2011 Apr 27, 2:23
"The gradual disappearance of open wireless networks is a tragedy of the commons, with a confusing twist of privacy and security debate. This essay explains why the progressive locking of wireless
networks is harmful — for convenience, for privacy and for efficient use of the electromagnetic spectrum."
2010 Mar 11, 3:33
"The headers and captions on http://diveintohtml5.org/ use an open source font called "Essays 1743." The creator of that font was looking for a tutorial on HTML5, came across my site, and was
pleasantly surprised to see his own work on prominent display. He now wants to update his font to include stylistically appropriate Unicode arrows, which I will then use with my captions.
The internet is awesome. It's so wonderfully intertwingled."
2009 Oct 27, 6:16
It's Decorative Gourd Season, Motherf*rs, By COLIN NISSAN
2009 Oct 20, 8:41
David Weinberger on Larry Lessig's Transparency essay with links to others' responses as well.
2009 Oct 20, 8:24
Against Transparency - The perils of openness in government. - Lawrence Lessig - October 9, 2009
2009 Oct 5, 8:44
Brief history of the Luddites. "Are we all Luddites now? ... If you are reading this essay on your laptop or iPhone, chances are that you aren't an unemployed weaver staring starvation in the face."
Also: "The Luddites didn't oppose technology; they opposed the sudden collapse of their industry, which they blamed in part on new weaving machines." So the TV and newspaper associations and Rupert
Murdoch are Luddites.
2009 Aug 26, 2:30
"Being fair is not enough. In fact, sometimes what's fair is wrong precisely because it's fair. Oooh! A seeming paradox! One of the top three rhetorical forms for essays!"
2009 Jul 14, 8:26
"...the zombie trumps all by personifying our deepest fear: death. Zombies are our destiny writ large. Slow and steady in their approach, weak, clumsy, often absurd, the zombie relentlessly closes
in, unstoppable, intractable."
2008 Dec 29, 2:20
"But the most accurate account of the bomb's inner workings-an unnervingly detailed reconstruction, based on old photographs and documents-has been written by a sixty-one-year-old truck driver from
Waukesha, Wisconsin, named John Coster-Mullen, who was once a commercial photographer, and has never received a college degree."
2008 Nov 22, 5:59
"Five years ago, we named 'Frank Sinatra Has a Cold,' by Gay Talese, the greatest story Esquire ever published. Here, as we close out our 75th anniversary celebration, are the top seven, with several
republished online in their entirety for the first time ever."
2008 Nov 17, 4:20
"...he said that The Roots were retiring from touring in order to become the house band for Jimmy Fallon when he takes over Conan O'Brien's late night show next year. But that video was quickly
pulled, so everyone has been scrambling to find out whether this apocalyptic... thing is actually true. NBC has no official comment, but we hear that it probably is. Essaywhuman?!!!??! This is one of
those things that proves you're getting old."
2008 Sep 8, 11:40
"Up and Then Down: The lives of elevators. by Nick Paumgarten". A story on elevators, the people behind them, elevator mishaps, etc. Interesting article.
2008 Jul 3, 1:32
"Finally he cut the tape entirely, whereupon the world disappeared. However, it also disappeared for the other characters in the story... which makes no sense, if you think about it." That's what I
thought when I read that story
2008 May 30, 10:52
'"Richard Feynman reporting for duty. OK, boss, what's my assignment?" The assembled group of not-quite-graduated MIT students was astounded.... So we sent him out to buy some office supplies.'
2008 Apr 30, 10:48
"anything that gets invented after you're thirty is against the natural order of things and the beginning of the end of civilisation as we know it until it's been around for about ten years when it
gradually turns out to be alright really."
2007 Aug 7, 12:28
Paul Graham's essay on the roots of the programming language Lisp.
2007 Jun 17, 10:40
FTA: "Let an ultraintelligent machine be defined as a machine that can far surpass all the intellectual activities of any any man however clever. Since the design of machines is one of these
intellectual activities, an ultraintelligent machine could de
2007 Feb 12, 5:20
Another article on folksonomy, tagging, and ontologies found via Sir TBL's article.
2007 Jan 22, 7:06
Essay putting Chewie and R2D2 as key figures of the Rebel Alliance. Reconsidering ep 4 in light of 1-3. Its easy to put words in the mouth of the characters we can't understand.
2006 Dec 23, 11:51