Wired Anniversary Issue

Powell's had the new Wired early!

So I’m in the new WIRED issue! It was a little weird to see myself listed alongside industry giants, but I’ve been working on MetaFilter for 14 years now, so it probably aligned nicely with a 20th anniversary look back.

A quick note about the short interview: we talked for 20-30min but it was edited down to a pretty small space. Most of the questions I was answering were about Ask MetaFilter (the Q&A section) so they sound a bit weird when applied to MetaFilter in general. When they asked me what internet things I hated, I couldn’t actually think of any at first, and only later on in the interview I mentioned that Buzzfeed is sometimes annoying in that “stories” are often just a list of animated GIFs when I really wanted to read an article, and they might use that list of GIF as a comedy device a bit too much. But I’m not as down on Buzzfeed as the article would suggest. There are things I like at Buzzfeed, the FWD technology blog has been one of my favorites of the genre since it launched. They also do some impressive longform journalism, so they’re not all bad.

It should be in stores now and I was honored to be a part of it. Oh, and that hot tub pulled by bike for a bike-based midwife was a real suggestion on BikePortland.org.

Q&A with John Scharffenberger: First wine, then chocolate, and now … tofu? :: The Ethicurean: Chew the right thing.

I speak a lot at business schools, and I ask how many people are there to make money. And then I say why don't you just quit school and be drug dealers then? Because business school is about making things for people. That's why you should be here.

via www.ethicurean.com

Awesome interview with Scharffenberger, aka the guy that sold his awesome chocolate company to Hersheys (he explains why, in shockingly honest terms). I've heard a lot of great things about the Tofu company he just became CEO of, but this last line in the interview is the keeper.