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  • Old Town Music Hall

    From This Must Be the Place, a lovely short profile of Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo, California. Old Town shows silent films with live musical accompaniment. Includes a brief tour of the inner wo...
  • Clickbaiting the 10 Commandments

    Over at McSweeney's, David Tate imagines more engaging copy for the Ten Commandments, aka you won't believe what God said to this man... At the Beginning He Had Me Confused, But by Minute Two I Knew...
  • Werner the Herzog

    Magisterial. (via @moleitau) Tags: remix   video games   Werner Herzog...
  • Explaining Hitler

    Explaining Hitler is a 1998 book by Ron Rosenbaum that compiled a number of different theories about why Adolf Hitler was the way he was, updated recently with new information. Hitler did not escape...
  • A short history of the high five

    For the latest installment of Grantland's 30 for 30 short documentary series, a story on the genesis of the high five and what happened to one of its inventors. This video is chock full of amazing vin...
  • #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...
  • 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...
  • Goat Stuck in Hole

    (YouTube link)A goat climbs halfway through a hole and can’t figure out what to do next. Poor stupid goat! His buddy decides to help out, by “pushing” him out of the hole. Is that cl...
  • WiFi Rainbows

    Luis Hernan is a student at Newcastle University who is pursuing a PhD in Architecture and Interaction Design. Hernan created what he calls a Kirlian device, an instrument that reads the signal s...
  • Dramatic Footage of a Lifeguard Saving a Drowning Child

    (Video Link)A young boy bodyboarding off Crooklets Beach in Bude, Cornwall, UK, encountered a rip current and was pushed out to sea. He screamed for help. Joby Wolfenden-Brown, a lifeguard working for...
  • A Game About Squares

    A Game About Squares is exactly what it says on the tin, and despite the lack of instructions, it’s not that hard to figure out how to play. However, each level gets a little bit more difficult,...
  • Darth Vader Wood Stove

    He is more machine than man now. Twisted, welded, and evil. This is Darth Vader, an outdoor wood stove built by Instructables member doddieszoomer. He made it from an old gas steel bottle. He used an...
  • July 25, 2014

    Fossils from a newly discovered dinosaur species suggest nearly all dinosaurs were feathered. Walmart ice-cream sandwiches don’t melt in the sun because they’re full of so much gum. Ju...
  • July 24, 2014

    US-backed Afghan militias murder and rape their way through Afghanistan. Kerry says he doesn’t want to return home without securing a ceasefire. America lifts ban on flights to Israel. By...
  • Thoroughly Modern Marxism

    by Lucy Morris A Marxist upbringing, graduating into a recession, and a lineage of missed opportunities make a brutal combination.
  • July 23, 2014

    Classified images support the likelihood a surface-to-air missile fired from rebel-held Ukraine brought down MH17. Today two Ukrainian fighter jets were shot down by pro-Russia forces in eastern Ukr...
  • King Lear With Sheep

    by Lucie Elven London traffic, bladder control, and a runaway Cordelia challenge a mostly wool production of Shakespeare’s King Lear.
  • Priya Haji, 1970-2014

    How can we honor Priya Haji, a social entrepreneur, a mother, a friend, an inspiration to us all? She had such heart. Priya believed that everyone, from ex-Presidents to ex-cons, were worthy of respec...
  • Pulmonary Embolism & Advanced Directives

    A friend of mine died this past week, suddenly, of a pulmonary embolism. After she died, I learned that a pulmonary embolism is caused by a blood clot, typically from the legs, blocks one of the pulmo...
  • The Child and the Shadow

    My notes from Ursula LeGuin’s essay about Hans Christian Andersen and Jung, from her book “The Language of the Night”, “The Child and the Shadow” If the ego “is wea...
  • Which is more important? Being cool, winning, and engaging in consensus reality with other winners? Or catching a glimpse of something miraculous, unforeseen, strange or uncanny, full of chance and po...
  • Mingle with Road Crews

    “Yes, my consuming desire is to mingle with road crews, sailors and soldiers, barroom regulars—to be a part of a scene, anonymous, listening, recording—all this is spoiled by the fact that I am...
  • 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...
  • What Peer Progressives Really Believe

