Creating a Culture of Ideas

“[B]eing innovative flies in the face of what almost all parents want for their children, most CEOs want for their companies, and heads of states want for their countries. And innovative people are a pain in the ass…. [S]ome things?the nature of higher education among them?will have to change in order to ensure a perpetual source of new ideas. ” Nicholas Negroponte –Creating a Culture of IdeasTechnology Review)

The Year the Music Died

“Rightly or wrongly, record companies are detested by politicians (for corrupting youth), by webcasters (for demanding royalties), and by their customers (for inflating prices). Musicians and songwriters are famous for loathing the labels… Radio and MTV aren’t in the industry’s corner… And the electronics industry’s attitude toward the labels is summed up by an Apple slogan: Rip. Mix. Burn. Which, a music executive once told me, translates into…” Charles C.…

Doctors Reattach Teen's Head after Car Wreck

“Doctors had never seen such injuries. It almost didn’t matter that he had a broken clavicle, pelvis, tailbone and ribs. They were stunned to learn of the injury to his neck that technically ripped off his head.” –Doctors Reattach Teen’s Head after Car WreckABC News) While this makes interesting reading, the article seems to be playing games with time. In order to make this story seem fresh, the second paragagraph…

The Music Industry and the "Big Flip"

“This is all part of the Big Flip in publishing generally, where the old notion of ‘filter, then publish’ is giving way to ‘publish, then filter.’ There is no need for Slashdot’s or Kuro5hin’s owners to sort the good posts from the bad in advance, no need for Blogdex or Daypop to pressure people not to post drivel, because lightweight filters applied after the fact work better at large scale…

Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia, Reaches its 100,000th Article

“Wikipedia ( http://www.wikipedia.org ), a community-built multilingual encyclopedia, is announcing that the English edition of the project has reached a milestone of 100,000 articles in development…. Wikipedia is a public WikiWikiWeb, a website where anyone can edit any article at any time. Users build upon each other’s edits, and vandalized articles are quickly repaired by restoring an older version. In Wikipedia’s second year, thousands of volunteer editors from around the…

Origin of the Term "Spam" to Mean Net Abuse

“I went on a mission of etymological research. In this article you’ll learn how the term, born of canned ham, moved into BBSs and MUDS and then was applied to USENET postings and E-mail. I’ve put in a short history of the earliest big spams, including a special page about the first E-mail spam from 1978. (You’ll be astounded to see which net celebrity defends the spam. But we were…