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I just ran across a pile of tabs from November. (Different browser, different pile, both thanks to OneTab.) Here they are:

Here ya go, all free. (If I had time to turn the URLs into text, I would, but I don’t. Merry Christmas, ya’ll.)

Latest Linkpile

I thought today I wouldn’t let the list of open tabs get too long, since I spent most of the time working on stuff that’s not especially webfull. But here we are.

A Call to Israeli Engineers! Adtech Is Not For You. | Aleph While this resonates with me (as somebody who dislikes being on the receiving end of adtech), it doesn’t square with … How the NSA and GHCQ are tapping Internet Cables
Chris Messina in Medium: Thoughts on Google. It’s about identity. No big company, and no government, should be in charge of it. That includes Google.

I’ll compress, copy edit and annotate after I drive to Los Angeles today. Meanwhile, dig.

Tor: Parterning Mozilla
Mozilla: Introducing Polaris Privacy Initiative to Acccelerate User Focues Privacy Online

A Reading List

I thought I’d assemble a reading list of blog posts and other stuff I’ve written or said recently, for Andreas Weigend‘s Social Data Revolution class at the UC Berkeley School of Information, in which I participated a few days ago. So here goes. All this is stuff published roughly since The Intention Economy came out:

From this blog —

From the ProjectVRM blog —

From Linux Journal —

From HBR —

And from elsewhere —


Annotated Tab Pile

 What if Age Is Nothing but a Mind-Set? – At one level, yeah. But age also kills 100% of its victims. Believe me: I’ve been studying this for many decades.
 Why women leave tech: It’s the culture, not because ‘math is hard’ – Fortune. Of course. But women are still taking over. Trust me. We need it, too.
 Surveillance Self-Defense | Tips, Tools and How-tos for Safer Online Communications. Important stuff you’ll ignore. Trust me on that too.
 Don’t punch the monkey. Embrace the Badger. One of Don Marti’s good ones.
 Identity as a weapon. T.Rob thinking well and deeply.
 Promise Theory — What Is It? | Linux Journal. Never heard of it before, which is a good thing. Read on.
 Taylor Swift and the Economics of Music as a Service. A harbinger of things to come. Here’s the thing: streaming is getting to be how most of us use music. It pays the artist shit, and it costs the streamers more dearly than ever. But there’s an answer:
 EmanciPay – Project VRM. I can think of no other way. Maybe the world will come around to seeing the wisdom of this approach.
 Airwave Auction Set For 2016: FCC – Business Insider. Auctioning spectrum is like auctioning colors or insisting the world is a cone. But normative, so there ya go.
 Why Podcasting Is Bigger Than You Think – Edison Research. Huge, in fact. Bigger than most radio stations.
 State of the Internet | Brought to you by Akamai Always interesting and useful.
 Passwords are Obsolete — Medium Always have been. Now we need to prove it with pudding.
 Samir Saran: The ITU and Unbundling Internet Governance – Council on Foreign Relations Context: the ITU is about telecom, not Internet. Just remember that.
 Never say never: why TV networks are suddenly ready to unbundle — Tech News and Analysis. Well, not really. Some of them, a little. But unbundling is inevitable. The questions are when and how.
 The latest malvertising incident and why you should care. Lots of ads online are personal now. And they’re not all about giving you a “better experience.”
 SSRN-id2511947.pdf. The full text of the above.
 Eisenhower’s military-industrial warning rings truer than ever | Technology | The Observer. And it’s been ever for a long time already, which means things are now extra extra bad.
 Men’s Basketball: Dwight Durante Was a 5-8 Sensation | Catawba College Athletics. I watched this guy destroy other teams, back in the decade. Amazing player. He was the best 3-point shooter in a time when all those shots were still worth only 2 points.
 Goodbye, Organization Man – He’s actually been gone for a long time.
 As Online Viewing Soars, Internet TV Will Soon Be the Only TV | WIRED. Which I’ve been saying for years. But the inevitable seems to be approaching asymptotically.

I was going to sort these into an outline; but I don’t have the time or the energy. I had some reason for keeping all of them open for awhile, though. So here ya go:::

Music & broadcasting

Hiking the Uncanny Valley

 Hatsune Miku – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It’s been weird here in Japan for a while.
 Hatsune Miku Live Party 2013 in Kansai [720p] – YouTube. Same weird, live, to a happy throng.
 KIDS REACT to Hatsune Miku – YouTube. And how American kids react to it.

Social stuff

Saving or shaving The Net

 Comcast could soon take over half of America’s Internet.
 Computer Society

 Milestones in AT&T History| History| AT&T

Stuff worth writing or rewriting about

Handbaskets to hell

Other stuff I haven’t sorted out yet

Cavalcade of Tabs

Playing with One-Tab, which works on Chrome and Firefox. Sorting them into just two sets, which may overlap:

The World

The Internet


Christopher Lydon at the AthanaeumThere’s a challenge going around Facebook: to name ten books that have changed your life.

