Confession #111: They Know You’re Reading This

    I was recently complaining to a teller at my bank that the another bank down the street had given my 3 year-old daughter a stuffed horse for nothing more than walking past the front door. I jokingly a...
  • That G.O.P. Debate: Two Footnotes

    The reverberations from last Wednesday’s CNBC Republican debate continue to rattle the political china. According to the conventional wisdom—and, let’s face it, the conventional wisdom is more o...
  • Misrule Britannia: The U.K.’s Screwed-Up Election

    Judging from the plethora of theories purporting to explain the utterly unanticipated victory of David Cameron’s Tories in the British general election, the result was wildly overdetermined. There...
  • Mario Cuomo: A Miscarriage of Justice

    Mario Cuomo, who died on New Year’s Day and was buried last week in a modest Queens cemetery, is greatly to be mourned. But for the country—and, I believe, for him—the heaviest loss had come tw...
  • Red and Red and Red All Over

    That election we just had. What did it all mean? I don’t know, to be honest. But it’s fair to say—it would be delusional to deny—that the Republicans won big, that the Democrats lost bigger, a...
  • Bradlee’s Charisma

    I first laid eyes on Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee on July 12, 1976, in a cavernous hotel ballroom across Seventh Avenue from Madison Square Garden. It was the first day of the Democratic National Co...
  • Hiatus

    This blog is on hiatus, but you can follow me on Twitter and at DIY Drones, where I’m posting daily. I’ll use this blog for occasional longer pieces that don’t fit either of those two other spot...
  • The Long Tail of Travel

    For a recent speech to a travel company, we pulled together some data on the changing shape of travel due to low-cost carriers, online travel information and social-media driven word of mouth taking t...
  • Is this how the singularity happens?

    This was one of those freaky moments when the future sneaks up and smacks you. I was on a plane earlier this week and took a break from work to watch the movie while they served dinner. It was Termina...
  • Netflix data shows shifting demand down the Long Tail

    A team at Wharton did some Long Tail analysis on the Netflix ratings data the company released for its Netflix Prize. Although I don’t agree with many of the conclusions in their paper (like some ot...
  • A New York Times Bestseller!

    If you checked out today’s New York Times Book Review section, you’ll see that FREE made the list in its first week of eligibility. It’s #12, tied for #11 (that’s what that little asterisk mea...
  • Instapaper 4: Deciding to Read

    Introducing Instapaper 4.0 for iPad and iPhone The lede here is that my pal, Marco, has just released the stellar new 4.0 version of his Instapaper suite. This is fantastic news, and–as if yo...
  • Cranking

    1. Nothing wrecks your living room decor quite like a giant, rented hospital bed. The one my Dad laid in for a couple months in the fall of 1974 was an alarmingly stiff and sturdy affair, the frame...
  • Scared Shitless

    Merlin Mann - "Scared Shitless: How I (Mostly) Learned to Love Being Afraid of Pretty Much Everything" Download MP4 Video of "Scared Shitless" This is the video of a talk I did last month at Webstoc...
  • Nerdiest Interview Ever: MPU Workflows Part II

    MPU 046: Workflows with Merlin Mann II « Mac Power Users Download MP3 Huffduff It I have the life that I have because I've made a lot of weird decisions, and they've worked out well.
  • Fear

    So, yeah. I'll be speaking at Webstock pretty soon. Which is insanely intimidating. I think I may have my topic. ”Fear” was written by Merlin Mann for 43Folders.com and was originally posted on...
  • 6 Key Differences Between the Power Rangers Film and the Original Series

    There have  been many incarnations of the Power Rangers, which evolved from the Super Sentai series that originated in the 1970s. However, the internet generation is most familiar with the 1993-1...
  • Why Do Cats Act So Weird?

