Stuff from Wired, March 2007

November 27, 2007 at 2:17 pm 2 comments

Stuff from Wired, March 2007

P38 Downloading by mail – online services that facilitate swapping DVDs CDs, books, games:

There are per trade fees associated – I’m not sure these services are the same as back in March…

p62 Blogdex creator Cameron Marlow, now a research scientist for Yahoo….what does that entail?  Ah…the social nature of information.  Aka weblogs.

P67 Saul of the Mole Men?

P70 MMOCG – massively multiplayer online cowboy game.  Bang! Howdy.

P74 Godel, Escher, Bach Hofstadter.  New book, I am a Strange Loop.


p127 One a day…

P133 for listophiles!  Top ten reasons we like lists…some are tongue in cheek.

10. Lists condense complex information into a simple form.

9. As VH1 proves, chunking disparate ideas into a list makes nostalgia look like entertainment.

8. Essays? Annoyingly laborious. Lists? Ridiculously easy!

7. List-making lets you carve an identity from the glut of cultural artifacts out there (books, songs, movies – even geocoded, miniaturized, graffiti manga). No one can listen to every piece of recorded music, but anyone can make a list of their favorites.

6. Lists impress people during dinner parties. Sure.

5. Making a list is a way to editorialize about yourself while not actually saying anything about yourself.

4. Lists are tiny coded messages that mean everything to a targeted audience and nothing to everyone else.

3. Lists are a form of prediction; they implicitly inscribe the future.

2. Writing a list is a tidy way to summarize the past. The grocery list was created as a recall device, and the Favorites list records yesterday’s desires.

1. Lists are itty-bitty utopias, perfectly structured with mathematical elegance.

– Rex Sorgatz

Top 5 List Sites

5. Tenspotting

4. All Consuming

3. Ta-da Lists

2. Lists of Bests

1. 43 Things

Makes me wonder again of the study of the history and semantics of lists.  Listology….  Listophiles?  It’s incredibly difficult to search for things about lists, because lists are used everywhere.  Search for the history of lists and you get a million lists of historical events.  Though searching for “history of lists” gets closer?  Here’s an interesting comment from one hit:

“…write it down, in the taxonomy of a list (i would love to research the history of lists; why we make them, how they change meaning depending on the gathered elements and their order, how they are so allusive, stretching tendrils of meaning out to many more possibilities). and so, a list, of what i love: old school stationery (lines! …)….”

Another listophile.


Entry filed under: feed my pet brain.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. el  |  November 29, 2007 at 8:29 pm

    btw, another good swap site is, for CDs.

    Also I liked your chore list for kids – took it and am going to try it with the young ones this week. Thanks!

  • 2. futhermet  |  December 3, 2007 at 10:32 am

    Thanks for the suggestion, I’ll have to take a look at

    I am glad you liked the chore list. By and large, I really like the idea, it’s up to the kids how much money they want to make. I will tell you, though, one problem we’ve had is that we _expect_ certain chores to be done, even if the kids don’t feel like making money. Sometimes the kids decide they don’t feel like taking the garbage out, even if they get paid for it. If the kids were always gung-ho about making money it would always be successful, but when they’re sort of indifferent about it, we’ve got to push them a little.

    Say, your blog is a wealth of paths to explore…. I look foward to looking around some more! I enjoyed browsing the list of books you’ve reviewed. I am curious about the sidebars. The ‘bookmark parking’ and the ‘reviewed’ lists – are these automatic lists that you’re publishing from elsewhere?

    I like to post comments about stuff I’m reading on my blog too, so I look forward to taking a closer look at how you’re doing this, using librarything, etc….

    Thanks again!


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