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17 Apr 14

Love the cake that eisakoff made in honor of mcibooks 25th anniversary.. So creative! --- Happy…

16 Apr 14

""The donor didn’t think he was inspirational enough," Bratton recalls. "He didn’t tell a story that [the donor] could feel good about." That an actual scientist would be advised to model himself after a popularizer with a packed corporate-speaking schedule struck Bratton as "frightening."

TED and its cousin events create the expectation that problems like inequality and environmental degradation can be solved without rethinking any of our underlying assumptions about society, Bratton argues. History has ended; only the apps and robots will keep getting better. Over 30 years, he says, TED "has distorted the conversation we have about technology and innovation. The uncomfortable, the ambivalent, the real difficulties we have get shunted aside.""

16 Apr 14

@dangillmor clips from my Xerox PARC launch lecture were shown: e.g. an document id: fun

Got an invite to buy Google Glass. To me they seem the leafblowers of personal tech. Handy for owner, nuisance for everyone else

It's the thought that counts. The number that thinks. The letter that breaks your heart.

@brewster_kahle @dangillmor I can testify about WAIS '91. "I have no idea, you'd have to ask Brewster, he probably knows." This is a fact.
16 Apr 14

RT @dphiffer “After years of collecting information, however, the police acknowledged that it never generated a lead”

16 Apr 14

How the Source Family turned "Sex, Drugs, and Rock n' Roll" into a cult

15 Apr 14

"Economist Andrew McAfee suggests that, yes, probably, droids will take our jobs — or at least the kinds of jobs we know now. In this far-seeing talk, he thinks through what future jobs might look like, and how to educate coming generations to hold them."

15 Apr 14

Breaking news: @DonnaTartt wint #PulitzerPrize!

15 Apr 14

"My son, however, was opposed to the idea. “You’re not going to put that on Facebook, are you?” he demanded, flashing me the look my husband and I had long ago named his “dark and stormy.”

Yes, I told him: “You are my child, and I’m proud of you.”

“But it’s my picture,” he said. “And I don’t want it on your Facebook page.”"

14 Apr 14

"Each year, the average American spends nearly 2,000 hours working. For many, that time passes inside the three little walls of a modern cubicle.

Writer Nikil Saval explores these odd spaces—how they came to be, how they make us feel—in his new book Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace. I spoke to Saval about the modern office, and a lightly edited transcript of our conversation follows.

Your book is, as I see it, about twin themes: the spaces we work in, and the quality or character of the work itself. Can you talk, just briefly, about the relationship between those two ideas?

I’ve found that space in an office often reflects the way power operates in a workplace: design expresses (though not in a simple way) relationships of hierarchy, control, and authority."

14 Apr 14

30 years ago I proudly toted this "sissy" box with me to @MIT as a freshman:

13 Apr 14

if you missed the plenary panel “The Web we want” (on next 25 yrs of Web) w/@timberners_lee - see it at

12 Apr 14

More from our multimedia The #NextAmerica essay: The Technology gap among generations

12 Apr 14

Fantastic news: Sylvia Mathews Burwell To Replace Sebelius As U.S. Health And Human Services Secretary

Slid over to Charlottesville to hear my internet hero @zephoria talk big data, policy, privacy at Mr. Jefferson's university

No mere cake can withstand the attack of the intrepid W3C team! #www2014
11 Apr 14

"Just as a smartphone isn’t a PC, only smaller, VR isn’t going to be a smartphone, only attached to your face."

Thrilled to discover that my server's OpenSSL is *too old* to have Heartbleed. Let that be a lesson to you, Son. Never upgrade.
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