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Works at KK* — I write about the culture of technology. I'm an off-the-chart optimist. Currently Senior Maverick at Wired magazine. Publisher of the daily review of Cool Tools. Resident philosopher at the Technium.
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Lives in Pacifica, CA
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Good peek into the future: unleashing the live stream pirates and another battle that copy protection will lose. http://mashable.com/2015/05/03/pacquiao-mayweather-periscope/
Like millions of others, I watched the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight in someone else's living room. Only I did it online.
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Draw a map of the internet as you see it. I've collected 200 plus maps so far. Where's yours? http://www.businessinsider.com/internet-mapping-project-2015-4
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Hey, we're giving away one of my favorite toys, a Perplexus 3D maze, to celebrate the launch of Wink Fun. Every weekday we recommend an analog toy, game, puzzle, or  something made of atoms that's fun.  Come join the fun!

WINK FUN http://winkfun.net/
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I have a Superplexus sitting right near me...I ought to pick it up again and finish solving it.
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Come play with us! New recommendations for analog toys, games, puzzles and fun with atoms. Wink Fun: http://winkfun.net/
Recommendations of the best games, toys, puzzles, kits, and other fun stuff
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Thank you, this is useful. Kapla is so much fun, even for grownups.
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Bob Dylan plus orchestra strings. I give him credit. He never stops trying.
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America's troubadour: his songs can be arranged in many different ways, and always sound fresh and unique: original, calypso, rock, pop, country, with orchestra, choir.
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Super high res macro photography. Tiled focus stacks.

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really dangerous photos
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Boy, did how-old.net get this wrong! I turned 63 a day ago.
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I'm happy.  It scored my profile photo - taken a year ago when I was fifty as 44.
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Katmandu was an intensely ornate city that is easily damaged. The carvings, details, public spaces were glorious. My heart goes out to its citizens who suffer with their city. As you can see from these images I took in 1976, the medieval town has been delicate for decades. Loosely stacked bricks are everywhere. One can also see what splendid art has been lost. Not all has been destroyed, and I am sure the Nepalis will rebuild as they have in the past. Still, the earthquake shook more than just buildings. 

If you look carefully you may notice something unusual about these photos. They show no cars, pedicabs, or even bicycles. At the time I took these images, Katmandu was an entirely pedestrian city. Everyone walked everywhere. Part of why I loved it. That has not been true for decades, so this is something else that was lost long ago. Also missing back then was signage. There are few signs for stores, or the typical wordage you would see in any urban landscape today. Katmandu today is much more modern, much more livable, or at least it was. 

Blessings on you, Katmandu!
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These are wonderful photos. I need now to go back and look at mine from 1990. But remember what is new will one day be old too. 
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Stewart Brand wrote a controversial piece you should read if you consider yourself an environmentalist, as many of us do. 
http://aeon.co/magazine/science/why-extinction-is-not-the-problem/?

Brand argues that using species extinction counts is not a useful tool. His argument is complex and subtle; I will oversimplify here to goad you to read it in full.

First, extinction is something we want to eliminate. Brand is spending his full time and considerable energies to reversing extinction. He and his wife Ryan Phelan have spearheaded a movement toward "de-extincting" a number of charismatic animals, such as the wooly mammoth. Eventually these techniques could be used widely.

But extinction is overrated as a way to measure ecological health. The science shows extinction rates are actually not as high as media headlines suggest, and sometimes not significant biologically (because they are sub-species). A focus on extinction also emphasizes dread rather than hope, and there is much to be hopeful about in conservation. Brand runs through some of the ways our increased knowledge and technology is repairing what really counts, which is species populations, species abundance, and robust ecosystems.

I am oversimplifying. Read the piece. Stewart writes masterfully and clear. We don't want species to go extinct, to die. But instead of merely avoiding death, we can do a lot more in making ecosystems healthy -- and Stewart suggests a few ways.
The idea that we are edging up to a mass extinction is not just wrong – it’s a recipe for panic and paralysis
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I need some suggestions

Can you suggest a new media genre I have forgotten on this list? Something created in the last 20 years? A genre is a form that relies on a known stance of the audience.  What am I missing?

The 18 minute PowerPoint presentation 
LOL cats/doge
100+ hour serial dramas 
1-page blog post
Fan-Fic novels 
Remixed movie trailers
Screensavers
Gif
Listicles
Game playthroughs
Tweet storm
Lyric music videos
Ringtones
Binge-watched TV or movie series
Emoticons
Image memes
Temporarily extended commercials
Vine
40-Hour Video Game
Redubs/ Bad Lipsyncs
3 Minute video clips
140-Character tweets
Live video streaming from mobile
Supercuts
Timelapses
Machinima
Podcasts
Unboxing videos
VRml
Six word story
Chaturbate
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Cover videos (such as for 'Gangnam Style') ?
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Cool. Might be useful.
 
NailO
Researchers at the MIT Media Laboratory are developing a new wearable device that turns the user’s thumbnail into a miniature wireless track pad.

They envision that the technology could let users control wireless devices when their hands are full — answering the phone while cooking, for instance. It could also augment other interfaces, allowing someone texting on a cellphone, say, to toggle between symbol sets without interrupting his or her typing. Finally, it could enable subtle communication in circumstances that require it, such as sending a quick text to a child while attending an important meeting.

Know more:
https://newsoffice.mit.edu/2015/wearable-thumbnail-sensor-controls-digital-devices-0417

Article:
http://www.cnet.com/uk/news/nailo-out-of-mit-turns-your-fingernail-into-a-mini-trackpad/

#scitech   #wearable   #trackpad  
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+Emlyn O'Regan Doesn't feel any weirder than doing any other action using muscles I don't normally use continually for 30 seconds. Probably doesn't mix well with arthritis though. 
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I am Senior Maverick at Wired magazine. I helped launch Wired in 1993, and served as its Executive Editor until January 1999. I am currently editor and publisher of the popular Cool Tools, True Film, and Street Use websites. From 1984-1990 I was publisher and editor of the Whole Earth Review, a journal of unorthodox technical news. I co-founded the ongoing Hackers' Conference, and was involved with the launch of the WELL, a pioneering online service started in 1985. I authored the best-selling "New Rules for the New Economy," and the classic book on decentralized emergent systems, "Out of Control." I co-founded the All Species Inventory, a taxonmic initiative to catalog all the species on Earth. I am also a charter board member of the Long Now Foundation which is building a monumental clock to tick for 10,000 years.
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