Rob Paterson writes Why do corporation die so soon and cities don’t? Corporations are Machines and Cities are Networks. Along the way he brings it back to WordPress and the Wikipedia.
In Baring Train Crash Facts, Blogs Erode China Censorship in the NY Times.
Microsoft’s MS-DOS is 30 today. Type “dir” in your Linux terminal in memory.
Alexia Tsotsis writes on how Technology Is The New Smoking.
Boing Boing has switched to WordPress from Movable Type, and it looks good. They also switched to Disqus for their comments, which will be interesting to see how it interacts with their highly evolved moderation policies including disemvowelling.
Intellectual Ventures And The War Over Software Patents on This American Life. Props to Chris Sacca for speaking on the record about everything.
Keret House / Centrala, a house built in the found face between two buildings.
Abby Johnson from WebProNews posted an interview about the philosophy and thinking behind the WordPress 3.2 release, and we also recorded the video below:
The Trouble with Nathan Myhrvold’s Pro-Patent Arguments by Paul Kedrosky.
The world is blue at its edges and in its depths. This blue is the light that got lost. Light at the blue end of the spectrum does not travel the whole distance from the sun to us. It disperses among the molecules of the air, it scatters in water. Water is colorless, shallow water appears to be the color of whatever lies underneath it, but deep water is full of this scatted light, the purer the water the deeper the blue. The sky is blue for the same reason, but the blue at the horizon, the blue of land that seems to be disolving into the sky, is a deeper, dreamier, melancholy blue, the blue at the farthest reaches of the places where you see for miles, the blue of distance. This light that does not touch us, does not travel the whole distance, the light that gets lost, gives us the beauty of the world, so much of which is in the color blue.
The Karma of Bug Killing. “We’re all pretty quick with the fly swatter and the folded newspapers.”
The Software is Wrong, Not the People by Joe Flood about the DC meetup the other day.
The FCC just released their first plugin for WordPress (a faceted search widget) and writes about why. Does your organization have a cool plugin you’ve written but not released yet? I know we do. Hopefully they will get the plugin in the repo soon.
As noted on TNW and Adweek, yesterday we passed over 50,000,000 websites, blogs, portfolios, stores, pet projects, and of course cat websites powered by WordPress. I had the good fortune to celebrate this milestone with a few hundred WordPressers at WordCamp Montreal yesterday. (During my Town Hall I wasn’t aware we had passed the number until someone shouted from the audience.) It’s always fun to pass a big round number and over the weekend many libations were consumed with friends old and new, but ultimately the press has always been more concerned with those top-line numbers than we have in the WordPress community. More sites being created is a good benchmark for our adoption, but ultimately WordPress matters not for the blogs it creates but for the lives it affects. We have some huge opportunities this year, particularly around making our software more accessible to the next 50 or 500 million people who want to have a voice online, something I hope to talk more about at WordCamp San Francisco next month.
Memeburn has a new interview up: The future of WordPress: Q&A with founder Matt Mullenweg.
What Exactly Does Jarobi White, the Mysterious Fourth Member of A Tribe Called Quest, Actually Do? He has a WordPress blog, for one. 🙂
Check out this amazing story of a black macaque monkey that picks up a photographer’s camera and takes self-portraits.