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Invariable Reinforcement

December 9th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Our office manager Sophie passed me the phone. “It’s someone from Google,” she said. I raised an eyebrow. Perhaps this was an invitation to an event, or another chance to test prototype hardware, or something even more magical.
I unmute the phone. “Hello?”
“Hi, I’m Tim, from Google Digital Development. I’d love to talk about how we [...]

Tags: neuro · psych · tech · web

Guardian comments are destroying civilization

September 22nd, 2015 · 1 Comment

A vast swathe of people now believe that it’s impossible to have intelligent debate online. This is not an unreasonable belief; scroll down on any newspaper website, let alone YouTube, and you’ll discover the shouting matches that inhabit most comments sections. Jessica Valenti recently wondered whether we shouldn’t simply shut down all comments, like Popular [...]

Tags: newspaper · web

The Long Decline of Reading

December 28th, 2008 · 55 Comments

“It doesn’t matter how good or bad the product is, the fact is that people don’t read anymore. Forty percent of the people in the U.S. read one book or less last year. The whole conception is flawed at the top because people don’t read anymore.”
- Steve Jobs on eBook readers and the [...]

Tags: book · edu · future · spec · tech · web · writing

My Daily Read

December 7th, 2008 · 2 Comments

“You’re better off reading a bunch of blogs than most columnists.” – me, earlier today.
Every time I open the Guardian, or the Times, or any other newspaper, I am disappointed by the poor quality of the columns and editorial. For the most part, they’re barely-informed polemics that are constrained by word limits and motivated by [...]

Tags: adrian · politics · tech · web

Meeting Room Yield Management

May 19th, 2008 · 8 Comments

Six to Start is based in a large building containing dozens of managed and serviced offices. On the way to the shared kitchen at work, I noticed two empty meeting rooms. It occurred to me that, just like an empty seat on a plane, an empty meeting room is lost cash. Sure, there is a [...]

Tags: economics · future · spec · web

Berlin Calling

November 20th, 2007 · 3 Comments

Three people – a doctor, the CTO of an up-and-coming web company, and the CEO of an up-and-coming 3D game engine company – have independently told me the same thing in the last month. It’s time to move to Berlin.
In any discussion of where I work and what I do, the subject of London’s frustratingly [...]

Tags: travel · web

After Our Time

August 12th, 2007 · No Comments

After listening to an edition of In Our Time about the Jacobite Rebellion, I found myself writing yet another post on this weblog inspired by that wonderful Radio 4 programme. As I was finishing it, I thought that with all the posts I was making relating to In Our Time, I should really make a [...]

Tags: adrian · bbc · radio · web

The Strength of Weak Ties

August 9th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Anyone who’s read about social networks and the ‘tipping point’ will know how important the connections between people are. It’s not enough to look at just the number and the individuals in the connections though – you have to look at their strength. While reading an article (I forget which) about social networks, I spotted [...]

Tags: science · web

BBC iPlayer: well over a day late and a dollar short

August 6th, 2007 · 4 Comments

As has been widely noted, the BBC’s iPlayer application, which lets people watch the last seven days of TV over the internet, didn’t actually launch on 27th July. It’s still currently in beta, and if you apply to test it, it’ll take a couple of days to receive your login details. This is not particularly [...]

Tags: bbc · tech · tv · web

The Death of Publishers

July 23rd, 2007 · 49 Comments

Update: Virginie Clayssen has done a wonderful French translation of this post on her weblog teXtes. 
Adrian Buys an eBook Reader
A couple of weeks ago, I idly visited and discovered something incredible – Tiger Direct in the US were selling Sony eReaders for $100, a discount of $250. Thanks to the rampaging power of the [...]

Tags: book · future · spec · tech · web · writing