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Archive for April, 2005

Sophie, Choices, and the Ratz

Thursday, April 28th, 2005

I’m coming to this topic late, but that doesn’t take away from its acuity: This entry by Billmon of Whisky Bar is the best montage yet on the new Pope. The Good German. Trust me — I’m a historian (used to be, anyway). Billmon has it right.

Hyperlinked and dumb?

Tuesday, April 26th, 2005

Pay attention… Messaging technology depletes human cognitive abilities more rapidly than drugs, according to a new psychiatric study. The study, conducted at King’s College, London, found that in a clinical trial, people who are frequently interrupted by e-mail, text messages and phone calls suffered a 10 percent decline in IQ scores, more than twice the […]

Blog guidelines

Sunday, April 24th, 2005

Elaine sent an email the other day asking “about what kinds of self-imposed ethics or guidelines you have for yourselves about what you blog.” It’s part of an information-gathering exercise she’s engaged in to prepare for a panel on youth leadership at an upcoming Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership conference. Lots of responses have been coming […]

Port of entry

Friday, April 22nd, 2005

Oh my, I’m neglecting my poor blog… Well, there are still the technical glitches (iBook display wonky, psychadelic flimmering [ooh, yeah!], black-outs [my display, not me], battery dead, etc.), but it’s also the case that my life has been taken over by the Ministry of Evil Affairs, an arm of Her Majesty’s government determined to […]

La Nouvelle Ernestine

Monday, April 18th, 2005

Here’s an interesting gaggle of articles, all via the current page on ArtsJournal: Daily Arts News: First, an article from the LA Times about Motorola’s plan to sell a new phone and service, called iRadio, from which customers and users will be able to download songs and radio programming from an internet-connected computer, then beam […]

Mind the revolving door

Sunday, April 17th, 2005

To read the article, you have to register with the Toronto Star, …but if you don’t want to register, yet read it anyway, I include it here. And it is worth reading, “Succeeding in the Bush White House,” by Tim Harper: Succeeding in the Bush White House Analysis: Dishing up wonky intelligence, low-balling troop losses […]

There’s more to say if you can spit it out…

Friday, April 15th, 2005

Two reasons I’m simply not writing a whole lot here is first, the surfeit of busy-ness that binds hands, feet, and eyes to needy matters with no immediately visible outcomes, and the other is that my tool (an iBook which has had more than its fair share of maladjustments) is letting me down to the […]

Ego ex machina: no surprises

Thursday, April 14th, 2005

Courtesy of new technologies, new means of mediating what’s really important: You! Far from the madding celebrity crowd, TiVo zeal also runs high. One man told Knight-Ridder news service, “Omigod, you can have my TiVo when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers!” “I’ve converted. It’s my new religion,” another said. “I was a […]

It’s a habit…

Monday, April 4th, 2005

Today is the day after the semi-annual Jet-lag Day — the “spring forward” version — and I suppose I need to wake up. Just a bit. Slowly. I’ll never understand why we have to do this to ourselves twice a year: it’s like jet-lag without the pleasure of being in a different place, it’s like […]

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