Month: February 2007

  • Plone’s New look

    Alexander Limi provides an update about development on Plone 3.0. (here’s a screenshot). My ebook site will be backed by plone 3.0. I’ll probably be jumping the gun a bit, deploying on a release candidate or beta 2 version. (Or maybe, I’ll just test all my 2.5 work against 3.0 and magically change over in…

  • An Improvement of sorts

    On a day where I have felt unfocused and distracted by a variety of things, I have finally arrived at a solution: change the frequency with which my Outlook client checks for new messages from 10 minutes to 25 minutes.

  • Silent Films and the Public Domain

    Here’s a long newsgroup thread I started (and contributed heavily to) about slavish copies and silent films. Be sure to read from the start to finish. I might actually drag the things I wrote into a single post here. In other news, I noticed that Houston Public Library owns only a handful of silent films,…

  • David Dylan Thomas on the Oscars

    David Dylan Thomas has fun predicting the outcome of the Oscars. Part One,  Part Two, and Part Three (By the weekend, I expect there to be two more parts).  (Here’s his other light-hearted reviews and essays at blogcritics).  I run into him at South by Southwest and now the habit of seeking his predictions/commentary about…

  • Things We need for mp3 players and podcasts.

    I finally got around to reinstalling the Creative mp3 management program for my Creative Zen Touch player. It actually works better than I remembered it. I’ve avoided touching itunes (except when helping my brother load mp3s). But here are two features I really need: Setting quotas and pruning options for content on the device Keeping…

  • Unequivocal Stances

    Although I don’t expect Al Gore to run for president (and it probably would not be healthy for our political system if he did), he is still the only contender (besides Kucinich and probably Kerry) who unequivocally opposed the Iraqi invasion from Day One. (Ironically, potential Republican candidate Ron Paul did too). Gore did so…

  • Why Writers are Amazingly Stupid

    I am putting together a creative commons anthology of fiction, and recently, I’ve come to the conclusion that the majority of writers out there are amazingly stupid. What I mean: Many writers/authors still don’t have websites or weblogs. Ok, maybe you don’t want to blog 3x a day or maybe you don’t want to publish…

  • Wiki Will Eat Itself

    Branko Collin on the stupid feuds Wikipedia has about notability: It would appear that the Deletionist faction is gaining importance at Wikipedia. If the rules that the Deletionists live by were followed to the very end, shouldn’t the Wikipedia entry about Wikipedia be deleted too?

  • Why the heck are SBC telephone calls getting more expensive?

    Telecommunications guru Bruce Kushwick on why phone rates are rising: But charges for local service are only part of the deceptive price increases that phone companies, encouraged by the federal government, are passing on to consumers. Long distance charges for AT&T have gone up 237 percent for low-volume users since 2000, and about 80 percent…

  • Valentine’s Day and postsecrets

    Postsecrets on Valentine’s Day.

  • Creative Commons licenses: a discussion

    If you’ve reading this site for the last month or two, you know you gaga I’ve been going over the Jamendo music site. Here’s an enlightening discussion (with contribution from me) about the sticky question of Creative Commons licenses). My favorite remark: Giving artists the freedom to restrict music is like the freedom in giving…

  • Larry King Saves the Heart

    Wow, I just watched 30 minutes of a great PBS documentary on heart disease. Here’s a discussion between cardio experts. It includes the transcripts so you don’t actually need to watch it. Here’s some transcripts with interviews.

  • Incompetent Content Filters at school

    If you’ve been following the Amero case (about the substitute teacher who accidentally exposed her students to porn because of spyware), this analysis (7 pages long!)  by Mark Rasch is particularly thorough. Actually, given the fact that I am single, I am relatively ignorant about home solutions for content-filtering for PCs accessible to kids. Anybody…

  • Personville Story Network Podcast–Coming Soon

    Just for the record: the Personville Story Network Podcast will premiere at the beginning of March.

  • Plone Rants

    Torrent Freak, a website devoted to coverage of p2p/torrent technology news. Also includes a podcast. Martin Aspeli on the love-hate relationship people have towards plone: So following on from that is process. Outsiders always have a tendency to want to add more formalism to Plone’s process, but that kind of misses the point. Some formalism…

  • Communication and Plagiarism

    Cool visual communication site Jonathan Lethem on third world plagiarism: This peculiar and specific act—the enclosure of commonwealth culture for the benefit of a sole or corporate owner—is close kin to what could be called imperial plagiarism, the free use of Third World or “primitive” artworks and styles by more privileged (and better-paid) artists. Think…