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June 27, 2000  
Jeffrey Koons on his art: "I'm interested in making objects that you would want to grab and take with you if your house was burning down." Interview from the New York Times Magazine, June 25, 2000 (registration required).
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Combining web and email.. Red Herring

Computer users spend 96 percent of their time in their email accounts (there are about 150 million total), according to Jupiter Communications.
Now Jupiter has never been known for their right-on stats, nor do I doubt that email takes up a lot of time, but where did they get a figure like 96%
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Morgan Stanley Tech Research. All the PDFs from Mary Meeker and company. Once upon a time this would not have interested me the least...how low I have sunk.
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Roger Ebert and Harry Knowles. Two fat men who review movies. Harry Knowles is of aint-it-cool.com. (via dack)
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June 23, 2000  
Best of Friends, Worlds Apart. New York Times. June 5, 2000. "Joel Ruiz Is Black. Achmed Valdés Is White. In America They Discovered It Matters." A really excellent examination of how racial perceptions differ between Latin America and the US.
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June 20, 2000  
What is Viral Marketing. VentureCoach. A simple, concise definition and explanation of this ultimate of buzz words.
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What do job interviews really tell us? Malcolm Gladwell. The New Yorker. May 29, 2000. About the surprising psycology of job interviews and first impressions. A marvelously constructed magazine piece.
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June 15, 2000  
How people use wireless internet in Japan. Guardian. (via Tomalak's Realm)

One site provides information about the nearest available love hotel.
Finally internet services that make a concrete difference in peoples' lives.
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June 14, 2000  
Beatles Cover Band Draws 5000 in Buenos Aires. Clarin. June 9, 2000 In Spanish. They're called The Beats and look like a Rubber Soul-era incarnation of the Beatles. Interesting tid-bit, their John sings much better than their Paul, thus their repetoire is heavily biased towards Lennon songs.

I live here in Buenos Aires and I find it interesting that a cover band, even of the Beatles, should be able to sell out very large auditoriums. I guess I shouldn't be so surprised in a country where the A*Teens are so popular (they're a teenage ABBA cover band that's sold something like 3 million copies of their disc)
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June 06, 2000  
Buy You're Freedom. Live Cheap!New York Times, June 4, 2000. (via dack.com). About the stupidity of working 80 hour work-weeks. For what? money...

At a time when more people than ever have the opportunity to do what they want in life, many lack the imagination to do anything but accumulate possessions. Freedom is losing market share to stuff.

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The End of Moore's Law?. Tech Review. (via WebWord) Yet another article about the prophesized end of the exponential growth in Computing power. Still, it has some good history of how Moore came up with the law in 1965. It was, in fact, an observation of what had occurred up to that point, simply extrapolated into the future:

One component (1959), 32 (1964), 64 (1965)—Moore put these numbers on a graph and connected the dots with a line. “The complexity [of cheap integrated circuits] has increased at a rate of roughly a factor of two per year,” he wrote. Then he got out a ruler and extended the line into the future.
Raymond Kurzweil points out in the first chapter of 'The Age of Spiritual Machines' that Moores law has been going on for much longer:
In the 1980s, a number of observers, including Carnegie Mellon University professor Hans Moravec, Nippon Electric Company's David Waltz, and myself, noticed that computers have been growing exponentially in power, long before the invention of the integrated circuit in 1958 or even the transistor in 1947.20 The speed and density of computation have been doubling every three years (at the beginning of the twentieth century) to one year (at the end of the twentieth century), regardless of the type of hardware used. Remarkably, this "Exponential Law of Computing" has held true for at least a century, from the mechanical card-based electrical computing technology used in the 1890 U.S. census, to the relay-based computers that cracked the Nazi Enigma code, to the vacuum-tube-based computers of the 1950s, to the transistor-based machines of the 1960s, and to all of the generations of integrated circuits of the past four decades.

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June 05, 2000  
Beyond Horseless-Carriage Thinking William Horton. A really good presentation on how designers so frequently use old methods of thinking when approaching the design of products for a new medium. The title refers to buggy whip holders on early automobiles and other holdovers from previous technology. He over states the case a bit, but he's got some good current examples concerning online learning and training. (note: link is to summary page where you can download a PDF of the paper)
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June 02, 2000  
ethnography & information architecture. Marc Rettig, who works at this firm called, HannaHodge which does user experience type stuff. This is actually something you need to read on the web instead of printing out but it's worth it. The paper is a lot more interesting than the title would have you believe.
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About me

My name's Thomas Locke Hobbs. I used to live in Argentina, now I am in New York City. I grew up in California. I'm a bit suspicious as the value of keeping a weblog, but I do it anyway. Go to my home page for more about me.

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