random quotes ... to amuse, inspire, enrage:
  If we do not change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed.

  — Chinese Proverb

Gulf Oil Spill math

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

One of the best articles I’ve read on the math used to estimate Gulf Oil Spill quantities: Jenn Kepka’s “Putting the Gulf oil spill in perspective”, Salon.com, 5/28.

American Needle is out

Monday, May 24th, 2010

American Needle v. NFL is out ….

Sotomayor, Al Franken, the First Amendment, and information law

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Some interesting commentary on Sotomayor and the First Amendment from Paul Levinson: * http://paullevinson.blogspot.com/search/label/Sonia%20Sotomayor * http://paullev.libsyn.com/index.php?post_id=497539 * http://paullevinson.blogspot.com/search/label/Sonia%20Sotomayor I haven’t had time yet to dig into Sotomayor on intellectual property, telecomm, and other information law issues, but this is discouraging. Franken of course I have hopes for: After Fox News sued him for trademark infringement […]

the giant hologram theory of the universe

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Yes, yes, the Inauguration is a big deal. And I am soooo glad that our long national nightmare is finally over. But. There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in our politics, fellow Horatios. Recent physics results help stitch together a number of findings, unexplained phenomena, and the usual bizarre […]

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 […]

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 […]

elsevier is now part of elsevier

Monday, April 28th, 2008

internet privacy (NJ edition)

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

New Jersey’s Supreme Court has recognized that people have a reasonable expectation of privacy in their email communications — thus, law enforcement has to get a search warrant or grand jury subpoena. This was under the New Jersey Constitution and applies only to New Jersey. It’s the first major case finding a state constitutional privacy […]

novel library architecture in Colombia

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

Although it feels weird to talk about Colombia without addressing the political issues, I nevertheless present this io9 link + pictures of a beautiful and strange library in Casanera.

“dangerous even for children to know of atheism”

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

That’s a paraphrase of what an Illinois state Rep. Monique Davis told a man who was protesting the state of Illinois’ $1M grant to a church. Read more at Eric Zorn’s Chicago Tribune blog. link from an David S-J on an atheist mailing list 4/11 update: Rep. Davis apologized, sort of, after being excoriated in […]

boys read boys in the New York Times Book Review

Friday, March 14th, 2008

A friend‘s FaceBook entry pointed me to an amazing article in Bitch Magazine: “Hard Times” by Sarah Seltzer. Seltzer defines and describes the pattern and statistics of the reviews of books by women, describing both the gender disproportionality, and an editorial pattern of assigning writers who are likely to dismiss feminist works.

The awesomeness of Miro

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

The awesomeness of Miro Miro is the awesome successor to the Democracy TV player. It’s open source and supports open content. It’s being developed by the Participatory Culture Foundation, whose president, NAME, was recently interviewed at Groklaw. Reville had this to say about DRM: [Miro is] not [compatible with DRM], and we don’t support DRM. […]

read this: sexism in open source rant

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

This rant about sexism in open source communities brightened my day.

bad bookstore business decisions

Monday, August 13th, 2007

The large Australian book chain Angus & Robertson has apparently decided it would be a good idea to send invoices to small presses for the lower profit that A&R received from their books (described as a “profit gap”). Not only is this extortionate, clueless, and bad business management, it’s also hilarious reading. the Sydney Morning […]

hello kitty shamebands

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

The Thai police are requiring delinquent or troublemaking cops to wear “hello kitty” armbands as a badge of shame. [nyt 8/7] i wonder if that would work here in the US ….

more linkblogging

Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

why? because i keep seeing interesting things but don’t have enough time to get all discursive on ‘em. in the realm of stupid, check out ASCAP’s contribution to the “let’s teach our kids the copyright corporations’ view of copyright” animated video wars: “Donny the Downloader“. spam subject of the day: apocalyptic daze dinnerware. i like […]

turnabout for mormon missionaries

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

Over on Dan Savage’s blog I caught this video with Australian comic John Safran sharing his thoughts on Mormon missionaries — and then making his point in person to assorted Salt Lake City residents by knocking on their doors to talk to them about atheism. Hilarious.

fair use audio clips for commentary

Friday, January 12th, 2007

A perfect example of how copyright paranoia can be used as an excuse to stifle the very uses which copyright law ought to foster: KSFO asks liberal critic to stop using audio clips

press subpoenas in Watada case

Monday, December 18th, 2006

In an interesting twist on press subpoenas, Army prosecutors have subpoenaed journalists to get them to vouch for published quotes — not source information or unpublished information. [SFgate 12/18.] The prosecutors hope to use the quotes to prosecute First Lt. Ehren Watada, who denounced the war on Iraq as illegal and refused to deploy. Sarah […]

florida protected from stoner librarians

Friday, December 1st, 2006

Or at least those who stuck around for the drug tests. After Gainesville, Florida, implemented drug testing for its library volunteers, the number of volunteers, most of whom were senior citizens, dropped from 55 to 2. Bill Maher gave this story the fisking it deserves, and radref at Radical Reference pointed me to it to […]

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