Hugh McGuire

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

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COVID stats for QC

I’ve been doing this on Facebook for a while, but maybe it’s better on the open web: Latest QC COVID data as we go back to school on Thursday. A couple of notes on data I’m showing: 1. I’ve added “test positivity %” as a metric. That is, what percentage of COVID tests are returning […]

Why #socialdistancing is life or death

(I haven’t written anything here in a long while, I guess the apocalypse is as good a time as any to get back at it.) Taking social distancing very seriously helps reduce the spread of COVID. The impacts are huge. The “natural” growth of COVID before major social distancing measures are in place is around […]

Well, nice in the same breath

@timberners_lee @librivox two new unrelated twitter accounts I've found today. #loveyourwork — Oliver Webb (@Ollyonzo) March 12, 2014

Nanowrimo Chapter from 2006 & the NSA

Back in 2006 I participated in a collaborative Nanowrimo novel, with a bunch of other LibriVox folk. Here is my chapter (from 2006)…which I resurface now for “fun” in light of all this NSA stuff. You can find the audiobook and links to the text here. I can’t remember how it ends! I guess we […]

Aaron Swartz, 1986-2013

I posted my remembrance of Arron Swartz over at LibriVox …

PressBooks to Go Open Source

Some news from my professional life … we’re going to release PressBooks (our online ebook/printbook/webbook publishing tool) as an open source WordPress plugin: PressBooks Going Open Source PressBooks is going open source. We will be releasing PressBooks as a WordPress plugin (to be used on a stand-alone WordPress install), under the open source GPL license, […]

Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto – Available Now!

More than a year ago, I pitched a book idea first to Brian O’Leary (who became the co-editor), and then to Joe Wikert at O’Reilly Media. It was indeed a “book idea” in every sense of the word(s), and I am thrilled to announce that the “final” product is available today. “Book: A Futurist’s Manfiesto” […]


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Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto

I co-edited this book! Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto A new book about the future of publishing, built on the PressBooks platform, a new way to make books. Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto: Essays from the bleeding edge of publishing (buy ebook / read free online), a handbook for publishers of the future, has been released by […]

I’ve Been Busy

I’ve been a bit busy lately. Sorry I haven’t posted here in a while. I think Beatrice might have something to do with it: