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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. I just finished reading Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography on the flight back to SFO a few minutes ago, and wanted to jot down a few responses while they were fresh in my head.

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. On Tuesday morning, Disney announced that it had acquired the parenting site, Babble,com , which was founded a few years ago by my old friends Rufus Griscom and Alisa Volkman.

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. I’m very excited to announce my next book — Wonderland: How Play Made The Modern World , to be published in November by my long-time publisher Riverhead Books.

Old Growth Media And The Future Of News

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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.

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How We Got To Now, the Book

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It will make an excellent Christmas present, if you’re into that kind of thing.) Last Tuesday was the publication date for How We Got To Now: Six Innovations That Made The Modern World. It’s my ninth book, but the first to be accompanied by a TV series, airing on PBS beginning on October 15.

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. 5015 Connecticut Ave NW. Washington, DC 20008. 202-364-1919.   Seattle, WA. Wednesday, October 6, 7:30 PM. Barnes & Noble University Village.

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. My sense from talking to readers and following the reviews is that if you like my books, the discipline-jumping is one of the main attractions, and if the books rub you the wrong way (as in this review of Invention of Air from last year) it's the connections that grate.

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stevenberlinjohnson.com « Vertical Ascent | Main | Delicious » These animated presentations on world development trends are as fascinating as anything Ive seen online in recent months.

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.)

Skim and Plunge

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I 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. The editors at Yale University Press were nice enough to invite me to edit this year's edition of Best Technology Writing.

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. And his breakthroughs in atmospheric chemistry ultimately helped us understand present-day global warming. Today was an interesting day. One of many to come in the next month, I bet.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Own Your Own Words

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Today, however, we type our key word into Google and instantly get an entire field guide to its present usage: in op-ed columns, advertising blurbs, blog posts, MySpace pages, diaries, scholarly publications, wherever.

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September 25, 2006 in Meta | Permalink Comments Just to report: tommorow morning we'll be hearing a.pps presentation on your 'Emergence' book, in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

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Posted by: Edward Tang | July 24, 2006 at 11:28 PM I have really enjoyed your blog and so I got you a little present for Dean: www.deanberlinjohnson.com.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: One Last Colbert Item

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In fact, a recent article on internal management in the Financial Times cited a UN-commissioned report released in 1994 that was remarkably damning and yet, as the article noted, nothing has changed which has led to this present crisis of credibility at the UN.

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!

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. stevenberlinjohnson.com « | Main | Uploading My Library » The New Office So this is my first post from my new home office.

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Where other shows have their characters evolve and change through experiences they have in the present, Lost changes its characters by revealing more about their past.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Merkel At Davos

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'm glad you noticed, anyway, and I would be interested in hearing how other Americans present themselves and are received at the conference.

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! » The Silent Room Tone I didnt actually get to see the now infamous Mark Zuckerberg interview yesterday at SXSW, but having read through about six thousand blog posts about it, I feel as though Ive seen it.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Iowa, The Morning After

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I 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." stevenberlinjohnson.com « My Political Forecast | Main | New Hampshire » Iowa, The Morning After So far my predictions are looking pretty good. (Id Id be enjoying it all even more if I didnt have a mean caucus-night hangover.)

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!) The Ghost Map is officially out in paperback this week, sporting a great new cover and layout, with quotes from all the very flattering reviews we got last fall.

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? This could be a really nice compromise: A world-famous Danish amusement park that inspired Walt Disney to build Disneyland is considering expanding operations to Coney Island, officials said.

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. Past, Present, and Future threads all converge in the middle, at which point (and only until that point) all the holes are filled.

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!) stevenberlinjohnson.com « Multitouch Everywhere! Main | » Were Hiring Were looking for a developer (or two) at outside.in, preferably based in NYC.

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. stevenberlinjohnson.com « Our New Investors | Main | Were Hiring » Multitouch Everywhere!

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I'm presently trying to write something about education and I would like to see you turn your attention to some day. stevenberlinjohnson.com « | Main | Outside.in

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? BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange is a multi-faceted performing arts center offering an annual presenting season, artist services, and educational programs for youth and adults.

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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. What I would want is a single list, defaulting to the newest and unread/unheard first. I don’t care about the medium, and neither should iPhone.

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. stevenberlinjohnson.com « Powells.com Interview | Main | » The iPhone I dont think I have ever felt such an overwhelming desire to own -- no, just to touch -- a product in my life.

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. Normally, Id say something about keeping hope alive through the darkened cold of a Northeast winter, but its been like 60 degrees here every other day.

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. stevenberlinjohnson.com « Cholera/Spore in The New Yorker | Main | The latest on outside.in » BookSense Im happy to report that The Ghost Map hit the BookSense hardcover nonfiction list its first week out at #45.

stevenberlinjohnson.com: Studio 60

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I 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. Considering the dumb quip that Josh had as his faux pas back in the first episode of "The West Wing," I almost hope they never bother to present the sketch!

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?

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Posted by: Ry Rivard | June 02, 2006 at 07:17 PM Something that occurs to me, brought on by the last line in your except, is: Could be that part of the reason that pop culture critics are so frightened or standoffish about gaming is that the critical mode is as removed as possible; in order to be a critic one approaches the object from as disinterested a standpoint as they can muster (there are exceptions, of course, but importantly they are always presented *as* exceptions).

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. stevenberlinjohnson.com « In Which I "Debate" Popular Culture With Stephen Colbert | Main | One Last Colbert Item » Colbert, The Morning After So I had my six minutes in the ring with Stephen Colbert last night.

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. stevenberlinjohnson.com « Lost Does Dickens | Main | » Sunday Morning Historicity From Jeffrey Weisss letter to the Times Magazine this morning, responding to Kevin Kellys future of the book piece (Weiss is the head of Modern Art at the National Gallery Of Art): Kellys argument.

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? I spent most of Sunday afternoon installing a new LCD TV and receiver in our living room, with the help of two home theater installation guys.

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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?

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It's like saying "i would not mind go totally insane and prepare a landingspace for aliens (real aliens, not illegal immigrants) in my backyard and it wouldn't be all bad compared to my present dayjob, as long as you didn't have moments of clarity in that of course, realising neighbours giving you strange looks and such :) Posted by: lillie yukerpillar | April 05, 2006 at 04:06 AM Deep Johnson, very deep. The presentation had impact and it rocked their socks off.