    If you have patience for this kind of online debate, The New Republic is now running my extended response to Evgeny Morozov's review (along with a new response from him). It cites a number of the misl...
  • Tilting At Windmills, The Internet Edition

    Evgeny Morozov has written a long and entertaining critique of my book Future Perfect in last week’s issue of The New Republic. It’s mostly an attack on the “quasi-religion” of “internet-cen...
  • Why we don't speak up at work

    A few weeks ago, a friend told me he was thinking about quitting his job. He said it was because of communication breakdowns between him and his boss. Small moments of poor communication had snowbal...
  • The Distance goes tiki

    I first noticed the Hala Kahiki about a year ago driving north on River Road through the Chicago suburb of River Grove. I glanced at its colorful exterior and quirky signage and wondered, “What̵...
  • Contest: Two Free 3-Day Passes to Pitchfork Music Festival

    Our friends (and Basecamp customers) at Pitchfork Media are bringing the Pitchfork Music Festival back to Union Park in Chicago this July 18–20. They use Basecamp to plan and organize the entire eve...
  • Talking with a UbiDuo

    A few weeks ago I spoke at Inc’s GROWCO conference in Nashville. After my talk, I had a scheduled book signing over in the conference bookstore area. Most people came up, said hi, chatted a b...
  • Crossing Streams

    When I switched to Android a few years ago, I promised myself this: I’d switch back the minute Apple added smart notifications, app data sharing, widgets, and a better keyboard to iOS. Apple&...
  • 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...
  • CERN Talk. Beyond WWW

    Cern talk. David Galbraith: Beyond WWW from divadwg Above is my talk at CERN for the 2013 Open days. It covers the cultural impact of the web. Here’s a video version on the CERN site: Beyond WWW...
  • The First Internet Company In Shoreditch

    In 1994 I started the first Internet company, Realtime Anywhere, in Shoreditch, what is now, 20 years later the center of London’s ‘Tech City’. What was London’s Internet cente...
  • Skunk Puppying: dealing with legal threats with cute animals.

    I registered designskunkworks.com, thinking it would be a good name for an Internet product company, not realizing that Skunkworks was a real, trademarked facility run by Lockheed Martin or that you c...
  • 5 principles of invisible web design

    The term design is associated with visual things, we design magazines, products and buildings but not music or food and this visual association has carried across when people speak about web design. B...
  • Why I am Smiling In This Picture

    One of the reasons I'm smiling so widely in this picture is I'd just been talking to the people in Azraq camp who run the child friendly space it was taken in. They were mostly from UNICEF. They had e...
  • How I discovered I had slipped into a parallel universe

    Here's things that people would probably like to know...This is the poster for TRUTH IS A CAVE IN THE BLACK MOUNTAINS Reading Event at the Carnegie Hall (and it lists the other gigs too. I think there...
  • Important. Please read this now.

    I haven't blogged for a while. I suspect that's partly because I'm back on Twitter, and I seem either to blog or to tweet, and partly because I've been exhausted. Tweeting time comes out of dead time,...
  • In Jordan

    I landed in Jordan late this afternoon. I'm in my hotel right now. I'll be up for a 6 am pick-up -- I need to be at the camp for bread distribution, first thing in the morning.Since the start of the S...
  • What are you doing on June the 27th and other vital questions

    I'm back on social media from today. And my last class at Bard until Autumn is tomorrow night. I owe the world a big post on life and the things that go with it.But first, this one is important:There...
  • 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...
  • My Favorite Floppy of All Time

    After at least 15 years of debating whether I should spend money on this, I recently took the plunge and acquired one of my most-desired...
  • Let's Do More

    I've been trying to do more things that are unfamiliar or slightly out of my comfort zone lately. Here's a quick roundup: I got to...
  • Being Less of a Jerk About Faith

    One of my recurrent ruminations of the last decade or so is a bit of reflection on my relationship with religion. To be clear: I...
  • Rat On The Tracks

    My wife, in addition to being wise and kind, is generally made of sterner stuff than I am. This serves us both well, but the...
  • Some True Things About Technology

