For scholars and others interested in questions of “materiality and media”—i.e., among other things, how media technologies and infrastructures enable and constrain particular modes of production, distribution, and use—this mailing list post by one of Skype’s software architects on the service’s shift to a centralized infrastructure is totally enthralling.
“Developing better in-car technology is critical for automakers like GM to attract younger, tech-savvy buyers. If they can pull it off, the companies will generate new sources of revenue and boost profit margins. One approach may be for GM to sell advertising within the car itself.” Jun 14, 2013
Please, please no.
Cicadas! Jun 9, 2013
My wife and I went to see the 17-year cicada emergence today. I took this, among many other photos. A pretty amazing event that won’t happen again until 2030.
“I approach my journalism as a litigator. People say things, you assume they are lying, and dig for documents to prove it.” Jun 7, 2013
Awesome Artwork by Kate Themel Jun 6, 2013
I love highlighting cool artists I come across in day to day life. One of our local cafes, The Funky Monkey, is also a gallery and some of the artists’ work they display is really beautiful stuff. One of the recent exhibitions was of work by Kate Themel, all of which was particularly impressive. She creates quilts that look for all the world like spectacular paintings. I stared at one in person for two minutes before I even realized it was done in fabric. Her site has a no-copying notice, but the above image, titled “NYE in NYC,” is the one used in all her promotional materials, so I’ll chance sharing it with you here as a way of pointing you to her work. If she’d like the post taken down I’ll be happy to comply.
Technology Review on TV’s Staying Power Jun 6, 2013
Technology Review just published this interesting infographic on the persistence of traditional television viewing in the age of the Internet.
The Amen Break Jun 6, 2013
Ran into this again yesterday as I was cleaning out my Google Reader account. It’s a nice look at remix that’s already made the rounds, but is worth sharing again.