I’ve been exploring Manhattan with Google Street View ahead of our short trip to the Big Apple at the end of the month. Big cities like New York can be overwhelming, so it’s fantastic that we now have a tool which enables the forward-planners among us to get some semblance of familiarity with a place well ahead of our arrival.
A long profile of the Israeli entertainment mogul behind most of the cartoons I watched as a kid (and later, the insufferable Power Rangers); now he's positioning himself as a power broker in US-Israeli relations. At least he wants peace in the Middle East (it's good for business) but what if he didn't? It's a scary thought. #link
Anthony Bourdain explores New York's gastronomic institutions, under threat by the march of progress. I hope we'll get to see some of these places when we're in NYC later this month. [c/o Kottke] #link
The short version is that the TV industry is still based on a model of separation predicated on physical geographical boundaries that ceased to exist once high-speed broadband reached a global tipping point. In other words, TV needs to move with the times. Anything else is just an excuse. #link
The blog to accompany a very interesting TY architecture/environment project at my old secondary school (my cousin Sean was part of the team, too). I'm jealous; we didn't do anything even nearly as interesting in my transition year. #link
I was sure I blogged about Mag+ before, but anyway: the concept has now come to life as an app for the iPad. I want to try it for myself to make a proper judgement, but conceptually this is the kind of thing the iPad needs to do well if it's to have any kind of longevity, IMHO. #link
A cognitive bias in which "people reach erroneous conclusions and make unfortunate choices but their incompetence robs them of the metacognitive ability to realize it". In other words, the dumber you are, the more likely you are to think you're smarter than everyone else; conversely, the truly smart ones tend to underestimate their own intelligence for fear of patronising others. The end result is a social climate where the likes of Fox News can thrive. Oy vey! #link