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Thoughts on Steve Jobs, The Book

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In that talk, I went on to say: If 19-year-old Steven could fast-forward to the present day, he would no doubt be amazed by all the Apple technology – the iPhones and MacBook Airs – but I think he would be just as amazed by the sheer volume and diversity of the information about Apple available now. Also: the guy took a lot of walks.

Babble Joins Disney

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Every publication we encounter presents procreation as a cute and cuddly experience, all pink and powder blue, at best an interior decorating opportunity, at worst a housekeeping challenge. Babble runs a large network of "mommybloggers," as they have come to be called.) But I think there's a simpler lesson here that's being overlooked.

Wonderland, the book (and podcast!)

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Wonderland deploys the same overarching structure as How We Got To Now: six chapters, each focusing on one facet of the modern world, tracing the history of brilliant ideas and forgotten innovators and unintended consequences that led to our present reality. There’s a longer post introducing the book at Medium if you’re interested.

How We Got To Now, the Book

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Last Tuesday was the publication date for How We Got To Now: Six Innovations That Made The Modern World. It has been a busy week!

Old Growth Media And The Future Of News

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That kid was me. wish I could tell you that I was making those compulsive return visits out of a passionate love of books. You read MacWorld.

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Tour Dates for "Where Good Ideas Come From"

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Event presented by Powell’s Books. The folks at Riverhead have put together a great tour for Where Good Ideas Come From. It's going to be a busy October, but it should also be a lot of fun. Here are the details for now; I will update as new events get added. Washington, D.C. Tuesday, October 5, 7:00 PM. Politics & Prose. 202-364-1919.

Deep Structure

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But Good Ideas didn't present such a clear starting point. If there's one thing I'm known for as a writer, it's my habit of writing across disciplines, connecting multiple fields in a single book or narrative. But the truth is I haven't written a truly multi-disciplinary book for nearly ten years, since my second book, Emergence.

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Dont miss the animations of the 40-year trends in poverty reduction and infant mortality rates. But still, amazing stuff. Hat tip to Jason.)

Does Apple Think Multitasking Is A Bug Not A Feature? And Other Questions.

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According to the demo last week, the main way to launch iWork documents is by an internal document-selection process after launch, where your files are presented to you in a gallery format. . I wrote a little essay for Time.com on the iPad launch (and the reactions to it.) number of proposed interfaces — most famously, Apple's failed OpenDoc.

Skim and Plunge

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think of  our present situation as somewhat analogous to the mass migration from the country to the city that started several centuries ago in Europe: the bustle and stimulation and diversity of urban life made it harder to enjoy the slower, organic pleasures of rural living. Brand’s opening line was “Computers are coming to the people.”

The Book Is Really Out

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They are connected to photosynthesis, Mr. Johnson points out, which is connected to England’s coal deposits, which are connected to the rise of industrialization, which is connected to the French and American Revolutions, which are connected to present-day global warming. Today was an interesting day. You can't ask for more.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Own Your Own Words

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Its a rumination on the role of the public intellectual in the age of Google that begins with Raymond Williams classic book, Keywords.

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Tix are $10, but free if youre a museum member.) Come out and see the show! that I co-founded the year before. You can see the full story here.)

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Dean

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It was a very smooth delivery, despite the fact that this kid is the size of a two-month-old, and both mother and child are doing great. Congrats!

stevenberlinjohnson.com: One Last Colbert Item

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And then they switched to a Stephens-eye-view shot of me, mocked up to look like something out of Quake or Doom. what a waste of time. With respect.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Baton Passing

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Keep up the excellent work. -- A delighted Ghost Map reader Posted by: Hugo Hardy | May 20, 2008 at 07:29 PM Hi Steven, I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say how much I enjoyed your presentation at the Media Bistro Circus. stevenberlinjohnson.com « Go Buy Microcosm Right Now! board members) Andy Karsch and Mark Bailey.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: The New Office

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Posted by: fengypants | March 12, 2006 at 08:52 PM Here's the best thing about the Jaguar: it was a present from my wife for my thirtieth birthday.

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February 03, 2006 in Television | Permalink Comments Im looking for steven berlin johnson's email address. Please feel free to contact me.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Merkel At Davos

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Ive long thought that some combination of a talented politician and a talented speechwriter could revolutionize the way politicians give speeches.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: The Silent Room Tone

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The NH Supreme court is so biased that it refused to hear a case presented by a high school drop out. stevenberlinjohnson.com « Games and the iPhone | Main | Are You A Gifted Interface Designer? Come Work At Outside.In! In the words of our commander in chief: is the audience with me or against me? Are they having fun? Are they confused?

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Iowa, The Morning After

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love that temporal shift of projecting forward to our future recollection of the present -- "a night that, years from now, when weve made the changes we believe in." And Ill be a president who ends this war in Iraq and finally brings our troops home. know how hard it is. It comes with little sleep, little pay and a lotof sacrifice.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Ghost Map in paper (and more!)

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Your presentation at TED was riveting. Your story was a gripping one, well presented. stevenberlinjohnson.com « Radical New Innovation at Outside.in: Search! Main | A Brief Outside.in Update » Ghost Map in paper (and more!) Other than the summary you get from, you know, actually reading the book.) "? Could be great.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Tivoli Comes To Brooklyn?

