Apple v. Samsung.

Of all of the (admittedly kinda crappy) coverage of the Apple v. Samsung trial, Ars Technica (who else?) offers a good and most cogent overview of the trial and verdict. Despite the verdict being in, the issues are hardly decided. The patent law blog Patently-O has provided the best post-verdict legal analysis I’ve seen. That blog has helped […]

Dotmail Update

Since it appears many folks are stumbling across my blog in search of more information on the neat email concept Dotmail (which is now on its way to becoming an app), you might be interested to know Tobias (the guy behind the project) has recently posted an update about the status. The gist is that a Mac […]

Gore Vidal (1925-2012).

Among the many treasures of the New York Times obit of Gore Vidal, which I read over breakfast this morning: Mr. Vidal did not lightly suffer fools — a category that for him comprised a vast swath of humanity, elected officials especially — and he was not a sentimentalist or a romantic. “Love is not my […]

The Fall of Jonah Lehrer.

Jonah Lehrer has resigned his position from the New Yorker after it was discovered that he had fabricated quotes in his latest book, Imagine. Kottke, with a recent post on the revelations: When this sort of thing happens, you wonder how much else was, shall we say, embellished for effect. Andrew Sullivan: The whole thing is saddening because […]

Apple and Twitter?

According to the New York Times, Apple is considering a significant investment in Twitter. (See also Cult of Mac with some commentary.) This would be strangely interesting, since it belies Apple’s usual business strategy of buying and subsuming (to paraphrase the article). Certainly, the way Twitter has been threading its way into Mac OS and […]

Update re: the 47 Endings of “A Farewell to Arms.”

In a previous post I linked a New York Times piece mentioning a new edition of A Farewell To Arms, which included all of Papa’s additional, but scrubbed, endings. (Perhaps scrubbed out at Hemingway’s standing desk?) Out now, there is a nice piece over at the Millions about the endings, focusing more on the literary ephemera […]

Cloud Atlas: The Movie.

One of my favorite novels of the last decade or so, Cloud Atlas, has been adapted into a movie. I have followed the news of the film with somewhat reserved excitement—although I love David Mitchell’s work, this novel, if you’ve read it, is exceedingly difficult to adapt to the screen; its nested plot structure, multiple storylines, […]

Sparrow Acquired by Google.

Although it is probably good news for the developers, I’m saddened that Google recently acquired Sparrow, the Mac email app that I have been using (at least in those rare moments I’m actually doing email on the Mac—it’s the iPad for me these days). From Sparrow’s site: While we’ll be working on new things at […]

The Alternate Endings to “A Farewell to Arms.”

The New York Times notes that a new edition of A Farewell to Arms is going to contain all of Hemingway’s famous 39 47 revised endings: For close readers of Hemingway the endings are a fascinating glimpse into how the novel could have concluded on a different note, sometimes more blunt and sometimes more optimistic. […]

Some extraordinarily brief thoughts on the SCOTUS ACA decision.

By now, everyone is aware of the court’s decision in National Federal of Independent Business v. Sibelius, otherwise known as the Affordable Care Act constitutional challenge. I’m no legal scholar—the best reaction and commentary can be found at the SCOTUSBlog and The Volokh Conspiracy, in my opinion—but I did get a chance to read the Constitutional […]