In which I share an online publishing lesson: why you’re better off keeping your back-end software transitions separate from your front-end design revamps.
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.
The Bay Bridge’s new eastern span is about to open. When they started building it over a decade ago, I was beginning work on my book Dreaming in Code. As I began digging into the history of software development projects and their myriad delays and disasters, I kept encountering the same line: Managers and executives […]
One little article I wrote 15 years ago for Salon has been making the rounds again recently (probably because Andrew Leonard recently linked to it — thanks, Andrew!). This piece was notable because it introduced Salon’s readers to a new service with the unlikely name of Google. My enthusiastic endorsement was based entirely on my […]
“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 […]
Ignite talks are an exquisite form of self-torture for which you voluntarily stand in front of a crowd and give a five-minute talk timed to twenty slides that advance, inexorably, every 15 seconds. At the end of last year I gave one of these talks at NewsFoo, and the kind folks who organized that event […]
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 […]