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Member of the blog team at Another World (worldchanging.com)

Co-Founder of the Austin Wireless City Project

Manager of the Wireless Future Project for IC² Institute

Associated with Rheingold and Associates, Online Social Networking

Moderator and co-administrator at the Dean Issues Forum

Writer of various interviews, reviews, essays, and articles.

President of EFF-Austin

Member, Board of Directors, Austin Freenet

Local advisor for South by Southwest Interactive

Steering Committee Member and Webmaster, Austin Clean Energy Initiative

Member of the blog team for Howard Rheingold's Smart Mobs weblog.

Cohost of The WELL's Inkwell.vue, discussions and interviews.

Webmaestro for Viridian Design

Co-instigator of Austin Bloggers

Member of Mindjack's Board of Advisors.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2001

Amazing news: Vermont's Jeffords might switch parties - whatta turnover! Democrats are bouncing off the walls, Republicans are wailing, weeping, tearing hair and gnashing teeth! National Review Online has the story...
posted by jon lebkowsky on 5/23/2001 06:05:12 AM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

Tuesday, May 22, 2001

(Apologies for the lack of juice this week... we're traveling!)
posted by jon lebkowsky on 5/22/2001 07:38:04 PM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

Sunday, May 20, 2001

Douglas Adams and the Black Dog. "Things have been good for a while now, but any time I get low, there seems to be an instant connection through to that period, and I suddenly get the feeling, oh God, life hasn't really changed at all . . . "
posted by jon lebkowsky on 5/20/2001 06:40:06 AM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

Thursday, May 17, 2001

CNN Discovers Monkey Man Mania
posted by jon lebkowsky on 5/17/2001 09:19:04 PM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

At Slashdot, a review of Jef Raskin's The Humane Interface. Says Raskin, "An interface is humane if it is responsive to human needs and considerate of human frailties."
posted by jon lebkowsky on 5/17/2001 09:25:39 AM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

Wednesday, May 16, 2001

Monkey Man menaces New Delhi.

And he sings...

I'm a flea-bit peanut monkey
All my friends are junkies
That's not really true
I'm a cold Italian pizza
I could use a lemon squeezer
How'd you do?

I've been bit and
I've been tossed around by every she-rat in this town
Have you, babe?

Well, I'm just a monkey man
I'm glad you are a monkey woman too

I was bitten by a boar
I was gouged and I was gored
But I pulled on through
Yes I'm a sack of broken eggs
I always have an unmade bed
Don't you?

Well, I hope we're not too messianic
Or a trifle too satanic
We love to play the blues

Well I am just a monkey man
I'm glad you are a monkey, monkey woman too

posted by jon lebkowsky on 5/16/2001 02:09:54 PM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

REWIRED: are you a bobo?
posted by jon lebkowsky on 5/16/2001 09:23:57 AM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

Here's an interesting piece by John Barlow as part of a roundtable on copyright and the Internet, in Atlantic Unbound.
posted by jon lebkowsky on 5/16/2001 06:17:27 AM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

Michael Kinsley, in Slate, comments on "Information wants to be free." This is from an email I sent to the rewired email list:
He starts with a fallacious reading of Stewart Brand's original statement:

"Information wants to be free -- because it is now so easy to copy and distribute casually -- and information wants to be expensive -- because in an Information Age, nothing is so valuable as the right information at the right time."

Kinsley's point (that advertisers, not readers, are the real source of money for publishers) is not news to anyone who's been running this rat race for the last few years. The reason that "advertisers have been insufficiently grateful for this advantage" of "only pay[ing] for ads that have definitely appeared in front of someone's 'eyeballs'" is that advertisers have never been convinced that the metrics are solid. They were burned early on by impressive counts of "hits" that turned out to be overcounts because every element of the page was measured as a 'hit,' and this was misrepresented to them as the metrics that we now label as 'page views,' or the more relevant 'home page views.'

