Monthly Archives: October 2006

Halloween fun – Old Trout’s 13 scariest Americans

I contributed to humor magazine Old Trout‘s much-anticipated list of the 13 scariest Americans. This Halloween, amuse and terrify yourself by perusing this list of 13 people who are the most likely to destroy the environment, invade your privacy, fuck …

GooTube is dead

Recently I have amused myself by fantasizing about the GooTube meme dying, much in the same way I fantasize that I don’t exist in the same universe with other celebrity pairings like TomKat and Brangelina. At least GooTube hasn’t gone …

Geowankers unite

Two weeks ago, I wrote a column about why I love geowanking, which is a highly technical term for digital map geekery. I went to the first Bay Area meeting for members of the geowanking e-mail list, a group I’ve …

RFIDs in the streets of San Francisco

Last weekend, I took a walk through San Francisco’s Western Addition and Richmond District neighborhoods, and discovered something weird: there are a lot of RFID tags ground into the sidewalks. As more and more consumer items are “smart tagged,” I …

Listen to me rant on the Bat Segundo show

Some people doubt the existence of the enigmatic Edward Champion, host of the Bat Segundo literary podcast. But I know he is real. In fact, he came to my house with his cool podcasting gear and interviewed me about my …

Come see me at BAVC and/or LitQuake 10/14

This Saturday I’ll be appearing at two completely unrelated events. From 2:30-4 PM, I’ll be moderating an extremely interesting panel at a Bay Area Video Coalition event about youth and technology called True2Life. The panel is called “Shake-up in Cyberspace” …

Where in the world is Lawrence Kim?

This week, I wrote my column about a peculiar problem posed by Web 2.0: what happens when you can’t find somebody you know is online because there are so many other people who share their name? I had this exact …

Your boss is watching you

Last week, New Scientist published my investigative article on how several large US companies monitor their employees on corporate computer networks (and off them, too). The biggest payoff in my research was when I got a rep from Wavecrest, a …