Wanted: iPod as Remote

Steven Johnson suggests: “What I need now in my iPod is not more storage space, or Mini-style color designs — what I need is wi-fi. I want my iPod to double as an audio remote control when I’m sitting in my living room. I want to be able to call up any song on any computer in home network, and direct it to any set of speakers, right from the iPod scrollwheel. If the song’s stored on the iPod itself, fine. But I should also be able to co-ordinate the transfer of songs from the upstairs G5 to the downstairs Airport Express from the iPod as well.”

How Thinking Goes Wrong

Oliver Wrede points to a document by Michael Shermer on scientific thinking. “In my opinion, most believers in miracles, monsters, and mysteries are not hoaxers, flimflam artists, or lunatics. Most are normal people whose normal thinking has gone wrong in some way. I would like to … [look] at twenty-five fallacies of thinking that can lead anyone to believe weird things. I have grouped them in four categories, listing specific fallacies and problems in each. But as an affirmation that thinking can go right, I begin with what I call Hume’s Maxim and close with what I call Spinoza’s Dictum.”