Jason McDermott
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Touch me

I’ve noticed this strange quirk happening lately, most noticeably when I’m on my laptop at work. I’ll glance up at the laptop screen, spot a link in a web page (perhaps one I’ve launched using a keyboard shortcut), and reach up to touch it. Not reach for the mouse, not reach for the trackpad (which […]

  • Jason,
  • January 31, 2012

On format

Printing Press, by Thomas Hawk I’ve been thinking lately, about the plethora of new book distribution formats (be that electronic, audio, print-on-demand) and one thing occurred to me that I just can’t shake. How will we look back on todays written word, in generations to come? I don’t mean through the lens of nostalgia, rather […]

  • Jason,
  • January 30, 2012

Running out of ink

Excited by the pirate bay’s physible concept, you know, the one about 3d printing your footwear? Well here’s a counter argument, made by Nick Cernis, aka the modern nerd. I do not wish to be told that my 3D printer is out of nanocyan when it’s doing the tricky bits around the laces. I do […]

  • Jason,
  • January 28, 2012

Download your sneakers

Fascinating to catch the pirate-eye view on the physical/digital overlap. Today most data is born digitally. It’s not about the transition from analog to digital anymore. We don’t talk about how to rip anything without losing quality since we make perfect 1 to 1 digital copies of things. Music, movies, books, all come from the […]


1% of 1%

My colleague Jo McKiernan on QR codes, and internet access in general. I think that we are experiencing is possibly analogous to what we saw when the web went mainstream. When first we started seeing urls appearing on stuff – adverts particularly – I remember having a conversation that went something along the lines of […]


Starting today

Marco makes his point about SOPA crystal clear: It’s also worth reconsidering our support of the MPAA. The MPAA is a hate-sink, a front to protect its members from negative PR. But unlike the similarly purposed Lodsys (and many others), it’s easy to see who the MPAA represents: Disney, Sony Pictures, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Universal, […]


We can remember it for you

Apparently there’s a remake in the works for Total Recall. At first glance it looks to have a decent cast, with Colin Firth filling Arnie’s immensely cavernous shoes as Doug Quaid.  Other notable notables include Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad really has done wonders for his film career), Kate Beckinsale, Bill Nighy and Ethan Hawke.  A […]


Stop SOPA

Apologies to all of you who’ll soon visit jasonmcdermott.net in search of interesting things. Tomorrow will be one day where this site is unavailable. I’m joining the stop SOPA movement, you will instead find information about why this proposed (American) legislation is bad for the Internet and not only in the US. The ire this […]

  • Jason,
  • January 18, 2012

The rise and fall of personal computing

Horace brings the goods, yet again. Here he is, documenting what he calls the rise and fall of personal computing: Stunning.


Use your voice

Now isn’t this interesting. Apparently the way we talk to Siri is changing the way we talk to one another. Person teased by friend for ordering cheeseburger with exaggerated clarity. “Now that I use Siri, I enunciate everything.” #newaesthetic It’s not the first time this has been suggested, back in November Adam noted the significant […]

  • Jason,
  • January 16, 2012
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