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Above the Silos: Social Reading in the Age of Mechanical Barriers (Travis Alber & Aaron Miller) | Book: A Futurist's Manifesto
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"A book and its patterns, and the place we sit reading it, and the person we fall in love with, can become forever tied together. It is at this level that reading interests and addicts us. We think of it as a solitary act, but it’s often the connections we make back to the real world that make it so rewarding. These connections are sometimes even more interesting when made across larger gulfs. Fake worlds, or extinct ones, can interest us more than the one we live in. We’re fascinated by fictional characters when they mimic or reflect real personalities. Even the most outlandish science fiction can be interesting in this way, because of the allegory, or the grand sense of scale that crisply dramatizes contemporary issues, or the parallels we can make between even the most alien worlds and our own. It’s these very large, meaningful connections that are the ultimate goal of reading. It’s the understanding we gain, or at least feel we gain, about the world we live in, and the people…"
bookfuturism  books  oreilly  o'reillymedia  2012  readsocial.net  readsocial  socialreading  ebooks  bookglutton  groupreading  browsers  bookgluttony  howweread  networks  connections  via:litherland  social  reading  aaronmiller  travisalber  browser 
september 2012 by robertogreco
3 BIG questions (and lots of smaller ones) about DARPA & Make · demilit · Storify
"Concluding, all of these questions are no mere trouble-shooting aiming to 'get things right.' These questions point to a more fundamental problem of how science and technology can best thrive. Is it under a culture of militarism, or under a culture where disagreement, debate and doubts can be fostered? While it's been shown here that DARPA and Make/Otherlab have somewhat disparate goals from each other, we know full well that DARPA pays for the program. Nonetheless, one can't help but marvel at how Make's version of MENTOR obviously poses no threat to DARPA's overarching dictates. Different goals, and yet harmless. Perhaps that is why it can sit so comfortably with them to take the money. It's almost enough to wonder if such complacency can lead to real science. Ironically, it's precisely what motivates the Pentagon to tap hacker teens: their irreverence and fresh take, only to then begin the process of disciplining that initial irreverence away."
saulgriffith  otherlab  policy  money  2012  darpa  oreilly  make  javierarbona  demilit 
january 2012 by robertogreco
Make, DARPA, and teens: A match made in hackerspace · demilit · Storify
"Well, well, well... What have we here? How painfully ironic this is. How shocking, in fact. And yet, this bit of news has flown under the radar for the past week. To put it bluntly, Tim O'Reilly's Make magazine and his cohort are working with the Pentagon. More specifically, DIY-zine Make and its folks are taking money from DARPA to create "makerspaces" for teens (aka the "Manufacturing Experimentation and Outreach," or "MENTOR" program)."
pentagon  teens  hackerspaces  makerspaces  militaryindustrialcomplex  military  education  2012  saulgriffith  oreilly  makemagazine  make  ethics  darpa  demilit  javierarbona 
january 2012 by robertogreco
Subscription and stand-alone models for e-books « Snarkmarket
"We think that we know, that every­one agrees, what we mean when we think of a book, a reader, read­ing, a book­store. But we don’t. Oth­er­wise Jeff Bezos could never say, “The key fea­ture of a book is that it dis­ap­pears” — as if it were an intrin­sic func­tion of the tech­nol­ogy, as if it could be solved through tech­no­log­i­cal means alone.
books  ebooks  kindle  nook  timcarmody  kottke  snarkmarket  publishing  jeffbezos  amazon  oreilly  timoreilly  physical 
november 2009 by robertogreco
Safari Books Online 6.0: A Cloud Library as an alternate model for ebooks - O'Reilly Radar
"Here’s the rub: most people thinking about ebooks are focused on creating an electronic recreation of print books, complete with downloadable files and devices that look and feel like books. This is a bit like pointing a camera at a stage play and concluding that was the essence of filmmaking!"
publishing  libraries  ebooks  database  oreilly  media  cloudcomputing  online  mobile  books  web  cloud  future  ui 
november 2009 by robertogreco
Facebook in 2010: no longer a walled garden - O'Reilly Radar
"My prediction is that by the end of the year Facebook will become the most open social network on the social web. I believe that not only have they now found business value in doing so, but also truly believe that the next phase of their mission, "to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected" requires that they do so. This means that anyone building a business based on the notion that Facebook will remain a walled garden and won't adapt - as was true with traditional media when blogging came about - will have their world turned upside down this year. Disagree if you like, but my second argument is that if Facebook does not seriously embrace these ideas this year that their current position of dominance will be usurped."
facebook  open  openid  authentication  predictions  socialnetworking  google  socialnetworks  socialmedia  walledgardens  oreilly  business  myspace 
march 2009 by robertogreco
Getting Started with Arduino | O'Reilly Media
"This valuable little book offers a thorough introduction to the open-source electronics prototyping platform that's taking the design and hobbyist world by storm. Getting Started with Arduino gives you lots of ideas for projects and helps you get going on them right away. To use the introductory examples in this book, all you need is a USB Arduino, USB A-B cable, and an LED. This 128-page book is a greatly expanded follow-up to the author's original short PDF that's available on the Arduino website."
edg  arduino  books  microcontrollers  howto  electronics  oreilly 
october 2008 by robertogreco
iPhone Hacks [iPhone Hacks]
"Members of this community site can make comments, participate in the forums, and help author the book by submitting their own hacks."
iphone  jailbreak  hacking  hacks  howto  hardware  mac  oreilly  collaboration  wiki 
june 2008 by robertogreco
O'Reilly Media | iPhone Hacks
"With iPhone Hacks, you'll learn tips and techniques to unleash little-known features, find (and create!) great web-based applications for it, and unshackle the iPhone or iPod Touch to run everything from network utilities to video game emulators."
iphone  jailbreak  hacking  hacks  howto  books  oreilly 
june 2008 by robertogreco
Mobile Internet - O'Reilly Radar
"(1) mobile is huge, (2) iPhone is worth developing for, (3) here's why other platforms' mobile experience sucks, and (4) what you can do to fix it. The two slides that really stood out were on points 1 and 2."
mobile  iphone  trends  internet  web  phones  optimization  oreilly  css  browser  statistics  webdesign  webdev  browsers 
may 2008 by robertogreco
Ti Point Tork » Blog Archive » Teaching Kids Computer Skills and Programming
"Studying global warming? Simulate the carbon cycle in a Scratch program. Studying local marine ecology? Build a fish tank in Scratch, with fish, shellfish, seaweed, and plankton interacting."
children  education  learning  oreilly  play  playethic  programming  scratch  via:blackbeltjones  teaching  classideas  olpc  computing  coding  software  future  kids 
may 2008 by robertogreco
@ETech: Matt Webb's Tour of a Fictional Solar System - O'Reilly Radar
"We began ETech with a series of Ignite talks. As usual Matt Webb weaved together beautiful images, kinetic energy and keen insights. Enjoy the talk."
mattwebb  sciencefiction  pseudoscience  scifi  science  space  fiction  etech  oreilly  astronomy 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Why the iPhone Will Beat the Blackberry
"Get over it: power users are a minority, and while they point the way to the future, they tend to be disappointed when the rest of the market catches up with an inferior product that has a lower barrier to new users."
iphone  blackberry  mobile  phones  powerusers  mobility  innovation  hardware  excel  technology  design  trends  oreilly  ui  user  interface 
october 2007 by robertogreco
Social Network Fatigue and the Missing Web 2.0 Address Book
"What really needs to be done is not just to connect the various social networks that do exist in internet network-of-networks style, but also to social-network enable our real social network apps: our IM, our email, our phone."
future  mobile  phones  iphone  privacy  community  presence  locative  ambientintimacy  communication  collaboration  web2.0  socialnetworking  social  oreilly  socialsoftware  identity  friends  location  location-based 
october 2007 by robertogreco

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