The Twitter Papers

Here’s a fine kettle of fish:

Earlier this week, a hacker broke into Twitter and stole a trove of business-related documents detailing the workings of the popular startup. The hacker, supposedly, plans to publish the documents at some point—but before he does, he gives them to Techcrunch, the king of tech blogs.

Mike Arrington, …

A Real American Hero

Dick Cheney testifies before the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence regarding a top secret counter-terrorism program whose existence he allegedly hid from Congress:

Dianne Feinstein: Mr. Cheney, this is truly astounding. You knew of a mysterious program whose mission was so important you hid its very existence …

Old Comedy Never Dies

Commentator John McEnroe, describing Wimbledon champion Roger Federer, who had just won a record-breaking 15th Grand Slam Title:

He looks just maaahvelous, as Billy Crystal said.

This is why comedy writers do what they do.  For immortality.  To live forever.

“When Will,” a Poem by Google’s Little Search Suggestions Thingy

I’ve been trying out some old-school natural language queries on Google lately. This little gem sprang up fully-formed when I was in the middle of typing “When will the Narnia books be in the public domain”? (Answer: 2033.) I reproduce it here verbatim. Notice how the last stanza gently reprises the themes of the first …

What’s the future of startups? Just one word: Dopamine

Marc Andreessen, the father of the modern Web! Today he announced that he’s launching a $300 million venture capital fund with his old biz partner from back in the glory days of Netscape, Ben Horowitz.

This is interesting on a number of fronts that have nothing whatsoever to do with Nerd World (raised $300mm in worst fundraising …

Hot Mile High Trivia Action

Forget Call of Duty 5: World at War. I’ve discovered an online multiplayer game that’s more thrilling than Halo 3 and GTA: IV put together. Grand Theft Halo 7? No: Delta Coach In-seat Trivia.

I discovered this massively immersive game on a flight from Los Angeles to Atlanta. You compete live against other flyers on the …

Tuesday’s Nerd News Top 5

See, I’m running with this new top 5 format. It’s for days when I’m having trouble finding a blogworthy item, so instead you get five items that aren’t blogworthy. Let’s go!

1. This video from the Watchmen Blu-Ray, where Snyder breaks down how he made the best 3 minutes of movie released this year:

Awww … it was a rubber …

Google is The Matrix

It’s true! Google needs us to provide energy to the system, which it gets whenever we use the Web. And, to get us to use the Web even more, it keeps giving us cooler and cooler, free stuff. Search, email, then Docs. And now?

Google Voice, which I’ve been playing with today. It’s almost as useful as Search. And soon, just like …

Now We Are 40

As a housekeeping sidenote, I’m going to be 40 years old on Friday.

Heck, 40. It’s just a number. Like any other number. Well, I guess it’s a Størmer number. Oh, and also half my life is over and probably more and I’m going to be dead soon.

Rejected schemes for becoming immortal:

  • get bitten by vampire (ethical probs, plus an
  • Prototype: First Impressions

    I can’t tell whether or not I’m the only one who has been waiting all year for Prototype to come out.

    I don’t even know why. I don’t even know that much about it. The story seems to be about this hoody-wearing hipster-looking guy in his 20s named Alex who wakes up in the morgue one day with unbelievable kick-ass powers. He’s …

    Thoughts About the Great Iranian Twitterstorm

    I am not much for commenting on politics. They’re sort of mushy and non-rigorous in a way that I have trouble parsing with my nerdy brain. But I have been asked to have some thoughts about Twitter and the protests that are going on in Iran.

    I read Douglas Rushkoff’s piece in The Daily Beast, which I think does a good job of summing up …

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