Category Archives: hypotheses


I liked this post from Caterina Fake so much that I made myself a small leaflet version with these and other singletasking axioms to post by my desk (download PDF). I am kicking the interrupt-driven lifestyle!

what comes after search?

Reading about the epic battle against Google that Microsoft, TimeWarner, and Yahoo continue to lose, I have to wonder if it’s really such a world-beating thing to own search. Right now it is, since the search box is the interface to much of the Internet for people. But isn’t that a sad, pinched state of […]

“hybrid” economy: socialism, web tools, and the end of bullshit commerce

Lawrence Lessig on the Colbert Report I loved watching Lawrence Lessig on the Colbert Report, he was so articulate and impatient for things to make sense after so much stupidity. I liked his idea of the hybrid economy — “read/write culture” and commercial culture in a symbiotic relationship, and wanted more. I have yet to […]

The myth of the community reinvestment act as the cause of the current financial crisis

Recently many commentators have blamed the current financial crisis on a law enacted under the Carter and Clinton administrations, the Community Reinvestment Act. They say that the law forced banks to issue loans to lower income an minority applicants that could not afford them. Usually there is some grain of truth to these things, but […]

getting a feel for what’s out there in the world

There are lots of bits and pieces of information around that seem to tell you about what’s going on in the world, but even the best of these are, finally, someone’s subjective judgement call, what they think is happening. They may be professionals, etc., but I want to get a feel for myself of what’s […]

twittercloud, a new ersatz startup!

Ok, I hate tag clouds. With a passion. Never again. But, since I was sorta happy with the term frequency normalization thing I was working on, I figured what the heck (the road to heck is paved with half-assed text analysis). And another thing, aren’t there like, 2,810,000 (and one) twitter clouds out there? But […]

mozilla ubiquity could be the ultimate social media tool

One of the most exciting things (to me) about Mozilla’s Ubiquity is the ability to annotate pages directly in the browser. Really. There is not much there in the 0.1 release to make the feature useful or justify my enthusiasm, but the fact that it saves all my annotations in a browser storage area (at least temporarily) and includes sharing functions already makes it dangerously close to a new variant of social media.

the problem with having something to protect

Deep in the depths of the dot-com bust, when I was lucky enough to have work of any kind (in my case it was commuting 200 miles each day contracting for Cisco), the people I worked with were fatalistic about the future of the work we did. Many people thought the money had been drained […]

excessive competition, china, and social media glut

China is going through huge growth, about 10% a year. While there remains a huge part of the country to lift out of poverty, one would think that this amount of growth would result in plenty of opportunity for everyone to make a good deal of money with less competitive pressure than in ‘mature’ markets. […]

News Media vs. Web aggregators: what deal can stop the race to the bottom?

In a recent post on Hitwise by Heather Hopkins, “Content Aggregation is King?,” the bind that existing news media is in is highlighted again: “Aggregators are taking a larger piece of the pie but the size of the pie is growing with visits to content creators and all News and Media websites growing. The trouble […]