Category: bigthink

Throwback Thursday: John Perry Barlow pamphlets


I believe I received these as a attendee of the 1994 Computers, Freedom, and Privacy conference.

The creative act of listening to a talking frog | Kermit The Frog | TEDxJackson


Kermit the Frog is an entertainment icon known worldwide for his appearances on The Muppet Show and Sesame Street, as well as a number of feature films. He attributes much of his success to his thirty-five year partnership with Mississippi native and entertainment visionary, Jim Henson. Kermit has received many honors and accolades for his […]

What makes a word “real”?


One could argue that slang words like “hangry,” “defriend” and “adorkable” fill crucial meaning gaps in the English language, even if they don’t appear in the dictionary. After all, who actually decides which words make it into those vaulted pages? Language historian Anne Curzan gives a charming look at the humans behind dictionaries, and the […]

I don’t want you to think like me…


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This is Water by David Foster Wallace


In 2005, author David Foster Wallace was asked to give the commencement address to the 2005 graduating class of Kenyon College. However, the resulting speech didn’t become widely known until 3 years later, after his tragic death. It is, without a doubt, some of the best life advice we’ve ever come across, and perhaps the […]

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Books on planes


But not the way you think. The last time I saw something on a trip that

Thinking about copyright is ruining my reading experience


In case you haven’t noticed I think about Copyright. Author’s rights. Libraries’ rights. Purchasing vs.

Context, Rules, and Learning


So, I’m back from Internet Librarian 2011 and as usual my head is full of