Hugh McGuire

publishing, technology, media, philosophy, a bit of politics.

Category: data

shaking off the doldrums?

I’m finally getting excited again about web tech. i dipped my toes in this new world in the fall of 2004, when I started reading about free software, discovered wikipedia, figured out I could write stuff on the web. Then came a couple of years of really exciting stuff … LibriVox and collectik being two […]

OpenMedicine.ca

Excellent: Open Medicine: A peer-reviewed, independent, open-access journal, Canadian to boot. The mission of Open Medicine is to facilitate the equitable, global dissemination of high-quality health research; to promote international dialogue and collaboration on health issues; to improve clinical practice; and to expand and deepen the understanding of health and health care. I should invite […]

freebase

I think I’d better do a post on something other than US generals, so: I got an invite to Freebase.com, which looks to be a very cool project: Free + Database = Freebase It’s about film, sports, politics, music, science and everything else all connected together. Our contributors are collecting data from all over the […]

Canada & Mobile Data Access

This is a very scary thing. Canada’s mobile data rates are anywhere from 4 to 39 TIMES more expensive than elsewhere in the world. What? What? If you don’t live in Canada but you or your small business depends on mobile connectivity or net neutrality in general, don’t come here. Here’s a nice little graph […]

a couple of links

First, Ira Glass, the force behind This American Life, is, to me, something like a proto podcaster. That NPR radio show is just what I imagined podcasting would become, a collection of the stories of the world told in the voices of real people. And that was before I had ever heard This American Life […]

academia, grammar, and getting things done

I’ve had a few verbal (written or out loud) jousting matches with a number of academicy people of late. Curiously, all the debates were with women doing interesting things, mostly with an academic background: data liberationist, and GeoGal Tracey and I had a discussion about theory and practice as it relates to rethinking how politics […]

conservative vs progressive, and openness

I’ve been thinking lately about evolution and politics. All this comes out of a revelation I had in the early days of LibriVox, that as an open project, the whole thing – the system – evolved like an organism, getting more complex in response to environmental challenges. More readers, more books, more languages, more projects […]

geist & canada on net neutraliy

Michael Geist has a nice long bit on Canada’s take on Net Neutraity, and here he summarizes the Conservative position: We think blocking or prioritizing content may be acceptable, we recognize it is inconsistent with the recommendations of the Telecommunications Policy Review Panel, and we don’t care because we plan to the leave the issue […]

if you got digg, you gotta dog

For the hardcore info junkie, there was no better feed for your veins than diggdot.us: a feed of the purest quality, distilled from a mix of digg.com, del.icio.us/popular, and slashdot.org. Cease and desist letters sent. diggdot.us is now doggdot.us. No harm done I guess, but digg are jerks.

the web is us/ing us

Explains what the hell is going on on the web in a pretty compelling way. If you know all this, its fun to watch. If you don’t know all this, it might be too fast to follow. But entertaining nonetheless.