From a piece I've been reading as part of some research:
“In Seoul, when you move into an apartment, you have a choice of three or four providers selling you symmetric fiber access for $30 per month, and installation happens in one day,” Crawford told TIME in an interview Tuesday. “That’s unthinkable in the United States. And the idea that the country that invented the Internet can’t get online is beyond my imagination.”
Above is the image of today's cover of The Daily, which has announced it will publish its final edition on Dec. 15. I've had a subscription for a while; at a buck a week, it's a cheap read, even though it's (to be blunt) a dollar a week more than many other sources for online news. I'll be writing my column for the Telegram this week on the Daily's demise.
This is from a collection of images made in France, largely in the first decade of the 20th century, about what life would be like in the year 2000. The image above imagines what mail delivery might be like in small towns. There are many more to seen here. Pretty illuminating!
The South By Southwest festival may have started off all about the music, but it's basically a business conference these days, with a strong focus on tech and innovation. While the audience is not exactly grey, it's definitely grown-up, and with the salaries to match. Check out some of the details in this infographic, which I found on Cool Infographics.
"Even what can appear to be the most common, small and simple of objects can reveal itself to be on its own terms as complex and as grand as a space shuttle or a great suspension bridge." - Henry Petroski, author of The Pencil, a book I heartily recommend
This is a demonstration video of a protypical way of displaying e-books in a way that better suits how people actually read. It was developed by a Korean company. No word on a commercial application, but this does look inviting, if not inevitable.
This infographic, tied into this week's U.S.-focused SOPA protests, has a point of view, and it won't take long to figure out which one, but it presents a bit of storytelling for its advocacy position.
Yes, they're sponsored by American Express, but I find the series of videos the company has been producing on business and innovation to be pretty interesting. The latest features Dennis Crowley and the crew at Foursquare. Have a look.
This is the most interesting thing I've seen so far today.
It's called Soccket, and it's one of the featured projects from the American Express-sponsored Take Part program. Four students at Harvard came up with a soccer ball that retains energy every time it's kicked, dropped, passed and so on. At the end of the day ... plug in a light. The idea is to provide affordable energy in the poorest places. Fifteen minutes of play means three hours of reading light. Remarkable.
Dot Dot Dot is Morse code for the letter 'S,' the full message Guglielmo Marconi claimed to have received atop Signal Hill in St. John's in 1901. It ushered in the age of telecommunications. My maternal grandfather worked as a telegraph operator for Canadian Marconi on Signal Hill for many years.
As well, I have a habit of overusing the ellipsis when I write ... as frequent readers might notice.