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Here Comes Solitude

Posted by kernelbob on September 6, 2009

Last month, I read Clay Shirky‘s excellent book, Here Comes Everybody. Shirky’s a smart guy, and I’ve learned something every time I’ve read him. Strongly recommended.

The book’s theme is how the Internet is driving the cost for groups to self-organize to zero, and how that is reshaping our culture. We’re living through it every day, but Shirky looks at it as a big picture.

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Steve Yegge explains Reddit

Posted by kernelbob on March 13, 2009

Normally, I try to write original content here.  But this is so funny that I’ve got to share it.  Steve Yegge explains the comments on Reddit.

Not to mention the comments, which can individually sometimes be quite cool, but in aggregate only make sense when you read them aloud with the voice of the Comic Book Guy from the Simpsons: “I upvoted you for the appropriate uses of ‘its’ and ‘their’ in the link title, but downvoted you because your link actually appeared on a little-known German social networking site several hours ago. I feel it is important that you understand that this is not a zero-vote of abstention, but rather a single upvote and a single downvote cancelling one another out.” If you read the comments with CBG’s voice, a lot of them make a whole lot more sense.

Dead on.

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Electrics and nerds

Posted by kernelbob on September 17, 2008

Take a look at this.  ecomodder.com: 10 Electric Cars You Can Buy Today.

Notice anything?  Every one of those cars is weird looking.  Not just design-didn’t-quite-gel like an Impreza or a Kia Sedona, but Popular-Science-cars-of-the-future weird.  Cars nobody except J. I. Q. Nerdelbaum Frink could envision himself driving.

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