Fun facts of the day: Who manages the internet?

And more importantly, who upgrades it?


The best thing I’ve found on the internet today

GZA, of the Wu-Tang Clan, is merging science writing and rap with a series of albums about dark matter and the ocean and all that other stuff I really like.


Get a magazine; read things.

The NBN magazine is out today! I wrote a feature about student entrepreneurs that you can read here.


The NBN freshman housing guide has been revived from the dead, two years after it was last updated, a little less than a year since our redesign lost all the archived guides to internet purgatory.

Even if you’re not a future Northwestern freshman, it’s still really cool. It was built in Java by our current multimedia whiz, and a lot of people poured time and effort into it that have essentially no vested interest in whether freshmen make an educated decision about their housing.

Not surprisingly, internet-commenter backlash about a few bugs and mistakes went wild yesterday. The internet loves to call people out on their mistakes, usually with very little appreciation for the work that people pour into the content they post. But hey, give the kids some credit. In the grand scheme of things, I think I’d rather have something awesome and cutting-edge with a few technical quirks than something that works perfectly but brings nothing new to the table.

Because we’re still students. We’re allowed to have big dreams and imperfect execution. So be patient if things scroll weirdly.


My quarter-life crisis seems to be taking the shape of a voice in my head that screams “Why don’t you know how to code anything?!” To silence that, I went and hung out with some computer science majors. Here’s to hoping that learning through osmosis becomes a thing.


This and only this, now and forever. 


I don’t do much blogging anymore. But I do read a lot of blogs. I share a lot of links on my Twitter feed. I poke and prod into the corners of the internet, and often come out with something I think is cool enough to show my friends. Tumblr is a great resource for that sort of thing. Blogging has become curating more than generating. Where does my lonely little WordPress fit in? I don’t know. But here’s this cool thing I read:

Every really good creative person…whom I have ever known has always had two noticeable characteristics. First, there was no subject under the sun in which he could not easily get interested-from, say, Egyptian burial customs to modern art. Every facet of life had fascination for him. Second, he was an extensive browser in all sorts of fields of information. For it is with the [creative] man as with the cow: no browsing, no milk.
James Webb Young, writing in his 1939 guide to producing ideas, articulates a timeless truth about the relationship between curiosity and creativity.

It’s from this blog, curated by master of internet curation Maria Popova. It’s part of Lore, which is an online sharing tool for classes that we use in my Interactive News class.  Weird intersection.