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Paul Sanders on a mailing list wrote the following: And I can assure anyone who is feeling a bit hot under the collar about the music industry in general, that the thing they fear in corporate HQs and trade associations far far more than the digital consumer and bittorrent etc., is an ...
The Digital Public Library of America is looking for an executive director. This is an incredible opportunity to make a difference. I think it’d be fantastic if this person were to come out of the large, community-based Web collaboration space, but there are many other ways for the DPL...
Paul Deschner and I had a fascinating conversation yesterday with Jeffrey Wallman, head of the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center about perhaps getting his group’s metadata to interoperate with the library metadata we’ve been gathering. The TBRC has a fantastic collection of Tibetan book...
No, I’m not suggesting that we amend the Constitution to guarantee American citizens a right to access the open Internet. I’m suggesting that it’s weird that from all the rights we could imagine — a right to an education, to adequate health care, to equal pay for equal work — we contin...
Sure, laugh, but what an opportunity! We need an app that lets you adjust the size of an on-screen grid in order to guide your knife cuts. Everyone becomes a master chef! Million dollar idea! I give it to you for free! (Hat tip to Bob Morris and Gregor Hagedorn.)
The American Psychiatric Association has approved its new manual of diagnoses — Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders — after five years of controversy [nytimes]. For example, it has removed Aspberger’s as a diagnosis, lumping it in with autism, but it has split out hoa...
Those of us who are not-so-secretly hoping that Stephen Colbert might actually run for Senate should take a look at Beppe Grillo‘s career in Italy. A controversial political comedian and a leading blogger — he’s got some Al Franken and some George Carlin as well as some Colbert in him ...
What do you think are the best examples of Web-based echo chambers? These are the examples you’d point to if you wanted someone to see what an echo chamber is. By “echo chamber” I mean a Web site where people with the same beliefs and values hang out, egg each other on, and do not [......
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the author of The Black Swan (a book about modeling that is unlikely to star Natalie Portman) has a new book out — Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder — that has been excerpted by Salon in an article titled “The future will not be cool.” I haven’t read th...
The video from the November 19 Berkman discussion of the intersection of Hollywood and the Web is now up. Here’s the panel discussion before screening of We Made This Movie, with Rob Burnett (the movie’s co-writer/director) [twitter:robburnett1], Elaine McMillion, and me, moderated by ...
I get lost in my browser tabs all the time. The place I most often want to go is back to the tab I was just in. On Firefox, there are a few utilities that let me do that. My nephew Joel Weinberger has written one that does that and nothing but that for Chrome. [...]
No it’s not. From our local Shaw’s grocery store.
I greatly enjoyed last weeks’s Berkman Center event about some of the ways the Web is affecting the movie industry, which included a screening of an indie movie that has been released only on the Web. First here was a panel discussion with Rob Burnett [twitter:robburnett1], Elaine McMi...
Jonathan Kamens has started a petition to the White House to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA). Here’s the nut of his explanation: The Electronic Communications Privacy Act protects the privacy of your email, requiring law-enforcement authorities to show probable ...
NASA, getting all sciency on us, is apparently sitting on a potentially historic discovery by the Curiosity rover on Mars until further tests can confirm it. Confirm shmonfirm! This is the Internet! What do you think Curiosity has discovered on Mars? An AOL CD offering 500 free hours? ...
This isn’t news. I’m just slow. But in July, Mozilla announced it will launch its new mobile operating system in Brazil. The plan, apparently, is to focus first on emerging markets. The Mozilla mobile OS is going to be completely open, based on HTML 5. This means you won’t have to deve...
From an email: …an online discussion on Open Access (OA) from the perspective of the developing world. Funded by DFID, through the Mobilising Knowledge for Development (MK4D) programme in the Institute for Development Studies at Sussex University, and managed through the African Common...
Dear Joe, Congratulations on your victory! I’m proud to have you as our new Congressperson from the 12th district here in Brookline and environs. Barney Frank has left you some big shoes to fill, and I’m looking forward to watching you lace up. Barney did a great job representing our l...
AKMA points to an experiment by Errol Morris that confirms AKMA’s long-held theory that typeface affects credibility. At the low end, unsurprisingly, is comic sans. At the high end: Georgia…which happens to be my favorite font. This is part of AKMA’s larger hypothesis that “‘the meanin...
On August 11, 1987, Apple genius Bill Atkinson — and this was before every kid in a clean shirt was a candidate for Apple Genius — held a press conference at MacWorld to unveil HyperCard. I was there. I watched Atkinson’s presentation as a PR/marketing guy at a software company, and as...
