To those of us who were accustomed to thinking of the internet as a glorious, distributed, anarchic, many-to-many communication network in which anyone could become a global publisher, corporate gatekeepers had lost their power and peer-to-peer sharing was becoming the liberating norm, Labovitz’s brusque summary comes as a rude shock. Why? Because what he was really saying is that the internet is well on its way to being captured by giant corporations – just as the Columbia law professor Tim Wu speculated it might be in The Master Switch, his magisterial history of 20th-century communications technologies.

Python, on the other hand, has problems of its own. The biggest is that it has dozens of web application frameworks, but none of them are any good. Pythonists are well aware of the first part but apparently not of the second, since when I tell them that I’m using my own library, the universal response is “I don’t think Python needs another web application framework”. Yes, Python needs fewer web application frameworks. But it also needs one that doesn’t suck.

Gmail represents a dying class of products that, like Google Reader, puts control in the hands of users, not signal-harvesting algorithms.

Just two monkeys casually strolling by across the parking lot. (at ベーカリー ペニーレイン ( BAKERY PENNY LANE ))

Personally, I would have the sign say something like, “don’t throw your goddamn cigarette butts on the ground, idiot.” But maybe this works, too. At least in Japan. (at 那須塩原市)

A Russian cathedral. No Japanese capital would be complete without it. (at ニコライ堂 Holy Resurrection Cathedral)

How well do you see color? FACT: 1 out of 255 women and 1 out of 12 men have some form of color vision deficiency. Take the online color challenge, based on the Farnsworth Munsell 100 Hue Test.

Det är nog roligt att jobba på det här företaget.

The sky was especially nice this evening. (at Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building)

Plese we carefully. (at Shinjyuku Central Park)

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