TechCrunch's Kim-Mai Cutler delivers a 12,000-word deep-dive on San Francisco's Housing Crisis.
Touching on: rent control, the Ellis Act, Dianne Feinstein, the mission, the Fillmore, Angelo Sangiacomo, Howard Jarvis, the failure of the Greater San Francisco movement, the perfidy if the Mountain View city council, and the Byzantine machinations behind the Twitter tax. If some of those names are unfamiliar to you, strap in: the story of San Francisco's property law may have found its Gibbon.
posted by Diablevert
on Apr 15, 2014 -
The Columbia Journalism Review interviews Evgeny Morozov: Evgeny vs. the internet
The entire Morozov aesthetic is in this sentence: the venom, the derision, the reverse jujitsu of his opponents’ sanctimony, the bald accusation that all the talk about a new age of human flourishing is nothing but an attempt to vamp the speaker’s consulting business. Tech enthusiasts channel hope. Tech skeptics channel worry. Morozov channels anger, and this can be a very satisfying emotion to anyone unconvinced that everything is getting better. Leon Wieseltier, who has published some of Morozov’s most acid criticism at The New Republic, compares him to the ferocious jazz musician Charles Mingus, who once responded to an interviewer who accused him of “hollerin’ ” by saying, “I feel like hollerin’.” I asked Morozov if he considers his Twitter feed, which spews a constant stream of invective and absurdist satire, to be performative. This was a bit like asking Mingus if he considers jazz performative. “Absolutely,” he said. “I consider it art.” [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Jan 13, 2014 -
As a long-time Couchsurfer, I felt that once management put the values of venture capital funders over the organic, self-organized traveler base, and reorganized with a top-down, “start-up” mentality, the fall was inevitable.
posted by Blasdelb
on Nov 18, 2013 -
Are coders worth it? We call ourselves web developers, software engineers, builders, entrepreneurs, innovators. We’re celebrated, we capture a lot of wealth and attention and talent. We’ve become a vortex on a par with Wall Street for precocious college grads. But we’re not making the self-driving car. We’re not making a smarter pill bottle. Most of what we’re doing, in fact, is putting boxes on a page. Users put words and pictures into one box; we store that stuff in a database; and then out it comes into another box.
posted by shivohum
on Jun 7, 2013 -
What happens when a former NASA software engineer and a co-founder of Wired magazine decide to start up a chocolate company
? TCHO Ventures is trying to make single-bean varietal chocolate varieties that best express the component flavors of chocolate
, which they've identified as "chocolate
", "floral", "earthy", and "citrus". To test this concept, they've been "beta-testing" their chocolate in plain brown wrappers, and collecting feedback
. The result is good chocolate, with just a hint of viral marketing.
posted by kaszeta
on Oct 2, 2008 -
is a new online simple image editor in the vein of PXN8
. Pixoh, however, allows quick image import and export from Flickr
or upload any other webpage via bookmarklet
. At the moment, only the most basic of editing tools are available, but the creators - in the spirit of Web2.0 openness - promise new features
based on user votes
. Effect for MeFi? Oversized inline images won't know what hit 'em.
posted by youarenothere
on Mar 7, 2006 -
Get your snail mail by e-mail.
This startup will scan in your postal mail, e-mail you the images, and snail mail back your e-mailed reply. All for a monthly fee
of $30 (or $40 for color scans). They offer CD-ROM archiving and optionally weed out the junk mail. Anyone want to try this out and post their experiences?
posted by waxpancake
on Feb 20, 2002 -
the movie...I guess it was only a matter of time before a documentary like this was made. It's produced by the team that did "The War Room." (There's an NYTimes article here
posted by treedream
on Apr 30, 2001 -
Observe a startup.
use a combination of openness and secrecy and while they're getting their act together. REMO
(a quirky independent retailer who used to run a popular shop font in my hometown of Sydney) is letting the whole world see everything
while they make the transformation to a web-only up-market general store for the whole world.
posted by grestall
on Mar 29, 2000 -