Month: July 2005

  • Predatory Towing

    Candace Heckman on backlash against “patrol towing.”. ANDREW POLLACK has an article here . My apartment complex, Walden Internet Village enacted a policy to allow towing of legally parked vehicles with expired license plates or inspection stickers. I am not amused. While googling around, I was amused to find that the Houston Chronicle has its…

  • Z1u and Vegas 6–On the Table Again?

    I keep waffling about whether now is the time to make the jump to HDV. In the meantime, here’s a creative cow HDV forum and review of Vegas 6. Here’s a review why now is the time to jump to HDV and here’s a review of the Z1u that is less-than-enthusiastic for its 24fps film…

  • Sprite to the Rescue!

    I have an Axim X50V PDA, and did something sorta stupid. I accidentally let the battery discharge completely. I mean, completely! That meant that after recharging all my data (aside from my OS) was gone. It’s easy to forget that memory in PDAs are volatile and unlikely to survive a complete draining of the battery.…

  • 50% of Documentary Budgets Go To Clearance

    Only 5% of movie scripts written in Hollywood come from spec scripts. Jon Carroll on the difficulties of obtaining clearance: Which means everything, everything, has to be cleared. Logo on a baseball cap? Needs clearance. Music playing on the radio? Clearance. Clips from TV shows? Clearance. Did you know that “Happy Birthday” is still under…

  • Political firecrackers

    This modern world on the contrast between Don Rumsfeld’s Words and Actions. Arianna Huffington has some crazy but lucid speculations about the Plame/Miller thing

  • Life, the Universe and Everything

    Last night I rented the remarkable film, Pen-Ek Ratanaruang,Last Life in the Universe, which Filmbrain called the best film of 2004 and wrote a nice essay about. I didn’t love the film altogether. I thought the shock effect of the first 15 minutes or so to be unnecessary manipulation, and I didn’t really need the…

  • Houston Talent directory

    Only in Houston, a directory of video/talent/ for Houston people and artists. Free registration. Plus, some free video shorts by local filmmakers.

  • Obvious Advice to Authors?

    Hugh McLeod on writing books for money: Anybody who wants to write books for the money deserves to suffer. And happily, many of them do. This is a response to Seth Godin’s Advice to Authors. BTW, Godin’s advice (i.e., There is no such thing as effective book promotion by a book publisher.) is fairly obvious…

  • Wiki for Bloggers

    Hugh McCleod (aka gaping void) always has good insights into blogging, creativity and the freelancer’s life. Here’s his link to a Craigslist for bloggers. For example. to hire a freelance weblog css design, here’s a list of freelancers. Derek Powazek on how technorati tags got started. Stowe Boyd proposes a new more open tagging system.

  • This Tense Duality

    Darren Rowee on how bloggers can earn money. Personal note: I would consider putting ads in an inconspicuous place on my weblog, but now I am busy with lots of other projects. Definite plans for it in the next few months though. Spoken Alexandria project: free spoken audio downloads (Warning: very little so far!). Hugh…

  • More poems by Sadi

    From Underground Window, we have Sadi’s latest poems: We come by bounds, infinitely more attractive. Desirous to others who want but a piece of this action. We are blind to these efforts. Seeing only me who is seeing only you on this cold day in early April, Boston, 2005. More Sadi poems here. (Full disclosure:…

  • Liveblogging: Charlotte Johnson and William Harroff : End of Books

    Charlotte Johnson from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and William Harroff from McKendree College discuss (r)evolutionary (e)book (Presentation here). Haroff’s art is here. The presentation is worth browsing through because it links to several multimedia books. Truthfully I’ll browse more through them later. I’m just too dang tired. They talk more about form factors and…

  • Liveblogging: Juliet Sutherland

    Juliet Sutherland from Distributed Proofreaders project is talking: 20% in languages other than English. “Smooth reading” pool; Anyone can download the text for pleasure while in the processing phase. “stealth scannos” arid/and, he/be scanning mistakes that are nonetheless correctly spelled Slight headache. Project Gutenburg Europe: Different Public Domain Rules (Life +50) means they’ll be proofreading…

  • Liveblogging Claudia Weissman

    Claudia Weissman from Overdrive talks about audio/ebook commercial solution. Presentation here Overdrive is incorporated seamlessly into the patron’s city website. Overdrive lets you burn wma files as CDs. That’s cool. Adding 50 audio books a year to the library ranging in price from 2-49$ Audio Cliff Notes–holy cow! Discounts for selling them as audio downloads…

  • Liveblogging Jon Noring

    Jon Noring is a technical expert with the openreader project. Here’s his presentation. 25 different ebook formats. Many are typographically poor. (in terms of finish; high resolution they look bad). How can a reader system contain richness? Structural v. regular PDFs. PDFs don’t scale well, etc. Importance of getting a reference user agent. That makes…

  • Liveblogging David Rothman

    Well, David Rothman made my job easy; he transcribed his talk already! Evil Genius Chronicles, former DRM developer. should play as a CD. Librie display the best of the ebooks, but its interface/DRM is terrible. Discussion of Mobipocket and its idiosyncracies. Totally incompatible for blind readers, and formats need to “leave no reader behind.” Sidenote:…