“He’s not wrong. The Internet is absolutely made of tubes. What else could it be made of? It’s many other things — these protocols and languages and machines and a whole set of fantastically complex layers and layers of computing power that feeds the Internet every day — but if you think of the world in physical terms, and you’re trying to be as reductive as possible and try to understand what this is, there’s no way around it, these are tubes.”—Andrew Blum on the late Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens saying the Internet is made up of ‘a series of tubes.’ [full interview here]
I’m supposed to tell public media people about my job and how they can use social media for their shows and stations. I have a power point presentation and some links and stuff but thought I’d ask if anyone has any specific advice, either for giving presentations (eek) or for people who might be getting on social media for the first time….
1. Is there any celebrity you guys *haven't* interviewed at least once? and 2. I confess that every time I manage to catch Fresh Air and I hear Terry mention you and the Tumblr I punch the air a little. "Hey, I know that person!" For a given Internet value of 'know,' of course. Anyway, keep up the good work, as ever.
Terry recently said that she’d love to interview Howard Stern. The people I wish we had interviewed are all no longer with us (Shel Silverstein, Dr. Seuss, Louise Fitzhugh and Jim Henson.)
And thanks. I’m really glad we started saying the Tumblr on air. It makes me happy. :)
Today on All Things Considered, Broadway star Audra McDonald begins a new series: Mom and Dad’s Record Collection. She shares the story of how a music box’s “Edelweiss” melody became her first audition with her dad at the piano.
We want your stories, too. What song did your parents introduce you to? What’s the memory attached to it?
“I would probably have to say that reading fiction — those stories fill the space that other people might use religious stories for. The bulk of what I know about human life I’ve gotten from novels. And I think the thing about novels that make them important to the people who love them is that there’s always another perspective.”—Tom Perrotta on fiction vs. religion
It's Friday! What was the best thing to happen to you this week?
It’s Friday! Time for my favorite question! What was the best thing to happen to you all week?
I’ll start: Yesterday was the four year anniversary of my car accident. I celebrate each year like it’s my second birthday — with good music, good food, good friends. PSA: WEAR YOUR SEATBELTS THIS WEEKEND AND ALWAYS, PLEASE. It saved my life four years ago.
“A lot of young people often describe and evolve their identities online, curating them 24/7. So their relationships with others and their self-image are deeply affected by the images that they present on Facebook, Google+ and elsewhere.”—And Tumblr? [full interview here]
“It’s hard to not respond with texting because you’re not exactly sure what somebody said. You didn’t see the nuances in their face or hear the nuances in their voice. And that changes the nature of human communication.”—On today’s Fresh Air, James Steyer explains how texting and the Internet are changing the way we interact.
“How to interpret eight fortes? I think maybe I should hurl my whole body at the piano as violently as possible and hope for the best. They would find my bloody corpse weeks later amid the moldy coffee cups, odiferous testament to my devotion to the composer’s intent. How would eight be different from seven? Both must be so searingly loud as to be painful, a distinction between degrees of agony: if seven fortes is like being disemboweled by a wolf, then eight is like being disemboweled by a bear.”—Jeremy Denk, on Ligeti’s instructions to play eight fortes in Automne a Varsovie.