This slightly sarcastic and relatively balanced New Yorker review explains, in detail, the evolution of Amazon’s Kindle reading device, notes its competitors, examines its many shortcomings, both glaring and subtle, and concludes that purpose-built reading devices have a long way to go, while truly new and useful devices, like the iPhone, are making more and faster progress.
Set the passcode lock and you’re pretty darn safe. Also means a remote wipe takes seconds, not hours, as with the previous iPhones. Now if I could just get this in my laptop!
Peter Singer’s long-overdue entry into the current national health care debate. Of course none of the people on TV and radio whose job is to yell and stir up passion will care about his logic. Hopefully enough rational people will. Because he is right.
And in the process, reignited the assisted suicide debate in Britain.
With a 0.1 second margin. What an upset!
That’s pretty classy.
The destructive tenure of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
Donna Reed saved hundreds of letters from star-struck World War II servicemen. Her children discovered them in a shoebox.
Yesterday the cashier at Shaw’s was confused and dismayed when I paid for my groceries in cash, and she wasn’t afraid to show it. I’ve been getting more of that recently. But she’s going to need to change her attitude if credit card companies go through with their threats to bring back annual fees, charge interest immediately on purchases, and raise the transaction fees charged to merchants, who will then pass them on to customers. Something tells me cash might be coming back into vogue…
From the Boston Globe‘s Big Picture blog. The images from Mexico are particularly interesting.
Clay Shirky’s thoughtful and important exploration of the death of the newspaper industry (and by extension, all publishing operations) at the hands of the internet. He says we are entering a time of upheaval and chaos similar to the 1500s after the invention of the printing press.
The speech Richard Nixon would have given had Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made it to the Moon but been stranded there due to unforeseen technical problems.
Shaina’s post about our visit is more interesting than mine. Sadly she missed our picnicking while watching the Paris Marathon on the final day.
If nothing else, Charlie’s tactics are resulting in massive publicity for his cause.
Beck’s 1933 London Underground map, an iconic design that removed curves, distorted distances, and used consistent iconography to create clarity, was replicated around the world over the following decades. But the Paris Metro held out, only adopting a Beck-like design in the early 1990s.
I love it when Onion articles are written with this level of care.