Tag: culture

  • Folksy Database

    Folksy Database

    Part of the charm of the greater Grateful Dead culture was that there was something for everyone. Like any good pastime there was some aspect of a Grateful Dead show to please everyone. I often compare the sub-culture of Deadheads to baseball fans. There are those that go for the scene, the roar of the […]

  • Modern Luddite’s Prayer

    I found an old notebook of scribblings from a two week vacation taken in Paris around 2010. We were wonderfully disconnected from the internet and spent each morning at a museum or gallery and each afternoon on extended walks thru selected neighborhoods. As you can see, I took a grim view of technology when viewed […]

  • Gif Peanut Butter

    Gif Peanut Butter

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  • Civil Eyes

    Civil Eyes

    We view the internet through the lens we have for print – a medium where words are published for consumption. Print is broadcast. The internet is, by definition, bi-directional.

  • John Perry Barlow (1947 ~ 2018)

    I’m struggling to process the passing of JPB this week. For many that got connected via dial-up in the 80’s he was the soul of the .net. He set the tone. His spirit prevailed as the founding principle of many online communities – his tone of “live & let live and be helpful and nice […]

  • Short Term vs. Long Term Metrics

    Silicon Valley has replaced Wall Street as the preferred destination of fresh graduates. The pursuit of short term wealth on Wall Street in the 80s is replaced with other short term data points which, when pursued with a singular focus, can skew one’s moral compass. “If Google’s primary weapons are relevancy and speed, then Uber’s […]

  • Ten Types of Facebook Likes

    Ten Types of Facebook Likes

    The Facebook “like” is a simple social action loaded with meaning. The act of Liking something online while sitting alone at the kitchen table in your boxers is, on the face of it, a solipsistic act, but it’s really much more complex. One click on that link causes a complex web of behaviors that ripple outwards […]

  • Silicon Valley the Reality Show

    Coming in November to Bravo channel. Silicon Valley, the reality show, will either kill whatever whiff of a bubble we have or kick it into high gear. nytimes.com/2012/07/10/tec… — ian kennedy (@iankennedy) July 11, 2012 This has happened before. The bright lights of Hollywood shine their lights into the Valley and all hell breaks loose. […]

  • The Modern Luddite’s Prayer

    Sherry Turkle write’s in this week’s Sunday NY Times (The Flight from Conversation) that in the pursuit of connections via technology (email, texting, social media) we are forgetting the slow rhythm and cadence of face-to-face conversations. FACE-TO-FACE conversation unfolds slowly. It teaches patience. When we communicate on our digital devices, we learn different habits. As we ramp […]