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Monthly Archives: April 2012








Tapping the power of neighbors…

#VT - Thanks to all who responded to my plant sale last week. I had no idea how powerful Front Porch Forum is! I got 10 responses, and sold out all but a couple of Montauk Daisies and Rose of Sharons.

That’s from Dick on the South Hero FPF today.


22% of U.S. adults not online

From TechCrunch today

Internet adoption among U.S. adults increased rapidly from the mid-’90s to about 2005. Since then, though, the number of adult Internet users has remained almost stable at around 75 to 80%. The Pew Internet & American Life Project’s latest poll shows that this trend continued in 2011. Those who are online use the Internet more than ever before, but about one in five U.S. adults is simply not online.

According to this report, “senior citizens, those who prefer to take our interviews in Spanish rather than English, adults with less than a high school education, and those living in households earning less than $30,000 per year are the least likely adults to have Internet access.” Age, household income and education have remained the strongest positive predictors of Internet use since Pew started tracking these numbers…


Man in the Google Glasses inhabiting comfortable, full-service cage?

Ross Douthat took on Google Glasses in yesterday’s New York Times

The Man in the Google Glasses can find his way effortlessly through the mazes of Manhattan; he can photograph anything he sees; he can make an impulse purchase from any corner of the world.

But the video also captures the sense of isolation that coexists with our technological mastery. The Man in the Google Glasses lives alone, in a drab, impersonal apartment. He meets a friend for coffee, but the video cuts away from this live interaction, leaping ahead to the moment when he snaps a photo of some “cool” graffiti and shares it online. He has a significant other, but she’s far enough away that when sunset arrives, he climbs up on a roof and shares it with her via video, while she grins from a window at the bottom of his field of vision.

He is, in other words, a characteristic 21st-century American, more electronically networked but more personally isolated than ever before.

We may be a couple years away from implanting newborns with chips… Google Glasses will seem as quaint as a horse and buggy.

Check out Google’s video… and then take a look at some of the parodies.