Oh man. Myst. I wish my parents had taken me seriously back during THAT obsession.
someone just created my dream startup. sign me up!
request an invite too: oysterbooks.com
NASA says it will be ready to launch a zero-G-ready 3D printer into space in June 2014, in time for the fifth SpaceX resupply mission to the ISS. The agency has prepared a video, complete with upbeat muzak, that details not only how astronauts will be able to print objects on demand, but why they might need to do so in the first place. As astronaut Timothy “TJ” Creamer puts it, 3D printers will enable “Star Trek replication right there on the spot.”
Your turn to spy (but only on yourself) thanks to the wonders of metadata visualization … but get in line. Their servers are down due to heavy traffic (gee, I wonder why.)
Output of letting them peek in your Gmail archives = something like this:
Kind of hard to believe those two names were still available, but they’re both new startups launching beta products this week.
Worth keeping an eye on Contentful simply because the super-smart Karen McGrane is on their board of advisors.
And Betterific caught my eye with its “wouldn’t airplanes be better if there was a sign that says ‘wake me up for my meal’”. I’ve considered writing that on a note pinned to my drool-covered sweatshirt on many a flight. So if this takes off, I expect that to be the first real-life solution …. kthanks.
In a fantastic interview over at Five Books, The Economist’s China correspondent Gady Epstein recommends five books you should read to understand what’s happening with the Internet in China: Guobin Yang’s The Power of the Internet in China; Rebecca MacKinnon’s Consent of the Networked; Anne Marie-Brady’s Marketing Dictatorship; Jonathan Spence’s Treason by the Book; and Johan Lagerqvist’s After the Internet, Before Democracy.
He talks about them more in depth over in the article, but I just wanted to chime in briefly and agree wholeheartedly with the recommendations (I haven’t read Lagerqvist, but it sounds excellent). Of the four I have read, Yang and MacKinnon’s books have quickly become canonical studies of how citizens use the Internet and the challenges they face in China; Brady’s gives deep insight into the structures and motivations that drive the Communist Party’s media strategies; and Spence’s book is that rare history book that moves like a suspense novel (only a slight exaggeration; it really is a fun read).
If the site were called “Seven Books,” two more I’d add would be Yuezhi Zhao’s Communication in China and Daniella Stockmann’s just released Media Commercialization and Authoritarian Rule in China. Chapter 6 in Zhao’s book, “Challenging Neoliberlism” is worth the price of admission alone. It’s a fascinating case study and breakdown of the offline and online backlash to the secret New Western Hills meeting. If you want to grasp the contradictions inherent in everyday political life in China, this is a good place to start. I haven’t read Dani’s book yet, but by all accounts it is brilliant, and builds off her work on the market’s effect on journalism and the media in China (topics closely related to Ying Zhu’s book on CCTV, Two Billion Eyes, that I worked on). It’s got a hefty academic price tag, but now that I have access to a university library again, it’s first up in my queue.
Happy summer reading!
Looking forward to reading all of these.
Will selling digital paintbrushes add up to a good business?