Category Archives: Just for fun

My new quest – replacing QR codes with tartan

Center for Civic Media meetings start with an icebreaker question: you introduce yourself, and tell us whether you prefer pirates or ninjas, homemade or canned cranberry sauce. You offer your favorite protest chant or tell us what percent (“I am … Continue reading

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An open letter to TED organizers on #TEDHighConcept

Dear Chris, June, Bruno – One of my students at the Center for Civic Media and I were discussing the need for more conference venues for young speakers to share their ideas and polish their presentation skills. While TEDx has … Continue reading

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Jonathan Coulton: I’m replicable, dammit!

NPR’s Planet Money team – one of the best reporting teams in radio, responsible for the seminal, field-shaping “Giant Pool of Money” episode of This American Life – turned their microphones on the future of the music industry late last … Continue reading

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Those White Plastic Chairs – The Monobloc and the Context-Free Object

Ian Frazier, writing about the return of seals to the waters that surround New York City, offers this poetic observation about a white plastic chair: On a higher part of the beach, a single patio chair of molded white plastic … Continue reading

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Angry birds, dictatorial pigs, satirical Russians

There’s a new, must-watch online video, “The Three Big Pigs”, that uses the wonderfully addictive mobile game Angry Birds to comment on political change in the Middle East… and American involvement in that change. It was featured today on online … Continue reading

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Those ducking yankers who designed T9

Someone on Twitter pointed me to Damn You Auto Correct, a site that’s at least as narrow in focus as your average LOLCats site, but pretty funny nevertheless. I suppose it’s useful mostly as a warning not to invite someone … Continue reading

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Who to support? Algorithms for World Cup 2010

The 2010 FIFA World Cup starts on Friday, which means that football fans across the world have a difficult task this week: determining who to support. At first glance, this doesn’t seem to be a difficult task – contrarians aside, … Continue reading

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ROFLCon: From Weird to Wide

An audio version of danah and my keynote is now available for download online. I recommend a background of lolcats – preferably multilingual ones – as you listen. I gave a dozen public talks last month, and it’s possible that … Continue reading

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Makmende’s so huge, he can’t fit in Wikipedia

“After platinum, albums go Makmende” “They once made a makmende toilet paper, but there was a problem: It wouldn’t take shit from anybody!!!” “Makmende hangs his clothes on a safaricom line and when they dry he stores them in a … Continue reading

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Everybody wants to rule the world

Web Seer is a beautiful illustration of the ways in which search engines are becoming a reflection of our collective unconscious. My friends Fernanda Vigas and Martin Wattenberg took advantage of Google’s “suggested search” feature, which offers common searches when … Continue reading

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