Kinsley's intent here, between the lines, is to slam his competitor Salon for its 'premium service,' but Salon is not charging for its core content. It has defined ways to add value for which its supports will pay (but many of them have said that they would pay without added value, just to keep Salon alive).

posted by jon lebkowsky on 5/16/2001 06:14:16 AM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

Tuesday, May 15, 2001

Speaking of surf music, here's The Mermen, a truly great surf-inspired jam band.
posted by jon lebkowsky on 5/15/2001 05:51:45 AM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

A bunch of MP3 files from The Fat Man, aka George Sanger, leading composer of computer audio and kickass gonzo surf music!
posted by jon lebkowsky on 5/15/2001 05:46:01 AM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

Monday, May 14, 2001

The Man Who Wasn't There, the Coen brothers' new film, reviewed at Ain't It Cool News. Via boingboing.net via Robot Wisdom.
posted by jon lebkowsky on 5/14/2001 08:29:12 PM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

Steve Kettman writes about Gunther van Hagens' exhibit of more than 200 dead bodies preserved by a system called plastination.
"Normally, you are only confronted with death when you lose a loved one, and it's a big shock," von Hagens said this week. "In this way you are not open-minded to thinking about death, you are just frightened. This exhibit gives people the possibility to approach death in a good mood, even a mood of festivity.
posted by jon lebkowsky on 5/14/2001 01:00:07 PM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

Saturday, May 12, 2001

The "Simputer" (simple computer) is a $200 pocket computer developed in India. It's an "appropriate technology" approach to high tech for developing nations.
posted by jon lebkowsky on 5/12/2001 04:58:55 PM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

Big Science is a moving target: Another day, another world. "A massive slab of rock near the Great Wall of China is actually a section of ocean floor dating back 2.5 billion years, scientists said on Thursday...." This discovery changes thinking about the beginning of plate tectonics by 500 million years.
posted by jon lebkowsky on 5/12/2001 06:24:03 AM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

Thursday, May 10, 2001

Weird Whirlpool off the San Diego coast. Dig the television news clip with local ufologist speculating an underwater craft of some kind as the cause. Whooooo.
posted by jon lebkowsky on 5/10/2001 10:08:50 AM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

We are the space robots. We are here to protect you from The Terrible Secret of Space!
posted by jon lebkowsky on 5/10/2001 04:16:18 AM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

Wednesday, May 09, 2001

Naked man attacks woman: This is completely weird. I'm speechless. (But I've got my pants on!)
posted by jon lebkowsky on 5/9/2001 10:14:23 PM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

Steven Johnson of Feed Magazine interviews OpenCola's Cory Doctorow in The Taste Test "That there are people out there who want to compose their own magazine, who want to gather their own information and make a lot of decisions about it -- it can't be denied. And those people in a network that's based on recommendations will end up with a great deal of influence because they'll be the source of all the new stuff."
posted by jon lebkowsky on 5/9/2001 03:20:49 PM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

Digital Promise Project :: www.digitalpromise.com "We recommend the creation of the Digital Opportunity Investment Trust (DO IT), a nonprofit, nongovernmental agency designed to meet the urgent need to transform learning in the 21st century." Do it!
posted by jon lebkowsky on 5/9/2001 03:12:15 PM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

Tuesday, May 08, 2001

Slashdot article about Internet Access Via Pneumatic Tubes. While working on ecommerce projects we used to joke that we could overcome the shipping problem by creating a network of pneumatic tubes... prescient, eh?
posted by jon lebkowsky on 5/8/2001 01:39:24 AM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

BBC Online explains why "Kilroy Was Here"
posted by jon lebkowsky on 5/8/2001 01:04:51 AM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

Tim O'Reilly says that Microsoft's Shared Source Program is a Validation of Open Source Disguised as an Attack: "...Microsoft's 'Shared Source Philosophy' is a clear vindication of open source as the best way to engage an inclusive developer community. They're lining up to "embrace and extend" the open source development model precisely because it has proven so compelling a threat to the monopoly they've enjoyed for so long."
posted by jon lebkowsky on 5/8/2001 12:55:08 AM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

