The more you know
Have you ever wished that there was a better way to keep up-to-date with all the developments and trends over at the Department of Buildings?
There might not be a whole lot of us, but fortunately, the Department of Buildings is always anticipating the needs and desires of its heavy-users (well, some of our needs and desires—we’re awaiting the day when we can see actually see PDFs of building plans online). They’ve started producing a monthly podcast! It’s called State of Construction.
It’s quite impressive, really. In a post titled “Too Tired to Name-Drop,” XOJane editor in chief Jane Pratt liveblogged on her iPhone yesterday during a conversation she was having in a tea shop.
Which seems kind of…rude? Liveblogging during a conversation? Especially since Ms. Pratt could have used the phone to look up the name of the very famous actress she was talking to. Instead, she just gave readers clues and asked them to solve the mystery for her.
The curators of “Otherworldly”—which consists largely of meticulous models and dioramas, some of them artworks themselves, others constructed by artists only to be photographed—trace the diorama back to Louis Daguerre and posit as its animating question, “What is real?” But that’s not really the question anymore, except insofar as Renaissance perspective, like Newtonian physics or the Ten Commandments, continues to dominate the popular imagination. If there is a question, it might be “What is the difference between art and design?” But there’s no particular urgency to that one either, since art and design, like spectacle and pathos, can so happily be concurrent. In fact, you could say that “Otherworldly” consists of two separate, concurrent shows: one for children and other devotees of technology, and one for devotees of art.
The moral of This Beautiful Life (Harper Collins, 240 pages, $24.99) is the same as that of The Odyssey: If you have a good life in Ithaca, think twice before leaving it behind. Also, watch out for the sirens. Plug your ears with wax, cover your eyes, break your laptop, do whatever it takes Read More
Senate Republicans are now available for “face-to-face, from anywhere in the state, or indeed, the world” because, their press office says they are now using Skype.
I just tested it, and it seems to work. So, who should I Skype with and what should I ask?
New details about the Justice Department’s ongoing probe into insider trading reveal a strong focus on technology and hot consumer products like the iPad.
Walter Shimoon, a senior director at Flextronics, an Apple supplier, was arrested today, charged with leaking details about the iPad way back in 2009, according to Reuters.
Transcripts from the Read More
Best of 2010
When Kanye West shows up to Twitter HQ and Gawker Media goes Gaga for the iPhone, it’s a clear sign that tech is king in 2010. But there are still a number of important, scientifically possible breakthroughs that just have not come to fruition. So it’s time to tap the wisdom of the crowd and Read More
Crime & Punishment
A 23-year-old man named Mitchell Frost owes Bill O’Reilly $40,000.
Frost was sentenced to 30 months in jail and ordered to pay $50,000 in total resitution by an Ohio court for hacking into web pages belonging to O’Reilly, Ann Coulter, and Rudy Giuliani.
Frost’s internet crimewave occurred between August 2006 and March 2007 while Read More
The blogs on the web site of The New York Times experienced an outage from sometime Tuesday afternoon until Wednesday. According to the anonymous band of Times critics over at Nytpicker, all of the paper’s blogs were down:
“For the last 12 hours at least, the NYT’s entire blog system has gone suddenly, quietly Read More