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What you want is a mix of the freak show present and the the original turn-of-the-century excitement, without it feeling too stale and mall-like. stevenberlinjohnson.com « The Entrepreneurial Generation | Main | Outside.in: Not Just For Placebloggers Anymore » Tivoli Comes To Brooklyn? Very sorry for my post. Please try again.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Last Nights Lost (Spoiler Alert)

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The first three were built around a basic structure where you had a present tense story on the island, with multiple events in the past slowly revealed to you, and part of the intrigue of the show came from slowly filling in the blank spots that connect those past events with the present storyline. So stop reading. cant wait. link] ??

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Were Hiring

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Required Skills: -- LAMP development environment (especially OO PHP4) -- Javascript -- SVN -- Comfort with XHTML/CSS Practices: -- XP/agile development techniques -- Writing Unit Tests -- Writing good, consistent, clear comments -- Separating logic from presentation (and understands the value in doing so!) Can you tell us your e-mail adress?

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Multitouch Everywhere!

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Jeff Han's 2006 TED presentation has been buzzing since last February, and the iPhone seems definitely inspired by it. Posted by: Tim Hannigan | March 01, 2007 at 02:32 AM A close friend was in a private meeting where Steve Jobs demo'd the iPhone - about 20 people present - shortly after the launch. That explains everything!

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What happened to the mapping of the brain by the way? I'm presently trying to write something about education and I would like to see you turn your attention to some day. Part 2 is a thought-provoking celebration of cities and a meditation on the spread of ideas. So thats all very cool. Emergence of the new high school.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Powells.com Interview

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wanted to share that there's an opportunity to discuss some of these things IN PERSON:As part of its BAX Platform series, BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange presents I AM PARK SLOPE Will diversity be part of our future? Dickens invokes a magical side: "And then it turned out that this person was that persons long-lost cousin, who was the heir to."

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Hoping that the present has a good welcome and it arrives to him at the heart takes leave Atte. stevenberlinjohnson.com « The iPhone | Main | » Generally rave review of the "The iPhone User Experience" from Tog, including this very astute criticism: What is startling is the apparent hard separation of email, SMS, and voicemail. 

stevenberlinjohnson.com: The iPhone

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Posted by: Ben Edwards | January 09, 2007 at 09:36 PM I was impressed by the presentation also, but the RDF has faded a bit now. But I will be honest as well, I had a nerdgasm when I first saw the presentation. For me worked the video much better as a presentation method. It really looks extraordinary. Yeah, right. Astounding.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Happy Winter Solstice!

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Christmas is when I get my presents so I think it's worth celebrating. stevenberlinjohnson.com « Its All About You | Main | Financial Times » Happy Winter Solstice! I may be a day late with this, but happy solstice, everyone -- its my favorite holiday of the year, secularist that I am. Thanks for hanging out here this year.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: BookSense

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Posted by: moon | November 05, 2006 at 08:52 AM I visited a very interesting site, they have a vast collection of books which have been categories and are presented to viewers in an easy-to-search format. November 01, 2006 in Meta | Permalink Comments Congratulations! It's gotta feel absolutely great to be able to say that.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Studio 60

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think there were a few Chandler-sounding lines that Matthew Perry delivered, though that seems entirely plausible to me that a present-day comedy writer would have some of Chandler's cadences. Paddy Chayefskys Network , which gets several explicit nods in Studio 60s premiere, suffered from the same problem, if it is indeed a problem.)

stevenberlinjohnson.com: The Ghost Maps first review

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In this tightly written page-turner, Johnson (Everything Bad Is Good for You) uses his considerable skill to craft a story of suffering, perseverance and redemption that echoes to the present day. stevenberlinjohnson.com « Is There An iTV In Our Future? Woo-hoo! Do you republish his graphics in your book? Posted by: Chris M.

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stevenberlinjohnson.com « | Main | » Nice to see the Wall Street Journal taking the Everything Bad position on games : With the next generation of high-powered consoles on the market or soon to appear, gamers will have even richer, more complex virtual environments, many of them nonlinear, to explore. So maybe this is ignorant.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Colbert, The Morning After

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Those television interviews are always slightly surreal -- the conversation feels like it lasts about thirty seconds as youre in the middle of it, and of course you have to surrender any hope of actually getting to make a coherent presentation of your argument. So all in all, a fun night. Hence the focus on twelve-year-olds. Great job!

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Sunday Morning Historicity

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Now that I am moving to bit-based media, I know it presents me with new opportunities, but new restrictions too, apparently. possess a common flaw, which is expressed when the contents of books are routinely referred to as "information." books (and other forms of text) are, of course, far more than that. What does this really mean? Richard M.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Where Is Apple When You Need Them?

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So, when it is fully implemented, your home theater should present no more challenge than getting a guided-missile cruiser up and running. stevenberlinjohnson.com « Jane Jacobs Remembered | Main | » Where Is Apple When You Need Them? It occurred to me last night that weve hit an interesting turning point over the past few years.

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Im portuguese (from Lisbon) and found your blog because I Googled you, wanting to know more about your book presentation that will take place tomorrow. stevenberlinjohnson.com « | Main | » Im leaving later today for a quick trip to Lisbon for the Portugal release of Everything Bad. Never been before. Any tips? Enjoy your trip!

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Recently I quoted from and distributed some free copies of The Tipping Point at a presentation I made before Toronto City Council about a proposed affordable housing development our city plans to build on a beautiful piece of forested green space much needed in a high population middle income/and lower income neighbourhood.