Happy Lord Byron’s Birthday! The 224th this year. The book I’m working on is about him, which is how I know; but even if you haven’t been spending an inordinate amount of time thinking/writing about a long-dead Romantic poet, his birthday would make a great, wider holiday. I wish it’d catch…


We just wanted to send a quick reminder about the first-ever Dribbble Meetup in Boston which is less than a week away. Start time is 7pm Monday, October 17 and our Show & Tell lineup of short talks includes:

  • Dan Cederholm with an introduction
  • Adam Darowski and Jeffrey Chupp on their…


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I’ve been having somewhat of an existential crisis of late. I’ve been a speaker at multiple journalism conferences a year for more than a decade running now and I have started to wonder at the value of all that talking. Not that I feel all those sessions weren’t valuable — they were — but were…

When politicians, from Barack Obama all the way down, talk about higher education, they talk almost exclusively about math and science. Indeed, technology creates the future. But it is not enough to create the future. We also need to organize it, as the social sciences enable us to do. We need to make sense of it, as the humanities enable us to do. A system of higher education that ignores the liberal arts, as Jonathan Cole points out in The Great American University (2009), is what they have in China, where they don’t want people to think about other ways to arrange society or other meanings than the authorized ones. A scientific education creates technologists. A liberal arts education creates citizens: people who can think broadly and critically about themselves and the world.
William Deresiewicz, writing in “Faulty Towers, The Crisis in Higher Education” in The Nation. (via mattwaite)
Dallas City Hall has idled more than one-fourth of the 62 cameras that monitor busy intersections because many of them are failing to generate enough red-light-running fines to justify their operational costs, according to city documents.
In other words…. they work too well. The Law of Diminishing Returns in action.  Link (via inevitable)

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Another Three-Column WordPress Theme by me


Welcome to News.me’s ongoing series, “Getting the News.”

In our efforts to understand everything about social news, we’re reaching out to writers and thinkers we like to ask them how they get their daily news. (Read the first post here. See all of the posts here.)

This week, our…

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Kyna Leski - Pop!Tech 2009 - Camden, ME

Avid rower, author and professor Kyna Leski, who also heads RISD’s Architecture department, is delivering the keynote lecture today to kick off the Laskey Sophomore Design Challenge at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Kyna is also a principal of the award-winning firm 3SIXØ Architecture in Providence and is somehow managing to eke out time to write a book (and blog) on Navigating the Creative Process.

photo by Kris Krüg