Posts from November 2002

Surely tomorrow’s most blogged story

Surely tomorrow’s most blogged story on Blogdex
: Hot laptop burns scientist’s penis

: Update: I was wrong. It’s No. 2.

He reads so you don’t

He reads so you don’t have to
: Matt Welch suffers through a bunch of ponderous journalism books (yes, it’s redundant) to defend the craft against its many defenders in Reason.

Profits are robust, even during an advertising recession. Legal protections remain the strongest in the world, even during a time of war. Technology has removed most barriers to entry, ushering in literally hundreds of thousands of new publications, some of which are altering the very way we produce and consume the news. A day

Hoax or real?: It’s a

Hoax or real?
: It’s a test. [via Buzz]

The law: I’m off to

The law
: I’m off to the much-anticipated Revenge of the Blog conference at Yale Friday.

I spent the day with lawyers today (personal business). And at the risk of insulting tomorrow’s audience, I came away glad that I never did do what I planned to do with my life: I was going to be a lawyer. I respect the intellectual rigor of it. But sitting in the waiting room, I felt as if I were in a sad oncologist’s office: nobody was there because they wanted to be there. And after spending hours with the attorneys getting good and necessary advice, I came to see that lawyers spend their lives trying — often futilely — to protect us from man’s bad behavior.

I’m going to spend much of my time tomorrow giving my populist rant (as in, that’s why I love blogs so much: they give the audience, the people, a voice). And so I wonder whether it’s easy to be an ardent populist when you spend your days watching out for the worst in your fellow man.

I’m sure some Yale student far smarter than me will give me an answer.

Tablets: I’m watching Bill Gates’

Tablets
: I’m watching Bill Gates’ keynote at Comdex right now and I’m impressed with the idea of the portable, wireless computer monitor — the SmartDisplay in Microsoftese; the Airpanel is what Viewsonic calls this new product, set to come out in January. So rather than having to invest in a whole tablet PC, I can just invest in a wireless monitor. Inside the home, it makes sense.

: I also can’t wait for Microsoft’s OneNote program (I’m so eager, I signed up for the beta). I need a means to take notes without having to create new files and store them in folders and worry about all that hoo-ha. OneNote lets you take notes and file them away within the application, as if it were a plain old notebook but one with endless pages.

: Steven Johnson, too, hungers for OneNote.