Dubious dawdling and dilly dallies
I was one of the many people who lined up to see Michael Moore's latest documentary. Even though Karen had the foresight to order tickets online days in advance, we still had to wait in a long line to pick up the tickets at the theater. People who walked in consistently remarked that they had never seen the theater so busy. We eventually got our tickets, found our seats and settled in.
I saw Farenheit 9/11 last night and it has no doubt excited a fury that I must first direct at an existing issue. My thoughts on the movie will be reserved for another day. For now, my attention is focused on the Induce Act and another meandering thought.
"It may soon be possible to carry around an AK-47 assault rifle and an iPod with you down the street - and be arrested for carrying the iPod."- From this piece in The Register
"The reality of this is that you're going to have a world where Hollywood controls technology"- EFF attorney Jason Schultz in this Wired article
There's been a lot of noise today about some pending legislation that wants to sting the digital pirates of the world by making it a crime to simply "induce" piracy. Even worse, this legislation may just slide past Congress without any significant exploration of the consequences. It moved me enough to write to a Senator:
Boing Boing points us to this story of a spammer. He and his accomplice are accused of stealing 92 million AOL screen names and using them to market a gambling operation and penile enhancement pills. If they're found guilty they would face a possible five years in prison and at least $250,000 in fines.
In a world full of tedious automated phone trees, cumbersome online help libraries and costly premiums for personal support, the help I have received from Blogger is a welcome and unexpected joy.
When I was driving back to CA from CT I ended a (very) long day of driving in Las Vegas; specifically, at the New York, New York Hotel & Casino. I thought it would be fun since it would be a very long time before I would see anything even remotely New York-related again.
It seems that the perpetually-airborne mega blogger known as Joi Ito somehow generated a link to the outskirts of the blogosphere: me. I figure it has something to do with Technorati and automation as I can not figure out any reason why Joi's audience would be interested in my political views or my camping pictures. Nor can I find such a link on his site now. Nevertheless, I feel inclined to reciprocate.
The last big adventure before I begin teaching was incredible. I packed up a wiley assortment of bargain purchases and borrowed equipment and we headed out to the Silver Fir campground near Mt. Baker.
Apple needs to revisit their approach to the .Mac email system. It's been down for over three hours now. My frustration with this is directly proportional to my ignorance of email infrastructure and my inability to do anything about it. And so I post.
"I am very happy to say, Roxanne and I have lost all
Yesterday I learned that I am not at all prepared to summit on Mt. Ranier and that I am quite happy just meandering around it's base.
Dan Gillmor points us to an interesting Washington Post article about the potential scale of the torture scandal and who, ultimately, can do something about it. We can.
I don't know how she found me or what she was up to the first time...but she's at it again.
"...Every man and every woman has a course, depending partly on the self, and partly on the environment which is natural and necessary for each. Anyone who is forced from his own course, either through not understanding himself, or through external opposition, comes into conflict with the order of the Universe, and suffers accordingly.
I've been systematically trying the coffee places in my neighborhood but none compare to the first one I tried. It's called Hines Public Market but the only signage in front is the word "Coffee" on a row of windows above the door. Not sure of what the proper name was I dubbed it "the hallway" and, with my roommate at least, the name is sticking.
Mr. Godin puts into words what was for me a distinctly emotional response to the LA Times and their incredibly annoying spam activities. I registered for the NYT site long ago and I have treasured the information I've gotten on the site ever since. I respect the paper for the information they provide and, for the most part, leaving me alone.
BitterTree is the catalyst for this unexpected second post as well. Just yesterday we were discussing this new mobile imaging service service, the state of camera phones, the abhorrent quality of my little T616 and some manufacturer's plan to offer 6MP camera phones in the not too distant future.
The artist formerly known as BitterTree pointed me to an interesting application of some of the principles I will be teaching this summer. I don't think it is complete though. Obviously some care was taken in this new creation. Why not go the extra mile and include the actual text that is in the declassified document? Seems like that would be an excellent way to test the effectiveness of the new design.
We appropriated all the furnishings we have in our apartment from the guys who were moving out below us. In recognition of our large purchase they gave us their propane grill. It's as beat to hell as all the furniture but it was a BBQ and it was FREE! We would grill up tons of savory summertime fare on our balcony...
I don't know where I saw it so I cannot point you to the specific article, but someone, somewhere recently posted some interesting statistics on the total number of blogs and the total number that are frequently updated. As Technorati illustrates, new blogs are popping up at an astounding rate. It is reasonable to assume then that the number of cobweblogs (ooo, that's new I think) is increasing at an equally astounding rate. But why? Yesterday, while preparing for the class I'll be teaching this summer, I stumbled upon one possible factor. Amongst the ethical requirements, university policies and sample work was an article entitled "Teaching Assistants as Teachers and Writers: Developmental Issues in TA Training" (The Writing Instructor: Winter 1986) and the following thought:
Ming the Mechanic greets all visitors to his blog with a provocative statement:
As you can see I have been hard at work updating the hyperbolic infrastructure (aka picking a new template). SquawkBox wanted me to pay for the comments now, which seems a little silly since Blogger is giving them away. If I could find a template that featured a comments link then I would be in the money, right?
The Great Northwestern Novel
So someone on Slashdot made the drive to Oregon, recorded every minute of it and processed the footage so that we could see it all in exactly six minutes or an equivalent speed of 6953mph, or mach 9.13.
While I'm on the subject...
Lecture: Bonnie Nardi, “Blogging for the Rest of Us”