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An open source endeca? Solr, patacriticism and faceted browsing.

This week many of the folks from the UVa library took a field trip to the NCSU library to look at how they do things, especially at their famous endeca OPAC. The OPAC kicks some serious ass, and I’m as impressed as can be about it, and yet…
Today I saw a demo of Erik [...]

a curse for our times

I’m taking it totally out of context, but I just came across this quote from Mr. Hoopty, and it so perfectly expresses the despair I feel about commodity culture:

Everything you love, everything meaningful with depth and history, all passionate authentic experiences will be appropriated, mishandled, watered down, cheapened, repackaged, marketed and sold to the people [...]

Translation of Apple’s “Network” ad

My friend Sachiko Iwabuchi just wrote this great translation and interpretation of Apple’s “Network” ad, and she gave me permission to post it here. I love these ads, and I’m happy to know what this one means now.

The ad might have been out for a while, but last night I saw Mac’s new TV [...]

hacking fertility

I was deeply disturbed by a recent article in The New York Times Magazine – Contra-Contraception. The article details the increasing backlash against, not just abortion, but all forms of birth control, even when used by married couples. Other people have analyzed the politics of this better than I can; I especially recommend Pandagon’s take [...]