Justin Jacoby Smith is an organizer, web geek, Buddhist, and poet.

twitter, the telegraph, and the collapse of time & space

At the stroke of the new year, the telegraph superintendent at Paddington station sent salutations to his counterpart in Slough and received a reply that the wish was a half-minute early; midnight had not yet arrived there.

--The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood by James Gleick

A 5.9 earthquake originated in Mineral, Virginia Tuesday afternoon according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Tweets began pouring in from D.C. nearly thirty seconds before we felt the quake at our headquarters in New York City or, for that matter, before any reports about the quake emerged from the media.

--"East Coasters Turn to Twitter During Virginia Earthquake"