I refuse to accept that the only good response to an imperfect technology is to abandon it. We need more specific criticisms than the ever-present feeling that “‘something’s not right.“ What thing? Developing a political agenda to remake, improve, or forbid technologies requires some sort of rubric: how can I judge what I’m using? What are the deleterious impacts? How are they specific to these media and this time?

Pico Meter is a beautiful short documentary about the STEHM, the most advanced microscope ever built.

Short for Scanning Tunneling Electron Holography Microscope, the STEHM has a maximum resolution of 31 picometers (roughly 1,000x smaller than the commonly-referenced nano-scale). It can visualize individual atoms, the bonds between them, and the structure within. And via holography it can image magnetic fields and measure stress in materials.

Kevin Rose & Tim Ferriss are fun to watch

Somehow I got sucked into watching this. Kevin Rose of Digg & Tim Ferriss of The Four Hour Work Week have started recording videos together, talking about everything from startups to nutrition, travel, technology, culture, etc.

They’ve started calling the series “Random” which is just about the same as not having a name at all. But who needs a name when the conversation is as good as this. Two insanely smart, motivated guys sharing their insights about nothing and everything in particular.

I’ve embedded all, or at least most, of the videos below. From what I can tell there’s not currently any streamlined way of following or subscribing to the series, so I swiped these embeds from Kevin’s blog.

Watch the most recent episode at least, to see if it’s a good fit for your brain. I hope they keep at it.

Episode 8

Episode 7 (China Part 3):

Episode 6 (China Part 2):

Episode 5 (China):

Episode 4:

Episode 3:

Episode 2:

Episode 1: