In the beginning was the word

There was a time when book burning mattered. Once upon a time, religions enforced dictates by burning books containing the wrong opinions. To be orthodox was, literally, to hold the right opinion. And just in case that didn’t work, heretics were burned at the stake for good measure. At the end of the medieval era, […]

Stop the presses

Irish schools should abandon textbooks in favour of online educational content, says Fergus O’Dowd, FG education spokesman. “Texas and California are investigating the use of ‘open source textbooks’, providing approved digital texts online, written by educational experts such as retired teachers but made available for free or at a discounted price for printed versions,” he […]

Changing Times

“There’s no revenue model for journalism on the web.” Or at least, so Geraldine Kennedy told Charlie Bird this morning. Twitterfolk listening in to the show were quick to react.”Old school thinking,” said Adrian Weckler, Sunday Business Post technology editor. “Is perhaps a little too used to economics of an ageing generation.” Mark Little pointed […]

Future Imperfect

A few weeks ago I went wandering around a few recruitment websites. I ended up at Suite101, “an interactive online magazine home to expert and reader commentary.” Suite101 were looking for writers. From what I can gather, Suite101 are always looking for writers. I filled out the form, sent it off into the cloud, and […]

Why I left Facebook

I deleted my facebook account today, though it will take fourteen days for the cancellation to become final. [If you want to know how I did it, follow the simple instructions at WikiHow.] If you really want to opt out, then it’s worth checking that link. Facebook don’t make it easy to permanently delete your […]

Swinging

Sometimes, the internet intrudes on the “real world”. And sometimes, the real world intrudes on cyberspace. The Crystal Swing phenomenon began when they came to the attention of ‘pantibliss’, the blog account of Pantibar, a Dublin gay bar. [Pantibliss in turn gives the credit to Robert Popper]. From there, word spread across twitter, and the […]

Meitheal

Ubuntu, the Linux distribution from Canonical and marketed as ‘Linux for human beings’, manages to both annoy and please me with every release. On the one hand, it sure does look pretty, and gets prettier with every new release. The latest version, Lucid Lynx, now in beta, introduces the ‘Light’ theme – see the screenshot […]

Thinking Out Loud

I’ve been distracted by other things, but I continue to mull over the idea of a blogger newspaper. Two responses in particular to my last word on the topic deserve a reply. First, An Spailpín Fánach points out that good writing is not the same as journalism. That’s true. Indeed, it’s why subeditors exist. Yes, […]