With any luck, what’s happening to blogs will also happen to fact-checking. As fact-check columns proliferate and become impossible to ignore, reporters will start incorporating their conclusions in their reporting, and will eventually reach the (shocking!) point at which they habitually start comparing what politicians… Continue reading →
Cody Brown tweeted a link to this New York Times article earlier today about blogs and term papers. It’s a fairly shallow piece with many things I’d enjoy responding to, but I’ll pick one: the patronizing way the old guard portrays newer forms of writing.… Continue reading →
Taking Parking Lots Seriously, as Public Spaces. Perhaps parking lots don’t have to be dead zones in cities. Would be neat to see some of the ideas deployed on a larger scale.
Fliers Still Must Turn Off Devices, but It’s Not Clear Why. This is my least favorite aspect of flying. The notion that my tiny Kindle can endanger an airplane is ludicrous. Laws and regulations that have no basis in reality make me want to bash my head against a wall.
One day the Times will have the courage to devote a serious amount of their space to self-criticism. To teach the readers how to file bug reports, and actually learn how to listen to them. And their product quality will soar. Until then, we should… Continue reading →
On the news. There are too many great points in here to quote just one. It’s a beautiful essay by Mandy Brown about what news means to her and what she is willing to pay for.
Got a kick out of Dave Winer’s early April Fools’ joke on Scripting News. “In other words, I like money. Pay me. Now. Or else. ”
Last month the New York Times published a feature on the changes coming to Advanced Placement courses. I finally got around to reading it and found it pretty interesting. They mention the following change, among others, for the biology course and exam: College Board officials… Continue reading →