Month: July 2004

  • Open Ebooks & Big Media Cartels

    David Rothman has been explaining the advantages of the openreader. Here’s a longer piece by Jon Noring on the dangers of DRM overkill., and open ebook standards. On their implementation roadmap, I see that they are emphasizing xhtml/css and basic oebps, but not TEI-lite or Docbook (not immediately at least). That is both good and…

  • Windows-based GUI Checksum Utilities

    Free Md5 checksum verifier. MD5 Pack. Useful for verifying that downloads have been completed successfully.

  • Ebooks and Audio Books

    Hans Anderson on audio books. Lots of mp3 links here.

  • When to Turn off the AC?

    Umbra answers a Texan’s question about when should he turn off the AC? (also here) You may further leverage nature if you have a layout (and weather) that permits a cross breeze. Open the incoming breeze window a little, and the outgoing window a lot. On the out window place an out-facing window fan, which…

  • This Song’s Not Your Song

    Chris Cohen on This Land is Your Land video and whether Jibjab can be sued for copyright infringement: This song is my song, this song’s not your song, cuz I got a lawyer and you don’t got one! I saw you use it, I saw you abuse it, This song’s not made for you and…

  • Chauncey Gardner and George W.

    Great critical essay by Carol Hamilton, Being Nothing, comparing the George W. Bush public persona with the Chauncy Gardner persona in Being There. Rogin’s observations about Nicaragua are all too applicable to the two wars on Iraq. Iraqi casualties were not reported, and certainly not shown, so they seemed “unreal” to the American public. Spokespeople…

  • Plone Products

    Summary of plone products. Strange that this was so hard to find.

  • Web Standards and Flash

    Using Flash while still supporting web standards.

  • Links for My Canon Powershot A-70 Camera

    Great collection on online books/tutorials about digital photography. Collection of articles on digital photography. Don’t Read this; I’m just saving links for my Canon Powershot A-70 Camera. A longish review of its features, test photos of Canon A70, aFAQ, an A-series discussion board with tips on focusing, how to avoid shuttle lag. Other topics: lens…

  • HDTV vs. Linux vs. USB?

    I’ve been researching TV video capture cards, especially before it becomes illegal to buy capture cards lacking the infamous broadcast flag. Here are some handy things: How to Convert VHS tapes to DVD using a capture card. USB-based TV tuners, A USB/HDTV solution, a how-to on installing a linux-based PVR, Myth TV, linux TV laptop…

  • Hiding the Shirt of Nessus

    From the Wikipedia article about John Barth’s Shirt of Nessus (which I am reprinting in full): The Shirt of Nessus (1952) is the masters thesis of noted American postmodern novelist John Barth. Written for the Writing Seminars program at Johns Hopkins University, which Barth himself later ran, The Shirt of Nessus is not a dissertation,…

  • Daniel Stolar Publicizes His Own Book

    Strange, I thought I had already blogged about this. Daniel Stolar describes the futility of trying to promote his own books. Of course, the irony is that this essay (which was blogged about like crazy) probably did more to promote his book than any publicity he did locally. Which only underscores why Kevin Smokler’s Virtual…

  • Guide to U.S. Copyright

    Chart detailing how long it takes various artistic works to go into the public domain in USA . Immensely useful and depressing. Also, how to tell if a copyright is renewed. This is a very important task, because works published between 1923 and 1964 whose copyright have NOT been renewed (and only 15% of these…

  • Why Theatre is Better than Film

    Great article by Neil Labute about why Theatre is better than film. The limitations of the box are enchanting. I love the simple confines of a theatre – a black box, a proscenium, a found space. Even in my film work I prefer to move people within the frame rather than to move the frame…

  • Gimp Tutorials

    Some Gimp Tutorials . Also xnview , an excellent cross-platform free photo catalog with EXIF and IPTC support. Interestingly, there is a deluxe version for Windows platform only.

  • Dr. GeorgeW-love

    Political parody of George W. Bush. More slapstick, than parody, but some effective images.