It has been a week. A week since I was bowled over by the thought of ebooks embedded in DNA. I meant to blog more about that, but life got in the way immediately after I’d posted that little bit. I had put my head down on my desk, kind of overwhelmed with trying to… Continue reading Cars, Threads, and Deleuze
I’m going to come back to this, I know. So I’m putting it out here now: researchers have encoded a textbook in synthesized DNA, and then converted it back to a digital file. Staggering.
The sale of Frommer’s to Google got me thinking. At Bowker, we’ve noticed several publishers who crank out POD titles that are compendia of Wikipedia articles. Yes, that’s right – these publishers crawl Wikipedia, and pull out articles that are related, and make books out of them. Thousands of books. MILLIONS of books. All with… Continue reading Going in Reverse
And any publisher who isn’t paying attention is NOT PAYING ATTENTION. Google just bought Frommer’s. They already own Zagat. At which I sputter, “…what Brian O’Leary said.” And, “…what Brian O’Leary said Esther Dyson said.” If Frommer’s is made actionable with Google’s search, Google Travel will probably include not only Zagat, but Google Maps. And… Continue reading It’s Happening
This came across my desk this morning. We’re converting one garden into hundreds, and combined with more naturally occurring wildlife corridors, potentially thousands. This is what we’re doing when we link data, the gardens represent our data and datasets and the link we’ve created gives users and machines unrestricted access to navigate from one dataset to another.… Continue reading Hedgehogs and Linked Data
Every so often, my work and home worlds collide. Not often. But last night was one of those times. We have just installed a swimming pool and while the ground around it is all torn up, we are definitely using it. Helps with the hip; breast-stroking a few laps last night gave me the first… Continue reading 50 Rubber Ducks
So I have just about had it with the somewhat hysterical male response (particularly from, but not limited to, Men Of A Certain Generation) to the fact that ZOMG 50 Shades of Grey is a bestseller and that means a LOT of women are reading it quite possibly even my sister, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt,… Continue reading To The Guys Snickering About Women Reading 50 Shades