I’m enjoying my friend Peter Suber’s small book Open Access. He’s a very clear and concise writer, and of course he knows this topic better than anyone. Here are some facts Peter mentions: In 2008, Harvard subscribed to 98,900 serials. Yale subscribed to 73,900. “The best-funded resear...
From a post by ireadfaux at Reddit.com: So a couple of days ago Bieber’s album ‘Believe’ went platinum. Twitter blew up about it and millions of his followers were congratulating him – as they do…. But here is an interesting thought…. A platinum album is 1 millions sales…. Bieber has 2...
I wasn’t sure how to title this post from a few weeks ago by Ethan Zuckerman. His own title is also inadequate: “Kenya, Power, and Questioning My Assumptions.” It’s not so much that the title is bad as that the post is too, too rich. Holy cow, Ethan is a good writer. And this piece [.....
I wanted to replace the smashed screen of a white MacBook, and found what seemed like a very good price from Wegener. The new screen arrived very quickly, and was exactly as described. But when I started to strip down the MacBook, I discovered I had ordered the wrong screen. It’s surpr...
TITLE: [berkman] Brad Abruzzi on authorship and publishing BODY: Brad Abruzzi, author of the NJ Famous Turnpike Witch, a novel I really liked, is talking about the trajectory of authorship, at a Berkman lunch. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key info...
The Berkman Center’s David O’Brien, Urs Gasser, and John Palfrey have just posted a 29-page “briefing paper” on the various models and licenses by which libraries are providing access to e-books. It’s not just facts ‘n’ stats by any means, but here are some anyway: “According to the 20...
Rick Klau points [g+] to a feature of Google Docs spreadsheets I didn’t know about (although I’m far from a spreadsheet maven): It can automatically include a table from any HTML document accessible on the Web. It turns out it can also include the contents of lists. It’s not the most i...
Wow. An adviser has explained to the Brits that Romney better understands and appreciates the UK because Romney is Anglo-Saxon: We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he feels that the special relationship is special,” the adviser said of Mr Romney, adding: “The White House didn’t...
A series of 5-min lightning talks. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small matters. Paraphrasing badly. Not running a spellpchecker. Mangling other people’s ideas and words. You are w...
Michael Carroll, from American University Washington College of Law, is talking about “Copyright and Digital Preservation: The Role of Open Licenses.” (Michael is on the board of Creative Commons.) NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Int...
Anil Dash (one of my heroes, and is also hilarious) is talking at a Library of Congress event on Digital Preservation, part of the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program. Anil’s talk is called “Make a Copy.” (Anil is now at ThinkUp.) Live Blogging Getting ...
Hallelujah! For years — literally years — I’ve been limping along with a blender full of spaghetti to do something that should be really simple: capture control key combos (like CTRL-S or CTRL-I) via Javascript in all the major browsers. I finally found some simple code that seems to w...
Actually, it’s more like Doc Searls: Wall Street Journal Cover Boy! It’s a testament to Doc and also a hopeful sign of the times that the WSJ today features on its weekend cover a story by Doc about the theme of his new book, The Intention Economy. The title of the piece is “The Custom...
BODY: I’m at the “Symposium on Digital Curation in the Era of Big Data” held by the Board on Research Data and Information of the National Research Council. These liveblog notes cover (in some sense — I missed some folks, and have done my usual spotty job on the rest) the morning sessi...
If you want to read a brilliant application of some of the ideas in Too Big to Know to our educational system, read A New Culture of Learning by Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown. And by “application of” I mean “It was written a year before my book came out and I feel like [...]...
It has been bruited about that maybe Yahoo has hired Marissa Mayer, employee #20 at Google, in order to get acquired by Google. I cannot see the sense in that as an acquisition tactic, but it has led to further speculation that Google is interested in Yahoo for its patents. Now that ma...
As you likely know, Google is in the midst of providing ‘ultra high speed fiber’ access to the residents of Kansas City (MO and KS). (‘Ultra high speed‘ means at least 1gb, which is 50x faster than your 10mg connection.) This has been positioned as an experiment, and as a poke in the e...
Guy Horton criticizes Michael Heiser’s new artwork at the LA County Museum of Art. I saw it a couple of weeks ago. And outwardly, it’s nothing but a giant rock with a walkway cut underneath it. But inwardly, it’s a big expensive rock with a pointless walkway cut underneath it. Aestheti...
The United States has scolded North Korea for staging some Disney shows without securing permission. North Koreans are stunted and blind from malnutrition. North Korea has hundreds of thousands of people in death camps, including the parents and children of those who violated some bull...