Excellent essay by Cory Doctorow on what ebooks mean for authors.
1) everything that’s already in the world when you’re born is just normal;
2) anything that gets invented between then and before you turn 35 is incredibly exciting and creative and, given opportunity, you can make a career out of it;
3) anything that gets invented after you’re 35 is against the natural order of things and the beginning of the end of civilization as we know it until it’s been around for about ten years when it gradually turns out to be alright really.
I’m glad 35 is more than a decade off. We better invent some really cool stuff in the next ten years.
Salon has an entertaining interview with Ray Bradbury:
There’s so much competition for a young person’s attention nowadays. For the record, why is reading still important?
Are you kidding? You can’t have a civilization without that, can you? If you can’t read and write you can’t think. Your thoughts are dispersed if you don’t know how to read and write. You’ve got to be able to look at your thoughts on paper and discover what a fool you were.
After a many-month hiatus, RageBoy is back and blogging with a vengeance.
NASA image processing software coming to the desktop. “With it, amateur photographers, armed with nothing more than their personal computers and a desire to get the most from the images they capture, will have the ability to increase the brightness, scene contrast, detail and overall sharpness of images with much more ease than they can today.” There are pretty dramatic examples.
Why Gnome and KDE are misguided. This should also be titled “Why everyone who thinks Unix is harder than Windows is wrong.”