Month: January 2005

  • Eyes on the Screen

    This attempt to bring Eyes on the Screen to the public eye is brilliant PR for the file-sharing cause.

  • Center for the Public Domain

    Duke Law Center has a Center for the Public Domain. Here’s some student-produced videos detailing the difficulties of documentarians of obtaining clearance. Stealing Home was my favorite. Here’s a Robert Boynton article on copyright. On the Duke site, look for lectures and papers by James Boyle. Here’s a Stanford Fair Use site. Two interesting points…

  • New Klingons v. Old Klingons

    From a Wikipedia article on retcon. When Star Trek: The Motion Picture was released, Gene Roddenberry claimed that the radically different appearance of the Klingons in the film was how they were always supposed to have looked, but they didn’t have the budget for it in the 1960s. Years later, an episode of Star Trek:…

  • Dell Axim X50V: Bought!

    Well, I did it. I bought a Dell Axim X50 PDA. It was pricy ($400), but I have been looking for a mobile device that can handle Wifi, address book,scheduling, notetaking and of course ebooks. This product has a lot of bells and whistles, and undoubtedly I will share in this weblog which of the…

  • Matt Cheney on Jim Kelley

    Matthew Cheney responds to my recent post about Jim Kelley and Stanislaw Lem There’s a difference between the allegorical or symbolic literalization within the work of, for instance, Kafka and Borges, and the absolute, take-it-for-what-it-is literalization of most science fiction, which is one reason people who can read Kafka with no problem get stuck when…

  • I’m Hungry: Tacos

    It’s 11:30 PM, and I still haven’t eaten. Tonight homemade tacos. Advice for those making tacos: buy big shells. If you buy small shells, you can’t fit enough vegetables inside and end up putting a disproportionate amount of meat and cheese inside. I rarely cook tacos (especially for myself); the food is greasy and time-consuming…

  • Outrage Fatigue

    The Onion: Liberals suffer from Outrage Fatigue: “I can’t even look at the back of my Volvo anymore,” said one Syracuse, NY liberal who wished to remain anonymous. “My ‘Lick Bush’ and ‘Four More Wars’ bumper stickers just remind me of the angry feelings I can’t sustain. I still have a MoveOn.org sign hanging up…

  • Founder’s Copyright

    I had been talking about “limited duration” copyright for quite some time, and lo and behind, Creative Commons has done something about that. Founder’s copyright sets a time limit for copyright ownership (14 years) and allows authors to extend this exclusive copyright for another 14 years. After 14 years (or 28) everything reverts to creative…

  • Jobs for Writers at Universities & the Covert Intellectual

    Kirsten Hilgeford has written a sobering report of the job market for writing teacher in academia. This essay is interesting reading not only for its description of jobs for writers but the academic market in general. I was well aware of how scarce jobs are in academia, but the underlying trends are even worse than…

  • Nofollow Links Kill Spam Comments

    The blogging gurus have come up with an answer to comment spam: From now on, when Google sees the attribute (rel=”nofollow”) on hyperlinks, those links won’t get any credit when we rank websites in our search results. This will kill all spam as we know it.

  • Justin Cone and Tween

    Young filmmaker justincone has started a group weblog about digital media. It’s called tween. Should be good. I met him at SXSW.

  • Grandma, Yourself, Your Dog

    As the award-winning filmmaker Katy Chevigny says, “The only film you can make for cheap and not have to worry about rights clearance is about your grandma, yourself or your dog.” See Guy Dixon’s article on it here which refers to a report on the pernicious effects of limited copyright for documentary filmmakers. See also:…

  • On Not Liking Lem (or Science Fiction)

    Right after Christmas I started digging into Lem’s Fiasco, an intriguing tale of contact between humans and aliens from another planet. I’d read Futurological Congress way back and I know that Lem’s novels are intellectually demanding and was looking forward to a similar experience. The first 100 pages of the book was astounding. The tale…

  • Why I am Not Literary Today (or on Other Days)

    Though my blogging may indicate otherwise, in fact my central concern of life is writing stories and thinking long and hard about literature. I am envious of people like Dan Green, Matt Cheney and Scott Esposito who have written so widely on literary topics. These are worthy writers and I certainly admire their essays. But…

  • Tagging and More

    Also from Caterina, a description of the semantics of flickr tagging. Dave Weinberger has written about it also. Here are two interesting thoughts: t will be fascinating to watch the social effects as people adjust their tag sets in order to get aggregated either into the most popular tags or to be segmented into smaller…

  • Laughter and Steven Johnson

    From Caterina, I get this insight into laughter by Steven Johnson: Speakers, it turned out, were 46 percent more likely to laugh than listeners — and what they were laughing at, more often than not, wasn’t exactly funny. Neither listeners nor speakers seemed to be laughing at traditional jokes. Provine and his team of grad…