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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.
Nov 22, 2015

Salon published @koxinga21 on the burgeoning open-source movement #salononce

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

A killer app for the Apple Watch: Gun control — Wearable technology knows what you do -- and what you shouldn't have done The Apple Watch pundits have spoken! David Pogue thinks it is pretty neat. Steven Levy says it represents Apple's new emphasis on "intimacy." Felix Salmon is utterly unconvinced.
Sep 10, 2014

I fear AppleWatch as sales tool. @koxinga21 paints it as "a human activity recognizer" as in: it knows when you shoot…

How Apple built the greatest hype machine in the history of the world — That nation impatiently awaits huge news of iPhone tweaks and the return of the wristwatch. What's wrong with us? I get so excited every year when Apple announces new devices for driving traffic to tech bloggers- mat honan (@mat) September 8, 2014 How does Apple get away with it?
Sep 09, 2014

How Apple built the greatest hype machine in the history of the world… via @Salon

Sep 10, 2014

Great read: How Apple built the world's greatest hype machine. Always a gulli-bull market for Apple.

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Nov 28, 2015

RT @meredithclark: Always my fear when Planned Parenthood was my only choice for healthcare. God, please do not let some misguided zealot shoot this place up.

Nov 27, 2015

RT @rachelswan: " extremely healthy alternative to Adderall." Microdosing LSD in the office. Nice work, @koxinga21…

Nov 24, 2015

@ScottLucas86 pshaw. seriously, i don't think my Yan profile was very interesting.

Nov 24, 2015

@ScottLucas86 @John_Birdsall i can barely remember. i was but a pup, just starting my career. i'll try and dig up the clip, but I doubt it.

Nov 24, 2015

@ScottLucas86 @John_Birdsall I profiled Martin Yan for a magazine called Transpacific, gosh, 24 years ago? Not online, i'm afraid.

Nov 23, 2015

@ScottLucas86 i might actually be able to find it! but i think you need to do your own work, mister!

Nov 23, 2015

@ScottLucas86 my daughter once tried to do a paper on the roots of the mid-east conflict in middle school. she found the topic challenging

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