Today, AOL Time-Warnerannounced that it was halting further development of the Netscape web browser. It's hard to believe it has been fourteen years since Mosaic was born at NCSA, with Netscape following shortly thereafter. Sic transit gloria mundi.
The big news in Seattle just before the holidays was Amazon's plan to lease up to 1.6 million square feet for a new corporate headquarters near South Lake Union. (For you non-local types and newbies like me, geographically, that would be near here.) As a frequent and happy customer, I am pleased by Amazon's success.
Years ago, when I was a student, I had a poster (don’t all students have posters?) called The Real and the Unreal, created by Julius Friedman for the Martha White Gallery in Louisville. It shows a single artificial apple in a rectilinear array of polished red apples. At the time, it captured my own sense of teenage, misfit ennui, and it has since reminded me of the increasingly blurred boundaries among the loci of our intellectual and social lives in physical and the information spaces.