    We love cats because they're cute, cuddly and act like they're from another planet, and we know how smart they are so we assume their strange behavior is a sign of boredom and restlessness.But, as thi...
  • World Map of Literature

    Redditor Backforward24 created this neat "Literature of the World" - a map composed of books from/about each nation of the world.The selection of what book should represent each country is...
  • Battle of the Century

    Nature abhors a vacuum, so these cats are just acting natural. Redditor camrymonster says this is his first comic. He must already be an artist. He was inspired by his own cats.Striped one is Thor. Gr...
  • Snake Eats Snake

    Image: David Penning/Missouri Southern State UniversityIt's a snake-eat-snake world out there.Predators usually chase after smaller (and thus easier) prey, but king snakes "just don't seem to be...
  • What is Literature for?

    What is Literature for? from Marcus Armitage on Vimeo.
  • TOI from this week (i.e. Things of Interest)

    • At the Near Future Summit, one of the most astonishing presentations was by Osman Kibar, the founder and CEO of Samumed, a biotech firm, valued at $12 Billion, which proposes to reverse aging, res...
  • Anti-Psychiatry and Community Care

    One thing that visitors from other countries–-we see a lot of Finns in our house––notice is that there are a lot of homeless people on our streets here in San Francisco, and that many of them ar...
  • Tyranny does not begin with violence

    Tyranny does not begin with violence; it begins with the first gesture of collaboration. Its most enduring crime is drawing decent men and women into its siege of truth. –Evan Osnos, When Tyranny Ta...
  • Trump voters aren’t voting policy, they’re voting identity

    We’ve been reading so many words about who the Trump voter is and why they vote the way they do. So many explanations. But this is the first article that made sense to me, and it tells how peop...
  • My Holiday Wish List

    Dear friends and family, So we’re coming up on the holidays, and you may have started to think about what…...
  • For You, Grandma

    This photo was taken in a Displaced Persons Camp in Austria in 1949. That’s my Grandma and Grandpa Powazek with…...
  • Did I mention?

    I started a farm. Yes, really.
  • Current Status

    I am currently Somewhere In Between.
  • Talking Plants with Gayla Trail

    It was a great pleasure to have this conversation with my longtime garden hero, Gayla Trail. We talk desert plants,…...
  • Wonderland, the book (and podcast!)

    I’m very excited to announce my next book — Wonderland: How Play Made The Modern World, to be published in November by my long-time publisher Riverhead Books. The book is in many ways a sequel to...
  • How We Got To Now, the Book

    Last Tuesday was the publication date for How We Got To Now: Six Innovations That Made The Modern World. It’s my ninth book, but the first to be accompanied by a TV series, airing on PBS beginning o...
  • What Jelly Means

    A few months ago, I found this strange white mold growing in my garden in California. I’m a novice gardener, and to make matters worse, a novice Californian, so I had no idea what these small white...
  • How We Got To Now

    Every now and then in life you find yourself in a situation where you have to pause for a second and ask yourself: what unlikely sequence of events has led me to this point? I had one of those moments...
  • The GovLab

    Several years ago, my friend and now collaborator Beth Noveck began developing a program that she called Peer-to-Patent, a software platform that allowed outside experts and informed amateurs to contr...
  • Planning is Guessing

    A plan is simply a guess you wrote downBusting your ass planning something important? Feel like you can’t proceed until you have a bulletproof plan in place? Replace “plan” with “guess” and...
  • Dare to be remarkable? You need to piss some people off

    Art from Kuma’s CornerSince taking over Highrise in 2014, we’ve heard a lot of feedback. A lot.It was pent up. Highrise launched in 2007. There was a mostly aesthetic redesign in 2011 and then v...
  • A static business is a healthy business

    Is that the sun? No, it’s our business. Read on…Aim for many nondescript dots, not a few obvious onesLast year I wrote an article suggesting that you shouldn’t let any one (or small group) of...
  • There’s such a thing as “too helpful”

    Be helpful. Just don’t overdo it.Not too long ago Jason Fried wrote about his experience shopping at Apple Stores, in which he described the common occurrence of walking into a store and being imme...
  • The importance of sucking

    Lessons from a bruised leg…My leg looked liked this a few months ago:Gross.No, I didn’t get surgery. No, I was not mauled by a bear.I went snowboarding for the very first time over New Year’...
  • Resurrecting Sherlock

    Seasons 1 and 2 of the BBC Sherlock are genius, but Season 3 is...lazy. Can it be fixed? My latest....
  • A restaurant without tips?

