Monthly Archives: June 2013

“You know what Facebook’s big announcement was? Vine.”

Yesterday my boyfriend was complaining about Facebook before I’d been awake ten minutes.

00005698He usually lets me read Morning Spoilers on io9 before he reports on the fresh technology hells of the day. He was irate that Facebook was announcing Instagram for Video. “Who would want to make a 15 second video?” he asked. “uh, maybe 13 million Vine users?” I mumbled. “Or…. not?”

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3D printing machines: now available in janky, banal or sleek.

thereplicator_photo_small_1Even though MakerBots have pushed development and adoption of consumer 3D printing, they have a built-in braking speed: their looks. A classic MakerBot Replicator looks like it belongs in a hackerspace or a high-school shop class; it looks feral. You wouldn’t put one in a corner suite.Stratasys Mojo

When I saw a picture of the Stratasys Mojo, a prosumer 3D printer released in India earlier this year, I said to myself: that looks like something that every office has. That’s an ugly office machine. Coffeemaker? Inkjet printer? Who knows? Who cares? Sure, it’s not gorgeous like the Apple-slick Buccaneer, or as crazy-cheap. But it won’t scare the horses, and that indicates a design intention to make it a ubiquitous workplace object.

The Buccaneer, now, that’s a desire object- at a quotidian price. Which is why their Kickstarter is at $860k of their $100k goal, as of this writing.

this post originally appeared on the T324 Blog.

In Piedmont, California, license plate cameras guard wealthy enclave. Yuck.

Creative Commons photo by Matteo X/oceanaris on Flickr Say you live in a tony hamlet that happens to be embedded in Criminaltown, USA.

Like, literally, your little town of million-dollar-plus homes is entirely surrounded by the city with the highest robbery rate in the United States.

You’ve already got your own school district, police and fire departments, and your property taxes don’t go into the coffers of those hooligan Oaklanders.

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“…Turnkey Tyranny.” And the screen goes black.

I just watched the video of Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower, with my boyfriend. He looks like any of our cute, smart young friends in the security industry; we know quite a few guys like him. But he’s also special, because he’s done something that appears to be very, very brave.

I don’t think he’s a plant, or a Chinese spy, or a sociopath who wants attention. I also don’t think the data he leaked is a big deal, because I’m a tad jaded and always figured Panopticon was the status quo. Plus, as David Simon very intelligently explains, wholesale recording is nothing new. It’s actual listening without court orders that’s the really bad news, in terms of the wheels coming off our whole freedom deal.

But I believe that Edward Snowden feels he saw wrongdoing that was poisonous and that he had to make public. I believe he is a badass geek with a fine brain and serious principles. The video is absolutely tight, an incredibly well-stated message from a thoroughly articulate thinker who appears to have stepped up and given away the life he had for his principles. It takes Fox-level signal corruption to in any way construe that this guy wanted to give aid and comfort to anybody, let alone enemies of the nation.

I saw this article from The Atlantic and it happened to have to a sidebar with the header, “Millennials vs. Earlier Generations”. I didn’t watch the video, even though it appears to a straightforward economic projection, because I’m already plenty sick of hearing subtext about how Millennials are lazy and entitled. As a Generation X’er, I’ve dated Millennials for the last fifteen years, because I think they’re amazing. Millennials are the NOS turbocharger for the 21st Century, and Edward Snowden just flipped the switch.


News from Le Web: The Internet of Things Must Be Cute, bank your time and buy 1/58th of a dream.

In London, the Le Web conference is on, and the startups are duking it out.
What’s interesting? Anthropomorphizing the Internet of Things with a cartoony lamp that talks to your mom stationed overseas, TimeRepublik, which lets you trade time, and the Bowie-esque “co-dreaming” site