Books I'm Reading
  • In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
    In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin
    by Erik Larson
Podcasts I Love


Ricky Gervais teaches Liam Neeson improv


Best News Bloopers of 2011


I know a few of these fine folks. 



Roku Releasing Streaming Stick


From Roku's press release:

Roku today unveiled a new solution to make a better Smart TV. The new Roku Streaming Stick is a wireless device about the size of a standard USB flash drive that will plug into a TV to instantly transform it into a Smart TV. 

This is a smart idea from a company that continues to find new ways to innovate in this space. My only question is how a remote control will work with this device? Roku says it'll work with your current TV remote. Interesting.


Apple's January Event


Speculation has started about a January Apple event in New York City. Back in mid-December I reported that a January event was happening. Kara Swisher reports that it has to do with a media-related announcement. Here is what I know from sources involved:

  • This event will focus on iTunes University and Apple in education
  • I learned of the event back in September when it was originally scheduled for late Fall in New York but it was eventually postponed. 
  • The event will be in New York rather than in the Silicon Valley because New York is more centrally located for textbook and publishing. 
  • This initiative has been in the making for years. 
  • The announcement will be small in size but large in scope: a big announcement in a demure space. 
  • I expect at least two large project announcements as they relate to Apple in education. 
  • Steve Jobs was intimately involved with this project before his passing. He gave a hat tip to the textbook side of this project in the Isaacson biography. 
  • This will not be a hardware-related announcement.  




"Where do I buy an iPhone?"

Siri now answers iPhone shopping questions like: 

"Where do I buy an iPhone?"

Or "I need to buy a nice camera." With this funny retort: