Esther Dyson must be the most demanding networker on the planet. It turns out she favours LinkedIn for her day-to-day people wrangling. She has some pretty specific requirements for her networking software. You probably wouldn’t go too far wrong copying and pasting them into your own requirements statement if you’re building yourself a networking app… Continue reading Dyson’s networking needs
When I was a kid I used to lie in bed at night with my crappy Sanyo radio and roam the shortwave bands. I loved those voices from distant places. My favourite was Radio Tirana. On the nightly English-language news a male/female duo with the plummiest RP delivery imaginable (accents presumably acquired at Oxbridge and… Continue reading Through the looking glass
Here’s a really fascinating peek inside the Movable Type machine from Mena Trott. Like a lot of inventors, she’s giving up the CEO role in favour of a more experienced operator. People usually keep schtum about this kind of thing… While I’m posting business stuff, a terrific piece from Business Week about the decline of… Continue reading Two kinds of business insight
Ivan reckons I should have written something about the Graf Report. Of course he’s right – I’ll get around to it – but, in the meantime, here’s a useful statistical analysis of the report from Azeem.
Azeem wrote an excellent review of two new books about intellectual property – one from the sainted Larry Lessig and one from William Fisher – a more level-headed Harvard law professor. I missed the review because Azeem hid it away in the weird Libertarian-Trotskyist thicket they call Spiked. Definitely worth a read.
Ivan alerts me to this genuinely amazing web site (with real historic value). Jonathan at Things to this lovely linklog (apparently run by estate agents), David Galbraith to this niche weblog (with a staggering PageRank of 9) and Robin Kearney to this excellent Mac weblog (quite geeky).
I sold a lens on eBay the other day and my buyer wrote to tell me he’d seen the pics on my weblog and that I have ‘great Bokeh’. So now I can confirm that Bokeh is not a Japanese sexual practice but the word photographers use for those blurred discs you see in the… Continue reading Got Bokeh?
I can’t tell you how much it cheers me up to learn that the number 2 result for ‘hummer h2‘ at Google is a marvelous bit of brand mischief called Fuck You and Your H2. So far, 845 people have taken the trouble to give the finger to a Hummer, take a photograph and upload… Continue reading A car for cartoon villains
The esteemed Phil Gyford just digitised a decade-and-a-half of radio recordings from audio cassette. That sounds like a public service to me – if he now feels able to feed that lot into a respectable P2P network I think he’ll have markedly enriched the public domain and will surely one day get an MBE (Phil’s… Continue reading MP3 thoughts
Saw the two Nissan Figaros in the top pic on a forecourt round the corner – someone’s obviously developing a specialism. Why, meanwhile, in the ocean of car choice, is there so little real variation? The design vocabulary of cars is so restricted and advances so slowly. What are the keywords on the mood boards… Continue reading Why don’t more cars look like this?