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Bundle me, baby

Money talks

An interesting story about how our spending habits are going to change:

Imagine it’s 2040.

You go to the grocery store, and when you look for the checkout counter there is none. There’s no place to pay for your groceries because you already did.

Posted in: Science, Web/Tech

This just in

This "Key Indicators in Media & News Report" from the folks at Pew shows how news consumption changed in 2013 and has lots of tidbits about which we can endlessly speculate. Cable news audience -- declined; are we getting tired of the partisan shouting? Local TV news -- new signs of life, and network news viewership increased, too; are we trying to find our commonality again? Newspaper readership -- up 3 percent daily and 1.6 percent Sunday; woo-hoo!

Robot news

Looks like I'm being obsoleted:

Professor of Computer Science Dr. Kristian Hammond predicts that by 2030, 90 per cent of all news stories will be written not by human reporters but by computer algorithms.

Wikifemina

If you're already skeptical about the stuff you read on Wikipedia, here's another reason to approach the site with caution:

Feminist groups at more than a dozen universities are planning to participate in another mass “edit Wikipedia day,” because the free, volunteer encyclopedia website is obviously horribly sexist.

Posted in: Web/Tech

Beyond books

Cool, way cool:

Forget what you know about the library of the 20th century. You know, those dark places with clunky microform machines fossilizing in the basement and with rows of encyclopedias standing, perfectly alphabetized, in denial of their obsolescence.

Ooooh, look at me

Eeeuu. This puts a whole new spin on "trying to see things from someone else's perspective."

Google has been promoting its latest piece of hardware, Google Glass, as the latest, must-have, sexy tech product.

Now a software company wants to take the sexiness one step farther.

Tool time

I've written often about how useful -- indispensable, even -- our smart phones have become in just a few short years. This says it much better:

A well-educated time traveller from 1914 enters a room divided in half by a curtain. A scientist tells him that his task is to ascertain the intelligence of whoever is on the other side of the curtain by asking whatever questions he pleases.

Posted in: Web/Tech

You have a right to my opinion

"I am highly tolerant of your right to think and say anything you want to, just as long as I agree with it." That's the oeprating principle of the progressive thought police, who are really out in force these days. First up, we have the ACLU, normally a fearless fighter for free speech rights, taking the side of New Mexico's "public accommodations" discrimination law instead of the side of the phtographers who didn't want to shoot a gay wedding because it went agains their beliefs:

 

Man-child in the promises land

Pajama Boy, the smug and twerpy man-child in the new Obamacare ads, is being relentless and justifiably mocked by the right. But let's not laugh so hard to fail to learn a lesson:

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