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The Heartbreak That May Have Inspired the Telegraph

news.nationalgeographic.com — Samuel Morse, born on April 27, 225 years ago, invented Morse code, and in 1844 he strung a wire along the B&O railroad and transmitted "What hath God wrought" from Washington, D.C., to Baltimore, Maryland, inaugurating the age of the telegraph, which led to the age of the telephone, then to the Internet, then to the smartphone.

Social Media - The First 2,000 Years

bloomsbury.com — Today we are endlessly connected: constantly tweeting, texting or e-mailing. This may seem unprecedented, yet it is not. Throughout history, information has been spread through social networks, with far-reaching social and political effects. Writing on the Wall reveals how an elaborate network of letter exchanges forewarned of power shifts in Cicero's Rome, while the torrent of tracts circulating in sixteenth-century Germany triggered the Reformation.

The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century's On-Line Pioneers

isbn.nu — The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century's On-Line Pioneers The price comparison is for this edition from Walker & Co (October 1, 1998) 9780802713421 | details &amp prices | 227 pages | 6.00 × 8.25 × 1.00 in.

WRITING IS THE GREATEST INVENTION

moreintelligentlife.co.uk — Tom Standage argues that writing, which allows ideas to travel across space and time, has done the most for human progress ... From INTELLIGENT LIFE magazine, January/February 2012 The greatest invention of all must surely be writing. It is not just one of the foundations of civilisation: it underpins the steady accumulation of intellectual achievement.

Social Media - The First 2,000 Years

bloomsbury.com — From the bestselling author of A History of the World in 6 Glasses, the story of social media from ancient Rome to the Arab Spring and beyond. Social media is anything but a new phenomenon.

Is the surveillance-based ad model setting itself up for a fall?

thedrum.com — As targeting becomes ever more precise, is the surveillance-based ad model setting itself up for a fall? The Economist's Tom Standage looks at shifting attitudes towards 'discounts for data'. As the advertising industry expands rapidly on digital platforms, it is taking a risk.

The editors' blog

moreintelligentlife.com — In "That Sugar Film", Gameau-whose normal diet is fashionably free of refined sugars-decides to eat 40 teaspoons of sugar a day for 60 days, while monitoring the effects on his body. The set-up is familiar.

WILL APPLE MUSIC BEAT SPOTIFY?

moreintelligentlife.com — Posted by Tom Standage, July 1st 2015 When Apple launched the iTunes Music Store in 2003, it was a pioneer: its was the first download service that actually worked, and it went on to dominate the digital music industry. But when it comes to music streaming, Apple is a laggard.

VIVE LA REVOLUTION

moreintelligentlife.com — A Game, a Gadget and an App: Tom Standage becomes an assassin in Paris, fixes his posture and books a meal out From INTELLIGENT LIFE magazine, May/June 2015 A GAME ASSASSIN'S CREED UNITY You know what you're getting with "Assassin's Creed": an opportunity to run, climb, leap and fight your way through intricate cityscapes, stealthily bumping people off as two rival secret societies battle to alter the course of history.

RECTANGLES WITH PERSONALITY

moreintelligentlife.co.uk — 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.
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May 01, 2016

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May 01, 2016

@Lancaster_Steve @_jeffguo And despite what that article says, I think this theory fits quite neatly with Jared Diamond's approach

May 01, 2016

@Lancaster_Steve @_jeffguo It's not so much absence of potatoes as the presence of grains.

Apr 30, 2016

That's the rehearsal; this is the performance, which is even more amazing youtube.com/watch?v=iYMnh1… Quotes Duke Ellington at 6:29, hilariously

Apr 30, 2016

After an hour he said "that was pure awesome. Now I need to get used to the real world again." Flying in Minecraft VR is indeed wonderful.After an hour he said "that was pure awesome. Now I need to get used to the real world again." Flying in Minecraft VR is indeed wonderful.

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Apr 30, 2016

My son Miles is playing Minecraft VR for the first time. "Wow!" he says. "I'm flying. I'm flying!" pic.twitter.com/HwXkYEUnB6

Apr 30, 2016

The curse of the potato: did grain-growing cultures have an inherent advantage over tuber-growing ones? washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2…


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