Reading: The Struggle
What I’m talking about is the state of constant distraction we live in and how that affects the very special energies required for tackling a substantial work of fiction—for immersing oneself in it and then coming back and back to it on numerous occasions over what could be days, weeks, or months, each time picking up the threads of the story or stories, the patterning of internal reference, the positioning of the work within the context of other novels and indeed the larger world.
Every reader will have his or her own sense of how reading conditions have changed, but here is my own experience. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Jun 18, 2014 -
Predicting Google Shutdowns.
"In the following essay, I collect data on 350 Google products and look for predictive variables. I find some while modeling shutdown patterns, and make some predictions about future shutdowns. Hopefully the results are interesting, useful, or both." Gwern
exhaustively analyzes Google products past and present with an eye to establishing what's not long for the bitverse. tl;dr? Results
posted by mwhybark
on May 4, 2013 -
Google+ has been derided as a “virtual ghost town” and a “complete failure” unpopular even with Google employees. All of which has heightened the resentment shared by Reader fanatics. Today, they are a population dispossessed. Many have disappeared off the grid, while others struggle to rebuild communities that were, with a few keystrokes, deleted. All of them — the dental student in San Antonio, the academic librarian in Boston, the game developer in San Francisco — yearn for the scroll-tracked Shangri-La that was.
They wonder why Google deep-sixed superlative features, years in the making, for an upstart social network, a Facebook clone. In the year past, the same question has been framed and phrased in a thousand different ways — why force an unproven social network on users at the expense of an organic one?
posted by chavenet
on Dec 7, 2012 -
is a humble exploration of the world of print, as it scratches the surface of its future. It is built upon interviews with individuals who are active in the Toronto print community and question whether or not they expect to see the disappearance of the physical book within our lifetime. The act of reading a “tangible tome” has devolved from being a popular and common pastime to one that no longer is. I hope for the film to stir thought and elicit discussion about the immersive reading experience and the lost craft of the book arts, from the people who are still passionate about reading on paper.” — Hannah Ryu Chung
, the filmaker [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan
on Jun 26, 2012 -
Here is dotEPUB
, a Chrome extension that will convert any web page into an EPUB document, able to be viewed in most ereaders. Other browsers can use it via bookmarklets, including mobile Safari.
posted by JHarris
on Dec 23, 2011 -
The 2011 Edublog Awards
are on. The nominee lists provide rich resources for everyone, perhaps most especially in the free web tool
category. A personal selection: Online Convert
(free online conversion of dozens of video formats), GeoTrio
(recorded tours around the world), CorkboardMe
(online, shared pibboards),
Cover It Live
(online event presentation) and A Google A Day
(daily questions and puzzles, presented by Google (previously)
). For kids, there’s
(the world’s largest children’s arts museum) Tarheel Reader
(illustrated readers for multiple platforms) and SweetSearch
(a search engine for students),along with much, much more. [more inside]
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul
on Dec 5, 2011 -
has built the worlds first billboard using a type of e-ink, similar to the display technology used in the coveted Sony Reader
devices - except it is 10'x20' and in full color. Advertisers nirvana and a colorized glimpse of the future of electronic ink devices.
posted by stbalbach
on Sep 8, 2006 -
USA Today and others
are reporting that Doubleday
will be publishing "[t]he original thoughts of Osama bin Laden and other al Qaeda leaders" in a book to be sold in the U.S. (and presumably abroad). From the CNN article
, Doubleday plans on donating proceeds from the sale to charity, and openly describes plans to flaunt U.S. law by NOT paying royalties for the use of source materials.
What are the ramifications for a publishing company (which relies on royalty payments and preservation of copyright for self-survival) to ignore their own rules (and U.S. law) when it suits them? Should we expect anyone in the U.S. to care about the royalty payments to these two individuals? Furthermore, could Doubleday's stance affect any of the other copyright infringement
actions currently being taken by U.S. organizations?
posted by aberrant
on Jan 22, 2005 -
I'm not sure whether I'll actually use it, but the :CueCat Reader
that Wired Magazine
sent me for free is pretty neat. It is essentially a scanner that plugs into my computer and can "read" URLs in special bar-codes on ads or any UPC or ISBN. I scanned my thesaurus and a box of paper clips. Simple things ...
posted by quirked
on Sep 14, 2000 -