random quotes ... to amuse, inspire, enrage:
  I thought physics could be done to the glory of God, till I saw there wasn't any God at all and that physics was more interesting anyway. The Christian religion is a very powerful and convincing mistake, that's all.

tagged: Christianity, physics
  —Philip Pullman, The Amber Spyglass, p.441.

omg, government secrets not safe!

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

“I do think it’s true that the large contours of national and international policy are much harder to keep secret today,” said Steven Aftergood, who runs the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists. “It would not be possible to conduct a secret war in Cambodia, as took place in the Nixon […]

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 […]

NIH open access policy now in effect

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

Starting yesterday, NIH’s new open access policy is in effect, mandating deposit of NIH-funded research (no, really, this time they mean it). See A Blog around the Clock for more info, including relevant links to info about the comments — open till May 1.

electronic provenance

Friday, March 14th, 2008

I was checking out Tor’s new wallpapers and thinking about the uses of provenance in the art world. Tor is a science fiction publisher, and they’ve been doing one of those Publisher Experiments with the new digital world. (In fact, Tor released this week Farthing by Jo Walton for free — this was an amazing […]

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. […]

mostly information law news round-up

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

* Judge White withdrew his order requiring the shutdown of wikileaks.org. See also 3/1 bits blog. (NYT 3/1) * The music industry has yet to pay artists any of the money it has received in settlements and lawsuits; the artists are pissed. NY Post 2/27) * The owners of the game scrabble are pissed off […]

friday nights are so exciting!

Friday, February 29th, 2008

open source install fest at Bay Area schools, Sat March 1 (linked at badgerbag) Liz Henry, Annoyingly sexist framing of Google VP Marissa Mayer Heather Morrison, No to author’s rights? Let your librarian know!, Poetic Economics (link from open access news) Jonathan Eisen, Editorial: PLoS Biology 2.0, 6(2): e48 doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060048 (2008) – a moving essay […]

specter undermining open access

Friday, February 29th, 2008

good lord, what is wrong with arlen specter?

tentative toe blogging: Harvard approves open access

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

I’ll be watching Harvard’s A&S faculty vote today to see if they approve setting up a library-run faculty publications open access repository. (A proposal, I noted to my partner, that I first saw some 15 years ago in the library community.) The NYT covered the proposal. For-profit scholarly publishers have of course been complaining vociferously […]

more artist innovation in music distribution

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

A NYT blog is reporting that Radiohead is making digital copies of its next album available for pick-your-own-price amount — and the best part is they’re DRM-free. Commenters on the post were almost all positive. A few salient points pulled out of comments: * This will generate fans for and interest in its nice physical […]

open content as solution to exploitation of indigenous IP

Friday, December 9th, 2005

It’s great to see more info about the rumored the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library — which will publish India’s traditional knowledge: Indian scientists say the country has been a victim of what they describe as “bio-piracy” for a long time. “When we put out this encyclopaedia in the public domain, no one will be able […]

mouse songs verified by at-home cat test

Monday, November 7th, 2005

BoingBoing recently posted about the songs sung by male mice during courtship, linking to the PLOS Biology article, and the audio files of the actual songs. We independently verified the actual mouse-nature of the songs by performing a Spontaneous Audio Performance Test (SAPT) with a feline experimental audience.* Sure enough, four sleeping cats roused, lifted […]

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