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  • Fish slap remix

    Happy Friday, everyone. I am so glad this week is done. I have no idea what this is. But it made me happy briefly and that's enough. (via @jasonzada) Tags: video...
  • What's it like in space?

    For her new book, Ariel Waldman asked dozens of astronauts about their experiences in space. With playful artwork accompanying each, here are the real stories behind backwards dreams, "moon face," th...
  • Woman escapes hired killers, shows up at own funeral

    Noela Rukundo, whose husband had only recently paid to have killed, showed up at her own funeral. Finally, she spotted the man she'd been waiting for. She stepped out of her car, and her husband put...
  • A history of Japan

    Bill Wurtz's History of Japan is the most entertaining history of anything I have ever seen. Tags: Bill Wurtz   Japan   video...
  • Americanisms

    The Economist style guide's section on Americanisms is just a tad catty. Try not to verb nouns or to adjective them. So do not access files, haemorrhage red ink (haemorrhage is a noun), let one event...
  • #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...
  • The Map of British Television

    Are you a fan of British TV shows? You might be interested in finding out where your favorite series is set. Tim Ritz created a map that will help you out. See it full size here. The most popular TV s...
  • The Picture Perfect Weekend

    If you get enough artfully-framed posing done on Friday, and you can wear your pajamas and bunny slippers the rest of the weekend. Our friends from Megacynics are on a weekend ski trip, but I don&rsqu...
  • Automatic Lipstick Machine

    Simone Giertz is a brilliant inventor who has changed the way we live our daily lives with gadgets that are now essential parts of modern life. She's the person responsible for many of the technologic...
  • 10 Notorious Outlaws Who Became Folk Heroes

    Outlaws break the law, and folk heroes are those that the public identify with and root for. Robin Hood stole from the rich and gave to the poor, which made him famously popular among the poor -but he...
  • It's What We Do - At Least She's Up Front About Her Backstabbing!

    It's What We Do by Tom TragerYou can't expect villains to change their ways just because they're being entrusted with a top secret mission, just like you can't expect a government agency to care about...
  • February 5, 2016

    Obama pressed by top military advisers to attack the Islamic State in Libya. Sanders gets credit for last night’s debate performance, but still is expected to lose massively if he’s the...
  • Bracketology for the 2016 Tournament of Books

    by The Tournament of Books Staff Announcing the brackets for the 2016 edition of The Morning News Tournament of Books, presented by Field Notes.
  • February 4, 2016

    UN panel says Julian Assange is being arbitrarily held by the UK under threat of arrest. Trump says Cruz stole Iowa with voter fraud and wants his win disqualified. Iowa doesn’t decide the nomin...
  • February 3, 2016

    Rand Paul joins O’Malley and Huckabee in dropping out of the presidential race. Sanders viewed as goofy father figure, Clinton perceived as disciplinarian mom. A WOMAN DOESN’T GET THE O...
  • February 2, 2016

    Cruz wins in Iowa, a result that will likely leave the GOP in an even more frustrated state than if he’d lost. Clinton grabs very narrow victory in Iowa. See also: Why a tie for Bernie is ac...
  • Ellen Cantor at the Wattis

    There are only a few days left to see the Ellen Cantor show at the Wattis, curated by Jamie Stevens and Fatima Hellberg. Jamie Stevens writes, in an introduction to the show: A prolific artist who li...
  • Asia, Antoni Tapies, 1951

    Found on one of my favorite blogs, wood s lot.  ...
  • Sundance in Havana

    Back from an amazing trip to Cuba with the Sundance board and staff to the Havana Film Festival. Sundance had hosted several workshops and panels, and sponsored several Cuban documentary filmmakers to...
  • Designing a better umbrella

    Umbrellas, as we know, blow inside out in the wind, and require the person holding it to sacrifice the use of one of their hands. Shouldn’t we all be using Knups? Knups are made from banana leav...
  • Truisms, 1979-1983

    If it is possible for truisms to be truer now than before, some of these, many of these, are. Jenny Holzer started out in 1978 pasting these up in the streets, but reading through them, they seem writ...
  • 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,…...
  • What We Can Learn from the Twitter Block Fiasco

    After an intense night of thrash, including a lively #RestoreTheBlock hashtag, Twitter reverted the change. Now, then. What have we learned? And what can other companies with large communities take aw...
  • The Argument Machine

    I'm not saying that Twitter was designed to create arguments. I'm just saying that, if you set out to create an Argument Machine, it'd come out looking a lot like Twitter.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Control Your Type: Google Fonts + Chrome = trouble?

    tl;dr: If you let Google Fonts host your type for you, it might look terrible for some users on Chrome, especially Open Sans. Solution is…Continue reading on Medium »...
  • What are you drawing, Lily?

