Something made more than 20 years ago can still spark creative responses. Cast in point: a whole blog devoted to “Things You Can Do During the Intro of Twin Peaks.” The intro sequence for the series episodes runs a full 1:32 (the pilot’s into was even longer). Compare that to modern network dramas that might barely flash a logo at you.
- Want more Eastern Washington-set dramatics? A year old but still vital, local author Jess Walter offers a funny/poignant “Statistical Abstract for My Home of Spokane, Washington.”
- Computing isn’t just gonna keep getting cheaper. It’s also gonna keep getting more energy efficient. That means the same hydro-power-eating server farms in Eastern Washington will carry ever-bigger data loads. And that’s gonna mean even more “creative disruption;” and not just in the businesses you think of as “high tech” either.
- Print Media Shrinkage Watch: The Los Angeles Times, once the wealthiest, most ad-laden daily paper in America, has taken a $1 million grant from the Ford Foundation to pay a few beat reporters’ salaries.
- Self Publishing Boom Watch: A single e-book middleman company, Smashwords, has put out over 127,000 titles by 44,000 authors thus far.
- Some of these have been on a few sites before, but here ‘s one site where you get a whole cafeteria menu’s worth of forgotten tech sounds, from the dial phone to the dot matrix printer.