Kickstarter

28 April 2009

Kickstarter is an attempt at modern, crowd-sourced fundraising. Post a project or idea with a set timeframe, and people can pledge cash. If your fundraising goal gets reached, you get the money. If it doesn’t, then everyone gets a refund. Check out the introduction video. I could really see using this in the future.

Last.fm Introduces Radio Subscriptions

28 April 2009

Users outside of the US, UK, and Germany will now have to pay 3 euros per month to keep streaming music from the popular site. The user backlash has already begun. As more and more VC-funded startups have to start showing balance sheets, there’s going to be a lot fewer freebies around.

How moot “Won” the Time 100 Poll

28 April 2009

Paul Lamere’s coverage of the Time 100 hack continues with this in-depth examination of the how-they-did-it variety. It includes a lot of Time-bashing, as evidenced by the following parenthetical: (And if you have any doubt about Time’s incompetence, take a close look at the Poll. Notice that Oprah Winfrey and Ratan Tata have the exact […]

How the Other Half Writes: In Defense of Twitter

23 April 2009

This is the best, serious, essay smacking down the Twitter-hate going on among the terrified old guard media. It’s note-taking technology: Imagine a world where everyone uses typewriters: they write novels, manifestos, historical surveys, and so on, but they do it all using typewriters. Now the ball-point pen comes along. People use it to write […]

iPhone Anthology Fiction

23 April 2009

Warren Ellis’s recent postings about Papernet and my always-on interest in Print-On-Demand gave me this idea, which I’m jotting down here in case I never get to do it. So you’ve got your iPhone, and they sell tons of old books and comics and even new eBooks. Why not magazines? I’m not talking about Better […]

PBS Video on demand

22 April 2009

This is fantastic. PBS, in honor of it’s 40th anniversary, is putting up tons of content onto it’s site, viewable on-demand. Including: American Masters, Frontline, and the biggest draw to me right now: Nova. The problem: Like most video sites, it’s region-locked. Can’t be viewed outside the US. Shame. by way of the blue

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