From the monthly archives:

December 2009

Neil Fraser: Google = Multivac

by Mathew on December 29, 2009 · 5 comments

In 1958 Isaac Asimov wrote a short story titled "All the Troubles of the World" (included in the collection "Nine Tomorrows"). It described a world transformed by Multivac, a giant all-knowing computer. Asimov died in 1992, a mere four years before Larry and Sergey started their project "to organize the world's information and make it…


Northwest Arm, Halifax

by Mathew on December 13, 2009 · 3 comments

Looking down the Northwest Arm in Halifax, from the lobby of the Royal Saraguay Yacht Club Posted via web from mathewingram's posterous


Go ahead: Ask me a question

by Mathew on December 8, 2009 · 5 comments

Experimenting with something called Formspring, which is basically a way of automating a question-and-answer post, and will also (if I understand it correctly) cross-post the responses to a Tumblr blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc. So go ahead, ask me a question and I will do my best to answer.


Editor & Publisher reported this week that the Dallas Morning News (which is owned by Belo Corp.) has done a major restructuring of the newspaper, and one of the most contentious aspects of that re-organization will see the editors of several sections reporting to newly-appointed general managers who also have responsibility for advertising. The restructuring…


Matt Kelly of the Mirror decries what he believes to be a cruel delusion on the part of newspapers, who have used SEO techniques to accumulate a broader audience -- but have succeeded only in attracting "locusts" who have little long-term value, while at the same time cheapening their content and advertising. Below, he brags…