Archives for June, 2009

One fall to the finish, no count-outs, no disqualifications, for the World Heavyweight Guru Championship of the World. Two gurus locked inside a steel cage. Malcolm “Outlier” Gladwell reviews Chris “Long Tail” Anderson’s new book, Free: The Future of a Radical Price, in the New Yorker. There are four strands of argument here: a technological…

Simon Owens interviews Scott Rosenberg over at Bloggasm. Lately, there has been no shortage of journalists that have announced- usually as a form of link bait — the “death of blogging” as social news and microblogging continue to grow in market share, but Rosenberg’s book is a tribute to the medium’s still-immense power as we…

Digital Natives will move markets and transform industries, education, and global politics. the changes they bring about as they move into the workforce could have an immendsely positive effect on the world we live in. By and large, the digital revolution has already made this world a better place. And Digital Natives have every chance…

Rush on over to Feminist SF — The Blog and read this very funny — and thought-provoking, to boot — post: How to know if you’re reading a bad book. Here’s a couple of the short ones: 5. Does anyone lurk? If someone’s lurking, you might be reading a Bad Book. 11. Does the book…

A thought experiment. It all started with this Ray Bradbury quote in the New York Times: “Libraries raised me,” Mr. Bradbury said. “I don’t believe in colleges and universities. I believe in libraries because most students don’t have any money. When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no…

York University’s difficult year

Although I didn’t blog about it at all (I did Twitter and Friendfeed about it a bit), many of you are probably aware that my work place, York University (Wikipedia) in Toronto, had a very difficulty time this past academic year with a strike, student protests and unrest as well as some disturbing on-campus violence.…

Father’s Day!

Yesterday was Father’s Day, of course, always a fun occasion for us dads. I’m generally not a huge fan of fake holidays but I usually find a way to make peace with them if they’re all about presents for me. In any case, I thought I’d share my take for this year as I think…

This is the third in my informal trilogy on engaging in social media. The first two are here and here. I left off last time with this sentiment: It seems to me that one possibility if we want to engage these groups, is that we have to figure out where they already are and how…

From McSweeny’s, this is both very funny and very poignant. A working day’s worth of tweets from a public librarian. Boy wants book on how to make paper airplanes. I challenge him to a paper airplane contest. about 3 hours ago from web *snip* Ask patron not to talk on their cell phone. They explain…

Some highlights from the IEEE’s very fine Annals of the History of Computing, v31i2. You’ll need a subscription to the magazine to access it on the IEEE’s site. Anecdotes: Prototype Fragments from Babbage’s First Difference Engine by Roegel, Denis Biographies: Tom Kilburn: A Pioneer of Computer Design by Anderson, David P. Think Piece: Preserving Records…

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