Monday, May 07, 2001

Edmund Husserl had soul - honest! I used to drop acid and read Husserl, thinking I would expand my mind. At the very least, I expanded my confusion...!
posted by jon lebkowsky on 5/7/2001 08:33:22 PM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

transarchitectures by Marcos Novak. I used to see stuff like this on the backs of my eyelids... it's a bit of a relief to blame the Marcos and his textures in cyberspace....!
posted by jon lebkowsky on 5/7/2001 08:30:44 PM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

Works by Mr. Otis, founder of the Primitive-Moderne School.
posted by jon lebkowsky on 5/7/2001 08:25:38 PM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

Library of Congress Exhibition of photographs by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944), who created full-color photographic documentation of the Russian Empire on the eve of WWI. He was an early developer of color photography. These amazing color photos were rendered from color-filtered black-and-white images.
posted by jon lebkowsky on 5/7/2001 05:26:38 AM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

Sunday, May 06, 2001

"Rocket Guy" Brian Walker has a pretty cool backyard project: a rocket he can ride into space. Bet the neighbors are gonna be pissed when he launches. But what the hell: this is an idea whose time has come!
posted by jon lebkowsky on 5/6/2001 09:25:47 PM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

Timothy McVeigh's letters explain why he bombed the Murrah Building. Sounds like he's some kind of military mutation.
posted by jon lebkowsky on 5/6/2001 01:48:56 PM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

Friday, May 04, 2001

Nexia manufactures recombinant proteins for medical and industrial applications, including BioSteel®, which is artificial spider silk.
posted by jon lebkowsky on 5/4/2001 04:24:34 PM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

If you thought you knew what stuff was for, you just might've been wrong. The Wacky Uses site tells you you can clean your toilet with Alka Seltzer, or prevent car battery corrosion with Chap Stick. This stuff should be in the Junior Woodchuck's Guide!!
posted by jon lebkowsky on 5/4/2001 12:12:42 PM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

What Happened to Evan Chan? You could ask Spielberg, or you could follow the clues...!
posted by jon lebkowsky on 5/4/2001 05:32:39 AM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

Thursday, May 03, 2001

The excellent, iconoclastic Baffler Magazine is struggling to recover from a devastating fire that destroyed the building where Baffler Central was housed. There's a call for donations to The Baffler Recovery Fund:

The Baffler Magazine
P. O. Box 378293
Chicago, IL 60637
posted by jon lebkowsky on 5/3/2001 08:56:59 AM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

Wednesday, May 02, 2001

Community Connector, a rich community networking resource. (Thanks, Howard!)
posted by jon lebkowsky on 5/2/2001 12:00:53 PM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

From FAIR: Media Beat: Overdue - Media Scrutiny of the "White Bloc". Norman Solomon notes that almost all reporters show bias in support of free trade and globalism. "As police fired rubber bullets through tear gas in Quebec City, many reporters echoed the claim that "free trade" promotes democracy. Meanwhile, protesters struggled to shed light on a key fact: The proposed hemispheric trade pact would give large corporations even more power to override laws that have been enacted -- democratically -- to protect the environment, labor and human rights." Whatever you think about this issue, though, you'll get a good laugh from the paragraph at the end of Solomon's op-ed....
posted by jon lebkowsky on 5/2/2001 10:28:51 AM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

Matt Drudge is crowing about the settlement of the $30 mil lawsuit Sidney Blumenthal brought against him... with Blumenthal paying Drudge's attorney's fees. (If you wonder how much Blumenthal paid, check out Drudge's URL. Very clever, Matt. This conclusion is no surprised to author/attorney Mike Godwin, whose 1998 Salon feature Drudging admiration suggested that Blumenthal had no case.
posted by jon lebkowsky on 5/2/2001 09:43:55 AM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