    I worked in food service for about 10 years. I always made great tips, and I have no problem with the tipping system. But I found this article on running a no-tip restaurant compelling, particularly h...
  • Grandmothers and the food they make

    Grandmothers from around the world pose with their signature dishes. What beautiful women and what intriguing food. I have a hard time thinking about Caterpillar in Tomato Sauce, but the final dish do...
  • NPR's Top 100 Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books

    I'm not particularly nerdy, but I was still surprised that I've read only 23 out of NPR's Top 100 Science-Fiction & Fantasy Books. (Tally your total here.) I enjoy both genres, so I'll use thi...
  • Why I Love UX Week

    Every year, San Francisco company Adaptive Path hosts a conference called UX Week, and I sometimes get to go for a day or so. This year, I was at the opening and the closing days of the conference, an...
  • Library

    A few weeks ago, I rejoined the Library and promptly put several books from my Amazon wishlist on the "request" list. They were sent to my local library (the Chinatown branch, which is near...
  • Sindy's 1972 -1976 Wardrobe

    Oh I love the Internet. I was daydreaming about my favorite doll growing up: Britain's answer to Barbie - Sindy, and I decided to see if I could find images of the outfits I had for her when I was you...
  • Jamie and Me

    This is classic procrastinator behavior. When I was in Ireland, fellow lazy blogger Dave and I made a pact that we would do two blog posts before the end of February, so what do I do? Two posts in one...
  • Tim

    We found out on Friday January 29th that my dad's scan had revealed colon cancer which had spread to his liver. By Monday, February 1st I was on a plane home. I just couldn't stand to not be there. I...
  • On Translations

    Dear Neil,I am teaching Translation at the University of Nottingham, and every year I am running an extra-curricular programme on cultural translation.  In one week of that programme, I have...
  • Do I Actually Have or Need Diplomatic Immunity?

    I'm typing this on a plane to Australia where I will hunker down and go back to being a man writing a novel, and life will turn into a long-running battle between man and blank page, between man and w...
  • Reading George Reynolds on the plane

    A small thought on reading George W M Reynolds’ Wagner the Wehr-Wolf on a plane.It was obvious, just as it was open to no doubt, no kind of doubt at all, oh reader, that the person, the fine, good h...
  • The Longest Day

    I'm on a plane to LA, where I change planes and fly to New York. My alarm went off in Hobart, Tasmania at 4 am this morning, the 8th of February. (I was at the MONA Museum, where Amanda will be playin...
  • California! Arizona! Seattle! Bard! Spend an Evening With Me.

    I took 2016 off from all public engagements, in order to get a novel written.I did a lot of things last year. I finished writing the Norse Mythology book (it comes out in February). I finished writing...
  • My greatest triumph!

    Sorry. I can't resist. John Carson, a fellow runner from Canada, unearthed this photo from the archives of the Toronto Star. It's the finals of the 1500 meters at the Ontario 14-year-old championships...
  • Drug Development

    On Forbes.com, the drug industry analyst Avik Roy has written a comment on my piece "The Treatment" in last week's New Yorker. A few small points, in response. Roy is of the impression that...
  • Speaking Tour!

