The Book is Dead – Long Live The Book!

This is a mail art call, one of the ongoing cultural artifacts spawned by Fluxus and Ray Johnson. Even if you don’t contribute, this is worth paying attention to, as cultural observers everywhere (Paul Krugman’s NYTimes op-ed on Friday) have been predicting the end of the book as we know it.

So what do you . . . → Read More: The Book is Dead – Long Live The Book!

Powerset – Toward semantic search in a closed ecosystem

Powerset provides advanced natural language browsing of searched terms and topics in Wikipedia. It’s designed to handle conversational language entries, and the tool is a good start. Try it on a few simple searches (e.g., a name) which is simple, then throw something abstract at it. Like “sensemaking” or “design theory” and the gaps in . . . → Read More: Powerset – Toward semantic search in a closed ecosystem

Google Plays Doctor

And Microsoft also wants your health records as well. The New York Times reports on the NEJM article warning about the entrants of mega-players GOOG and MSFT as purveyors of your private healthcare information. These are not altruistic enterprises – they have to turn a profit on this somehow. So it does make one wonder . . . → Read More: Google Plays Doctor

Facebook is your Permanent Record

But you knew this already if you used it. You didn’t think they would just let you leave when you’re done, did you? In Sunday’s International Herald Tribune: “On Facebook, Leaving is Hard to Do:”

While the Web site offers users the option to deactivate their accounts, Facebook servers keep copies of the information in . . . → Read More: Facebook is your Permanent Record