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How Can I Curate Content That Isn’t Common?

About a year ago, I joined Scoop.it, a web site that promised to curate for me – to pull information relevant to the topics I’m interested in from all over the Internet. It was a swell idea, except that Scoop.it doesn’t seem able to actually find that information for me.

If I was interested in [...]

The 6 Most Authentic Parts From The Internet of Things

6. Body Odor Status Updates

You didn’t have time to take a shower before rushing off to work this morning. Luckily, your shirt is connected to the Internet, and is woven out of fiber optics instead of cotton, so that it’s ready to pick up any hint of stink coming out of your armpits. The [...]

House of Hunting Hype

This advertisement for the Netflix original show House of Cards appeared on my screen, and I just couldn’t resist.

Hunt or be hunted? In what kind of stupid world are those the only choices? Simple qualities are boring.

I choose the alternative, take a nap. My dreams will be much more interesting than [...]

While the Super Bowl Churns On, Tweeters Identify Real Struggle

“This year’s game pits Peyton Manning and his Denver Broncos squad against the young Seattle Seahawks team in what is sure to be an epic battle.” — Fox Sports, before the game “Squirrel!” — Fox Sports, after the game

If I have to hear the the Super Bowl characterized as an “epic battle” one more [...]

The Culture Of Academic Book Covers

I have never understood why so many academic books have abstract, irrelevant pieces of artwork on their covers, when it would not be difficult to add a photograph or sketch related to the topic of the book.

This book, for example – The Cultures Of Work Organizations, by Harrison Truce and Janice Beyer – [...]

Debbie Schlussel Declares that Pete Seeger Has Gone to Hell and was the “Halal” Muslim Type. Moral High Ground?

Debbie Schlussel on Pete Seeger’s death:

It’s yet more proof of Billy Joel’s trademark song, “Only the Good Die Young,” as Pete Seeger is dead at age 94…. The only surprise for me about this stale refugee from the folk/hippie/yippie crowd is that he did not convert to Islam. He was definitely a halal granola [...]

Semalt. Because It’s Profitable To Be Boring

Theory: SEO is our generation’s K-Tel Records.

This afternoon, I ran across an online business called Semalt. It’s got a web analytics tool that harnesses the power of the idea that being online is now a real drag. “Website is no longer fun!” – this is really what Semalt tells its potential customers – on [...]

The Most Inexplicable Political Twitter Profile I Have Ever Seen

Adam Parkhomenko followed me today on Twitter. Why? I’m not a Hillary Clinton supporter, and I haven’t even mentioned Hillary Clinton. The answer is clear when we find out that Adam Parkhomenko has followed 15,801 people on Twitter. “Who needs smart friends anyways,” Parkhomenko tweeted an hour ago. The strategy seems to be to [...]

This Is An Advertisement For Wine

This is an advertisement for wine…

and the Super Bowl is a way to encourage physical fitness…

and Lady Gaga has legitimate concerns that publishers aren’t allowing her to display her natural beauty…

and The Hunger Games provides an important critique of the way that our culture treats violence as a form of entertainment…

and [...]

Does Earthrise Have Anything To Do With Your Environmentalism?

Over at TreeHugger, they’ve published an article celebrating the 45th anniversary of Earthrise, a photograph of the Earth from the Moon that, the article claims, is “the iconic photo that created the modern environmental movement”.

Maybe I’m out of the loop of the modern environmental movement, but I’ve never thought of my environmentalism as motivated [...]

The Inspiration Of Hemingway For Writers

“WRITERS – when Hemingway was stuck, he didn’t put the kettle on. He tried to write, ‘one true line.’ It works. Write one true line.”

This advice came from an account called Adland this morning on Twitter, where there is only room for one true line – and a thin line at that.

I was [...]