Happy Yom Kippur

Sounds oxymoronic to those who know the holiday, doesn’t it? But – having just gotten off the phone with my mother-in-law – I feel obligated to tell the world that Yom Kippur is not a sad time. It’s not a rip-roaring celebration, exactly, but its pureness of heart is sometimes mistaken for the austerity of […]   read more »

Networks without a Net

I just posted this piece to TheFeature, about whether the most interesting wireless networks will be those that arise independently of the Internet altogether. …Just as the Internet has fostered a sense of global connectivity for users pinned to their desktops, the wireless network — by coming along in one’s pocket — can enhance users’ […]   read more »

ClubZerog.com

Steph Dumais just created a new online home for the graphic novel, Club Zero G at www.clubzerog.com – with discussion boards and everything. Come by if you have the chance.   read more »

Alive Again

Wow. The server for this site was down all week, and it ended up being faster to move to a new host than to wait for the repairs. Sorry for the interruption. I must admit, however, that I got more work done in the last four days of no blogging and limited email than I’ve […]   read more »

Are Cell Phone Users the New Smokers?

http://www.thefeature.com/article?articleid=101010 If the newest etiquette surveys are any indication, mobile phones may be going the way of the cigarette. Just to prove how good smokers used to have it, a recent Seattle Times article cited the 1941 treatise on manners, “New American Etiquette.” The book, with all the compassion that a high-school football coach bestows […]   read more »

The Real Threat of Blogs

I believe that the most dangerous thing about blogs to the status quo is that so many of them exist for reasons other than to make money. A thriving community of people who are engaged for free, to me, have a certain authority that people doing things for money don’t. Writing a book for money […]   read more »

Club ZeroG & end of the Convention

Yes, ClubZeroG is still alive and well, enjoying the shelves in the comics shops and online, if not the bookstore chains. And a new interview (well, actually, an expanded version of an older interview) on Comic Book Resources should help some new people find out about its existence. How about that convention? Thank goodness it’s […]   read more »

Bloggers Ad Nauseum

I did a panel the other night – part of all the generally anti-Republican Convention stuff going on this week in NYC – about Blogs and Bloggers. We covered the obvious ground, about whether blogs make a difference or are just having a good time (my response was that having a good time can make […]   read more »

Changing Selves

I did an interview on Changesurfer radio this weekend – mostly about my book Open Source Democracy, but ultimately about the changing nature of the individual in the face of emerging networks and community. As I explained it on the air, it all comes down to the way we define “self.” In the past – […]   read more »

We Don’t Need Another Hero

Just back from an Omega Institute weekend I led with Grant Morrison, Paul Laffoley, Richard Metzger and Howard Bloom. Interesting combination of people – I ended up hanging out and resonating most with Grant this time out. Where we seemed to connect most was in our shared sense that Aristotle’s narrative arc – the male […]   read more »