Anemophilia

of all things anemophilous...
Fri Sep 26

When will the smartphone receive recognition as the controlling medium of today?

While listening to an older Bret Easton Ellis podcast (his fantastic interview with Kanye West after the launch of Yeezus), the thought struck me that we don’t give enough recognition to the smart phone as a medium in its own right.
Easton Ellis was discussing how cinema used to be a controlling (his choice of word) medium. He talked about how, when films would only be shown in the theater, the…

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Bombing ISIS is futile Viagra for the aging hegemon

The current bombings against ISIS has put a stark light on the preference of many commentators for a very simple US foreign policy that consists mostly of bombing one’s opponents.
A few more nuanced observers have commented that what is needed is not bombs, but engagement on the ground to solve social ills and to address the ancient Sunni-Shia rivalry. David Gardner writes to this effect in the FT

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Wed Sep 17

Is the proliferation of apps getting out of control?

Is the proliferation of apps getting out of control?

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With the news of yet another Facebook stand-alone app, Moments, it seems the trend of breaking down the mobile experience in more and more apps is going strong. Facebook’s latest two experiments – Paper and Slingshot – have not picked up that many…

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Fri Sep 12

10 books that have influenced me

New post: 10 books that have influenced me

I was prompted recently by a Facebook chain to list the 10 books that have influenced me the most. It was fun to put together the list, and I gave it some thought, so wanted to post it here on the blog also:

Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything – Joshua Foer
The Knowledge: How to Rebuild Our World from Scratch: Lewis Dartnell
The Secret History – Donna Tartt
Lette…

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Wed Sep 10

When will Asia get the conflation of offline and online that we see in the US?

When will Asia get the conflation of offline and online that we see in the US?

Having recently spent more time in the US than in Asia, I’m finding it fascinating to compare which services are available here in the US compared to Asia.

What we’ve seen over the last years is how easy it is to replicate online services that don’t require infrastructure…

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More on the choice of name for ISIS

More on the choice of name for ISIS

Speaking of which acronym to use for ISIS/ISIL/IS, here is a good WashPo article on it. It suggests that Obama was using ISIL to not mention Syria. I would still argue that using ISIS is the best, since Levant recognizes that they are targeting e.g. Jordan as well, and IS is subtly acknowledging that they would have established “a state”.

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US public turns positive to strikes against ISIS

US public turns positive to strikes against ISIS

ISIS has received unprecedented attention for their media strategy. Media analysts worldwide have fallen over themselves to analyze, and unfortunately also praise, ISIS’ media strategy, simply because they have set up numerous Twitter accounts and are familiar with YouTube.

Granted, this has led to a large level of attention. ISIS has garnered global attention, there has been ISIS paraphernalia…

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Quick response to Felix Salmon’s Apple Watch post

New post: Quick response to Felix Salmon’s Apple Watch post

The inimitable @felixsalmon took to Medium yesterday to register his skepticism against the Apple Watch: https://medium.com/@felixsalmon/apple-hasnt-solved-the-smart-watch-dilemma-5c8b61ca97f0

As much as I enjoy reading mr Salmon (and enjoy listening to his weekly finance podcast – Slate Money), I really think he’s off on this one. His main argument seems to be that people will have to charge the…

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Fri Sep 5

The Ultimate List of Podcasts for Infovores

New blogpost: The Ultimate List of Podcasts for Infovores

/infovore/

noun: A person who indulges in and desires information gathering and interpretation.

As readers of this blog might have noticed, I’m addicted to podcasts. I find it an unbeatable way to take in information while multitasking something else. (I’m for example…

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Mon Jul 14

Can Republicans own innovation?

New blog post: Can Republicans own innovation?

Never thought I would say this, but I actually like this piece from Grover Norquist on Reuters. His idea is that Republicans should use the sharing economy to take back the urban demographic from the Democrats. It’s worth reading.

It is not on the strength of the argument…

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