Friday, August 24, 2007

It looks like you're thinking

I caught another great Kinkenborg piece on the road about e-mail, sms and instant messaging.
So why does I.M. seem so radical? I think it's the slight delay built into the system -- the pause when the software indicates that the other person is typing. On the telephone, that would sound like the awkwardness of dead air. In I.M., it sounds like thinking, and anything that can make the chatter of two people typing over each other sound like thinking is incredible.
From Wiring the Frog, or Personal Tales From the Electronic Present, 16 August 2007.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Awesome comics-reading space

Awesome comics-reading space
Originally uploaded by 917press
I'm in the midst of posting vacation pictures from Stockholm, Gothenberg and Copenhagen on Flickr. This is from Stockholm's Comic Library. Comic Library! Stop by and have a look!.

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Friday, August 03, 2007

100% Walkable

I've never owned a car* so it's been important for me to have good public transportation and walkable options where ever I've lived. After years of living in Brooklyn, I've managed to connect many neighborhood on foot. Walk Score is a site that scores an address for walkability. I thought the contrast between where I live now and where I grew up to be fascinating: 100 to 28.

One of the great stories of my adolescence was how in 7th or 8th grade (Mount Olive Lutheran parochial school) I was sent home by my teacher/principal for wearing shorts on a hot day. I ended up walking the whole way home (West Des Moines to South side, 10 miles) over the course of the day.

*I have made prodigious use of parental vehicles though.

Via Swissmiss

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