“(Here are) the raw material of facts and thoughts, wood, as it were, so called from the multiplicity and variety of the matter contained therein.”
From Ben Jonson’s Commonplace Book

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Bill Brown's picture

Upgrade your print stylesheets

By using the ‘print’ media type with the @media at-rule we can provide some special CSS declarations for when someone prints out your website.


When Wiki Writers Attack

I have to be honest. Despite my line of work, I still haven't entirely quaffed the wiki kool-aid. Blogging is one thing, but something about a reference source that's editable by anybody makes me a little wary.


Shout-out to

I just wanted to say thank you to, which has unobtrusively become the best first-stop travel site on the web.


Sony: A comedy of errors

I was surprised to learn that some of my coworkers had not heard of the Sony debacle, so I thought I'd give a quick run-down. The progression thus far:


Sustainable Fish: what you all need to know

So I cynically went to one of those panel discussions that everyone gets spammed about but no one ever attends (sustainable fish, come on, what does


Homemade WiFi

No computer store nearby? No problem. Apparently all you need is plastic water bottles, used motorcycle parts, window screens, and coaxial cables and you are ready to connect to your wireless network.


Michael Silberman's picture

"e-government": it only takes an email listserv

Too many people assume that using technology to bring regular citizens closer to the political and democratic processes requires expensive tools and big thinking.


World of Plaguecraft

A digital virus spread by terrorists left bodies on the streets and cities quarantined by the government.


Michael Silberman's picture

Are you a mechanical turk? Do you need a human computer?

Have you noticed how our "what's happening now" feed has gone nuts lately?


Blogging on the Clock

The "work vs.


On Search

I'm thinking Google's monopoly on search could be ceded if they don't catch up in the war against search spammers (people who contaminate search results).

I see you like to read printed material. You should check out Nicco's book The End of Big: