Anthropomedia

We all create for one another. And our creations assume a life of their own.

Higher education

February 18th, 2014
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I believe a strength of our democracy has been the widespread study of liberal arts at colleges, even by non-liberal arts majors. Whatever the cause, the drastic decline of those who understand basic political science, literature, and the arts hurts our ability to function as a working republic. I would argue this also hurts our […]

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End of the Novel(ist)

March 22nd, 2010
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I thought it was Leslie Fiedler who first wrote that the “novel is dead,” though my decision engine brings me to this attribution to Naipaul.  Of course whomever made that statement knew full well that novels will keep getting written; the argument regards the art-form rather than the creative artifact.  Ah, for the days of life […]

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Silly musing on American Idol

February 11th, 2010
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Sure.  I’m a watcher.  An Idol fan.  Though I mostly avoid the audition shows.  Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, I feel the need to write what’s perfectly obvious to me.  When Simon Cowell leaves the show after this season, the only logical replacement is Dick Cheney.  Right?

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3D

December 14th, 2009
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When will we start seeing Wired headlines along the lines of “3D — the Next Multitouch” or some other such goofball thing.  Certainly, compute power is at the threshold of delivering compelling 3D applications, so this movement should be about more than just buzz. So how will new graphics capabilties that allow rich, interactive three […]

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NetTuesday

December 2nd, 2009
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I attended my first Philly NetSquared Net Tuesday meetup.   NetSquared is a loose group, whose members share ideas on how to employ technology for social change.  There are chapters all over the world.  See if there’s a chapter near you. Tonight, the Philly chapter departed from its usual presentational format and had a discussion on […]

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Musical Mood Ring

November 30th, 2009
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Pandora does a nice job of creating playlists of music based on the prescribed music genome project.  It furnishes you with music based on your taste.  Apple does something similar with the iTunes Genius playlist, extrapolating like songs in your library from any given song.  It’s simple enough stuff, once you have the metadata. I […]

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Advanced Research Center — ARC

March 28th, 2008
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There’s a site out there dubbed the “Advanced Research Center.” It looks like a quasi-government agency site. Interestingly, a video player features prominently on the homepage. But the video gets interrupted and suddenly we’re hearing a chilling voice-over about “billions of lives being at stake.” Then we start to see video footage culled from surveillance […]

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