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my two-year-old, on copyright

Grabbing a couple of my paperback books, my two-year-old pages through them and engages in a lengthy monologue.

A: “This is about Mamiche’s copyright car. I’m just going to read this page and then go back to the cat page. Okay! Let’s go back to the cat page. This book is your book and it is about copyright. This is your book.”

me: “Thank you,” I say, accepting the book she hands me.

A: “Read it, and then it is my copyright. This is called Mamiche’s copyright. This is MY copyright, and this is YOUR copyright, and this is MY copyright. Here it is.” She shifts into a downward dog pose and holds the book below her. “I need my copyright. When I get my copyright I tell Mamala [ed.: that's me], ‘I need my copyright now!’”

I am speechless.

patented tail holes: patent reform

God we so need patent reform. What happened to the non-obviousness requirement? Can someone please explain to me how a cat / dog diaper can have a “patented tail hole”???? What else would a pet diaper have except for a tail hole? Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it is the knowledge economy: the patenting of tail holes.

Available at PlanetUrine.com. See also http://www.dog-diapers.net/catdiapers.html. I just love the URLs.

Description at http://pickyguide.com/pet_supplies/cat_diapers_guide.html:

Cat diapers are worn by cats for trapping waste or urine. They are made like disposable baby diapers, only they are specifically designed for feline use. They are commonly used by cats with bladder or bowel problems or those who have undergone surgery.

This paragraph is a masterpiece of stating the obvious.

My partner notes, “My grandmother made really nice looking pants that were better looking than any of these, I’ll have you know. They were really good looking. … Can’t we just use some of Ada’s little newborn diapers, do you think?”

unwillingly part of the rich people’s zeitgeist

Damn you, rich people who own really giant homes. I have been designing libraries for my dream home since I was, like, ten — and now I find out that the home library is now trendy among the wealthier folks. Who, natch, like them for décor.

saying goodbye to sivacracy

Siva is shutting down Sivacracy. From the inside, it feels right. There are lots of voices talking about copyright and information policy now, and all of us Sivacracy bloggers have enough other balls to juggle.

From the outside, though, the other part of me is saying, “hey but I’m going to be reading blogs again, sometime! and when I do I won’t have Sivacracy!!! Dammit!”

It’s true that all good things come to an end and it’s such a rare pleasure to find closure on the Internet and someone who knows how to wrap things up (god knows that’s not my strength). But no Sivacracy. Damn. The Internet will be a poorer place.

Below is my farewell to Sivacracy, cross-posted, of course, on Sivacracy:

see you all at the sivacracy reunion

It’s just like Siva to wrap things up in style. Book-ending the blog officially.

Over the years, Sivacracy has been literally one of the only blogs that I read every day — multiple times a day — and starting my day at Sivacracy brought new insights, new ideas, new analyses, new arguments. It has always been such a pleasure to have a place to read cutting-edge opinion and news on issues that mattered so dearly to me: information policy, feminism, culture, education, science, politics.

And always quirky and humorous, and open. Many blogs have comments enabled, but few blogs are truly open for dialog. Sivacracy was, for me, a model of committed, activist academic blogging.

So I was truly honored when Siva asked me to participate, and although I joined the blog just as my blogging energies were waning, every time I made a post I felt a warm glow. Posting to other Sivacracy readers felt like an “oh by the way” to other people — not an anonymous blog readership — but intelligent, questioning, curious folk, who share a lot of peculiar passions, and would be fun to have dinner and a few drinks with.

It’s been a pleasure. Let’s have that dinner party sometime. A Sivacracy reader/blogger reunion sounds like a blast.

Cheers,

Laura Quilter

cut-and-paste weather

It’s like they just cut and paste the weather forecast — every goddamn day.

WEATHER FORECAST

This Afternoon…Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms early…then partly sunny with showers and thunderstorms likely. Some thunderstorms may produce frequent lightning and small hail…then some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds…frequent lightning and small hail. Highs in the upper 70s. West winds around 5 mph…becoming north. Chance of rain 60 percent.

Tonight…Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening…then mostly clear after midnight. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds…frequent lightning and small hail in the evening. Lows in the lower 60s. West winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.

ten years

From my travels earlier this year:

Ten Years

I’m a fan of shadows and shadow photography.

m9

what my cats want to blog about, apparently:

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still on hiatus

it’s a long and sometimes cold winter.

… on hiatus

this blog is taking a little break for real-world stuff

april, 2004: CFP

as of april, 2004, i am a fellow & instructor at the Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic. and i’m coordinating CFP 2004. and this isn’t much of a blog entry. in fact it was written in 2007 simply to even out the archives listing for 2004.

the new website

Insomnia, maybe. This is the first personal website that I’ve developed since, umm, 1994/95 — a website I took down in 1996/97 and haven’t used since. Hundreds (maybe thousands) of web pages, for personal use, projects, & other folks, but none about “me” in years and years.