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.

Big Data Knows You Like Losers

bloombergview.com — Most of the data captured about our everyday transactions isn't very exciting. Take frequent shopper cards. When I visit the Ralphs supermarket website, it highlights sales on avocados and Hunt's diced tomatoes. CVS calls my attention to deals on Glide dental floss and Neutrogena skincare products.
Jul 29, 2015

RT @BV: Big Data knows if you're the kind of consumer who's a "harbinger of failure." @vpostrel bloombergview.com/articles/2015-…

Jul 29, 2015

RT @BV: Big Data knows if you're the kind of consumer who's a "harbinger of failure." @vpostrel bloombergview.com/articles/2015-…

Jul 29, 2015

RT @jonathanlandman: Fascinating and weird: @vpostrel digs up study of shoppers with an uncanny instinct for buying flops. bv.ms/1IqI1FL @BV

Jul 29, 2015

Fascinating and weird: @vpostrel digs up study of shoppers with an uncanny instinct for buying flops. bv.ms/1IqI1FL @BV

Jul 29, 2015

Big Data knows if you're the kind of consumer who's a "harbinger of failure." @vpostrel bv.ms/1IqFQSr via @BV

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Interview with the Vamp

social.reason.com — Hurricane Camille swept into American culture five years ago with the publication of Sexual Personae , a learned 800-page treatise on sex, art, and literature through the ages. After two decades of rejection and obscurity, Camille Paglia was famous.

Greece's Problems Extend to the Cloud

bloombergview.com — Starting a technology company has become much cheaper and easier in recent years. Businesses can contract out functions, from cloud computing to e-mail list management, that once would have required in-house equipment and expertise. Amazon Web Services, for instance, boasts that more than "a million active customers in more than 190 countries" are using its hosting services instead of relying on their own servers.
Jul 02, 2015

A little help from Silicon Valley helps Greek startups stay in the cloud. bloombergview.com/articles/2015-… @vpostrel

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How to beat crowds and find beauty in Florence

news.nationalpost.com — If you're headed to Florence, where I've spent extended periods, I have some tips for keeping your sanity amid the madding crowds. Unlike the Mona Lisa, Florence's most famous masterpieces are big enough to see even in a throng, and greater than you can possibly imagine from photos.

How to See Less of Florence

bloombergview.com — Thanks to the strong dollar, larger than usual hordes of American tourists are thronging to European destinations. If you're headed to Paris, I can't offer you much advice other than to skip the "Mona Lisa" -- seriously, you cannot see her at a distance and behind that glass.
Jun 23, 2015

Secret to enjoying Florence is to explore some of its less popular sites. @vpostrel bloombergview.com/articles/2015-… via @BV

Jun 23, 2015

My plans to go to Florence in 1997 were thwarted. Maybe I'll start planning for 2017, thanks to @vpostrel: bloombergview.com/articles/2015-…

Jun 23, 2015

In Florence, you can see Galileo's telescope--and also his finger. My tips for tourists @BV buff.ly/1K8nY3j pic.twitter.com/Z3eObaJ1Wu

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Call Charleston Evil By Its Name

bloombergview.com — When I left South Carolina for Princeton, my head full of Faulkner novels, I assumed that racial history still defined the divide between north and south. My parents had supported the civil rights movement when that was a decidedly minority view, and I'd regularly sung its hymns and heard sermons that drew from its rhetoric.
Jun 19, 2015

A church in Charleston, a deli in Paris: what the praiseworthy rhetoric of common humanity leaves out: My latest @BV buff.ly/1Ci2M4J

Jun 19, 2015

RT @adamgurri: I don't like to focus too much on the media event of the moment, but this @vpostrel piece on Charleston is fantastic bloombergview.com/articles/2015-…

Jun 19, 2015

"The evil lingers. And to be subdued, it must first be acknowledged" // Call Charleston Evil By Its Name @vpostrel bloombergview.com/articles/2015-…

Jun 23, 2015

A (black) church, a (kosher) supermarket: When the praiseworthy rhetoric of common humanity falls short bloombergview.com/articles/2015-…

Harvard Gets Its Geek On

bloombergview.com — When Harvard University announced that hedge fund manager John A. Paulson was donating $400 million to its engineering school, a swarm of critics pounced. Nobody seemed terribly curious about what the money would pay for, or why Harvard has focused so much of its current capital campaign on engineering, raising money to hire more professors and build new facilities in the Allston section of Boston.
Jun 18, 2015

Harvard realizes it can't be a great university without a great engineering school. @vpostrel bloombergview.com/articles/2015-… via @BV

Jun 18, 2015

Harvard's Harry Lewis on enormous growth of CS50, which half of undergrads take: “computer science scales easily” buff.ly/1CfIN6E

Jun 18, 2015

Has more generous financial aid led to more Harvard undergrads who want to study engineering & applied sciences? bloombergview.com/articles/2015-…

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Postrel: A new fabric of daily life

denverpost.com — By Virginia Postrel Bloomberg News Posted: 06/13/2015 05:00:00 PM MDT At last, a technology company has grasped the essential difference between wearable and portable, between clothing and accessories, between artifice that seems like second nature and artifice that seems like a clunky cyborg upgrade.

Reason Magazine Subpoena Stomps on Free Speech

bloombergview.com — Wielding subpoenas demanding information on anonymous commenters, the government is harassing a respected journalism site that dissents from its policies. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York claims these comments could constitute violent threats, even though they're clearly hyperbolic political rhetoric.
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Talking while female

aeon.co — 'Did anybody ever tell you you have a child-like voice?' Common sense tells us that we shouldn't judge someone's character based on the tone and timbre of their voice. Unfortunately for those with high-pitched voices, studies have shown that we do it anyway, subconsciously perceiving people who speak in a low register as more trustworthy than those with a higher one.
Jun 05, 2015

RT @aeonmag: Do higher-pitched voices put women at a disadvantage? The realities of being a high-talker in a low-talker’s world. ow.ly/NTv40

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Jul 30, 2015

Trump for President, LLC trademarked "Trumpocrat" and "Trumpublican." buff.ly/1IsNdsC

Jul 30, 2015

.@fastcodesign London tube could use reminders to move to the center of the car & stand away from the doors. B/c people don't.

Jul 30, 2015

Pro bono lawyer in Maryland needed to defend blogger in SLAPP & related litigation. Details at @Popehat link buff.ly/1JU6nsC

Jul 30, 2015

RT @tobinharshaw: When you spend day editing a piece based on report in @TIME and then they correct because it happened 18 MONTHS AGO! time.com/3974498/denmar…

Jul 30, 2015

@tobinharshaw @zarakessler 1) Parents now let unmarried kids have sex in their homes. 2) Changing ethnic mix w/ different expectations.

Jul 30, 2015

Pet peeve of mine: Suzy Wetlaufer Welch notwithstanding, journalists don't generally have affairs w/ their sources. buff.ly/1KCQWaQ

Jul 30, 2015

Wonder if "harbingers of failure" analysis could apply to political candidates. bv.ms/1IqFQSr @BV

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