No Man’s Land (1)

Sometimes when we lose our heroes we lose ourselves. And the corollary holds. Growing up I frequently got through the day (hour...minute) by fantasizing constantly. My mind was full of The Bionic Woman, Star Wars, Star Trek, Arthurian legend, V, Pern...pretty much anything other than the there and then. I could call it fandom, or … Continue reading No Man’s Land (1)

Review: Unspotted by Justin Fox (short e-book, non-fiction)

In summary: Worth picking up. Here's the Amazon link and here's the publisher page with all the other ways to get it. One of my favourite books ever is Douglas Adams's (yes, that Douglas Adams) Last Chance to See, a travelogue-quest to spot rare and endangered species around the world and which predisposed me to love … Continue reading Review: Unspotted by Justin Fox (short e-book, non-fiction)

Byte sized #9: The judging women edition

There's been some great conversation on the web lately about women and their work. My favourite by far is a two-for-one. Jess Zimmerman asks over at The Toast, "Where's my Cut?": On Unpaid Emotional Labor. The article is thought-provoking but the discussion over at Metafilter about it is pretty stunning, if only for the list of emotional labour … Continue reading Byte sized #9: The judging women edition

Byte sized #5: The Traffic Factories and more

If you're fascinated by how journalists/sites/brands get content online and measure its success, Caitlin Petre's report The Traffic Factories: Metrics at Chartbeat, Gawker Media, and The New York Times at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism is totally worth a read. A tip of the hat to Jim Romenesko's blog for that one, lo these months … Continue reading Byte sized #5: The Traffic Factories and more

Byte sized #2: Reply All and the Girl Guides, plus bonus Alanis

This week's Reply All, episode #28, Shipped To Timbuktu, made me cry. Find out how adults running Girl Guides, to loosely quote one of the interviewees, "saved the childhoods" of children living in a concentration camp. Not even kidding. #ICYMI: It's Gen X theme week, probably because everything is suddenly turning 20. Soraya Roberts over at Hazlitt looks … Continue reading Byte sized #2: Reply All and the Girl Guides, plus bonus Alanis

Byte sized #1

Stories catching my eye right now: It's the 20th anniversary of Microserfs! Alex Pappademas over at Grantland takes an in-depth look at tech culture, and tech culture storytelling, in the 90s. Will Oremus at Slate reports moments are having a moment. Maybe you can take some snackable content along. Are we entering a world without work? Derek Thompson … Continue reading Byte sized #1