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What now?

I want to talk about the gun control legislation struck down by the Senate today.* Embarrassing seems to be the only way to describe it. Truly embarrassing. Embarrassing for Republicans, Democrats and the gun lobbyists that killed this bill against all common sense. Embarrassing for any past or future victim of senseless gun crime. I […]

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Ode to Bloo

A moment from the donut shop this morning that I want to remember. I was ordering my usual Friday dozen when a kid walked in behind me. Late teens, sharp blue dress shirt, clean shoes. Kid asks the cashier for one donut hole. “Just one? We don’t sell donut holes just one at a time.” […]

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Lawrence of Arabia

This. This I want. Plenty of movies have captured my imagination. Any Eastwood and most things Tarantino. If Spielberg directed it (let’s not talk about the stuff he’s been executive producing lately) I love it. A hundred no-name directors who conveyed a convincing moment. But nothing has captured my attention like Lawrence of Arabia. Peter […]

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Surface

Here’s what I know about the Surface. It’s widescreen. It has colorful covers. Ballmer is excited. Everything else is confusing. Coverage on The Verge or Engadget quickly blurs into different pricing levels ($1,000?!), chip sets, operating system versions, keyboard-or-not covers blah blah. Tablets are at their best when the entire experience is intuitive. Instead of […]

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Newspapers and Draw Something

Today the Philly papers sold for $55 million. In 2006 the same group was purchased by investors for $515 million and later rescued from bankruptcy in 2010 for $139 million. For comparison’s sake, Draw Something, worth nothing six weeks ago, was just purchased for $200 million. I don’t need to labor the point, but one […]

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Paywalls for the unwashed

When a tech blog like TechCrunch mentions a paywall, it generally reads “XX newspaper has announced a paywall. How backward thinking. Here are five ways around it.” So a post this afternoon makes me wonder if the internet is headed for a major change of mind. TC wrote about MediaPass, a paywall management software, and […]

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