Monthly Archives: September 2006

Television that hurts

Two of the season’s new standout SF/fantasy shows, Jericho and Heroes, are both abysmally awful in their own ways. Because I’ve been chronicling their rapid downward spirals over at the MeeVee blog, I’ve had to pay preternaturally close attention to …

I, Chumby

My column this week wasn’t just a peppy endorsement for the alpha-version smart thing known as the Chumby. It was also about the coming army of smart things — para-computers with wifi that mediate online information via sounds, colors, and …

Terrorism and satire

“9/11 rememberance week” is almost over, and it’s impossible to remain unaffected by the national mood, no matter how artificial or manufactured. Over the past two weeks, I’ve written about how technology and online social criticism have changed during the …

Panel tonight: Fuck, I can’t say that anymore!

That’s the (uncensored) title of a panel discussion I’ll be participating in tonight as part of San Francisco’s annual Expo for the Artist & Musician. The panel is about new limits to free expression for creators, including people who dabble …

In which I am jejune

So my book Pretend We’re Dead got a snarky mixed review in the (London) Times Literary Supplement, in which I was upbraided for (among other things) neglecting to offer a granular account of Isaac Asimov’s career. The reviewer ended up …

10 worst privacy debacles

If you want to know what the top 10 privacy debacles of the last century are, check out the story I wrote for Wired about all the ways your personal data has been left unprotected by industry, and riffled through …

Pwned again

OK, so it might be that I just love using the verb “to pwn” in a headline. My latest column, which also contains “pwn” in its headline, is about why I don’t shred my bills and encrypt all my data …