Surat Lozowick on Software

An in-depth look at Chris Anderson’s Free and related theories

(Originally written in late 2010; some sections have been updated or removed.) Table of Contents: 1 Summary of key concepts in Free: The future of a radical price      1.1 Atoms vs. bits      1.2 Value is no longer determined by price … Continue reading

The future

The distractions, the deluge of notifications, the overwhelming amount of information, all these subjects upon which there is so much discussion about dealing with: they are only the beginning. In a hundred years, we’ll have computer chips embedded in our … Continue reading

The new addiction

It’s undeniable that computer technology, and the ease of information and communication access it enables, can be addictive. Comparisons to classically addictive materials, then, like cigarettes, is to be expected, and in some ways quite apt. As Ian Bogost lays … Continue reading

Using the iPhone for creation over escapism

James Smits, in an email about my post on iPhone escapism: Recently, I noticed myself in the same pattern that you mention, reaching for my iPhone before I even knew why I wanted it. Too frequently the culprit was Twitter. … Continue reading

Travel

Traveling allows you to leave your world, and to enter another. But not only physical travel: that’s also often the motivation for using drugs, entertainment and the internet. Drugs warp the world you’re in, entertainment invites you into a world … Continue reading

An interview with Shaaron Murphy, film editor and teacher

The production of a modern motion picture is a massive undertaking. It’s a process that can take years, involving hundreds of people, with budgets of millions of dollars. From the producer to the grips, everyone does their separate part. And … Continue reading

What any social network needs to succeed, and how to get there

The value of any social network resides in its userbase. Quora and Reddit are great because of the quality and intelligence of the discussions on them, YouTube is successful because of the amount of video uploaded to it, Twitter and … Continue reading

The problem with decentralized social networks

Most distributed social networks ultimately fail (in the sense of mainstream popularity and adoption, which is how success is measured for social networks) because the majority of people don’t want a decentralized, self-hosted network. The entire internet is a decentralized … Continue reading

An interview with Notational Velocity developer Zachary Schneirov

For those who use it, Notational Velocity needs no introduction (and for those who don’t, trying it out is the best way to really understand why it has such an ardent following). It’s a simple application for taking, storing and … Continue reading

What worked for Marshall McLuhan

In Media and Communication by Paddy Scannell, Marshall McLuhan’s unique approach to reading is described: McLuhan was an avid but hasty reader. In the 1950s, he read, on average, five books a day and his method of dealing with them … Continue reading