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College Park creek by Andy Feliciotti The Bitcoin of governance could be coming soon Edward Snowden’s Real Impact Will Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley Finally Get it Right? The Best Hangover Cure Climate Name Change

What I'm Reading

Lightning over the cliffs How to build your personal brand: The next step to anything The Digital Divide Is Still Leaving Americans Behind Censorship Doesn’t Just Stifle Speech – It Can Spread Disease Drawing Down: How To Roll Back Police Militarization In America Cracking suicide: hackers try to engineer a cure for depression

One Thing Medium Does Right: Full-Time SSL

Since Medium’s launch earlier this year, there have been a ton of posts about why Medium sucks, what it’s doing wrong, why it should fail, and on and on and on. I agree with every single one I’ve read. Medium is trying to provide a 1990s answer to a 2010s problem. They’re building a content farm, and aside from some 30 second visibility to passers-by, will ultimately do nothing to build the brands of contributors. Continue reading »

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Sunset on the Chesapeake Whistleblowing Is the New Civil Disobedience: Why Edward Snowden Matters “The US government, far from deterring future whistleblowers, has just incentivized a new generation of them by acting like a megalomaniac.” Why Silicon Valley Should Save Drive-in Movies Drive-in theaters are the perfect alternative to indoor theaters for people who want the freedom to use their phone or other device while watching. Also, I’d love to see drive-in movies become popular again. Continue reading »

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"Batman Running" by Trey Ratcliff Great Place to Work: At Automattic Employees All Work From Home And Travel To Exotic Locations The company behind WordPress has a culture of decentralized employment, and it’s working well. Take note, other companies everywhere. Why I changed my mind on weed Dr. Sanjay Gupta of CNN is now in favor of medical marijuana. Bonus: his explanation is based in science, not rhetoric. A Brief History of Apple’s iWatch Yes, iWatch isn’t even real yet. Continue reading »

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Sunset behind a pier Shushers: Wrong About Movies. Wrong About the World. Stop freaking out when somebody uses a phone in a theater. You’re fighting a losing battle. Why Smokers Still Smoke Hint: it’s genetics. Why I’ll Be a Solo Founder Next Time Start your company alone. Only add the right people.

On Justin Smith, and Old Media Doing New Media Right

Justin Smith Atlantic Media president Justin Smith has announced he’ll be leaving to become CEO of Bloomberg Media Group. It’s an interesting move, and one that indicates Bloomberg wants to become more of a consumer brand. After all, when you look at Smith’s history it’s pretty clear that he has a knack for creating strong publications with direct consumer appeal - even reinventing ones that have lost their caché, like The Atlantic. Continue reading »

Steve Gibson Explains How PRISM Works and Where the Name Comes From

Steve Gibson, the security guru and co-host of Security Now! with Leo Laporte, did an episode a few weeks ago in which he explains how PRISM works without direct access to companies’ servers. He’s determined that the process involves upstream intercepts at ISPs and major Internet companies like Google, using fiber optic splitters - hence the name PRISM. The details are very interesting, and worth a listen.

Chromecast Unboxing

Chromecast My Chromecast arrived yesterday! I was lucky enough to order it via Amazon Prime before they sold out, so I didn’t end up with a weeks-long wait. For those unfamiliar, Chromecast is a new device for televisions to stream content directly from the cloud, controlled by your phone, tablet or computer. It’s about the size of a USB thumb drive and plugs right into an HDMI port, allowing you to stream just about any content on the Internet, straight from the source. Continue reading »

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Random island The Vitamin Myth: Why We Think We Need Supplements [The Atlantic] When Prisoners Protest [New York Times] Everything You Need to Know About PRISM [The Verge] Why I Hate Read Receipts [Ars Technica] Raising the Wrong Profile [New York Times] Existential Depression in Gifted Children [The Unbounded Spirit] What I Learned About Digital Addiction by Going Swimming with My Cellphone [GigaOm]
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