Apple’s ebook conspiracy

Apple has been found guilty of leading a conspiracy to raise ebook pricing. When the DOJ first started charging Apple and the five major publishers with collusion to raise e-book prices, the initial evidence did not look good for Apple. As an avid purchaser of ebooks, I was already highly annoyed with the price increases…read more

Jaron Lanier’s Flight of Fancy

Jaron Lanier, a pioneer of virtual reality, and all around techno visionary was once someone I considered worth listening to. He recently published a new book called “Who Owns the Future?” and granted Salon an interview to discuss his views on how technology is destroying the middle class. I have not read the book, and…read more

Great meat, super cheap: sous-vide in a cooler

As a man in his mid-30’s I have long heard the siren call of scorched cow flesh. Along with the Big Swede, I am compelled by my Y chromosome to always be looking for new and better ways to apply fire to protein. So when I saw a recent article that got all “sciency” with…read more

Welcome Back

If you’re reading this, it means you’ve now found my bloggy blog at its new home on a VPS from Linode. Why I’ve decided to move my blog is a tale of pain and woe. And one that I’m sure you would love to hear. So here goes! The Past Way back in Feb of…read more

The Romney Campaign: Victims of their own bias

Now that this incredibly wasteful election cycle is finally finished, the postmortems are rolling in. There are many very good ones which I don’t want to duplicate here, but can be summarized thusly: Republicans can’t alienate everyone except for old white men and still be able to win presidential elections. Personally I think Mitt was…read more

Prometheus: A beautiful incoherent mess

WARNING: This review is full of spoilers. You have been warned. Kelli and I used part of our Sunday to see Ridley Scott’s “sorta but not really” prequel to the Aliens trilogy. I was excited going in because the trailers looked fantastic. While it’s beautifully done, it’s so full of jarring nonsense that I kept…read more

The Agony and Ecstasy of Mike Daisey

I’m sure that my 7 or so readers now know who Mike Daisey is, and why anyone cares. For those who don’t here’s a synopsis. TL;DR: Mike Daisey is a third rate Spaulding Gray who used a greatly embellished story about Apple’s treatment of Chinese workers to secure his own fame. He represented his story…read more

Fuji X100 Mini Review

One of my new years resolutions for 2012 is to travel more, and to take more pictures and video while traveling so I can pretend I remember these trips when my inevitable senility sets in somewhere down the line. Knowing I had an upcoming trip to Seattle, I debated whether or not to drag along…read more

Ron Johnson and the Apple Store

Ron Johnson recently left Apple retail to take over the CEO role for J.C. Penny and penned a short article on whether or not he can take the Apple experience over to other retail environments. He included some examples that he feels any retailer can do. It’s been a long time since I worked at…read more

Apple’s ebook conspiracy

Apple has been found guilty of leading a conspiracy to raise ebook pricing. When the DOJ first started charging Apple and the five major publishers with collusion to raise e-book prices, the initial evidence did not look good for Apple. As an avid purchaser of ebooks, I was already highly annoyed with the price increases…read more

Jaron Lanier’s Flight of Fancy

Jaron Lanier, a pioneer of virtual reality, and all around techno visionary was once someone I considered worth listening to. He recently published a new book called “Who Owns the Future?” and granted Salon an interview to discuss his views on how technology is destroying the middle class. I have not read the book, and…read more

Great meat, super cheap: sous-vide in a cooler

As a man in his mid-30’s I have long heard the siren call of scorched cow flesh. Along with the Big Swede, I am compelled by my Y chromosome to always be looking for new and better ways to apply fire to protein. So when I saw a recent article that got all “sciency” with…read more