Tuesday, May 01, 2001

A REPO MAN SPEAKS OUT. Alex Cox and Dick Rude interview Mark Lewis, a genuine repo man, as prep for the film.
posted by jon lebkowsky on 5/1/2001 11:23:33 AM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

transnationale.org. keeps track of large multinational corporations. Indispensable resource for activists in support of corporate responsibility.
posted by jon lebkowsky on 5/1/2001 09:46:49 AM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

A purloined video, shipped to the Democrats during the 2000 presidential campaign, shows George W. Bush losing his cool in debate prep. What's on the tape, and who ripped it to the Dems? Talk Magazine's web exclusive: The Tale of the Stolen Tape.
posted by jon lebkowsky on 5/1/2001 06:53:09 AM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

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Interview with David Weinberger for SXSW Interactive Conference's Tech Report

Discussion with Bruce Sterling at The WELL, January 3 - 17, 2003.

Jon L. interview for South by Southwest Interactive conference's Tech Report.

Jon L. interviewed by Adam Powell (5/13/2002)

jonl interviewed by R. U. Sirius (A version of this interview appeared in The Austin Chronicle)

Conversation with Bruce Sterling at the WELL's Inkwell.vue Forum

Interview with R.U. Sirius at CTHEORY

interview conducted by Yoshihiro Kaneda in conjunction with the publication in Japan, in the book CyberRevolution, the essay "Inforeal."

interview with Allucquere Rosanne Stone.

No Stone Untenured: May '98 Interview with Sandy Stone

Bruce Sterling interview for bOING bOING #9

The Tedium is the Message, Assholes: Interview (for AltX) with R.U. Sirius and St. Jude

Don't Believe the Hype (Austin Digerati Roundtable published January 28)

Why We Listen to What They Say: Interview with Doug Rushkoff

Interviews with
Doug Block and Michael Wolff

Projecting the 21st Century: An Interview with Gary Chapman

Information Junkie, an interview with Reva Basch (Researching Online for Dummies)

Webb on the Web

Wired to Virtual Reality: Interview with Howard Rheingold

Interview with Carla Sinclair, author of Signal to Noise

Making Movies on Cyber Location: an interview with director Doug Block (Austin Chronicle, February 1998)

Untangling the Web: interview with Gene Crick of MAIN and Sue Beckwith of Austin Freenet


Review of Paulina Borsook's Cyberselfish, in Whole Earth Magazine.

review in HotWired of David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest.

Cyber Top Ten for 1997 (Austin Chronicle, December 1997)


2001 Blues
in Rewired

What Happened to the Cyber Revolution?
in Signum

A Few Points about Online Activism in the March '99 issue of the UK journal Cybersociology

ZapSpace, published as A Fistful of DOS in the Australian magazine 21C

The Cyborganic Path from the April '97 issue of CMC Magazine

Essay: Are We a Nation? We Are Devo in The Ethical Spectacle.

Chaos Politics!

Fiction that Bleeds Truth!


Little Nemo in Slumberland (bOING bOING, February 1998)

Technopolitics, a 1997 essay on cyberactivism originally appearing in the Australian magazine 21C.

Your 15 Minutes Are Up, Mr. Gates!

1998 Top Nine List from the Austin Chronicle!

Dungeons and Draggin's: a look at the Ultima Online phenomenon

"We Do Cool Things": a profile of Austin's George Sanger, aka The Fatman, and Team Fat

The Opera Ain't Over 'til the Cyber Lady Sings: Honoria in Ciberspazio (Austin Chronicle, November 1997)

Shout Spamalam! The Austin Spam Suit

Election Notes 2000

Who Are You? Who Owns You? A consideration of Amazon's privacy policy.

Nodal Politics

Amicus Brief filed with Supreme Court regarding the "Communications Decency Act"

11.25.96 Freewheelin' in Austin

1.7.97 Cyberdawgs and CyberRights: EFF-Austin

2.25.97 VR in 3Space: Brian Park

1.28.97 Going Native in Cyberspace: Bob Anderson

3.25.97 A Parisian Spring in Austin: Joseph Rowe and Catherine Braslavsky

4.22.97 On a Rock and Roll Firetruck: Shawn Phillips

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