Here's my friend and neighbour Matt Webb (part of the Schulze and Webb design consultancy) addressing Copenhagen's Reboot conference on what the role of a designer was and is in the 21st century. It's a great Webbrant, thought-provoking, learned, wide-ranging, weird and great. — Read the rest
I'm starting to get interested in podcasting, so I interviewed Matt Webb, the co-editor of the new book, Mind Hacks, just published by O'Reilly. It's 25 minutes long, and I even created a cheesy Garageband theme song for what I hope is the first of many interviews. — Read the rest
Matt Webb bought a 12" Powerbook and got a lemon. He's spent over a month calling Apple, trying to get it fixed, getting ignored, getting promises broken, not having his calls returned, getting the machine returned still broken, sending it back again. — Read the rest
Matt Webb (previously) is a "weeknoter." That means that once a week, he sits down and sums up all the things he's seen, done, learned and taken note of in the previous week, and makes the result public.
Matt Webb gave the morning keynote today at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology conference in San Diego. His talk (From Pixels to Plastic) was a whirlwind tour through amazing and funny ideas (he opened by seeing how long he could stare at us, smiling, without cracking up). — Read the rest
Matt Webb — gnomic Internet thinker, mind hacker, and fictioneer — gave a beautiful talk to an Design Critical Theory MA class at London's Goldsmith College, entitled "Sci-fi I like, Fictional Futures, Goldsmiths." It's a 50-slide ramble through the futurism, real and science fictional, that inspires Matt. — Read the rest
In a couple hours, I'm leaving for Reboot, Denmark's annual, spectacular technology conference. This year's line-up of speakers is nothing less than stellar:
Douglas Bowman, Stopdesign;
Lee Bryant, Headshift;
Paula Le Dieu, BBC;
Jason Calacanis, Weblogs Inc.;
Ben Cerveny, Interaction designer and author;
James Cherkoff and Johnnie Moore of OpenSauceLive;
Régine Debatty, we make money not art;
Cory Doctorow, EFF / Boing Boing;
Anders Bertram Eibye, The Danish Design School;
Jyri Engeström, Aula, blog: zengestrom.com;
The authors of Mind Hacks (an amazing O'Reilly book that explains how your brain works and lets you play with your perceptions in illuminating ways) will be doing a public reading/signing at London's Foyle's books on March 23:
Matt Webb — whose party trick is uttering gnomic, interesting, mind-bending sentences at the drop of a hat — has gone public with his new project. He and a brain-scientist pal are co-writing BRAIN HACKS for O'Reilly: a hundred pithy tips for overlocking your amygdala. — Read the rest
Matt Webb is a real Renaissance geek, and as such he's too busy to actually read the great and defining works fo the Renaissance, such as DaVinci's imposing 1,565-page Notebooks. At least not all in one gulp. So Matt's poured all of the Notebooks (scarfed from the Project Gutenberg site) into a script that sends out one page a day as RSS. — Read the rest
I love Matt Webb's blog entries. They're superdense, thought-provoking, serious and playful at the same time. He's a smart one, our Matt. Today's entry is awfully tasty.
esterday morning, hot sun and hot pavement, I found a dead bee. I can't remember the last time I saw a dead bee – not since I've lived in a city, I guess – and this one was still brightly coloured, fuzzy and fat.
The Google buyout of Blogger is the big news in the blogosphere this morning. Dan Gillmor did a brilliant thing last night when he posted his column about this a day early and scooped the universe on the story. But the story is very light on details — presumably, this is because no one at Gbloogle wants to dish on the stuff we all want to know:
LazyWeb is a notion that comes — as far as I know — from the same smarty-pants Britons who gave us warchalking, i.e., Matt Jones, Matt Webb (thanks, Webb!), Ben Hammersley, et al. The idea of LazyWeb is that one has an interesting idea for a web-project (say, a tool that scrapes every blog listed on the weblogs.com — Read the rest