Hugh McGuire

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

Category: misc

Paulson Plan

Joseph Stiglitz on the Paulson Bailout Plan, in the Guardian: Britain showed at least that it still believed in some sort of system of accountability: heads of banks resigned. Nothing like this in the US. Britain understood that it made no sense to pour money into banks and have them pour out money to shareholders. […]

Book Oven Blog

Some of you know that Stephanie, Marie-Eve and I, and a few others including Dan & Chris from LibriVox & Collectik, have been working on a new project. The project itself is still top-secretish, but we’ve sorta launched a weblog, called the Book Oven Blog. It’s about: “books, making books and our relationship with text.” […]

Successful and Unsuccessful Start-Ups

I have a new start-up project underway, and I’m really excited about it. I have been lucky enough to get some fabulous people on board to work with me on it – some old salt collaborators of mine on LibriVox and other projects, as well as some new talented and smart people. And the project, […]

Andrew J. Bacevich

about my twitter friends

Here are the abouts from my twitter friends: i podcast and create junk for a living Indie Music and Fun UX & Web developer from Poutine land. Dopplr CTO. If you follow me, consider starting off with an @mattb message and introduce yourself. I do web stuff for people, design, xhtml/css, blogs, etc. Still having […]

why matters

Evan just launched an open source twitterish thing called He’s got tons of traction in a few short days (that surely have been long for Evan and the rest of the crack team at Controlez-Vous), including lots of interest from luminaries such as Dave Winer, Tm O’Reilly and others. So: first, a big kudos […]

Policy tool: ignore emails

NYTimes reports: The White House in December refused to accept the Environmental Protection Agency’s conclusion that greenhouse gases are pollutants that must be controlled, telling agency officials that an e-mail message containing the document would not be opened, senior E.P.A. officials said last week. The document, which ended up in e-mail limbo, without official status, […]

miette in the New Yorker

I occasionally ask, has Miette read you a bedtime story yet? You should let her; The New Yorker has, and they liked it, even if they mixed up one Irish lass for another (who, I wonder?). Speaking of which, whenever I come across Eveline [txt], I always think about Kurt Vonnegut’s wonderful essay about writing, […]

sensual reading

Books also give off special smells. According to a recent survey of French students, 43 percent consider smell to be one of the most important qualities of printed books—so important that they resist buying odorless electronic books. CaféScribe, a French on-line publisher, is trying to counteract that reaction by giving its customers a sticker that […]

Stockholm Challenge & LibriVox

I should have mentioned this eariler: LibriVox is a finalist in the Stockholm Challenge, an award & conference put on by the City of Stockholm, which: …features a six category Award for ICT for Development projects. ICT stands for Information and Communication Technologies and the best projects will win the prestigious Stockholm Challenge trophies and […]