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Confessions to a Cruel Internet

Confessions to a Cruel Internet

Dear friend, I like to start my notes to you as if we’re already in the middle of a conversation. That was a line from a movie, You’ve Got Mail. Apologies; one should always recite a quotation with forewarning, or […]

The Digital Crossfire

The Digital Crossfire

There was a time when communications were mostly harmless. Sure, people might be badgered by nuisance calls, but that was the limit. Not so any more. Now, the global communications industry is the carrier of a lot more than words. […]

Scrawl Wars in a Virtual Land

Scrawl Wars in a Virtual Land

Two and a half years ago, I started Halfthoughts by drawing on a metaphor. I compared blogging to cave art. In both cases, a person feels an incontestable urge to create a representation of the world around them, by making […]

21st Century Etiquette

21st Century Etiquette

Time was that if you wanted a manual for manners, you simply turned to a guide from Debrett’s. With the rise of interweb and netiquette, life is no longer so simple, though Debrett’s still try to give advice on civility […]

The New Properties of New Property

The New Properties of New Property

Arnold Schwarzenegger is a lefty, and he does not know it. Or maybe Arnie is one of those righty freedom fighters that end up so far off to the right they end up going full circle and re-emerging on the […]

The 140 Rubaiyat: Poems for Twitter

The 140 Rubaiyat: Poems for Twitter

The ruba’i is a poetic form of olden times, Lines 1, 2 & 4 must rhyme, Popular in Persia in the 11th Century, Most famously by Omar Khayyam. Choosing to twitter or to tweet, Is a thoroughly modern conceit, You […]