And … we’re back


A brief note here to acknowledge that this site has been mostly dormant for a couple years there while I worked a full-time-and-more job.

My time at Grist was happy indeed — but splitting my life between Seattle and the Bay Area finally became too much to handle. So as of the end of last month, I’ve stepped down from my job as executive editor, though I continue to work part time editing some great writers there.

“A large universe of documents”

w3c and buzzfeed2

“The WorldWideWeb (W3) is a wide-area hypermedia information retrieval initiative aiming to give universal access to a large universe of documents.” That’s how the Web first defined itself to the world. Today is apparently the 20th anniversary of the moment when Tim Berners-Lee and his colleagues at CERN, the advanced physics lab in Geneva, made […]


burning cash

Buried near the end of John Markoff’s front-page feature in the Times today about “deep learning”, neural-net-inspired software, this tidbit, which I think requires no further elaboration, but is worth noting, and noting again: One of the most striking aspects of the research led by Dr. [Geoffrey] Hinton is that it has taken place largely […]