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  —Oliver Goldsmith

Archive for May, 2008

women have human genomes too, it turns out

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Wow, after four men, a female human being’s genome finally got sequenced. Go Dutch. Amsterdam, Netherlands, May 27—Geneticists at Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) have announced the first complete sequencing of a woman’s genome. The announcement was made at Bessensap, an annual meeting bringing together scientists and the press in the Netherlands. The DNA of […]

escapist reading about our “leaders”

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

an upsetting day. so, reading the news. Farewell to the crown, farewell, the velvet gown, won’t you all come tumbling down? Goodbye to the crown! (Chumbawamba, “Farewell to the Crown”) Nepal votes out their monarchy and institutes a republic. Gyanendra has to vacate the palace within two weeks or face eviction. Also, he had to […]

borg monkey

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Our cyberpunk future approaches: monkeys with brain implants can control robotic devices.

media annoyances part 2: Tom Ashbrook “On Point”

Friday, May 16th, 2008

So Adam Nagourney certainly was annoying me today, but yesterday, I was way more irate at someone I don’t usually hate, Tom Ashbrook, in his radio show “On Point”. Granted, I was driving around in Boston traffic, trying to find parking in the over-crowded Longwood Medical Area, and did I mention that I was driving […]

media annoyances part 1: Adam Nagourney

Friday, May 16th, 2008

Two things annoyed me in the last 24 hours. Well, two media things. First, this morning in an article about same-sex marriage in the NYT, there was utter stupid cluelessness that led me to conclude the article must have been written by a straight person. And indeed, But then I just looked at the byline […]

gay marriage & Equal Protection jurisprudence

Friday, May 16th, 2008

Well, I loved the California same-sex marriage decision. Not just because it granted same-sex marriage, and not just because it said that the state needs to use the same term to refer to same-sex and opposite-sex unions, but because it significantly expanded Equal Protection jurisprudence. For the non-law-geeks out there, federal and state constitutional guarantees […]

call to libraries to boycott DRM

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Following an action at my own BPL, the anti-DRM organization Defective by Design is calling for libraries to boycott products that use DRM. The Open Letter to Libraries is posted @ DBD’s website, and they have also made a sample letter / template available for us to send our own letters. Link via cory @ […]

damn good alterations

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

Canadian Club (“CC”, not Creative Commons) has been running these really offensive & annoying ads aimed, apparently, at a very small demographic: straight white men with masculinity issues and daddy issues. My partner pointed them out to me — plastered on bus stops in our ethnically diverse and progressive, queer-friendly community — and we enjoyed […]

i heart new york

Monday, May 12th, 2008

New York’s state tourism board is seeking to reclaim their “I heart NY” slogan. (link from michele) According to the article, the slogan was developed for them pro bono by graphic designer Milton Glaser in the early 1970s. It was used prolifically as a mark; then they let their registration lapse and stopped policing it; […]


Monday, May 12th, 2008

I had been seeing “ftw” in internet chit chat for a while, and I just finally got around to looking it up and seeing what it actually means: “for the win”. In the meantime, I had just sort of assumed it was an inversion of “wtf” — sort of taking the aghastness of “wtf” and […]

happy birthday is free after all

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

According to Robert Brauneis’ new paper, “Copyright and the World’s Most Popular Song”, the song “Happy Birthday To You” — long held as an example by us copyright reformists — is most likely not copyrighted after all, due to the tortuous path of ownership and failure to re-register.[linked from patry copyright blog] See also the […]

open access humanities scholarship

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

This is great news. The Open Humanities Press (OHP) aims to be for the humanities what many similar archives and endeavors have been for the sciences. It will begin including the following journals: Cosmos and History, Culture Machine, Fibreculture, Film-Philosophy, International Journal of Zizek Studies, Parrhesia and Vectors. link from peter suber @ open access […]

shades of the Pinkertons

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

In Burger with a Side of Spies (editorial, NYT 5/7), Eric Schlosser calls for legislation to protect people from private entities, á la the Bill of rights. The article discusses a number of incidents, including spying and infiltration – by HP on journalists; – by a private security firm on Greenpeace & other environmentalist groups; […]

reading: current New Yorker

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

The current New Yorker (2008/5/12) is chock-full of good stuff: * Malcolm Gladwell, In the Air, New Yorker. link from MC on closed mailing list Invention is part of zeitgeist. Many people come up with the same ideas at the same moment — true in her field, my partner says, and it looks true from […]


Monday, May 5th, 2008

This is highly amusing. A Constitutional flaw in the way that patent appeals judges have been appointed since 2000 (by persons without authority to do so) threatens to invalidate all the decisions made by a panel that includes a judge appointed since 2000. [My initial hearing of snatches of this made me think there was […]

Mildred Jeter Loving, RIP

Monday, May 5th, 2008

This just in from AP: Mildred Jeter Loving, of Loving v. Virginia, passed away on Friday 5/2. A longer obit from the NYT. “Mildred’s mother was part Rappahannock Indian, and her father was part Cherokee. She preferred to think of herself as Indian rather than black.” I can’t tell if that was throughout her life, […]

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