Some favorite albums, books, TV shows, movies, and in-depth stories from 2013

Here’s a look back at some of my favorites from last year. Albums My pick: “Modern Vampires of the City,” by Vampire Weekend. Here’s “Obvious Bicycle“: And “Diane Young“: Runner-up album: “Beta Love,” by Ra Ra Riot. Here’s the title track. Honorable mentions: Sky Ferreira’s “Night Time, My Time,” Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories,” and […]

There’s No E-Book Version of Nicholas Negroponte’s ‘Being Digital’?

More later on this topic, perhaps, but I wanted to post this for now. Is there truly no e-book version of Nicholas Negroponte’s 1995 book Being Digital? What’s wrong with this picture? The text I’ve circled in the image above is Amazon’s standard “Tell the Publisher! I’d like to read this book on Kindle.”* Is […]

Off Topic: An Excellent Book about Nutrition

I’m read several books, over the years, about food and nutrition. I’ve tackled Gary Taubes’s popular books “Good Calories, Bad Calories” and “Why We Get Fat,” as well as “In Defense of Food”, the hit book by Michael Pollan. I’ve also done some reading on “paleo nutrition,” which is popular in Crossfit circles. Perhaps the […]

7 Books

Some books and long-form works I’ve downloaded, bought in physical form, am reading, or have recently finished: The Ball is Round: A Global History of Soccer, by David Goldblatt Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945, by Max Hastings The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right, by Atul Gawande The Great Stagnation: How America Ate […]

Around the web: August 25th to August 30th

Some links that have caught my eye of late: Facebook Exodus [NYTimes.com] — "Things fall apart; the center cannot hold. Facebook, the online social grid, could not command loyalty forever…" Bumpy Pitch — retro US soccer shirts. — Very cool. Love the Beth Steel FC tee, especially. The Chart of Fantasy Art [The Publisher Files] […]

What I’ve been reading

Some links that have caught my eye of late: — 2008 Year-End Google Zeitgeist (Via Steve Rubel on Twitter) ((Related: “StateStats: Analyzing Google search patterns“)) As the year comes to a close, it’s time to look at the big events, memorable moments and emerging trends that captivated us in 2008. As it happens, studying the […]

Michael Crichton, Master Storyteller, Dead at 66

Michael Crichton has died of cancer at the age of 66. His most popular books, of course, included “Jurassic Park,” “The Andromeda Strain,” and “Timeline.” And while I’ve read many of his thrillers — most recently “Next,” about genetic engineering — my favorite of his books was “Travels,” which I liked for its compelling stories […]