Apple Kool-Aid sip

A lot of people seem to be missing the big picture surrounding Apple’s iPhone. They’re all talking about it like it’s just an iPod mixed with a phone. BusinessWeek gets it right: The truly remarkable thing about this device is that it’s practically a paradigmn shift in consumer electronics. But even that is just a …

Front line of the robot revolution

One place where you can really see how close we are to an exponential explosion in our societal relationship with technology is the supermarket. It’s been a few years now since self-check lanes made their way into our lives. This Fast Company article takes a quick look at the future of the phenomenon and what …

The flow of time is always cruel

As you know, I have been all over the internet. But never in all my years have I encountered a group of nerds more devoted to an irresolvable knock-down, drag-out, no-holds-barred argument over the significance of arcane minutiae than Legend of Zelda timeline theorists. Zelda timeline nerds will verbally eviscerate you the very instant you …

I am the new way to go, I am the way of the future

My mind is currently reeling after reading about how Best Buy corporate has switched to an entirely clockless culture. No arrival time, no departure time, no mandatory meetings — no need to ever be in the office. Simply work when you want, wherever you want. Since your performance is measured only on the results that …

Authorial intent

So I was at a bookclub meeting last night to discuss The High-Impact Infidelity Diet, which was a well-paced sometimes humorous, sometimes serious look at fidelity in middle America. The author himself showed up and — in addition to shamefully admitting responsibility for creating the “Jared from Subway” phenomenon — offered us a nice (perhaps …

Oh how the mighty have fallen

As a child, I idealized Superman above all other heroes. My mother tells (and tells and tells) a story about how when I was but two years old and we were stranded on the side of the road, just when all hope seemed lost I said, “Don’t worry, Superman will save us.” As you might …

X3 is no X2 — but, then, what is?

Finally got around to seeing X-Men: The Last Stand this last weekend. How did I like it? Well, in judging its merits, the question really is: Should it be compared to the other X-Men films or should it be compared to other superhero movies? If you compare this movie to other X-Men films, it doesn’t …

Take what we can carry

You tell me what this means: The other day at Starbucks, I get a cup containing the following wisdom from no less than Bruce m.f.-ing Campbell: “If you’re worried about getting a job – or keeping one – start a company of your own. By doing so, you’ll reap the rewards of your hard work …

Underwhelmed by Macworld

Was anyone else left unenthusastic by the big announcement at Macworld? I mean, x86 Macs? That was well-known, like, nine months ago. So I’m scratching my head as to why I’m supposed to be eager to plunk down $2,000 for another taste of Steve Jobs’ kool-aid, even if this new batch has Intel inside? If …