Alta Google?

Is Google about to topple from its perch as king of search? There's a lot being written lately about how Google search results are being gamed to promote Google products and interests. What I'm seeing day to day is a general "junking up" of search results where the first page of search results are only… Continue reading>


Imagine a world where researchers in completely different fields interacted with each other freely. Consider how unexpected connections between the humanities and the sciences might inform research projects in new and serendipitous ways. Now think about how college and university research departments so often function within a silo structure, rarely making meaningful cross-disciplinary connections. A… Continue reading>

Of Ice and Toasters

The Toaster Project A Toaster made completely from scratch. Thomas Twaites' quest to build a toaster is a strange and wonderful tale of one man's obsession. Not content with buying the materials and assembling a toaster of his own design, he did the maker movement one better by actually mining his own copper, iron, nickel… Continue reading>

Scaling the Walled Garden

There's a trend underway in personal computers that leaves me greatly conflicted. From a user experience perspective, it's great that so many devices "just work." Apple's iOS devices are just short of magical in their simplicity and functionality -- surely that's a good thing, right? But there's another aspect of user experience that's been lost… Continue reading>

Over the Transom – Vol.3

A collection of follow-ups and links to stories and developments that I found interesting or important in the past week, that I think you’ll find worth reading about too. QR Code Follow-up I've had some lively feedback, via Twitter, both pro and con on my post about QR codes last week. Mike Willshaw (@radiuscreatives) sent… Continue reading>