John Gruber is either the world’s biggest Apple fanboy or the most nuanced explicator of Cupertino’s smoke signals, depending on whom you ask and on what day. In a more objective reality, John’s Daring Fireball is the place you go to if you want to have a bigger-picture understanding of the universe in which Apple is firmly in the center. We talk about how he turned Daring Fireball from a side project into a heavily visited and deeply satisfying outlet for his writing.
Kiwi is a full featured App.net client in a super simple package built just for OS X.
Mirror-neuron theory, which is just a theory mind you, is that we model other people’s behavior in our heads while interacting with them. This is why we can have arguments with people when they are not around.
Assembler is a low-level programming language, which comprises instructions that correspond directly to processor commands. John was programming for the Motorola 68000 (68K) at the time.
David Frum, arch-conservative, is admired by lefties like Gruber and I for his honest assessment and logical statements of belief. Wirecutter is run by Brian Lam, former Gizmodo editor. Pete Rojas founded or co-founded Gizmodo, Engadget, and gdgt, the last of which was recently bought by AOL, which also owns Engadget. Josh Topolsky was a long-time editor of Engadget, and co-founded The Verge. David Carr published a neat interview with Brian Lam about the change of pace and Wirecutter’s success at the New York Times.
Google AdSense launched in March 2003, and I started using it later that month at Wi-Fi Networking News. Federated Media was founded in 2005 as an outgrowth of advertising work John Battelle did for BoingBoing, and I was an early part of its network.