Murray Hunter writes, "I'm a digital rights activist in South Africa – I've written and illustrated a silly, subversive kid's book about the Big Data industry, and a squiggly, wiggly robot sent out to track and profile all the babies. It's not an 'eat your vegetables' kind of book: all I wanted to do was tell a story that could delight young kids (ages 3-5) while also inviting them to imagine for the first time a secret and hidden world of data collection. I don't think it's been done yet, and – well, why not? I've just launched a crowdfunding campaign to publish it in hardcover and thought it might pique the interest of a few happy mutants.
Avid readers, forget bookmarks*. Here's a classy way to hold your place in the books you're reading. It's called the "Wisdom Tree" and it's also a lamp. This wood nightstand topper stacks up to five books separately. Pre-order now from Bookniture for an early August ship date ($69). *j/k, they're cool too! (Rusty's Electric Dreams)… READ THE REST
Two years ago, comic legend Alan Moore announced his retirement from comic books. He's now signed a book deal with Bloomsbury for a five-volume epic fantasy series and a huge collection of short stories. While he's done with comics, he isn't done with being a storyteller. Moore says he is "bursting with fiction, bursting with… READ THE REST
A few months back, I shared a piece from neuroscientist (and longtime BB reader!) Dan Graham about research into the language we use to discuss and understand the human brain. For years, scientists have relied on computer metaphors as the go-to point-of-comparison for brain function. But in his new book An Internet in Your Head: A… READ THE REST
The biggest concern when shopping for a Bluetooth speaker is often whether it's got the oomph to serve music at the volume you're looking for. On its own or looking in tandem with some friends (more on that later), the Altec Lansing BoomJacket Jolt Portable Bluetooth Speaker should more than satisfy the listening tastes of… READ THE REST
More than 4 out of every 5 Americans — 81 percent — say they feel they have a book in them and that they should write it. That's almost 200 million people who want to be writers. And while each and every one of those budding scribes might have a compelling tale to tell, you… READ THE REST
For many, the morning doesn't officially start until the first robust juices of the simple coffee bean touch their lips and activate their day. Considering not much else matters until that magic moment arrives, it makes sense coffee lovers should outfit themselves with a machine to make that first cup-of-the-day joy happen as fast as… READ THE REST