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Heidi Roizen on “What I Learned Negotiating With Steve Jobs”

Heidi Rozen, Standord MBA and faculty member, co-founder of classic Mac developer T/Maker, former Apple Vice President of World-Wide Developer Relations, reminisces about negotiating with Steve Jobs, and what she learned: On the appointed day, after waiting in the lobby for 45 minutes (this, I would come to learn, was…

Scott Lobdell, sexism, stupidity etc.

Long story short: A few days ago, cartoonist MariNaomi wrote an op-ed about being harassed by professional comic-book writer Scott Lobdell on a panel at a convention. MariNaomi was very careful to avoid identifying information, but Lobdell apparently read the piece recognized himself—maybe because the shit he had pulled was extreme even…

Bart van Es Shakespeare in Company

Cover of Bart van Es's Shakespeare in Company

The Times Literary Supplement has an interesting review by Charles S. Nicholl of a new book by Bart van Es from OUP. Van Es’s Shakespeare in Company places Shakespeare in the context of the theater of the sixteenth and early seventeenth century. Here’s what Nicholl has to say:   The idea…

Charles Stross, The Hidden Family

Cover of Charles Stross The Hidden Family

The second novel in a projected trilogy by Charles Stross, The Hidden Family picks up right where the first one ends, with Miriam fleeing an assassination attempt and an attempt to frame her in an attack on another member of The Clan. While she attempts to discover who most wants…

James Whittaker, Google and Innovating Evil

James Whittaker was a director of engineering at Google. He wrote a nifty book about How Google Tests Software. I briefly was a consultant on a short-term part of a project, and met him, while I was still a grad student. He was smart, funny, and completely understood my objections…

Bat Orphans: Dangerously Cute

The DOJ, Apple, Five Publishers and Amazon

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple and five of the “big six” publishers (Hachette, Simon & Schuster, Harper Collins, Pearson, Penguin, and Macmillan). The DOJ suit asserts that the publishers— with Apple’s collaboration—colluded to raise ebook prices and force Amazon to adopt the…

Stuff We Think You Should Read

Why should I be Allowed to Marry? I Chose to be Gay From The Guardian Yes, deciding to be gay was the toughest thing I’ve ever had to do. But I knew it would be worth it! I salivated at the thought of spending years wondering whether or not my…

Merry Christmas

This English manuscript was made in East Anglia in the mid-thirteenth-century. Technically, it is a Psalter-hours, since it contains the Office of the Dead, the Hours of the Virgin, and Collects. The Carrow psalter features a miniature portraying the martyrdom of St. Thomas Beckett. Interestingly, after Henry VIII found Beckett…

Vanity Fare on TSA: So much inconvenience for so little benefit at such a staggering cost.

To walk through an airport with Bruce Schneier is to see how much change a trillion dollars can wreak. So much inconvenience for so little benefit at such a staggering cost. And directed against a threat that, by any objective standard, is quite modest. Some other important quotations: The full-body-scanner…

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