Up till now in my Writer’s Log, I’ve focused on the process of writing a book. But my intention is also to use these updates to discuss the topics I’ll be covering in my book. One of those topics is the Quantified Self movement. Quantified Self refers to the practice
A visual 'Writer's Log' tonight, because this image says it all for me today. From 10am through to 12pm, I had just one software program on my computer screen: Byword. It's a classy, minimalist, word processing app for Mac (I think it was +Jon Mitchell who turned me onto it, earlier this
Coming from the blogging world, one of the adjustments I’ve had to make is moving from a daily news mindset to one that is focused on a specific topic. I should add though that I’ve never been much of a news hound. I was fortunate to hire people at ReadWriteWeb
Yesterday I talked about why I did a DNA test at 23andMe, a personal genomics company. Today I’ll discuss some of my results.
23andMe provides what’s called a “genotyping” service. It’s not a full sequence of your entire genome (i.e. your genetic makeup, coded by DNA/RNA), but a mapping of the
I just finished listening in to a genomics briefing run by the Science Media Centre here in New Zealand. I also participated a bit at the end, as someone who has done a personal DNA test, in my case at 23andme. I had been asked to say a few words
I’ve been talking a lot about Tom Wolfe recently. But I’m not quite the same kind of writer as him. Tom Wolfe is the master of literary nonfiction and one of my literary heroes. His main theme is - and always has been - status. It’s how he analyses and
Day 2 of my social media log (my somelog? The weblog of this era!). Yesterday I got more good research under my belt, plus I iterated on my book outline. I have the main topic and themes set and I have solid ideas on storyline and main characters. I should
It hasn’t yet been a month since I left ReadWriteWeb to begin writing a book. As expected, it’s taking some time to adjust. I haven’t opened Skype in at least a week - it used to be the main form of daily communication with my RWW colleagues. I miss it
Today I part ways with the blog I founded back in April 2003, ReadWriteWeb. It has been an amazing journey and I am confident ReadWriteWeb will continue to explore what's next in technology with the thoughtful analysis you have all come to expect. I wish SAY Media and the RWW
This time last year I listed my favorite Web products of 2010. I enjoyed that process so much that I'm doing it again this year. These are products that I liked and used the most during 2011, but I hope my list is useful to others too.
I wondered whether my