Josh Mack blogging at the intersection of technology and the liberal arts, and occasionally on; bicycles, politics, Brooklyn, parenting, crafts, and good reading. Currently helping to build a new NYC neighborhood news site - nearsay.com, that celebrates the voices that make our city. Subscribe to the daily newsletter it gives you what you need to know.
"...do you find humans at all odd?" "Not really", replied Ashley after a moment's reflection, accelerating the globe and moving round into the midday region of the planet to make a full orbit before returning home, "but your obsession with networks takes a bit of getting used to. Still, it's understandable." "How do you mean?" "Because networks are everywhere. the road and rail systems, the postal service, the Internet, your friendships, family, electricity, water - everything on the planet is composed of networks." "But why understandable?" "Because it is the way you are built - your bodies use networks to pass information; your veins and arteries are networks to nourish your bodies. Your mind is a complicated network of nerve impulses. It's little wonder that networks dominate the planet - you have modeled your existence after the construction of your own minds."" - Jasper Fforde, The Fourth Bear (pg. 295)
Harriet, a tortoise that Darwin brought back with him from his travels to the Galapagos has died at the age of 176 of a heart attack caused by the excitement at Australia's getting through to the second round of the World Cup.
I've found two places near my office to watch games or parts of games as is more often the case.
Stich - A sports bar of sorts with so so food on 37th between 7th and 8th Avenue - closer to 8th. Lots of televisions and a projector and screen over the middle of the bar. I'm amazed by the number of people who are showing up and, also by the number of people who seem to live in the neighborhood at least I think they do since they are wearing shorts and flip flops.
Lazarro's - The odd pizza place located on the second floor of a small building on 38th and 7th - closer to 7th. very good thin crust pizza which you order by half or whole pie. They have a small bar/counter with three stools where you can eat and stare at the small television broadcasting the games in Spanish - Gooooooal.
Thank you Wikipedia for explaining to me why Group C (Holland, Argentina, Ivory Coast, Serbia & Montenegro) was called the Group of Death. Here I was thinking it had to do with politics and history and not the fact that they are in a situation "where all the teams present in one group are considered to be roughly equal in skill, or one or more of the 'underdog' teams could prove to
be a 'banana skin' for the favourite (or favourites) to proceed. Thus, due to the small difference in quality between the members, any team could plausibly qualify and any could plausibly be eliminated. It is, in other words, the most unpredictable group of the tournament."
I have to admit that I missed the entire conversion of The Williamsburg Savings Bank One Hanson Place into luxury condos. Now it seems it will have a Borders books. Of Course once Ratnerville gets built the views won't be quite the same. (via Curbed - who has detailed the whole thing)
Of course this being a blog about media and the Internet, I can't help but say that while the "ticker" idea is nice it would have been very easy for them to create a way for people to take the code and cover the my space and the blogosphere with the lyrics to "Impeach The President" or "I'm Living with War" or "America The Beautiful", as not everyone will take the time to look at the source code and figure out how to rip it out.
Updated account of Cindy Sheehan's arrest for wearing an anti-war t-shirt to the State of The Union Address.
Cindy Sheehan's account of what happened. No banner unfurled, just a shirt with a number.
PaidContent transcribes some rally interesting comments by the brilliant Esther Dyson on community, social media, and cell phones at the SIIA conference.
Satire is hard. I'm listening to WNYC and their State of the Union slam. Not so funny.
Article about the fact that auto publications have been made nearly obsolete by the Internet. Has music also made music publications obsolete? Possibly. So I guess the question is wheter these brands can leverage their names online. Can RollingStone compete with MySpace, independent music blogs, and livefm and Pandora, etc.?
Clicked through an ad on TalkingPointsmemo and arrived at Terrapass. Very interesting concept - you figure out your car's CO2 emissons and buy a terra pass the monies from which are then put into projects that offset your emissions. Interesting.