Month: February 2005

  • Walruses and Edwardians

    From Lorrie Moore’s great analysis of why the film Titanic holds appeal for her: Certainly, at the end, DiCaprio as Jack gives Kate Winslet as Rose the best seat on their bit of flotsam, and upon his apparent death she does pluck him too precipitously from his post; still, it is Rose who surprises not…

  • Wild Animus by Rich Shapero: a Modern Masterpiece?

    Today I am going to tell you a story about an odd literary encounter. About two months ago I was at a used bookstore in Houston and noticed two college students browsing the modern literature section. One of them pulled out a book and pointed it out briefly to the other. Normally I don’t make…

  • Can’t Wait for Plone

    Denis Mishunoff has some squeezable plone portlets and columns you can turn off. I’ve been too preoccupied with writing, personal stuff and system administration tasks to get back to plone programming. And to tell the truth, having no time to work on this is annoying the living shit out of me.

  • Staccato Music Station

    Staccato Music: an radio station consisting only of creative commons (“shareable”) music. I got on the CC bandwagon early and have been using webjay, irate radio and other things to amass 35 gigs of legal/Creative Commons music on my mp3 player. About 3 or 4 gigs are still copyrighted stuff (mostly Asian) which I keep…

  • Gratuitous Warnings

    KATE AURTHUR writes about the latest archenemy of Superman: Time Warner’s slimy copyright clearance machine: And then there’s Lois Lane. The iconic character (played by Erica Durance) made her debut in the premiere of Season 4, and has enlivened the series with love-hate banter with Clark that, for now, veers much more toward hate. Mr.…

  • Making it on Amazon

    Kevin Kelly on how to get your book/cd/dvd listed on amazon. Henri Yandell on the tech book market. Reference books used to be king. Take Java in a Nutshell, it used to be the best book in Java by a furlong. Back in the ‘old days’ when people still had dial-up and Internet lag was…

  • Liberal Arts Students and Football Stadiums

    From Erin O’Connor, I find a fascinating history of the American university by Andrew Delbanco, we get this humdinger: Michael S. McPherson, president of the Spencer Foundation and former president of Macalester College, and Morton O. Schapiro, president of Williams, report that even now “the nation’s liberal arts college students would almost certainly fit easily…

  • Decent Enough is Just Not Good Enough

    Dan Green addresses a literary agent’s post on bookangst about there being too many books. The fact there is so little money and so much arbitrariness in publishing is liberating, actually. It saves me the bother of praying for worldly success. Rather than criticize the book industry, I’ll talk about another writerly habit I find…

  • Chris Rock’s Tuxedo

    Interview with Chris Rock in preparation of his hosting the Oscar awards: When did the Academy ask you to host? They’ve probably been calling me since ’97. I had turned it down – it seemed like an older guy’s gig, with a tuxedo and all, and I really liked doing the MTV Awards.This year, MTV…

  • URLCleaner

    Here’s a useful urlcleaner. For those pesky ampersands.

  • Protecting Bloggers

    Persecution of an Iranian blogger. Here’s a BBC report “We are not organized against the state,” I said. “I write because I want to criticize the system. There are some things in our state that should be corrected.” “Why don’t you write an e-mail directly to the supreme leader’s office?” he asked. “The supreme leader…

  • Feed Validator

    Feed validator, by Mark Pilgrim and company.

  • Pigs with Antlers who Marry Bananas

    I’ve written about Kembrew McLeod before. Here’s his prank to replace the college mascot with a pig wearing antlers. Hilarious. He writes: In a wonderfully surreal display of ridiculousness, during that year?s homecoming game the marching band spelled out “We Love the Duke Dog” in their tubas and wore plastic dog bones around their necks…

  • Political Rants do Not Destroy Art

    Dan Green and Steve Almond debate whether explicit discussion of politics in literary works is necessary or distracting. (Btw, here’s my puerile thoughts on the matter: ). I’m not familiar with Almond’s works, but the main problem with his political rants is that they seem forced or out-of-place in a book about candy. However, if…

  • Cleaning house XHTML Strict

    Difference between XHTML Transitional and Strict, a handy reference. I spent a few hours yesterday doing a few things for programming piece of mind. On my fiction project, I’ve started validating html more rigorously (even going XHTML strict instead of transitional) using my Oxygen XML editor and Visibone HTML/CSS reference sheet. While fixing things, I…

  • Ben Brown: Do Not Listen to Bloggers!

    Austin writer/publisher Ben Brown is sick of CNN going gaga about bloggers: Earlier, they had a special 10 minute section where they covered, like it was real news, what blogs were covering. SO CNN IS COVERING WHAT BLOGS ARE BLOGGING. They said the word “blog stars.” And “power bloggers.” I am going to shoot myself.…