Spark: History of the Internet in 8 minutes.

Actually, in seven minutes.  This lesson, taught in a pleasantly authoritative British voice, starts in 1957 and ends in 1990.  It’s fascinating to consider that one of the main motivations for the technologies that so connect us today was the fear of disrupted communications in a nuclear attack. History of the Internet

Captain’s Blog, Stardate 3.14159265

Years ago, Avery Brooks (who will forever be Cmdr. Sisko to me) did a truly awesome commercial for IBM, one that still prompts me to occasionally exclaim, “I was promised flying cars!” The point was that, when people look into the future, they see today’s technology modified for the future, not the invention of whole … [Read more…]

Sparks! (I’m Back)

For a few weeks when I first stopped being able to find time to blog, I kept windows open in Safari to the point that it was neigh on impossible to shut down my computer, for fear of losing all the wonderful and amazing links I was going to share! But then I got into … [Read more…]

Sparks: I Couldn’t Keep Them to Myself

Obama’s first YouTube-Side Chat. I’d love to get the audio in podcast, since I have more time to listen than to watch. I’m so glad that he’s doing this (I’ve been saying for some time that the Fireside Chats need to be brought back, to increase trust and transparency; in this case, also to increase … [Read more…]

Fair Use, the Internet, and some Funny

Synchronized debating. This is exactly why the internet is so important. Why fair use is not just some abstraction but something that affects each of our lives. And, it’s funny. So learn more about both candidates and a little something about the wonders of the internet: Get the latest news satire and funny videos at … [Read more…]

Music Monday: Still Alive

I’ve held off for as long as I could bear to, but it is now time to release this upon the MoF community. From the guy who brought us the classic office zombie song, Re: Your Brains and the classy May Day song, First of May, comes the geek classic Still Alive, the end-credits song … [Read more…]

Mobile Social Foundation

One of my sisters (#4) has been known to wax poetic about the fact that, in this current day and age, people are obsessed with themselves. Hence, “i-” products (iPod, iLife, iBrator, iWannaCookie, &c.). When I heard about Apple’s migration of .Mac to MobileMe, I couldn’t conceive of telling her (myname@me.com just sounds so pretentious). … [Read more…]