Monthly Archives: November 2006

Another episode of Cranky Geeks

Last week I went on Cranky Geeks with the always-amusing John Dvorak (currently obsessed with a duck-shaped keyboard vacuum) and media-jammer Jacob Appelbaum. We talked about the PS3 riots, geek gifts for the holidays (I plugged the Chumby, even though …

Pumpkin Pie, Linux, and Happiness

Last night I made two pumpkin pies from scratch. I took a frakin’ pumpkin and cooked it, then I pureed it, drained it in cheesecloth, mixed it with buttloads of sugar and cream and spices, and poured the mixture into …

When sexual selection sucks

My column last week was about a brilliant study that some Canadian researchers just published in PLoS Biology. By studying the way fruit flies pass on “fitness” (ie, ability to reproduce plentifully) to their children, they discovered that some genes …

Come see me at the RADAR reading series 11/14

Come out to the San Francisco Public Library tomorrow night for Michelle Tea’s extra-cool RADAR reading series. I’ll be reading from my book-in-progress — a true story of communes, computers, and group marriage in 1980s San Francisco. Others on the …

Where I’m blogging

I’ve just started blogging on the currently-being-revamped Wired culture blog, Table of Malcontents, which was founded by the excellent Lore Sjöberg. The blog is currently undergoing a transformation, which includes changing the name (so don’t get too attached to “Table …

Why can’t Jane watch television?

Media historian Jeff Ubois recently published a research paper about why it’s impossible to do research on the history of television. I wrote about his experiments in my column last week: Ubois found that studying one simple event in recent …

How I got a CC license for my book — 11/8 at CC Salon

Come out this Wednesday to hear me talk about how I got a Creative Commons attribution-noncommercial-nodervis license for my book Pretend We’re Dead. I’m part of the excellent lineup at this week’s Creative Commons Salon, a monthly gathering for people …

Racist commercials from an alternate history

I was impressed by the pseudo-documementary C.S.A.: Confederate States of America, which was recently released on DVD. Filmmaker Kevin Willmott put together a dark and funny snapshot of what U.S. television would look like if the South had won the …