random quotes ... to amuse, inspire, enrage:
  Reason: Some of them would argue they're active in the form of civil disobedience.

Lessig: In a world where civil disobedience was treated with toleration, that might be a good strategy. But we're in a world where disobedience is treated with felony convictions. The idea that you are going to get lots of civil disobedience against the Digital Millennium Copyright Act is just crazy. You're going to get lots of prosecutions and people going away to jail. The cost of disobedience has become too high, and I'm not sure it's a viable strategy anymore.

tagged: copyright, civil disobedience
  —Larry Lessig, Reason interview with Larry Lessig, http://www.reason.com/ 0206/ fe.jw.cyberspaces.shtml .

sexism is not, actually, “open source”

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

There’s been a blog flurry about the use (dare I call it “appropriation”?) of the term “open source” for a project aimed at facilitating gropes of women’s breasts at SF cons. The project was called the “open source boob project” and proposed to pass out buttons so that people (“women”) could affirmatively opt-in to the […]

Expelled copyright infringement, cont’d

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

update 4/16: Both a commenter here and also P.Z. Myers have reported that Expelled filmmakers Premise filed on Monday a DJ (“declaratory judgment”) motion on XVIVO‘s copyright claims against them — i.e., asked a judge to look at the evidence & say that they are not infringing. Premise v. XVIVO, N.D. Tex., 4/14/2008. Here are […]

the bear stearns of organized pedophilia

Monday, April 14th, 2008

It’s a bit dicey to find anything funny in the sexual slavery / prostitution ring known as the FLDS (Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints, aka, the Mormon child abuse cult). Bill Maher managed to do it by pointing out the discrepancy between society’s treatment of misbehavior by “cults” and misbehavior by “religions”. If you […]

of penumbral emanations and scholarly trends

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

Speaking of penumbra yet again (1, 2) , I had previously blogged about a Circuit split on laws banning sex toys — it was Valentine’s Day, and I was feeling a bit whimsical, so I wished for a “penumbra” that would strike down stupid laws. LawPundit “ha[s] an opinion” on my wish for a penumbra […]

not exactly tempted by faith or incomplete

Sunday, January 29th, 2006

Then-mere Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict) wrote in “Introduction to Christianity”, his “best-regarded book”: “Just as the believer knows himself to be constantly threatened by unbelief, which he must experience as a constant temptation, so for the unbeliever, faith remains a temptation and a threat to his apparently permanently closed world,” he wrote. “In short, […]

copyright versus writers

Monday, December 19th, 2005

“I wish with all my heart that you will be able to publish a new translation.” — Simone de Beauvoir, 1982. Another example of copyright being used by the copyright owner to control or restrict dissemination of a copyrighted work — regardless of the likely desires of the creator. Ampersand at Alas, a Blog writes […]

on not freaking out about bias in public interest tech/ip

Friday, December 9th, 2005

NYPL hosted a panel a few weeks ago on the Google Print issue. I noticed that there were no women on the panel. This was shortly after I’d seen a flyer for a conference Yale was hosting on Search, which also had very very few numbers of female speakers or commentators. I’d been trying to […]

charles darwin’s posse

Monday, July 11th, 2005

A friend passed me this stamp along with the following message for ‘pro-science subversives’: These stickers are being introduced to increase awareness and appreciation of Charles Darwin. His theory of natural selection provided a simple, non-supernatural explanation for how life on earth had evolved and continues to evolve. Although scientists worldwide view evolution and natural […]

aleatoric serendipity

Wednesday, December 8th, 2004

Thanks to the Third Circuit, I have a new word for the day: “aleatoric”. It means “characterized by chance or indeterminate elements” according to m-w.com. Hmm, I think. Like Jackon Pollock. Or Pollack. So I went online to figure out whether it was in fact Pollock or Pollack, which I did simply by Googling “Jackson […]

critical montages complaint about ip

Monday, November 29th, 2004

I always like to see non-usual-suspect rants about IP, so here’s one from critical montages [11/27] (you’ll have to go there to see the insightful links) No Sharing Ever notice the Waffle House menu’s insistence that Double Waffle is for “dine-in only, no sharing”? A common prohibition at low-end restaurants, it’s also a small-print reminder […]

monster slash

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

No, it’s not fanfic about Bigfoot & Yeti, together at last. Bobby “Boris” Pickett remakes “Monster Mash” to point out Bush’s slash & burn environmental policies. See monsterslash.org Lyrics: We were hiking in the forest late one night When our eyes beheld an eerie sight Our president appeared and began to frown Then he and […]

seeking order from chaos

Sunday, September 12th, 2004

it’s the small things in life which we love – the small coincidences which create seemingly non-random structures. for instance yesterday i was talking by IM to my sister c.h. – she casually referred to the fact that she drinks. i said, c.h., do you drink alcohol? i’m shocked, shocked. she didn’t know the reference, […]


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