Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Paul Saffo, Forecaster for the Institute for the Future, discusses media, technology, and the future in this San Francisco Chronicle interview:

"Q: You've written that "Information Age" is "a profoundly wrongheaded description" of our times. What would be a better phrase?

A: It's not information. It's media. This is why I think it's been so hard for traditional media to cover what's going on. I can't imagine how you can find the discipline to be emotionally detached reporting on a revolution, the winds of which are blowing right down the hallways of the publication you work for. That's like an orthopedic surgeon trying to perform arthroscopic surgery on their own knee. It's possible, but it's hard to see through all the pain. It really is a media revolution and I think the closest parallel is what happened in the 1950s with the rise of television. The arrival of television established a mass-media order that dominated the last 50 years. This is a personal media revolution. The distinction between the old order and the new order is very important. Television delivered the world to our living room. In the old media, all we could do was press our noses against the glass and watch. This new world of personal media -- the Web, the Internet and et cetera -- not only delivers the world to your living rooms, but everywhere. And we get to answer back. And we're expected to answer back."

Monday, February 27, 2006

VideoSift brings you the best of GoogleVideo and YouTube videos as voted on by VideoSift users.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Take the quiz to find out "Which Peanuts Character are you?"

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

The web site The #1 Song on this Date in History lets you find out what was the #1 song in the country on the day you were born, the day you graduated from high school, or any other day since 1940.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Monday, February 20, 2006

Bruce Sterling explains "The Futures Of Money" in this Forbes article.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

The blog Get Human has compiled telephone cheat codes and tips to get through the computer and talk to a live human when calling various businesses and government agencies.

Monday, February 13, 2006

The American Book Review lists their choices for the 100 Best First Lines from Novels.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Cheney accidentally shoots fellow hunter. Somehow I'm not surprised.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

Edward Jay Epstein explains why Hollywood is making fewer original movies in this Slate article.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Here's a video clip of Tyson the Skateboarding Bulldog. Tyson's website includes FAQs and more pictures and movies.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

This video clip shows an amazing example of Octopus Camouflage.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Frank Calliendo impersonates John Madden, President Bush, and other celebrities during an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman in this video clip.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

This ThingsAsian article discusses "The Curious Case of Jim Thompson, Thai Silk King.

"On Easter Day, 1967, American businessman and founder of the modern Thai silk industry James H.W. Thompson disappeared while supposedly on a stroll in the jungle-clad Cameron Highlands, central Malaysia."