Month: July 2003

  • 2003 Fray Cafe Houston 7

    Note that I’ll be hosting Fray Cafe. Here is the official Official Fray 7 Houston Announcement Page Here is a sketch of Nexus Cafe by Walden Resident Christian Carroll:

  • Crawford and mp3’s

    Mike Crawford has written the definitive word on mp3 sharing. An interesting link he had to How to Create an Elevator Pitch. He also mentions Irate, a collaborative music recommendation system. Sounds cool. Crawford (himself a musician) hits the key issue. How do you find good music on p2p. Will talk more about Crawford later.…

  • Dance Dance Revolution

    Hiding p2p identities with proxy servers. Mark Glaser writes an article about whether Are Online Search Tools Lulling Journalists Into Laziness?. He quotes Eric Meyer: “Never has it been easier to seem to do more in less time,” Meyer said via e-mail. “The operative word is ‘seem.’ A journalist can now find a story almost…

  • Clay Shirky’s Thoughts

    I haven’t read Clay Shirky in a while. In the Music Industry and the Big Flip, Shirky writes This is all part of the Big Flip in publishing generally, where the old notion of “filter, then publish” is giving way to “publish, then filter.” There is no need for Slashdot’s or Kuro5hin’s owners to sort…

  • DVD’s for Backup?

    In a Slashdot story comparing DVD writers, I find about a DVD Help Site

  • No More Panels!

    Great article by Dave Weinberger on why panels at conferences are silly and awful. My complaint is a little different. There never is enough time for each panelist to say what they really want to say, so they end up starting a big thought when BZZZZZZZZZ! Time’s up, and now the next person must speak.…

  • Life Sentence for File Sharing?

    A new House bill proposes penalties of $250,000 for each copyrighted file shared and makes the crime a felony. Given the fact that I’ve probably shared a good 1000 mp3’s files (note to federal enforcers: I’m only joking–I never share any files ever ), that means I would be liable to pay 250 million dollars.…

  • New Weblog TV Program on Fox

    Denounce.com has a press release for a new Fox TV show about weblogs. The hour-long program will air Friday nights at 10pm on the Fox News channel, “a day and time-slot we discovered is the best time to reach the most geeks at home,” says Ailes. Topics already planned for the first week of the…

  • Do Fish Feel Pain?

    Britian’s Royal Society has a report on whether fish are capable of feeling pain.

  • Inconsistencies of Howard Dean

    Arnold Kling points out the inconsistencies of Howard Dean’s political beliefs. Consider two families living under identical middle-class circumstances. One family chooses to spend its discretionary income on cable television, a brand new SUV, and extravagant birthday parties. The other family chooses to do without cable, drive a used car, and have modest birthday parties,…

  • Ripping Off Art

    Recently, I’ve been looking at the illegal art exhibit. It’s probably illegal to reprint these images, but here goes: . Click on the graphics for information about the artist. Perhaps the oddest thing I saw is man who obtained the trademark for the phrase “freedom of expression”: . Artist Kembrew McLeod describes his odyssey of…

  • A Demented Boy Scout

    Allister Cooke is the world’s most prolific weblogger (He is also in his mid 90’s). He has been giving a weekly radio diary broadcast for the last 50 years. A recent piece ponders why Hitler’s crimes are more famous than Stalin’s even though the Kremlin recently calculated that he had put 27 million people to…

  • Piranhas on a Corn Dog

    20 Bad Similes and Metaphors of Romance Novels. My favorites: 20. His body was hard — not hard like Milosevic, the Serbian strongman, but hard like the marble on your shower floor, when you fall and bang your knee. and 15 Beatrice was on him like a piranha on a corn dog. . Actually, it’s…

  • Presumption of Liberty

    Article by Randy E. Barnett on Lawrence v. Texas (Thanks, Binkley): For Lawrence v. Texas to be constitutionally revolutionary, however, the Court’s defense of liberty must not be limited to sexual conduct. The more liberties it protects, the less ideological it will be and the more widespread political support it will enjoy. Recognizing a robust…

  • Lies that Kill People

    Dana Blankenship wrote a compelling denunciation of Bush’s mispresentation of the Iraqi threat : Bush lied. Bush lied in his claim Iraq was a direct threat to the United States. Bush lied to the United Nations, lied to the U.S. Congress, and he lied to you. Bush didn’t lie about a blowjob. Bush lied about…

  • Love Hotels

    An article about Japanese Love Hotels. If you?ve never been to a love hotel before, there are three prices. The first is for a ?rest?. In Osaka, the ?rest? price is usually for one hour. In Tokyo, it?s usually for two or three. (Obviously, the sexual stamina of Osakans is inferior to that of Tokyoites).…