Posts made in September, 2013

Information Still Wants to be Free

Posted by on Sep 19, 2013 in Data, Featured, Featured Articles, Newsletter, Technology, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Information Still Wants to be Free

If you’ve never seen the Twilight Zone, I’m about to spoil a 50 year old episode of it for you. The name of the episode is called “To Serve Man” and you can watch it here. Ready for the spoiler? At the end we discover that the book the supposedly friendly aliens have given us is not a peace proposal called “To Serve Man”, but actually a cookbook by the same name. Words, it turns out, often do not mean what it is that they appear to mean at first glance. I first heard the phrase “Information wants to be free!” on the Well back in the late 80s....

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Hardcore Anger: Fans Grieving for Fictional Worlds

Posted by on Sep 6, 2013 in Active Design, Featured, Featured Articles, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Hardcore Anger: Fans Grieving for Fictional Worlds

      There’s been a fair number of discomforting events over the past few weeks where designers and developers that I know have been forced to face anger from fans outraged enough to threaten them with murder (or words), simply because they aren’t making the “right” kind of entertainment and/or aren’t making things the way the fans think they should be made.   Before I go any further, or say anything else, I’ll say this: If you have ever referred to another human as a cancer on anything, you need to stop reading this, and go get...

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