Sunday, 2 December 2018

The famous NatLamp 'If you don't buy this magazine, we'll shoot this dog' dog? He was shot. §

Saturday, 20 October 2018

Calmly Writer is my new favourite thing

I can’t believe I haven’t heard of Calmly Writer before.

It’s a responsive typewriter that doesn’t stutter, has no gee-gaws, and saves to your own disk or Google Drive.

Just beautiful.

Crowdfunding created daily newspaper the Vancouver Times over 50 years ago

We tend to think that crowdfunding is a very 2010s idea. Only last year, I was throwing the idea out there that a new Vancouver daily could be kickstarted for a mere $22 million.

But reading this Peter Mackie story about the short-lived Vancouver Times, I discover that it was completely funded by the public buying shares, much of it sold from a stand at the PNE. The publisher, William “Val” Warren, hoped to replicate this throughout Canada.

It only survived a year, bad management and lack of ads dooming the project. Newspaper academic Marc Edge has a history of its short life and slow death.

Saturday, 5 May 2018

SF mayoral candidate beautifully turns tables on newspaper reporter's hit piece §

Jane Kim, running for mayor of San Francisco, was given 24 hours to answer a list of very leading questions from the San Francisco Chronicle. Her answers are a master class in how to handle a biased media.

The Chronicle has now replaced the editor and reporter covering the mayoral race, but didn’t actually apologise.

Dave Winer had a great piece in 2010 about why he does not do interviews any longer. If he thinks your questions have value, he’ll blog about it in public or he’ll talk to you on background only.

Friday, 4 May 2018

Using YouTube as a Pirate Radio broadcaster §

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Imagine the wealth we would have if we hadn't destroyed our downtowns §

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

A lovely interview with Mallory Ortberg, founder of the late lamented site, The Toast §

Isaac Asimov's scathing review of 1984 §

You don’t often read much criticism of 1984 as a book, but Issac Asimov thought the science fiction was ridiculous and the author yet another dude who could not get past the class system.

"All the rights EU citizens in the UK are set to lose after Brexit" §

Sure you can stay, Mr & Ms Euro, you just can’t ever leave.

Cast learns almost extinct Haida language for new film §

Fascinating.