L.A. writer on commerce & culture, @BV columnist. New book is THE POWER OF GLAMOUR. Also wrote THE FUTURE AND ITS ENEMIES and THE SUBSTANCE OF STYLE.

Old, Sick and Need a Kidney? Good Luck

bloombergview.com — When I donated a kidney to a friend in 2006, there were about 66,000 people on the national waiting list for kidney transplants. At the time, that seemed like an enormous number. But it was tiny compared to today. As of the end of November, nearly 102,000 Americans were officially waiting for kidneys.

A Flier's Idea for Peace in the Middle Seat

bloombergview.com — I spent Thanksgiving on a 12-hour flight from Europe to Los Angeles, wedged in the middle of a row, with the back of the seat in front of me about a foot from my face.

3-D Copying Makes Michelangelos of the Masses

bloombergview.com — When Cosmo Wenman went to the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles in late May, he did what many people do. He took photos of some of his favorite sculptures. But instead of a few snapshots, Wenman took hundreds of pictures, documenting busts and reliefs from every accessible angle.

Why Harvard deserves Ballmer's millions

nzherald.co.nz — By Virginia Postrel Now that he's retired as chief executive officer of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer has time for popular billionaire pastimes. First, he bought a basketball team for $2 billion. Now he's gotten into big-bucks philanthropy.

Bloomberg View Op-ed: Harvard deserves Ballmer's millions

sltrib.com — The Harvard gift sparked grass-roots grumbling. "What a stupid way to allocate one of the biggest donations in recent history," someone with the handle "student" commented on the Crimson article, complaining that "now we'll have 50% more cs professors being paid a huge salary to sit on their ass and teach a couple hours a week."

Harvard Deserves Steve Ballmer's Millions

bloombergview.com — Now that he's retired as chief executive officer of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer has time for popular billionaire pastimes. First, he bought a basketball team for $2 billion. Now he's gotten into big-bucks philanthropy. Ballmer and his wife, Connie, are giving $50 million in unrestricted funds to bolster the endowment of the University of Oregon, her alma mater.

'Average' Barbie Is Just as Fake

bloombergview.com — When I was a little girl, my favorite dolls came from Mattel and had wildly inhuman proportions. To me, they were magical and special and didn't look the least bit strange. But once, probably when I was making a Christmas wish list, my mother let her adult perspective slip.

Who Killed Wikipedia?

psmag.com — Wikipedia is the sixth most popular website in the world. It's the quickest way to get the lowdown on the Battle of Nashville, find out exactly how old Ruth Bader Ginsburg is, or discover who invented Hot Pockets. You can find more authoritative specialized resources online-from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy to IMDb- but nothing is as comprehensive.

3-D Printers Are Cameras, Not Printers

bloombergview.com — Autodesk Inc. has established a $100 million investment fund "to spur innovation and collaboration in the 3D printing industry." The goal is to "develop in the fastest possible way the 3-D printing ecosystem," the company's consumer group vice president Samir Hanna told Gigaom.

The Dawn of Point and Print

bloombergview.com — Autodesk Inc. has established a $100 million investment fund "to spur innovation and collaboration in the 3D printing industry." The goal is to "develop in the fastest possible way the 3-D printing ecosystem," the company's consumer group vice president Samir Hanna told Gigaom.
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Dec 21, 2014

Recommend seeing "Nightcrawler" before it disappears from theaters. It would be OK on TV but it's better on the big screen.

Dec 21, 2014

RT @ProgramMan: Currently on dialysis, Jenna needs Kidney Donor, type O +/- or paired exchange. kidney4jenna@yahoo.com @okarol #OrganDonation #DonateLife

Dec 21, 2014

How Do Americans Look in North Korean Films? Fascinating interviewhttp://buff.ly/16Gdhp4 h/t @tylercowen

Dec 21, 2014

How I Became an Unwilling Conscript in the War on Christmas: @StevenLevy on his bizarre role as an online hoax buff.ly/1z9mrkT

Dec 20, 2014

On Twitter, @mkhammer is fighting for rationality, free speech, & civil discussion in wake of shooting of NYPD cops. buff.ly/1xzh2rQ

Dec 20, 2014

RT @rzadek: Tmrw. @ 9am PT @vpostrel joins me to discuss a vital issue: living organ donors and the battle b/w stasism & dynamism http://t.…

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