I’m a sucker for long range thinking like this note on the relative durability of storage media from Slashdot (thanks to Brad De Long for the link). Thinking long term, I just renewed my subscription to the indispensible Future Survey, “a monthly abstract of books, articles, and reports concerning forecasts, trends, and ideas about the… Continue reading Thinking long term
What’s a flow chart? “A method for showing how information flows around a system using stylised boxes and arrows which show the direction of flow?”. “A pictorial summary that shows with symbols and words the steps, sequence, and relationship of the various operations involved in the performance of a function or a process?” No. You… Continue reading Britain’s biggest flow chart magazine?
Michael Tomasky reviews William Langewiesche’s American Ground: Unbuilding the World Trade Center in the New York Review of Books. Langewiesche was the only journalist to be allowed access to Ground Zero for the whole of the cleanup process, conducted by the City’s previously obscure Department of Design and Construction, so this is a book about… Continue reading Two 9/11 books
Bloggers will love ‘The Museum of the Mind’, a new exhibition in The Great Court at the British Museum: odds and sods assembled to support a larger purpose – a sort of physical semantic web. The show is a clever window onto the museum’s vast collections focused on memory in all its aspects. Materials from… Continue reading Memory at the British Museum
Gordon Brown’s announcement of a larger quota for desperately needed overseas construction workers is cue for a good piece from Building magazine about migrant workers on UK sites. The article focuses on the experience of workers on the huge Paternoster Square development, next door to St Paul’s Cathedral in The City – from Italy, Hungary,… Continue reading Building Magazine on why construction needs migrant workers
Juliet’s latest Planet Parent column is up at Tigerchild. It’s about the remarkable ability of our 4 year-old Oliver to get spontaneously grubby.
12 or 13 years ago I used a Mac Word Processor called Nisus Writer. It was fast and cheap and it easily fit on a 400K floppy. I think I sort of assumed that Nisus had fallen beneath the wheels of the Word Juggernaut (like WordPerfect) but it’s just popped up again, in gorgeous OS… Continue reading Better Writer
Azeem explains Google’s acquisition of a search tech business called Applied Semantics. He also seems to think I should understand this well enough to provide some kind of commentary. Sadly he is wrong. Anyway, Applied Semantics sounds like something from a William Gibson novel.
Jonathan Bell, who looks after the excellent Things weblog, got an email off to me quicker than nine other people in response to this entry so he gets to read the LRB for nothing for the next year…
From The Bookseller. Ten (that’s all ten) of the current top ten bestsellers in the Children’s Non-fiction category are by the same author. They’re all from Terry Deary’s series of ‘Horrible Histories’ for secondary school kids, with names like ‘The Terrible Tudors‘, ‘The Barmy British Empire‘ and ‘The Rotten Romans‘. The thinning out of the… Continue reading Book trade snippets