From the monthly archives:

December 2007

Since I'm full of the milk of human kindness after a wonderful Christmas, I've been trying to remain calm in the face of all the Google Reader hysteria about shared items and so on -- but wiping out on some ice yesterday and landing on my ass has made it hard to stay serene (combined…

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I have to confess that I've never been much for the whole Queen thing (the monarch, not the rock band) and never paid much attention to Her Majesty's regular Christmas morning addresses, but I think it's kind of cool that the Royal Family has a YouTube channel now -- and that it's the 50th anniversary…

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Via my friend Rob Hyndman (who came across it via David "Joho the Blog" Weinberger), I just finished reading a fascinating article in The New Yorker about how HIV-style "retroviruses" from millions of years ago have successively rewritten the human genome, and may have even been instrumental in reprogramming our DNA in ways that helped…

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You might be thinking that the Lane Hartwell incident -- the Soap Opera 2.0 of a week or two ago -- had pretty well blown over by now. The photographer, whose photo was used in the video by a capella group Richter Scales, is reportedly still pursuing financial compensation from the band, but apart from…

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As most of us know too well, the end of the year brings a deluge of "best of" lists and predictions for the coming year (in part to fill the pages of newspapers and magazines that have little or no actual news to print, but still need to put something in to keep the ads…

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