Archive for August, 2012


The Medium and the Message

Posted by: by John Parsons on August 24th, 2012

McLuhan’s famous line (misquoted here) was brought to mind recently by the struggles of someone close to me. Let’s call him Frank. An otherwise insightful and witty writer, Frank is a somewhat erratic speller. However, to the already whimsical spelling rules of the English language has been added the benefit/curse of computerized spellcheck. Many of [...]


Who’s On First? (The Problem With English)

Posted by: by John Parsons on August 12th, 2012

For better or for worse, English is the language of business, information technology, entertainment, philosophy, and public discourse in much of the world. Other languages have held similar preeminence (Greek, Latin, Chinese, French, and Arabic, for example.) Some are still regionally or culturally very strong. However, the fact is that if your information requirements are [...]


Taming the Web with Trapit (software review)

Posted by: by John Parsons on August 2nd, 2012

The Web is a big, scary place—not an “information highway,” but an infinite, arbitrary “information parking lot.” Everything is where it wants to be, I suppose, but very little is where I can find it. The process of locating and using what I really need is exhausting and often self-defeating. Enter Trapit, a “personalized discovery [...]


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