So I’ve thought about my own, and kept a running list here in draft form. Now that it’s close enough to publish, methinks, here they are, in no order, and not limited to ten (or to Facebook) —

  • War and Peace by Leo Tolstloy. I’ve read and re-read it many times, though not in the last two decades. I got turned onto it by this broadcast on WBAI in New York, back in 1970.
  • Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman. I sound my barbaric yawp across the roofs of the world. More here.
  • Annals of the Former World, by John McPhee, who gets my vote for the best nonfiction writer of all time. I’ve read and love all of McPhee’s books, but his geology series — Basin and Range, In Suspect Terrain, Rising From the Plains and Assembling California — turned me on in a huge way to geology, the Earth and the long view of time. All are collected, with one more added, in Annals, which won a Pulitzer in 1999. The best of the series, by the way, is Rising From the Plains, just for the stories of its lead characters, geologist David Love and his parents, living the pioneer life in central Wyoming early in the last century. Great stuff.
  • Rabbit Run and the rest of the Rabbit series, by John Updike. While many of Updike’s subjects bore or annoy me (and his frequent descriptions of sex, all as clinically detailed as a Wyeth paintings, fail as porn), the quality of his writing is without equal, imho.
  • The Bible. I was raised on it and read lots of it, back in my early decades. So I can’t deny its influence. The King James is my fave, having a beauty that others lack.
  • Personal Knowledge: Toward a Post-Critical Philosophy, by Michael Polanyi. Less famous than his brother Karl, and nearly quote-proof. (The one exception: “We know more than we can tell.”) But deep. Studied the crap out of him in college, thanks to the obsessions of one philosophy professor.
  • Metaphors We Live By, by George Lakoff. All of George’s books changed me. My vote for his best is Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think. Explains convincingly a shitload about politics and much else.
  • The Book of Knowledge and Grollier encyclopedias. We had those in our house when I was a kid, and I read them constantly.
  • Moby-Dick, by Herman Melville. Call me hooked. Typee rocks too.
  • Nature and other essays (notably Self-reliance) by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Hit me between the eyes in my college years. Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events… Without Emerson, there would have been no Linux for me. Also no ProjectVRM, and probably no Cluetrain either. Also from that century, Hawthorne and Poe.
  • Websters New Collegiate Dictionary. Meaning the one my parents gave me when I went away to high school at age 15 in 1962. It’s one of the most worn and marked up books I have.
  • Huckleberry Finn, and many other works of Mark Twain. Read most of them in my teens.
  • Our Dumb World, by The Onion. The funniest book ever written. Please update it, Onion folks.
  • Dave Berry Slept Here: a Sort of History of the United States, by Dave Barry. His funniest book.
  • Mr. Sammler’s Planet, by Saul Bellow. My vote for Bellow’s best. Conquered people tend to be witty.
  • Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison. Blew my mind.
  • How Buildings Learn, by Stewart Brand. Explains so much I never saw or knew before, especially about infrastructure and code.
  • Black Like Me, by John Howard Griffin. I also saw him speak when I was in college. Very moving.
  • Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin.
  • Dune, by Frank Herbert. I like the original better than any of the later sequels and prequels.
  • The Foundation Series, by Isaac Azimov. I only like the original trilogy, which blew my mind when I read it, many years ago. Likewise…
  • The entire James Bond series, by Ian Flemming. Knocked them off in a college summer session. Pure escapism, but it helped my writing. Flemming was good. Bonus link: Alligator, a parody of Bond novels by Christopher Cerf and Michael Frith of the Harvard Lampoon. In it MI5’s front is a car dealership. If any actual customers show up, they are taken to the back and then “politely, but firmly, shot.”
  • The Cluetrain Manifesto. Co-writing it changed my life. Simple as that.
  • Many books by Thomas C. Hinkle, which I read as a child hiding away from the bitter and humiliating experiences of failing to compete in academics, sports and everything else at school. The books weren’t great literature, but they were great escapes. All were adventures involving heroic animals on the prairie, where both Hinkle and my mother grew up. (He was from Kansas and she was from Napoleon, North Dakota, about which it was said “It’s not the end of the world, but you can see it from there.”) When I got older my interest in prairie settings transferred to…
  • Crazy Horse: The Strange Man of the Oglalas and Cheyenne Autumn, by Mari Sandoz, who wrote in the anglicized idioms of Sioux and Cheyenne. Amazing stuff. Honorable mentions in this same vein: Black Elk Speaks, by John Niehardt and Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, by Dee Brown. Not sure why, but there has always been a warmth in our family toward native Americans. And maybe that’s why I also like…
  • The Tales of Alvin Maker, by Orson Scott Card. The natives in this one have a heroic transcendence (as do others). Got turned on to these by our youngest son, who has read at least ten times the number of books in his short life than I’ve read in my long one.
  • The Poltergeist, by William G. Roll. I worked for Bill at the Psychical Research Foundation, which hung off the side of Duke in the late ’70s. His work opened my mind in many ways. Great times there too.
  • Other authors that run in the credits of my life: Camus, Sartre, Malraux, Conrad, Yates, Kipling, Tennyson, Woolf, Aldous Huxley, Rilke, Thomas Mann, Kafka, Solzhenitsyn, Hesse, Wallace Stevens, Jeffers, Steinbeck, Delmore Schwartz, Card, e.e. cummings, Cheever, Flannery O’Connor, E.L. Doctorow, Stanley Elkin, William F. Buckley, James Baldwin, Truman Capote, Salinger, Mailer, Barth. (Thanks to Interleaves and Robert Teeter for listing Harold Bloom‘s Western Canon, which helped with the list above.)

Ah, and the photo at the top is of our good friend Christopher Lydon, taken while he was giving us newcomers a tour of the Boston Athenæum, which we immediately joined and will love forever. Besides being a great lover of books, Chris is a broadcasting legend whose Radio Open Source is a treasure that spills weekly onto the Net and WBUR.

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