Networking Your Toaster.

"Should we get a Roomba?" A question on the lips of every middle-class family in Australia from the mid-2000s onwards. A Roomba is an Australian-designed robot vaccuum cleaner that connects to the Internet to detect when and where your house needs a vaccuum.  Do you actually need this?  The Internet of Things (IoT) is great to … Continue reading Networking Your Toaster.


“You guys could do some really subversive stuff with this subject, hey?”

And the award for longest blog post title ever goes to... All the accounts in the above video follow me on Twitter. All of them tweet regularly. And all of them are bots. Totally fake. Mercifully, I'm able to spot these bots pretty easily. They just...don't seem real. The uncanny valley now applies to … Continue reading “You guys could do some really subversive stuff with this subject, hey?”

Some Thoughts on Free Speech In late February of this year, a senior contributor at right-wing news website Breitbart had an autobiographical book deal cancelled by their publisher, in response to a video surfacing online wherein that individual positively endorsed pedophilia and child abuse. Naturally, they were upset. Not only had they lost a lucrative opportunity, they felt they’d … Continue reading Some Thoughts on Free Speech

The Glut

Driven by a business model with an oversupply of consumer attention, and a scarcity of product, legacy media is propelled by hits.  The Internet is not hit-driven. You'll never pay money to access a website in a theatre, knowing that it will be gone in a month (and then come out on DVD six months later). Instead, … Continue reading The Glut