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Entries from December 2010

Recommended Books, Books on Food

December 21st, 2010 · Comments Off on Recommended Books, Books on Food

…with the holidays here what is better than holiday feasting, and reading about holiday feasting (okay, okay, spending time with family–now back to food).  For holiday reading on food and eating can we suggest the following new (or mostly new) books:

More blogging after Christmas…may restful days and good noshing attend your holidays!

Tags: Recommended Book

Map of Facebook Connectedness

December 16th, 2010 · Comments Off on Map of Facebook Connectedness

…since we do blog about Facebook here, this is a fun map created by William Easterly about Facebook Connectedness: ergo, which Nations are the biggest Facebook users.  Visually compelling and illustrative of just what a big deal Facebook is…

Tags: Facebooked · Information Studies

Christine Rosen on Multitasking

December 14th, 2010 · Comments Off on Christine Rosen on Multitasking

…okay, going back to 2008 for this, but what Christine Rosen writes is worth going back for. Christine Rosen is one of the writers for the New Atlantis, and one of her specialties is writing about the real impact of networked information technologies in people’s lives.  Her observations are insightful, and often disturbing, as you ‘ll see in this essay The Myth of Multitasking.  With the holidays upon us, and with the season one that ideally lends itself to reflecting upon one’s life and ways, the essay is worth a look.  Further, we have a number of titles in the collection that can be recommended as spring boards for long winter nights spent offline, doing one thing at a time:

The Postman text is a classic on the topic…

Tags: Essay on Technology · Information Studies · Recommended Book

Do Not Track for Web

December 13th, 2010 · Comments Off on Do Not Track for Web

From Atlanticwire, a sampling of reactions to a Federal Trade Commission proposal that companies be regulated  in their ability to track one’s treks across the Internet.  For truly thoughtful commentary on what happens and should happen to the information one leaves in one’s tracks across cyberspace, see Viktor Mayer-Schonberger’s book Delete: Virtual Forgetting in the Digital Age…

Tags: Computer Security · Essay on Technology · Facebooked

Future of Magazines, Google and the Press

December 7th, 2010 · Comments Off on Future of Magazines, Google and the Press

…obviously, a hiatus from blogging (and not one that was planned).  Well with the first appreciable snow fall here in Canton, we resume, with a vengeance! (Blogging, tobogganing, blogging while tobogganing and all the joys of winter in Northern New York.) Two things that caught my eye in recent weeks, one, Andrew Sullivan’s comments on the future of Newsweek and magazines generally (more on this this week), and also Alexis Madrigal reporting on the Google Book algorithm.

Tags: Books · Essay on Bibliography · Essay on Technology · Google