Looking for a book following the “life” of four atoms

Some years ago I picked up a nonfiction book that I think begins with the creation of four atoms in a supernova, and follows the path of these atoms as one becomes part of a new star, one becomes part of a life form, one falls into a black hole, etc. For some reason my wife returned that book, and I have just spent a half hour looking for it,…

The Economics of Blogging and The Huffington Post – NYTimes.com

Thoughtful analysis of the economics of the Huffington Post sale. The indie bloggers (which were a prominent part of the original mission of the site, and were responsible, through their inbound links, for giving the site its initial buzz, contribute only in a small way to the site’s income. One reason that The Huffington Post gets a lot of criticism for not paying its bloggers is because most people think…

Hacking the WordPress Calendar Widget

I’m fine-tuning my WordPress multisite blog installation. A blog is designed to look into the past, not the future. While it was a simple matter to turn MovableType into a rudimentary course management system by simply post-dating blog entries, WordPress goes out of its way to hide future content. I use the plugin “No Future Posts” to make future-dated posts appear on the site, but the calendar widget is designed…

Indie Journalists React to Huffington Post Sale

When the Huffington Post launched in 2005, I wondered, “What will be the contributions of a large bunch of people, who could have blogged on their own if they wanted to, but were motivated to do so by the Arianna Huffington brand name?”  On launch day, Many of the celebrities-turned-writers wrote initial entries that amounted to, “My homework assignment was to post a blog entry… how does this work?” Huffington…