    I have more than a few friends who keep talking about the businesses they want to start. But every week there’s a new excuse.Continue reading on Medium »...
  • Knowing the words is half the battle

    One of my favorite career stories is this one from Michael Beirut:Continue reading on Medium »...
  • Pulp Fixing

    Human history comes with a long paper trail, and there’s a company in Chicago whose mission is to preserve and restore that physical record…Continue reading on Medium »...
  • I’m New Here…

    A couple of months ago, I made a big decision. I joined Basecamp as its first-ever COO.Continue reading on Medium »...
  • 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...
  • We Thought You Were Dead, with baby photos

    I've been very bad at blogging for the last three months. I've actually been pretty bad at everything for the last three months, except for changing a baby, bathing a baby, remembering the words to ol...
  • A New Year's Wish

    I didn't write a new New Year's wish this year. But I recorded an old one. Thank you cameraperson Amanda Palmer.
  • TWO BABY PHOTOS! (And, oddly enough, some news too.)

    I'm typing this in an airport lounge in Cleveland. It's a 'pay money or use a fancy credit card to get in' lounge, and I have a fancy credit card I never actually use in the back of my wallet, so hurr...
  • A huge thank you, and some life and some death...

    Thank you all for taking part in the Humble Bundle, or just for putting up with me blogging, tweeting and facebooking about it. It's been over for a couple of days now: We just got a letter from the g...
  • Our Not-So-Humble Bundle.

    He was born at 8:37 in the morning on September the 16th, which is, I am told, the commonest birthday in the US.  It was a long but rewarding labour. The name on his birth registration is Anthony...
  • 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...
  • Awakenings!

    Hooray, The Force Awakens was great. Let me quickly gather some spoiler filled notes of reaction, now that it’s been a day or so since...
  • Beyond Doing Half the Parenting

    Doing my fair share for my son means I have to start carrying my weight in other areas at home. (function(d, s, id) { var...
  • A little less rocking with you...

    After talking to a friend about how Michael Jackson's "Rock With You" is so romantic if you just focus on the strings, bass and vocals,...
  • Fourteen is Remembering

    Last week I went and visited the memorial reflecting pools for the first time. I had been to the top of the new One World...
  • Let's Support The Girls Club

    Support the Girls Club In short: Tomorrow's my birthday. I'm asking you to help me support the Lower Eastside Girls Club, and I'll match whatever...
  • where we live now

    Hi there.
  • 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 almos...
  • not quite muzak

    Nate Patrin at Pitchfork has a great link-ridden piece on The Strange World of Library Music:...
  • Google: Too Big to Love?
  • Aaron Sorkin and the Technological Arts

    I think I finally have figured out Aaron Sorkin. He had eluded me. I remember liking The West Wing — so much so that I don’t dare watch it again for fear that, knowing what I know now, I might...
  • To a faster — and distributed — web

    Last May, shortly after Facebook announced its Instant Articles, Google held its first Newsgeist Europe and I walked in, saying obnoxiously (it’s what I do): “Facebook just leapfrogged you...
  • Social Journalism: Apply & hire now!

    We are not far from the end of the first year of our new degree in social journalism at CUNY and I couldn’t be prouder of what the students and the faculty are accomplishing. (If you are interes...
  • Honoring Neil deGrasse Tyson for his journalism

    When Neil deGrasse Tyson interviewed Edward Snowden (via electronic avatar) for his podcast, the good doctor said a few times that he is not a journalist. Yet the Knight Foundation and we at the CUNY...
  • February 5, 2016

    Obama pressed by top military advisers to attack the Islamic State in Libya. Sanders gets credit for last night’s debate performance, but still is expected to lose massively if he’s the...
  • Bracketology for the 2016 Tournament of Books

    by The Tournament of Books Staff Announcing the brackets for the 2016 edition of The Morning News Tournament of Books, presented by Field Notes.
  • February 4, 2016

    UN panel says Julian Assange is being arbitrarily held by the UK under threat of arrest. Trump says Cruz stole Iowa with voter fraud and wants his win disqualified. Iowa doesn’t decide the nomin...
  • February 3, 2016

    Rand Paul joins O’Malley and Huckabee in dropping out of the presidential race. Sanders viewed as goofy father figure, Clinton perceived as disciplinarian mom. A WOMAN DOESN’T GET THE O...
  • February 2, 2016

    Cruz wins in Iowa, a result that will likely leave the GOP in an even more frustrated state than if he’d lost. Clinton grabs very narrow victory in Iowa. See also: Why a tie for Bernie is ac...
  • DEUTSCHE & JAPANER – Creative Studio – Giro...
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  • Kodritsch Menschenspiel : portfolio...
    via http://www.mocatishu.ch/index.php?/projekte/kodritsch-menschenspiel/...
  • Images I ♥ stolen from the internet...
    via http://iheart-stolenimages.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2010-09-08T22%3A11%3A00-07%3A00&max-results=5...
  • DEUTSCHE & JAPANER – Creative Studio – Kalendervorschau 2016...
    via http://deutscheundjapaner.com/projects/kalendervorschau...

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