Month: June 2005

  • Happy Birthday is for Suckers!

    On getting video clearance: Any time people featured in a film start singing a song, documentarians should open their wallets. The makers of THE PERFECT CANDIDATE (a documentary about Oliver North’s run for Senate) had to pay $3,000 to include a scene where a woman sang “God Bless America” at a campaign rally. And that’s…

  • The Almighty Footnote 12

    From the Grokster Decision: Of course, in the absence of other evidence of intent, a court would be unable to find contributory infringement liability merely based on a failure to take affirmative steps to prevent infringement, if the device otherwise was capable of substantial noninfringing uses. Such a holding would tread too close to the…

  • Don’t Cripple My Posts!

    Can I bitch about wordpress for a moment? I have no time to invest in customizing my weblog for a moment (although I have plans to spend a weekend doing precisely that in the near future). But I just want to bitch for a moment about the default upgrade for 1.5 (not the most recent).…

  • Jon Katz: Loving Him and Hating Him

    From Julia Lipman’s interview with Jon Katz (writer for slashdot). “Katz comes blazing in without any understanding of … shared references, and makes statements which people find embarrassingly naive. [It’s] like you were discussing the finer points of characterization in Romeo and Juliet in the bar and Katz would come over and say ‘Don’t you…

  • Blogs in Political Campaigns

    Scott Henson on the political use of weblogs In a recent study, Pew identified three general types of blogs: * Personal diaries (75% of blogs) * Filter blogs (15-20%) * K-blogs or Knowledge blogs (3-5%) Personal diaries are typically aimed at an audience no greater than 15-25 people. K-blogs are specialized in an issue area…

  • CSS BASED Forms & Nvu

    css-based forms (Jeff Howden) From Teleread, we have Nvu a cross-platform Mozilla-based CSS Editor. As an aside, I’ll say that I’ve seen decent XML Editors and decent CSS Editors, but not one that can do both. I use Oxygen XML Editor and WestCiv’s Style Master. For Python, I’ve using Eclipse and the Pydev plugin. And…

  • Birdsong Ringtones

    My brilliant idea of the day: Birdsongs can’t be copyrighted; why not use them as ringtones?

  • Quit Slashdot Day?

    Keunwoo Lee on Quit Slashdot Day : I have friends who were once tremendously productive programmers, until they started reading Slashdot. Then, the endless stream of links, updated a dozen times a day no less (so you don’t go once a day to get your fix; instead, you keep a window open and hit reload…

  • Anonymity and the Web

    Cog has a good solution for how to stay anonymous and let people find out your real identity: Use a hapax legomenon (or something like that) to allow users to search for you using google. Clever, clever. Also, how to prevent online bullies from seizing intellectual property from individuals. I wonder what the catosphere thinks…

  • Geek Jokes

    Conan O’Brien on his speech to the 2000 Harvard graduating class: When I had my Class Day, you students would have been seven years old. Seven years old. Do you know what that means? Back then I could have beaten any of you in a fight. And I mean bad. It would be no contest.…

  • Copy Overwrite: No to All?

    Have you wanted to copy all the contents of one directory to another without overwriting identical files? Here’s an amazingly useful tip about how to Just Say No to All when copying files/directories: Every time you move or copy files from one folder to another, Windows checks the target folder for files that have the…

  • Bergman’s Labryinthitis

    From Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the principles of screenwriting by Robert McKee: In 1965 Ingmar Bergman contracted labryinthitis, a viral infection of the inner ear that keeps its victims in a ceaslessly swirling vertigo even while sleeping. For weeks Bergman was bedridden, his head in a brace, trying to keep vertigo at bay by…

  • David Dylan Thomas: How Not To Watch The Passion

    How Not to Watch the Passion by fellow filmmaker and JHU creative writing friend, David Dylan Thomas. He performed with me at fray cafe in Austin.

  • Notes of a Blogging Retard

    A screenwriter fesses up: she is a blogging retard: By the way, I forgot to mention I am a blogging retard. I didnít even know what Trackback was, I had to look it up. I CANNOT UNDERSTAND THE CODE IN MY TEMPLATE, but twice now I have successfully put stuff in it. Like, my BE…

  • Ecommerce and Aftermarket Sales

    Two slashdot forums (a?) about ecommerce, paypal, google, etc. My thoughts: First, we need to differentiate between aftermarkets for content and aftermarket for goods. The market for used CD’s, DVD’s etc. thrive because content creators haven’t figured out a way to distribute exclusively digital content (see my post on the subject) . This aftermarket will…

  • Rule of 33

    Dr. Pat describes his Rule of 33 when deciding whether to read or buy a book: I start at the top of page 33 and read no further than page 35. The story should be well underway by then, and I can get a real sense of the writer’s style and ability to draw me…