A spreadsheet

rows
columns
cells
formula or value view
displays the collection by its attributes
let’s you sort and select subsets of the collection
sets up your collection so you can map or visualize its elements

A database

A collection of things with a set of characteristics you can recognize
Characteristics or attributes of things might include
name
size
location
color
date or year
material or origin
scientific name or nickname
A collection can be organized
sorted or arranged
selected or filtered
counted

Not posting here much anymore…

Microblogging via Tumblr and setting up the new aggregator for RSS and social media feeds, Rebel Mouse, are easier ways for me to note sites and articles that I want to comment on. I’ve even embedded my Rebel Mouse in Currentbuzz. The fuller service of WP makes it ideal for running our publication, Chicagotalks.org, but it is easier to keep up with trends and share new ideas and interesting articles via the channels that lend themselves to more automated posting.

How next FCC chairman will impact journalism

I usually think about the FCC and either broadcast media or in terms of net neutrality, SOPA, etc. Here’s a look at some other reasons:

Journalists should care who the next FCC chief is because:

—That person will likely decide whether Rupert Murdoch and other big media owners will be allowed to own both newspapers and TV or radio stations in large markets. —With more newspapers reducing print schedules and relying solely on digital, the next FCC chair will determine ways to either make broadband more accessible and cheaper or whether to maintain the status quo, with rising prices and a limited number of competitors in the marketplace. —The FCC is the only agency with a mandate to make the media more diverse, local, and accountable. A new chief could choose to use its enforcement powers to ensure diversity is reflected in the voices, perspectives, and owners in media.

The Rich See a Different Internet Than the Poor: Scientific American

Google received a patent on technology that lets a company dynamically price electronic content. For instance, it can push the base price of an e-book up if it determines you are more likely to buy that particular item than an average user; conversely, it can adjust the price down as an incentive if you are judged less likely to purchase. And you won’t even know you are paying more than others for the exact same item. via The Rich See a Different Internet Than the Poor: Scientific American. Just as I was lauding G+ SciAm publishes this.