random quotes ... to amuse, inspire, enrage:
  I'm not really cut out to be a politician. You know that I sometimes don't know when to shut up. That could be a drawback. I'm an atheist. So there you go right there. I can't be elected to anything because polls all say that people won't elect an atheist.

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  —Ron Reagan, Jr.

Archive for March, 2006

marriage under attack in massachusetts

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts finally issued its ruling on out-of-state residents marrying in Massachusetts, upholding a previously moribund statute that had been dusted off especially for same-sex marriages. [nyt 3/30; Cote-Whiteacre v. Mass. Dept. of Public Health, SJC-09436 (Mass. SJC 2006/3/30)]

consumer copyright & access to knowledge report

Thursday, March 30th, 2006

I’m working my way through a new report from Consumers International on copyright’s impact on access to knowledge in eleven different developing nations. The study reviews the statutes and finds that in almost all ways, developing nations have afforded more copyright protections than required by international treaties, to the detriment of public access to information.

boys read boys, NYT edition

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006

Yet another instance of boys-read-boys makes the news. This time, Dave Itzkoff’s new “It’s All Geek To Me” column in the NYT. My partner thought I’d be excited — and I was — to see science fiction getting a column in the NYT. Alas, though, it’s only a boy-reads-boys column. The first column (March 5, […]

music and rants in honor of south dakota

Friday, March 10th, 2006

i’ve been too angry to post about south dakota — and really, too unsurprised and cynical to have anything particularly interesting to say — but some music has been particularly resonant to me the last few weeks watching the South Dakota legislators presume to regulate the personal lives and medical decisions of women. so here’s […]

ip in every-day language

Friday, March 10th, 2006

In an article about the post-Brokeback cowboy fashion revival [NYT 2006/3/9], I noticed this paragraph: When you unravel the history of cowboys and their clothes, the 150-year tug of war over who’s a cowboy and who’s a dude, as department-store cowboys are still derisively called, gets tangled. The Wild West may be the place where […]

teledildonics can only be another step away …

Sunday, March 5th, 2006

Today, on our way to the Fung Wah bus (we never got there, but that’s another story), my partner & I happened to stop in at a bookstore/teahouse for brunch. Then we realized that they were actually having a booksigning by Margaret Atwood. I’m in the middle of a huge deadline, and have just started […]

jon stewart lambasts piracy

Sunday, March 5th, 2006

on the oscars, just now, jon stewart on movie piracy (i paraphrase): Let’s face facts. It hasn’t been the best year for Hollywood. The box office was was a little bit down and piracy continues to be a problem. If there is anyone out there involved in illegal movie piracy, don’t do it. Take a […]

ip etc. news

Friday, March 3rd, 2006

so much has been going on that i can scarcely keep up – especially since I just started working full-time with Brennan Center’s Free Expression Policy Project on a new Fair Use Empowerment Initiative. but lately I’ve been reading: Perfect 10 Illinois Tool Works v. Independent Ink (antitrust / patent borders). William Patry has the […]

Octavia Butler

Thursday, March 2nd, 2006

I was deeply saddened early this week to learn that Octavia Butler had died. She exemplified the spirit of inquiry that makes science fiction truly the literature of ideas. Below I collect a number of resources about Octavia Butler. Action Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship Fund Obituaries and Remembrances SFWA Remembrances Memories in the comments […]


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