A Case For Using Your Smartphone During Restaurant Dinners (And Other Social Situations)

For years I’ve been firmly in the camp of those who argue, to the degree technology distracts us from being “present” to those we are with, it’s a bad thing. I disagree, however, the inevitable result of technology is social disconnection, or that it’s bad for conversation. When social critics drag out the image of…

RunLogic fitness watch satire

Wearable tech: Running watch that leverages your self-loathing

Finally a running app that taps into the inner demons that drive every runner – and makes you feel worse about yourself so you train harder. Nice, sign me up!!! Check out the video – says it all.

The Next Machine Age and The Skills Workers Will Need To Succeed In It

We are in the midst of a remarkable, and potentially terrifying “second machine age,” in which digital technology is evolving at a boggling pace in its power to perform an amazing range of functions in our economies and our lives. Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee profile this change in their…

Om Malik on the Future of the Cloud

Om Malik writing in Fast Company provides an optimistic look at the future of cloud computing. “If the growth so far is astonishing, the big boom is yet to come, driven by the increasing presence of sensors in our world, including next-generation weather monitoring systems and cars such as the…

Three productivity tips that trump the rest

In this video a couple of Fast Company editors chat about their productivity issue, and why productivity is such a hot topic right now. Leadership editor Kathleen Davis says this speaks to something great about human nature, “that we always want to be a better version of ourselves.[…] People are…

IPhone 5S Photography – Woodpile

Both these images of a little centipede in the backyard woodpile taken with iPhone 5S – first with the mCAMLITE enclosure wide angle lens, you have to look really closely to find the tiny insect, bottom with the macro lens. Crazy how tight you can get – will be amazing…

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Reordering books on shelves

Reordering books on shelves after their relocation to the basement. Language, theology, running, fly fishing, poetry (oh, did I just say poetry twice in a row?), academic lit, horror, fantasy, history, science fiction, biz and web dev … o the decades, the friends who they make me recall, the tactile…

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Adaptations to Technology, Fingerprints and The End of the Password

Oh, how quickly we adapt to new tech. Or perhaps how quickly new technology weakens us! I’ve had the iPhone 5S for about a week now, and just a moment ago was piqued by having to type my security code into my iPad. “What?” the unbidden (and apparently very lazy)…

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The benefits of limits: Vine’s interesting social video idea

I heard about the new social media video app Vine last week on Slate’s Culture Gabfest’s podcast, that week’s episode titled, aptly, Six Seconds of My Life Manage to Bore Even Me Edition. Since then, it has seemed to come up everywhere. Like when you buy a car and the…

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Amazon/Audible’s Whispersync for Voice a Bibliophile’s Fantasy

All right, did I just call Whispersync for voice a bibliophile’s fantasy in this blog post’s title, and that only so I wouldn’t have to type that hoary cliche “a dream come true?’ Yes, a bit gushy, but it’s true. Here’s the deal. I bought a Kindle edition book by…