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

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.

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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.

The Romans had iPads. This is how they used them — YES, the Romans really did have their own version of the iPad. Instead of notebooks they jotted things down on wax tablets of various shapes and sizes, from small ones (the size of an iPhone) to big ones (the size of a big iPad, before the iPad Air showed up).

A History of the World in 6 Glasses eBook: Tom Standage: Books — Starred Review. Standage starts with a bold hypothesis-that each epoch, from the Stone Age to the present, has had its signature beverage-and takes readers on an extraordinary trip through world history. The Economist's technology editor has the ability to connect the smallest detail to the big picture and a knack for summarizing vast concepts in a few sentences.

The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century's On-line Pioneers: Tom Standage: 9781620405925: Books — Sorry, we just need to make sure you're not a robot. For best results, please make sure your browser is accepting cookies.
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Oct 29, 2014

Why Fiat Chrysler's plans for a "conscious uncoupling" with Ferrari make sense:…

Oct 27, 2014

@holland_tom Did you see that one? Explained why mummy is charred, for example. But evidently wrong about cause of death

Oct 27, 2014

@holland_tom Last year's C4 doc was quite fun, thought bits of it now discredited…

Oct 27, 2014

@holland_tom My kids liked it too, and the augmented reality was cool (even with shakycam filming). AR is going to be very significant

Oct 27, 2014

@holland_tom But even if it was, I just find the tone deeply irritating. Horizon has been similarly dumbed down

Oct 27, 2014

@holland_tom As far as I can see that doc does a good job of rounding up current theories, though none of it is all that new

Oct 27, 2014

@holland_tom Quite. Also, Marfan syndrome has been ruled out, I thought

Oct 27, 2014

@holland_tom Quite. Infantile tone throughout. Incest not exactly shocking for Egyptian royalty. Epilepsy theory plausible, though

Oct 27, 2014

Great post >> "increased Mac sales are proof the PC form factor is becoming a premium niche"…

Oct 27, 2014

Why a bottom-up protest against mafia shakedowns in Sicily has proved surprisingly successful:…

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