Steven Foster is the perfect bartender. He wants to share his ontology
, his reflections on what it means to be happy
, bird aquariums
, how to make margarita mix from scratch
, solutions to the world's five most pressing problems [1
, or just read the summary on every page towards the bottom], and more drink recipes than you can shake a stick at. This man delivers.
posted by trinarian
on Oct 12, 2006 -
The Open Mind.
First Broadcast in May, 1956, The Open Mind is still produced weekly by Richard D. Heffner, host, historian, and University Professor of Communications and Public Policy at Rutgers University. These conversations with some of the most creative thinkers of the last half-century are available on the Internet.
posted by semmi
on May 13, 2006 -
Conversation is an art.
"Hume suggested that politeness was not, in fact, "natural to the human mind," but "presumption and arrogance" were. Society depends on artifice. Conversation is an art."
"American conversation now prides itself on angry authenticity or on being kind and "nonjudgmental"; it is meant to be "natural" and full of "self-expression." This does not make for great conversation or a vital political life."
posted by semmi
on Mar 20, 2006 -
The Atlantic Ideas Tour
It's been almost 150 years since a group of writers that included a group of writers that included Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., and James Russell Lowell founded The Atlantic Monthly
. The magazine is klcking off a year–long celebration of its upcoming 150th anniversary
by having each issue this year based around articles from their archives. [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha
on Jan 19, 2006 -
the simplest ideas are usually the best ones.
Its easy to forget that the internet is a relatively new medium. Whats the bet that in the future that we will all be wishing that we still had all of our content that we contributed to "cyberspace" such as reviews, comments, posts... Who knows if 10 - 15 years from now, if the sites we post on will still be up, even stable sites such as MetaFilter may not exist in the future. sites have shut down before,
taking everyones content with it. Its a simple idea, why not just store your content, be it on your desktop or a web application? So who wants to start a MeFi label
over at bulletin board buddy.
posted by omega
on Mar 16, 2005 -
The Dictionary of the History of Ideas: Studies of Selected Pivotal Ideas
, edited by Philip P. Wiener, was published by Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, in 1973-74. The Dictionary of the History of Ideas also appeared in Chinese- and Japanese-language editions. However, the DHI has been out of print for many years. Aware of the new potential offered by electronic access to texts, the Directors and Board of Editors of the Journal of the History of Ideas authorized a grant to support digitization of the DHI. Substantial support has also been provided by the University of Virginia Library through its Electronic Text Center.
Came across this at Three Toed Sloth
, the weblog of the inestimable Cosma Shalizi, subject of a previous post
by yours truly, which I found at this Social History of Friday Cat Blogging
in the New York Times, which also mentions a Carnival of the Cats
, which is evidently a weekly omnibus of Friday cat blogging posted on the following Sunday. Well, there's a bookmark in here for almost everyone, or so I aim to please.
posted by y2karl
on Oct 28, 2004 -
- We're betting that a significant portion of the population wants to hear thoughtful, rational, constructive arguments about important issues. We're certain that the best of these manifestos will spread, hand to hand, person to person, until these manifestos have reached a critical mass and actually changed the tone and substance of our debate.
posted by dobbs
on Aug 23, 2004 -
Want to create your own TV Show?
So do some folks who aren't from the big lit up place we call Hollywood.... All you've got to do is click up on the site, sign up, pay $25 bucks, and you're in... Oh - and you have to have an idea, too. [thanks MSNBC
posted by djspicerack
on Jul 30, 2003 -
"began in early 2001 as a collaboration between Remo Giuffré
, Geoffrey Gifford
, along with a shared intuitive desire to gather together a global Network of Thinkers who shared certain Beliefs
." Their "roster" includes Erik
" Spiekermann and a variety of interesting folks. Friendster for the digerati? Always interesting to read what the elite think of their peers
posted by shoepal
on Jul 16, 2003 -
All your Ideas
are belong to US. What happens when you agree that your inventions belong to your employer, even when you aren't done inventing them yet? Why, they sue you!
posted by dwivian
on Aug 14, 2002 -
Chicken or Egg?
Well .... neither, apparently.
"One little chap thought that you got orange juice from milk, because the milkman delivered orange juice to his door ".
Anyone else have amusingly misguided, yet (slightly) logical assumptions as a kid?.
posted by MintSauce
on May 2, 2002 -
This new trading card game
takes an ironic look a a bunch of "Bad Ideas" from the dot-com boom and bust. The object is to remain in business as long as possible by raising money from VC's and forcing your opponents to spend resources on developing bad ideas... You can't actually generate any revenue, of course :-)
posted by sib
on May 1, 2002 -
Unleash your idea virus.
A groundbreaking article from Fast Company - on the same order as the one a while back they published called "a Brand Called You". Very interesting read if you are hoping to be the holder of the next "big idea"....
posted by triptych
on Jul 21, 2000 -