    All printers are 3D printers. Every device is wearable. All technology is mobile technology. And of course, this remains true: We're 30+ years into...
  • battery feedback loops

    iOS 8 to Include Battery Usage Per App: Along with the features that were demoed on stage, an iOS 8 graphic displayed some additional functions that went largely under the radar, many of which look...
  • 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 almos...
  • not quite muzak

    Nate Patrin at Pitchfork has a great link-ridden piece on The Strange World of Library Music: If there's such a thing as ephemeral music, this is it—recordings that were meant for a certain mo...
  • metafilter & google

    Matt Haughey lays it all out re. the current state and future of Metafilter. There is a lot of heartbreak in his post; I haven't been active on Metafilter for years, but I appreciate and admire th...
  • a cell network for things

    MIT Technology Review: Silicon Valley to get a Cellular Network Just for Things: [SigFox] will use the unlicensed 915-megahertz spectrum band commonly used by cordless phones. Objects connected to S...
  • → Potato Salad: Behind the Scenes

    The potato salad guy is my hero. ∞ Permalink...
  • → Accidental Tech Podcast: You Had Your Moment

    Summer amusements, server-side parsing, UI meets the real world, sapphire, and the Apple/IBM partnership. Sponsored by Cotton Bureau, Squarespace, and Backblaze. ∞ Permalink...
  • How To Make Tilt Scrolling That Doesn’t Suck

    In 2008, I added tilt scrolling to Instapaper. Today, that’s an “innovation” in Amazon’s Fire Phone, but Farhad Manjoo says they blew it: Take Auto Scroll, which moves the...
  • PHP Developer Needed in Columbus, OH!

    I got this email from a “Senior Recruiter” (spammer) at Robert Half Technology today: Hello Marco, I hope this email finds you well. Your qualifications match a PHP Developer pos...
  • → Pragmatic: Coffee

    I join John Chidgey to talk about coffee: my brewing method, brewing myths, home-roasting, why decaf usually sucks, and decoding the marketing-heavy descriptions of different coffees. (If you’r...
  • No silver bullets

    Lewis DVorkin performed a miracle with Forbes … almost. He almost rescued a dying brand, almost helped get it sold to a new owner, and almost rescued the Forbes family and its no-doubt-regretful...
  • Send your comment to the FCC on net neutrality. Here’s mine.

    We’ve received about 647k #netneutrality comments so far. Keep your input coming — 1st round of comments wraps up July 15. — Tom Wheeler (@TomWheelerFCC) July 11, 2014 I just filed my co...
  • Friendly skies

    I was five hours late returning from San Francisco to home yesterday but I was remarkably calm and sanguine about the delay. Why? Because I was well-informed and well-cared-for. And that was the case...
  • The German war against the link

    German publishers are not just fighting Google. They are fighting the link and thus the essence of the internet. Half the major publishers in Germany have started a process of arbitration — whic...
  • If you teach entrepreneurial journalism….

    Here’s the schedule for our July 10 summit of entrepreneurial journalism educators at CUNY’s Tow-Knight Center for same. Good news: We have a *limited* budget to help with travel for those...
  • July 25, 2014

    Fossils from a newly discovered dinosaur species suggest nearly all dinosaurs were feathered. Walmart ice-cream sandwiches don’t melt in the sun because they’re full of so much gum. Ju...
  • July 24, 2014

    US-backed Afghan militias murder and rape their way through Afghanistan. Kerry says he doesn’t want to return home without securing a ceasefire. America lifts ban on flights to Israel. By...
  • Thoroughly Modern Marxism

    by Lucy Morris A Marxist upbringing, graduating into a recession, and a lineage of missed opportunities make a brutal combination.
  • July 23, 2014

    Classified images support the likelihood a surface-to-air missile fired from rebel-held Ukraine brought down MH17. Today two Ukrainian fighter jets were shot down by pro-Russia forces in eastern Ukr...
  • King Lear With Sheep

    by Lucie Elven London traffic, bladder control, and a runaway Cordelia challenge a mostly wool production of Shakespeare’s King Lear.
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