Monthly Archives: August 2010

The Death of the Author (Long Live the Commenter!)

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Tweet The barriers to authorship are lower than ever — anyone can expound at length for free on any number of public platforms, and if you’re not the long-winded sort, microblogging pushes word-count pressure in the opposite direction. What I am finding very interesting at […]

LEDs are the New Sequins: Fashion, Crafting, and Wearable Technology

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Tweet I’ve recently become fascinated by the evolving world of wearable technology (sometimes called soft circuits or just wearables). Clothing and accessories that incorporate electronics and advanced technologies are something that belonged to SciFi movies and TV programs I was obsessed with as a kid, […]

The Social Network: Will You Unfriend Mark Zuckerberg after Seeing this Movie?

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Tweet If you’ve been to the movies in the past few weeks, chances are good that you’ve seen this trailer for The Social Network, the upcoming film about the very fraught beginnings of Facebook, penned by Aaron Sorkin and directed by David Fincher. The Social […]

Agile Comedy, Momofuku Ko, and Making Amazing Things Happen

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Tweet A recent New Yorker piece on the actor Steve Carell (subscription required) is actually a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how the process of creating funny movies has shifted from sequential and scripted to highly improvisational and highly iterative.  The old way — writing a movie, casting […]

It’s Not Just About Jailbreaking Your iPhone…

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Tweet Last week’s DMCA exemptions seem like a victory for users, but they really uncover a problem with our whole approach to DRM, copyright, and regulation. Last week, the U.S. Librarian of Congress released several exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) anti-circumvention provisions, […]