Author, @TheEconomist deputy editor, @SebastopolBand drummer, gamer, pizza-maker, etc. 'Writing on the Wall', book on ancient social media, out now.

The Victorian Internet — Short Synopsis From the author of A History of the World in 6 Glasses comes the fascinating story about the invention of the telegraph and how it's impact a century ago is similar to the Internet's today.

The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century's On-line Pioneers eBook: Tom Standage: Kindle Store

A First-Timer’s Foray Into Wet-Plate Photography — And why tintypes are the oppositeof Instagram The 19th-century technique of wet-plate collodion photography, and the tintype process in particular, is undergoing something of a renaissance at the moment as digital photography prompts people to explore older analogue methods.

Mallory Ortberg: LibraryThing Author Interview — Mallory Ortberg has written for Gawker, New York Magazine, The Hairpin, and The Atlantic. She is also-along with partner in crime/editing Nicole Cliffe-the co-creator of The Toast, a general-interest website geared toward women. Since its debut in July 2013, The Toast has developed quite a cult following.

RECTANGLES WITH PERSONALITY — A Game, a Gadget and an App: Tom Standage roots for Thomas the rectangle, re-charges on the go and time travels through his photo albums From INTELLIGENT LIFE magazine, September/October 2014 A GAME THOMAS WAS ALONE Modern games consoles can draw squillions of polygons per second and produce almost photorealistic images, so a game with deliberately simple graphics and a cast of jumping rectangles does not, it must be said, sound terribly promising.

Writing On The Wall: Tom Standage: 9781620402832: Books

Proof: The Science of Booze — Proof by Adam Rogers: Introduction Deep in New Yorks Chinatown is a storefront made nearly invisible by crafty urban camouflage. The sign says that the place is an interior design shop, which is inaccurate, but it doesnt matter because a cage of scaffolding obstructs the words. Adjacent signage...

An Edible History of Humanity — Standage provides an intriguing history of how hunger has shaped civilizations and prompted technological advancements. Starting with hunter-gatherer societies, Standage traces the evolution of cuisines and addition of new ingredients to the current debates over organic and industrialized food systems. With a gentle and deep voice, George K.

Night at the museum — If you like camping or you're into archaeology-and Egyptian archaeology in particular-then it doesn't get much more exciting than camping in the British Museum, in the Egyptian sculpture galleries, surrounded by statues and sarcophagi. Having done several such sleepovers with our daughter, we recently got to do our first with our younger son.

A GAME YOU CAN FINISH — A Game, a Gadget and an App: Tom Standage steers a princess through Escher-like puzzles, charges his phone on the move and joins a small but fast-growing community From INTELLIGENT LIFE magazine, July/August 2014 A GAME MONUMENT VALLEY This is a gorgeous game, consisting of a series of enchanting puzzles inspired by the geometrically paradoxical drawings of M.C.
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Mar 28, 2015

@monkbent Agreed. Even better than your piece, which was my previous favourite

Mar 28, 2015

@azeem But eventually manual cars will be banned, except on racetracks

Mar 28, 2015

@azeem I really must look into the parallels between horse rental and self-driving cars...

Mar 28, 2015

@cape I think it's a step towards AR. A watch can display ambient information, but can't paint stuff on the world.

Mar 28, 2015

@azeem Today I have been driving a very uncomputerised Lotus Elise. Everything is manual! And smells of motor oil.

Mar 28, 2015

@cape Agree that VR is pure escapism. AR is something else entirely. Google/MSFT focus is AR; FB/Oculus appears to be VR, but is it really?

Mar 28, 2015

@cape AR does both, surely. The whole world becomes the interface. But we all see a different version.

Mar 28, 2015

@bowbrick Agreed. Some aero-engine mechanics already use AR

Mar 28, 2015

@cape Yes, houses too. But both break the trend of computers becoming smaller and closer to our bodies

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