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Month: January 2006 (page 1 of 3)

What censorship does.

Compare the searches for “tiananmen” on regular Google and on Google China. (via Dave Farber)

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Queen of Narnia.

tilda swinton as the white witch, in chariotChronicles of Narnia is a pretty good movie, with some truly beautiful visual effects (especially those to do with snow, fur, and talking animals). But Tilda Swinton as the White Witch is an awesome villain, maybe one of the greats — right up there with Darth Vader and Khan.… Read the rest

iPod/iTunes tip.

When you install iTunes for Windows, it defaults to the setting that automatically keeps your iPod in sync with your iTunes library. That means if your computer doesn’t have much music on it, and you plug in an iPod that you’d topped off with music from another computer, all the music on your iPod will get wiped out.… Read the rest

Jobs vs. Gates: Who’s the Star?

Steve Jobs: tightfisted rich bastard? Wired News: Jobs vs. Gates: Who’s the Star?

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True music.

Chavez RavineI’ve been listening to Ry Cooder’s album Chavez Ravine for about half a year now. It’s an amazing album — an impressionistic, lively, even danceable historical tour through the Chavez Ravine neighborhood of Los Angeles — a predominantly Mexican neighborhood that was bulldozed in the 1950s to make room for Dodger Stadium.… Read the rest

Loving, by Henry Green.

Loving; Living; Party Going (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)Set among the servants and masters in a huge, old Irish castle during World War II, this is a masterfully-written, very modern, short novel (published 1945) with beautiful, restrained description and pitch-perfect dialogue. There’s very little interiority–you almost never learn what the characters actually think, and some of the descriptions are even hedged, as if conditional or uncertain.… Read the rest

Always make new mistakes.

Seven years ago, I started a company called Utipia with two other people: a fellow journalist, and a talented developer who happened to be my brother. We wrote a business plan, raised some money from friends and family, incorporated, and built a working demo to show how our clever content could be cleverly delivered to the web sites of our nonexistent partners.… Read the rest

Screening the Latest Bestseller.

My story on the Sony Reader and the e-book market is the lead story on Wired News this morning. Check it out!

Wired News: Screening the Latest Bestseller

image of Sony Reader

Electronic books have traditionally gone straight from the manufacturer to the remainders bin — but the market has never gone away entirely, despite years of tepid sales and failed predictions.

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Screening the Latest Bestseller

Electronic books have traditionally gone straight from the manufacturer to the remainders bin — but the market has never gone away entirely, despite years of tepid sales and failed predictions.

Now a new device from Sony is generating buzz worthy of a Stephen King novel.… Read the rest

Banjo ancestors

History, from the kingdom of Akkad all the way to Earl Scruggs: Banjo Ancestors: The Lutes of West Africa, By Shlomo Pestcoe

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