random quotes ... to amuse, inspire, enrage:
  Religion is a bandage that man has invented to protect a soul made bloody by circumstance.

  —Theodore Herman Albert Dreiser, 1871-1945 (American writer, novelist, "An American Tragedy")

Archive for April, 2007

atheist outreach and hypocrite hilarity

Monday, April 30th, 2007

check out this awesome overpass/sidewalk art at yonkis.com — you have to scroll all the way to the right, and it’s not a flip photo so do it slowly enough to notice the homo sapiens-like creatures … at the shortest point of the wall, at about the 75% mark (L-to-R). The pointer came from pharyngula, […]

shaolin trademarks and copyright as generic for IP

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

In an SFgate story about conflicts between folks trying to take Shaolin practice in different directions, I spotted this: In recent years, the main temple’s abbot, Shi YongXin, has tried to copyright the Shaolin name. He’s also been criticized for commercializing the faith. YongXin gave his approval to Ho’s venture in San Francisco. Really? I […]

the state of free wireless in boston

Friday, April 20th, 2007

while I’ve been sad to see some cafes that previously offered free wireless moving to a pay model or restricting their network for other reasons, i’ve been seeing more and more free wireless popping up in other places. today at a restaurant for lunch there were three: one called “[person's name]‘s computer”; one for the […]

tentacles of copyright paranoia

Monday, April 16th, 2007

Copyright paranoia is, truly, everywhere. Reading a NYT article about websites that track the Iraq war dead, I noticed this: The Iraq Page (iraq.pigstye.net) is the obsession of Tom Willett, a software developer from Bloomington, Ind. The site includes a single news account for each United States service member killed in combat, with a fluttering […]

if the evidence doesn’t fit, ignore it

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007

Years ago, my partner read some of Nicholas Wade’s NYT articles and shook her head at the shallowness of his analysis. It hasn’t gotten any better since. The NYT is running a lot of articles right now about sex, gender, and sexuality, and Nicholas Wade’s latest article is crap. He writes like the answers have […]

yaay ACLU

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007

A victory for free speech in the ongoing war against silly efforts for Congress-critters to score political points. (Preliminary injunction against COPA, aka CDA II, aka son of CDA)

DRM-less online music sales and other good news

Monday, April 2nd, 2007

Well, Steve Jobs certainly looks prescient, what with EMI dropping DRM for its iTunes sales. Why do I suppose they were already in negotiations when Steve Jobs wrote his editorial? Never mind, it’s still good news. (As is the decision from the Supreme Court on EPA’s responsibility to regulate greenhouse gases, a case that worried […]

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