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I’ve been writing a series of occasional dispatches for The Awl. Here’s the curtain raiser. You can catch them all here.

I’ll …

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The Next Big Headache For Digital Publishers

Originally in: PaidContent.

With Google (NSDQ: GOOG), many media companies have come to see an insurrection everywhere they look. Last month, it was the Google Books …

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Banksy of Brooklyn

Originally in: The Economist's Intelligent Life.

For four seasons running, the city’s greatest art crawl has been the New York subway system, courtesy of an anonymous razor-witted and -wielding graffito who …

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Out Out, Damn Blind Spot

Originally in: Globe and Mail

13 Things That Don't Make Sense: The Most Baffling Scientific Mysteries of Our Time, by Michael Brooks.

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The Roswell incident notwithstanding, cold fusion was the 20th century’s original “I want to believe” moment.

In a few short weeks in May, 1989, the …

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U. Tube

Originally in: Boston Globe's Ideas section

Want a free education? A brief guide to the burgeoning world of online video lectures.

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Reserve another laurel for Edward O. Wilson, the Pellegrino University Professor emeritus at Harvard, serial Pulitzer winner, and prominent intellectual: online celebrity.

Forget Charlie Rose …

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SnagFilms: Best Thing for Documentaries Since Netflix

Originally in: GigaOm's

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Last week’s splashy entry into the online video arena of SnagFilms, a widget platform for watching and sharing documentary films that’s being headed up …

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Microsoft’s Shiny New Toy

Originally in: MIT Technology Review

Photosynth is dazzling, but what is it for?

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At last March’s Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) conference in Monterey, CA, a summit that’s been described as “Davos for the digerati,” the calm-voiced software architect …

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The Tao of Screen

Originally in: Slate

In search of the distraction-free desktop.

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If your computer desktop is anything like mine—and, brother, it is—you’ve paved over every spare pixel in an iconistan of clutter. Desktop design originated in …

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