Caring for Your Online Introvert →
Joanne McNeil talks about introversion on the Internet in this perceptive article. One of the things I like best about going online is that it can be exactly what you want it to be — you can be hyper-social which seems to get all of the press these days, but you can also tone it down and explore, create, and contribute without being “out there” all of the time. It might...
Quitting Facebook is Pointless; Challenging Them... →
I know, I just can’t stop. Forgive me. This article by danah boyd on Fast Company is just too important to ignore. She rightly argues that quitting Facebook for the wrong reasons won’t help. I deleted my Facebook account because it wasn’t working for me, because I was sick of their shenanigans, and because I’m not so deeply invested in it that quitting will impact me in...
Quantum teleportation achieved over 16 km →
Another thing to remind us we’re in the 21st Century — the Chinese have successfully teleported information over a distance of 10 miles, shattering previous distance records. Sure, this means that there’s the potential for doing this over even greater distances, creating new communications methods that can revolutionize data transfer, but honestly, I don’t care about...
The Complete Guide to Capturing Woot! Off Loot →
I’m a big fan of Woot!, and an even bigger fan of a Woot! Off… If you’ve never experienced the excitement one of these crazy shopping frenzies, be sure to check out this Lifehacker guide that explains how to make the most of them.
Facebook, MySpace Confront Privacy Loophole →
This will be the last anti-Facebook post until the next round of oh-my-god stupidity comes to light. I’m so tired of this… The Wall Street Journal reports that Facebook (and a whole bunch of other social networking sites) revealed personally-identifiable information to advertisers without consent, even though they promised not to. Will there be any real consequence for violating the...
Google Font Directory →
Google’s done something cool again, and it’s awesomely geeky this time — they’ve created and hosted a series of custom web fonts that designers can use to easily integrate beautiful new typography on their pages. I like it so much, I’ve changed my logo and post titles to a new font. If you’re on a newish browser, you should see the difference. What do you...
Steam for Mac + Free Portal →
I try not to duplicate tweets and blog posts, but this deal isn’t to be missed, if you haven’t already heard… Internet gaming service Steam is celebrating their Mac version launch by giving away the acclaimed Portal free (for both Mac and Windows) until May 24th. This is a very, very good game for a very, very good price. Anyone selling spare time, now?
Why I Steal Movies… Even Ones I'm In →
Peter Serafinowicz writes a fantastic article for Gizmodo, discussing the paradox and challenge of our switch to primarily digital media. It’s an excellent read, and I certainly agree that we need to find a new entertainment business model. Artists certainly need to be paid, but consumers need to be served, too. [via /.]
Internet Use Makes Us Happier →
Good. I needed to clear that nasty anti-Net Neutrality stuff from my system. Time Magazine lets us know about research from the UK that says using the Internet, as you are right this moment, can make you happier. I know that my life is certainly better because of this thing, on many levels. How about you? [via The Slatest]
Anti-Net Neutrality ads have arrived →
The BBC reports on US ISP’s new advertising campaign to quash the FCC’s recent Net Neutrality initiative, casting it as a “Washington takeover”. Let’s see, now… ISP’s are government-mandated monopolies that are guaranteed profits, and we must pay them to access the Internet services and sites that we want. Now, they want to be able to give preferential...
The Power of Role Playing →
Take a look at what the Make A Wish foundation did for Erik Martin, a 13-year-old Seattle boy who wished to become a superhero for a day. I really like these reminders that I share the planet with some really good people, and, of course, Electron Boy. [via io9]