    I will be doing a short tour of the U.K. next week, speaking on a brand new mystery topic! I'll be in Edinburgh on Sunday May 9th, Oxford on the 10th, Manchester on the 11th and Newcastle on the 12th.
  • Pinker, Round Two

    In Sunday’s New York Times Book Review, Steven Pinker responds to my description of him as occupying the “lonely ice floe of IQ fundamentalism”: What Malcolm Gladwell calls a “lonely ice floe...
  • Letting Igons be Igons

    From "Blowing Up," by Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker, April 22,2002...
  • It's me, Bike Dad!

    Until the Citibike bikeshare program launched here in New York City, I'd ridden a bike perhaps once in the prior twenty years. Since it launched,...
  • Design Matters

    I was delighted to get to speak with Debbie Millman for her venerable podcast, "Design Matters". If you have an hour to spare, please do...
  • On Being and Tech's Moral Reckoning

    Back in November, I got to sit down with the amazing Krista Tippett for a lengthy interview in front of an incredibly warm crowd in...
  • I'm at Fog Creek. And we're introducing Gomix!

    Okay, here’s the story: I’m the new CEO of Fog Creek Software! And we have an awesome new tool called Gomix that just launched today,...
  • Forget “Why?”, it’s time to get to work.

    There are going to be endless think-pieces and armchair analyses about why America elected Donald Trump as its next President. But you already know why....
  • all the news that's fit to print

    What happened to “all the news that’s fit to print?” Meryl Streep’s speech at the Golden Globes calling out Trump for bullying a Times reporter was clearly news. Did the Times need to call Tru...
  • it's a very small letter

    It’s 2017, so I figured I should hop on the e-newsletter bandwagon. Three things you should know before subscribing.
  • dead to me

    Vox: Did Tony die at the end of The Sopranos?. To crib @savedyouaclick, No. But if you can’t get enough of David Chase, then Martha Nochisom’s whole piece is worth reading.
  • battery feedback loops

    iOS 8 to Include Battery Usage Per App:...
  • four links, may 27

    Maciej’s talk for Beyond Tellerand. “These big collections of personal data are like radioactive waste. It’s easy to generate, easy to store in the short term, incredibly toxic, and almost impos...
  • Overcast 3: Design walkthrough

    Overcast 3 is now available, and it’s a huge update, mostly in the design and flow of the interface. I’ve been working on it since last summer, informed by over two years of testing, usage...
  • Automatically test your database backups

    One of the issues of yesterday’s GitLab.com “database incident” is that most of their database backups weren’t being tested, and when they needed a restore, they discovered tha...
  • The future of computing

    The quarterly results are in and Apple’s doing fine overall, but the iPad really isn’t, with another year-over-year decrease in sales. Apple and commentators can keep saying the iPad is &...
  • State of Apple from two perspectives

    Two of the best pieces I’ve read about Apple recently: Grading Tim Cook: The optimistic business-analyst take. Tim’s doing great and the products are pretty much fine. Apple Inc: A Pre-M...
  • Apple’s statement on the Consumer Reports battery test

    Apple’s official response to Consumer Reports’ poor 2016 MacBook Pro battery test: We appreciate the opportunity to work with Consumer Reports over the holidays to understand their bat...
  • Quality over crap

    We keep looking at the problems of fake news and crap content — and the advertising that feeds them — through the wrong end of the periscope, staring down into the depths in search of slud...
  • Trump & the Press: A Murder-Suicide Pact

    The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017 The press will...
  • Merry Christmas, Hillary Clinton

    I want to say Merry Christmas to Hillary Clinton. I am grateful to you for running a campaign on principle, patriotism, decency, honesty, intelligence, optimism, maturity, experience, care, and civili...
  • A Call for Cooperation Against Fake News

    We — John Borthwick and Jeff Jarvis — want to offer constructive suggestions for what the platforms — Facebook, Twitter, Google, Instagram, Snapchat, WeChat, Apple News, and others...
  • Empathetic journalism for the right

    I’ve said — to the horror of surprisingly few journalists I know — that the mere fact of Donald Trump’s candidacy is evidence of the failure of journalism to perform its prime function...
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