Flashback 9/11

I’ve been spending a lot of time digging through the blogospheric record of 9/11. And it’s brought back some of my memories of those tense days and weeks — less tense in San Francisco, certainly, than in New York, but jittery nonetheless. And I can’t help thinking, again, as I have before — on the […]

Everything connects


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John Muir quote

For something like 25 years I have had a postcard (now tattered and brown-edged) taped near wherever I write: One reason I became a writer is that I love the sensation of finding connections. It can stun me, make me laugh, or help me feel that I understand the universe just a little bit better. […]

Checked out for a bit

We’ve been on vacation this week — springtime on the Pacific coast! — so no posts about Hillary vs. Obama, the transformation of the WSJ by Rupert Murdoch (the original Mediogre) or anything much else. LATE CLARIFICATION: There was no seal massacre! These mothers and pups are just taking a little break (as we were).

Obama’s fundraiser, Mayhill Fowler, and the “supporter/reporter” question

Here’s a fascinating story from Jay Rosen about the Off the Bus blogger who first reported on Obama’s “bitter in Pennsylvania” comments. It turns out, as so many important stories do, to be far more complex and nuanced than anything you’re likely to have heard on TV or in the papers, which mostly preferred not […]

Times/Journal convergence

As long as I can remember I’ve read the New York Times (I grew up in NYC). Since the mid 90s — when I moved from being a newspaper critic to the Web universe, both covering it and participating in it — I’ve also read the Wall Street Journal daily. The Journal, despite its paleolithic […]

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to write Facebook apps

My friend and former colleague Chad Dickerson has a great post about Facebook developers reliving the perennial platform-developer’s nightmare: if you build something really wonderful, sooner or later the platform owner incorporates what you invented into the core software. This line should be savored: As the old Santayana quote goes, “those who do not learn […]

Links for April 7th

Tom Lehrer’s “That Was the Year That Was”: Lehrer’s best album, now in live video. I absorbed it as a young boy in the mid ’60s, listening to the LP, lying on the floor of my older brother’s room; I learned what nuclear proliferation was, and who Werner von Braun was, and what “genuflect” meant, […]