There will be a NYT trend piece about people meeting and starting relationships during the last hour of international flights, when all gadgets are off and the passengers must remain seated. The article will run after there have been two resulting marriages and will center on a third engaged couple.
I would pay $20 a month for Instapaper if it let me select specific articles and output them wirelessly to a Kindle, complete with a TOC and sections.
But in the meantime: my project for the first quarter of 2010 will be an application that pulls your starred articles from Google Reader, let’s you check off the ones you want, and outputs a formatted ebook file complete with TOC. I’ve been hunting online with little luck for a script that parses XML into a Kindle-compatible MOBI file. Something tells me there’s a large stumbling block up ahead…
- Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works.
- Anything that’s invented between when you’re 15 and 35 is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it.
- Anything invented after you’re 35 is against the natural order of things.
After a few days thinking on Avatar, I’ve arrived at the belief that the film will be largely forgotten. Kind of like Titanic.
When the key feature of your film is its technology, the product is waiting to become obsolete. The story of Avatar is nothing new. In fact, it takes pastiche to a whole new level, constructed out of elements from greater Cameron works. Once Avatar’s technology is ubiquitous, it will only be notable as a ‘first.’ Noted, but not watched.
District 9, for all it’s faults, had something to say. Avatar had something to prove. (Via io9)