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  • Book posters

    I love these book posters by Gunter Rambow from the 1970s, especially this one: (via @michaelbierut) Tags: books   design   Gunter Rambow...
  • Copying is my way of learning

    From Portraits in Creativity, a video profile of Maira Kalman, doer of many wonderful things. Kalman's newest book is Girls Standing on Lawns, a collaboration with MoMA and Daniel Handler (aka Lemo...
  • Songs that time forgot

    Over at Very Small Array, an analysis of the obscurity of hit songs, i.e. which top ten songs from each year since 1900 have remained popular and which have been lost to the sands of time. Of the leas...
  • The true cost of a cheeseburger

    Mark Bittman on the true cost of producing a hamburger, after accounting for externalities like carbon generation and obesity. Cheeseburgers are the coal of the food world, with externalities in spad...
  • The Imitation Game

    The Imitation Game is a historical drama about Alan Turing, focusing on his efforts in breaking the Enigma code during WWII. Benedict Cumberbatch plays Alan Turing. Here's a trailer: Tags: Alan Turi...
  • 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 World's Most Badass ... Vespa Scooter?!

    Photo: C. Galliani/WikimediaQuick, what does the word "Vespa" bring to mind? If you say "cute lil' scooter," you probably haven't seen this image above of the Vespa 150 TAP (for Tr...
  • Scientifically Accurate Spider-Man

    (Maximumble/Chris Hallbeck)He's Spider-Man. Did you think that was just a costume? Nah, man. He was bitten by an actual spider. If you want to survive, you should have gotten caught by Charles Xavier.
  • The Summit Scaling Subculture of Highpointing

    Highpointing is a sport, or hobby, in which people aim to climb the highest point in different geographical areas, like the highest point in all 50 states, or the highest points in one’s home co...
  • One Simple Chart Shows 72 Uses For Common Household Products

    People have been using common substances like citrus juices, oils and vinegars for cooking, as household cleaners and personal grooming products, for centuries, and many of the store bought products...
  • Drawings That Practically Define "Photorealism"

    Malaysian artist Monica Lee may spend up to a month on a single drawing until she decides it is complete, but the result is photorealist nirvana. “I like to challenge myself with...
  • July 22, 2014

    With Israel and Hamas each dedicated to the other’s destruction, a two-state solution is very far away. Three takeaways from the demise of Kerry’s attempt to broker an agreement between Isra...
  • The Art of Swimming

    by Emma Winsor Wood Three near-drownings elucidate the wisdom of a 17th-century guide to swimming safety and technique.
  • July 21, 2014

    Amid shelling and carnage in Ukraine, Dutch forensics experts reach the MH17 passengers’ remains. Malaysia Airlines’ flight path was considered safe and legal and was well-traversed by o...
  • Kodak City

    Photographer Catherine Leutenegger chronicles the decline of the Eastman Kodak Corporation and the city built by Big Yellow.
  • July 18, 2014

    Washington believes Moscow’s behind the downing of a plane over eastern Ukraine; EU powers say wait and see. Ukraine releases audio from what it says are phone calls between rebels and Russian...
  • 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 Presidents to ex-cons, were worthy of respect.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • → The Talk Show: Cat Pictures

    I talked to John Gruber for over 3 hours, and he actually used it all. ∞ Permalink...
  • Initial Overcast Reviews

    Many great ones, including: Federico Viticci (MacStories) Jason Snell (Macworld) Rene Ritchie (iMore) Benjamin Mayo (9to5Mac) John Chidgey (Tech Distortion) Josh Centers (TidBITS) Steven Aquino (on...
  • → Accidental Tech Podcast: One Of Us Shipped Something

    Unfortunately, it wasn’t Fast Text for iOS 7. Sponsored by Fracture, Squarespace, and Need. ∞ Permalink...
  • 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 22, 2014

    With Israel and Hamas each dedicated to the other’s destruction, a two-state solution is very far away. Three takeaways from the demise of Kerry’s attempt to broker an agreement between Isra...
  • The Art of Swimming

    by Emma Winsor Wood Three near-drownings elucidate the wisdom of a 17th-century guide to swimming safety and technique.
  • July 21, 2014

    Amid shelling and carnage in Ukraine, Dutch forensics experts reach the MH17 passengers’ remains. Malaysia Airlines’ flight path was considered safe and legal and was well-traversed by o...
  • Kodak City

    Photographer Catherine Leutenegger chronicles the decline of the Eastman Kodak Corporation and the city built by Big Yellow.
  • July 18, 2014

    Washington believes Moscow’s behind the downing of a plane over eastern Ukraine; EU powers say wait and see. Ukraine releases audio from what it says are phone calls between rebels and Russian...
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