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Berkeley, CA.
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Confessions of an Online Journalist: How I Killed My Profession — In the fall of 1994, when I was a young reporter struggling to pay the rent, I wrote a cover story for the San Francisco Bay Guardian: "Plugging In: An Idiot's Guide to the Internet." I explained why a 14.4 baud modem was a great deal, and reported that the Internet was a fantastic resource because "all kinds of information are available."
Dec 16, 2015

Confessions of an Online Journalist… Berkeley writer @koxinga21 on how he "killed" his profession, via @californiamag

Dec 16, 2015

Confessions of an Online Journalist… Berkeley writer @koxinga21 on how he "killed" his profession, via @californiamag

Dec 16, 2015

Feel like I should also note that I got PAID to write about how I killed journalism. Which is slimy. And awesome.…

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Confessions of a Crime Reporter: Call it Gallows Humor. Hell, It Was Plain Survival — I had pizza delivered to a crime scene once. A computer engineer had bludgeoned and stabbed his wife and 12-year-old son to death and then slashed his own throat. A group of us reporters stood at the edge of the cordoned-off street for hours, waiting for the police to come out and tell us what was going on.

BSD Unix: Power to the people, from the code — B y the time Bill Joy arrived in Berkeley, Calif., in 1975 to attend graduate school, the fabled capital of leftist radicalism was a bit ragged around the edges. If the 21-year-old programming wunderkind had glanced at the headlines blasting out of the local alternative weeklies, he might have wondered just what kind of insane mess he had gotten himself into.

The dark history of burned flesh — A good barbecue, as I see it, should begin with a trip to Home Depot to buy 6-foot lengths of rebar. When suspending an entire butterflied lamb over an oak fire for many hours, while basting it with stalks of rosemary dripping with lemon juice and red wine, the rebar comes in handy for spread-eagling purposes.
Jul 14, 2015

Last weekend, the author of a book on bbq namechecked my 7 yr old review on public radio. I reread it. It is a hoot.…

Free to be … a Target commercial — How outraged am I supposed to be at Target's use of the song "Free to Be ... You and Me" in a back-to-school shopping commercial? As a member of the cohort of Americans who were brainwashed as children in the mid-1970s by repeated exposure to the album by the same name from Marlo Thomas and Friends, the jingle-jangle opening of the song by the New Seekers touches off an irresistible chord of indignation.

National underdog days — One Thursday morning in March a few years back, when my daughter was barely 6 months old and I was a freelance writer working out of my home, I spread a blanket on the floor in front of our television set.
Mar 19, 2015

@BCAppelbaum made the case for this FOURTEEN YEARS ago and I'm still being ignored.…

These Toy Robots Want to Program Your Kid’s Mind — This Christmas, give your children the ultimate leg up - a toy that will teach them how to code Vikas Gupta is showing me his robot, a three-wheeled whirling dervish that vaguely reminds me of Pixar's Wall-E and sounds like a Teletubbie. Its name is Dash, and there is no escaping its adorability.
Dec 05, 2014

If I had a kid I would totally buy it these ridiculously cute robots It bleats and coos? SOLD!

Dec 05, 2014

How Silicon Valley will prepare its children for the future: Toy robots that teach kids how to code:…

Roll over, Thomas Edison — Nobody, I mean nobody, writes more lovingly or cleverly about gallium nitride semiconductor technology than Bob Johnstone. The longtime technology reporter for the Far Eastern Economic Review, Wired, Forbes and numerous other publications has a passion for uncovering the mysteries of abstruse material science that is unmatched in the popular science press.
Oct 07, 2014

Bob Johnstone's 2007 book Brilliant tells you everything you need to know about today's Nobel prize for blue LEDs:…

How I switched sides in the technology wars — My slow, painful transition from cheerleader to critic, all at one online magazine In the fall of 1995, a few days after Salon first ventured out into the strange new territory of the World Wide Web, I reviewed the site for an online magazine called Web Review.

OkCupid founder: “I wish people exercised more humanity” on OkCupid — Why data about how people behave on online dating sites paints a bleak picture about our true attitudes In late July, Christian Rudder, a co-founder of the online dating site OkCupid, plunged himself into the middle of an Internet maelstrom when he published a post with a classic poke-the-anthill headline: "We Experiment on Human Beings!"
Sep 12, 2014

OKCupid's Christian Rudder explains how data will complete the democratization of history, Howard Zinn-style…

Sep 12, 2014

RT @koxinga21: OKCupid's Christian Rudder explains how data will complete the democratization of history, Howard Zinn-style…

Sep 13, 2014

OkCupid Founder: “I Wish People Exercised More Humanity” on OkCupid

Sep 15, 2014

RT @Salon: OkCupid's founder confirms what we've suspected all along: People are horrible

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Feb 12, 2016

RT @broderick: Isn't it crazy that people pay for therapy when you can just repearedly listen to The Mountain Goats' "This Year" on Spotify for free?

Feb 11, 2016

RT @bayareabites: Dungeness Crab Health Advisory Lifted Along Central CA Coast - Read details! @CAPublicHealth

Feb 09, 2016

@lemay what was on the other side of the trap door?!

Feb 08, 2016

@juliacarriew awesome to see your byline on that super bowl Beyoncé dancers Mario woods story!

Feb 08, 2016

RT @JamilSmith: Here's how activists got a sign reading "Justice 4 Mario Woods" into the hands of @Beyonce's dancers at #SB50.

Feb 06, 2016

RT @AntonioFrench: Carson: "When did we in the United States not send people to help our own people?" Beyoncé:

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