On Driving a Vespa

Jeremy Clarkson on driving a Vespa: Recently, various newspapers ran a photograph of me on a small motorcycle. They all pointed out that I hate motorbikes and that by riding one I had exposed myself as a hypocrite who should commit suicide immediately. Hmmm. Had I been photographed riding the local postmistress, then, yes, I’d […]

Must-Have T-Shirt: Re-elect Clay Davis

I love it. The Re-elect Clay Davis T-shirt. From the best TV show ever created. (Via Kottke.)

A “Global SuperOrganism”

Kevin Kelly: I am not the first, nor the only one, to believe a superorganism is emerging from the cloak of wires, radio waves, and electronic nodes wrapping the surface of our planet. No one can dispute the scale or reality of this vast connectivity. What’s uncertain is, what is it? Is this global web […]

CSM to cease daily print publication

Christian Science Paper to End Daily Print Edition. [NYTimes.com]

Exploring Tumblr

Tumblr is a free blogging platform that makes posting material — whether it’s images, audio, video, links, or text — extremely easy. Because I’m interested in all things Web publishing-related, I’ve set up an experimental tumblr page — er, tumblelog — at newley.tumblr.com. I don’t know if I’ll continue to updating it or not, but […]

2008 Forbes Traveler 400

I have five reviews in the recently published 2008 Forbes Traveler 400, a compendium of the world’s best hotels. You can see my contributions here: — Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok — Shangri-La Hotel (Bangkok) — Sofitel Metropole Hanoi — The Oberoi, New Delhi — The Oberoi Grand Kolkata And here’s the entire 2008 FT 400.

Conflict on Thailand-Cambodia Border

AFP: “Fighting erupts along Thai-Cambodia border: officials” Fighting erupted on the Thai-Cambodia border, military officials from both sides said on Wednesday, as a row over a disputed patch of land near the ancient Preah Vihear temple boiled over. Brigadier Bun Thean said the two sides had exchanged gunfire, after reports that 500 Thai soldiers were […]

Gladwell on Late Bloomers

Malcolm Gladwell in the New Yorker: “Late Bloomers: Why do we equate genius with precocity?” Genius, in the popular conception, is inextricably tied up with precocity—doing something truly creative, we’re inclined to think, requires the freshness and exuberance and energy of youth. Orson Welles made his masterpiece, “Citizen Kane,” at twenty-five. Herman Melville wrote a […]

Understanding the Subprime Crisis

A few days back, I asked some of my Twitter friends to share some good resources for understanding the subprime crisis and global credit crunch. Wise Kwai suggested The Subprime Primer, a 45-slide presentation using (profanity-spewing) stick figures to illustrate the meltdown. I suggest giving it a read (but be mindful that it’s — obviously […]