On Technology & Our World …

IT’S A BIRD. IT’S A PLANE. IT’S THE KICKOFF trend story of 2014! That’s right – we’re talking drones here. Not drones as in mindless, emotionless beings or dull monotonous tones, nay, neither of those. We’re talking about the sexy drones, the ones that are sizzling hot and giving us the first juicy tech story […]

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SELFIE! SAY IT THREE TIMES FAST now: selfie, selfie, selfie. Kinda’ makes you giggle, doesn’t it? Maybe that’s why the general media went over the top reporting Oxford Dictionaries’ announcement this week that this cute ‘lil term took Word of the Year honors. Heck, it gave everyone a great chance to say selfie selfie selfie […]

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SOMETIMES YOU REALLY WANT TO SCREAM when you run a small business. You know what you need, but the only way you can get it by being a bigger business. Then technology happens. Technology changes the way we relate to each other – and that means traditional dynamics get flipped on their heads. No, I’m […]

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IN OUR DIGITAL ALL-CONNECTED WORLD, no place remains a land far away and unknown. And now, with Google’s latest project, even the inner workings of far-flung countries lie at your very finger tips. I’m talking about Constitute (https://www.constituteproject.org), in which the constitutions of every county gather before you, searchable, browsable, comparable. Actually, Google didn’t create […]

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WHEN YOU TALK transformational technologies, it really comes down to a handful — health, communication, and transportation among them. Health? Well, we’ve seen a century of dramatic change, where things that sounded like wild dreams in 1950  – bionic ears (http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/hearing/pages/coch.aspx), mind-controlled wheel chairs (http://gizmodo.com/193641/mind-controlled-wheelchair), cameras-in-a-pill that record the innards and send the data back wirelessly […]

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THE OTHER DAY, WHILE HOLED UP in the local air conditioned library, I plucked a book off the shelf at random and began to read. This is, by the way, a perfectly lovely way to spend time when it is steamy hot outside! By happenstance, the book talked about a couple of my favorite topics: gardens […]

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Ideas Worth Spreading
26 June 2013

by tmartin on June 26, 2013

SOMETIMES YOUR BRAIN just needs a good stretching. Well, consider me well-stretched for June! You see, I’ve just come from the fifth edition of TEDx Boston. Now, I have to confess that I always wanted to go to TED, but never had a chance to gain entry to the four-day west coast mothership. Lucky for […]

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SOMETIMES TECHNOLOGY DOESN’T directly change us; it just changes the basic assumptions of our world, taking us along for the ride. As spring spreads across New England, out at the National Seashore on Cape Cod perennial clumps of marsh grass have started to sprout. On May 15 each year (hey kids, that’s this week!), researchers […]

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Coins of the Realm
23 April 2013

by tmartin on April 23, 2013

YOU HAVE. I WANT. LET’S TRADE! An awful lot of human exchanges boil down to that most basic of communication. We want what someone else has. In first grade lunch rooms, the request might come with a grab and scream, but by the time we’re grown up most of use have settled on the use […]

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Alert Alerts
29 March 2013

by tmartin on March 29, 2013

I LIKE IT WHEN SOFTWARE goes to work for me. We spend so much of our time trying to make software tools bend to our will, learning to think like they do, knowing that we can make something happen if we can Just Find The Right Key! Which is why I love alerts so much. […]

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