Month: November 2004

  • Depressing Thoughts While Reading an Ebook in the Bathtub

    Recently, when reading my ebookwise in the bathtub, I came across this startling insight by Lessig in Free Culture: What does this industry really want? With very little effort, the warriors could protect their content. So the effort to block something like the Eldred Act is not really about protecting their content. The effort to…

  • Review of Ebookwise 1150

    Here’s a review of ebookwise 1150 by Brad somebody. The reviewer runs the ebooks-on-the-web weblog. I am thrilled by ebookwise although I have not tried to download from the ebookwise site. Here’s an fictionwise support group. Quite frankly, I have been flipping about the blackmask free ebook site. Just for yuks, here’s a discussion about…

  • Comments working

    Comments are working again. But moderation is turned on.

  • Japanese Sex Manual

    This is not worksafe (it has two or three nude photos), but this old-fashioned Japanese sex manual is one of the funniest things I have seen in a long time. The captions below the photos are great. About the diagram below, the commentator writes: the important things are, 1) it’s a 2 dimensional CUT-OUT of…

  • Misinterpreting the News

    According to Neeka, one sign language interpreter misinterprets the TV news as a form of political protest. Here’s another article by the same blogger.

  • Economic Armageddon: Why?

    Two scary predictions about the economic crisis looming over the USA as a result of our trade deficit. Robert Reich on the declining dollar: American exporters are cheering because a lower dollar makes everything they sell abroad cheaper. But it’s bad for the rest of us because as the dollar drops everything we buy from…

  • Quills and Monit and General Plone Grumbling

    Server Monitoring Utility: Monit. Quills is a portal-based weblogging product for Plone. I will be probably be using it for imaginaryplanet.org (indeed, I might be migrating this weblog to it if I can!). The lead developer’s weblog contains updates, along with the promise of a release upcoming next week. Speaking of which, it seems to…

  • Credit Cards

    using wireless connections of neighbors by Paul Boutin. Mock Textbook disclaimers. NYT article about the “universal default clause” on credit card agreements. Elizabeth Warren, author of the Two-Income Trap, wrote: How Credit Card Companies distort contracts: What’s changed is [that] when credit was deregulated in the early 1980s, the contracts began to shift. And what…

  • Literary Audio Books

    Here’s an amazon list of promising literary audio books. It’s hard to share favorite audio titles.

  • Personal Note: My Writing

    I’m going to hold off on blogging much more about Ukraine, if only because I have nothing interesting to say. Here’s an English-language Ukrainian democracy site and fistful of euros. I am notoriously bad about finishing things. I taught in Ukraine in 1997-8 and visited again in 1999 and 2001 for a long distance relationship…

  • Ukraine: Economic Analysis of a Political Situation

    Nikolas K. Gvosdev has written a piece about Ukrainian economy and politics: Economist Anders Aslund, writing in the fall 2003 issue of The National Interest, observed: “Only about 20 percent of Ukraine’s exports are directed to the EU, while it ought to be about two-thirds, given the proximity and size of the EU market. ……

  • Mencken on Presidents

    From our Baltimore curmudgeon: The larger the mob, the harder the test. In small areas, before small electorates, a first-rate man occasionally fights his way through, carrying even the mob with him by force of his personality. But when the field is nationwide, and the fight must be waged chiefly at second and third hand,…

  • File Organization

    How to Organize your home directory on your linux machine.

  • More on Poet Vasyl Stus

    I had read the generous excerpt from Dooomed Bridegroom, the literary biography/memoir of Ukrainian dissident Vasyl Stus by Canadian/Ukrainian writer, MYRNA KOSTASH. Kotash describes a heart-rending scene where Stus’s wife is asked to testify against her husband. At his trial in Kyiv he tried to speak in his own defence, was expelled from the courtroom…

  • More Ukraine coverage

    Here’s a journalist weblog with continuously updated information about the Ukraine political situation. Also, here’s a weblog by an American contractor living in Ukraine.

  • My Ebook Reader

    At David Rothman’s excellent suggestion, I went ahead and bought the eBookwise-1150 Reader for $99. That doesn’t include the cost of the CF memory card ($50ish) or the Reblibrarian software($12) to convert content from different formats. GEB eBook Librarian Site software ($15), which provides an easy interface for downloading free ebooks and converting ebooks from…