Clay Shirky is a professor and a keen observer of how technology is changing society. This talk at TED on how open source may change government is an interesting overview of some of the changes the Internet has already wrought and how unpredictable more changes will be to us. In particular he focuses on Git which was developed to manage the messy process of open … Continue reading Clay Shirky on a Git-ized Government
Imagine that scene in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels where Steve Martin runs around screaming “Oklahoma Oklahoma Oklahoma” and that’s how I always say SPX to myself. I do hope to get out to it for at least some of the weekend. SPX has put together another fine bunch of panels and guests for its programming, I’d be churlish to complain (if I were though it does … Continue reading SPX SPX SPX!
I never checked out Hijinks Ensue in years past — its appearance and visibility came in a time when my webcomic reading list was overloaded, disorganized and I was in no mood to check out every new flashy bauble that came along. Still I knew I ought look at, as it seemed plausible that I would like it. I added it on Comic Rocket this … Continue reading Illuminate!
Matt and Ian are webcomic pioneers and their second webcomic, Three Panel Soul is an impressionistic chronicle of twenty-something post collegiate life. A little bit of relationships, a little bit of work, mix in some video-games and other cultural bits, all layered over realistic yet deeply stylized artwork and you’ve got a consistently interesting, often highly entertaining observational comic. Frankly I wouldn’t be wrong in … Continue reading Three Panel Soul
In addition to being an immensely talented writer, Warren Ellis is an immensely generous person. He’s created countless opportunities to pass on the work of other creators to his own base of fans and readers. Three Panels Open is another idea in that vein: THREE PANELS OPEN is an open invitation. Perhaps you’d like to do one. A comic that is three panels in duration … Continue reading Three Panels Open
Entirely justified praise for the webby webcomic, MS Paint Adventures: Homestuck. And now Homestuck: The Game — a kickstarter for such an idea raised almost 850,000 dollars. Continue reading PBS Loves Some Homestuck
Kickstarter is easily one of the bigger stories of the year in terms of Internet ecology, webcomics, even the larger arena of culture generally. Recently there have been several stories (especially this NPR story) on what happens when a funded Kickstarter project at some later date does not deliver on its goals. Enough bubble and squeak online that Kickstarter itself addressed the issue. I think … Continue reading KickStopped? When The Starting Goes Bad
Being a dad is pretty great really. But this post isn’t really about that so much as having kids reimposes the timing of the school year back on your life. It’s not exactly the same as being a student yourself, but being the parent of students gives you a similar yearly cycle with the firm markers of summer vacation beginning and ending, certain standard holiday … Continue reading Back to School Back to Work Back to Life?