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June 30, 2003


[via BoingBoing]

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June 29, 2003

Dan Gillmor

If you're interested in how weblogs are affecting mainstream journalism/Big Media, check out Dan Gillmor's Reboot presentation. Dan is totally clued in.

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Watch as the shit showers down over on Sam's blog...

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Friedman on Google

Thomas Friedman: "In the past three years, Google has gone from processing 100 million searches per day to over 200 million searches per day. And get this: only one-third come from inside the U.S. The rest are in 88 other languages."

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June 27, 2003


Salon: The Google Backlash

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EFF on RIAA's Attack on the American Public: "It's plain that the dinosaurs of the recording industry have completely lost touch with reality," said Fred von Lohmann, EFF senior staff attorney. "At a time when more Americans are using file-sharing software than voted for President Bush, more lawsuits are simply not the answer. It's time to get artists paid and make file-sharing legal. EFF calls on Congress to hold hearings immediately on alternatives to the RIAA's litigation campaign against the American public."

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June 26, 2003



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June 25, 2003


Great stuff over on Doc's blog re: reconstruction in Iraq.

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Ottmar Linkage

Woah, major linkage from Ottmar. Welcome, visitors from Ottmar-land! Looks like he's re-thinking camera policy for his concerts and his main concern is the flash (in general, folks don't know how to turn it off). Good luck on that one... :/

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Semantic Web

If you're at all interested in the Semantic Web, dig Ben Hammersley's Reboot prezo.

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June 24, 2003


Fresh Onion: "NRA Lobby Warns Congress Not To Try Anything Stupid"

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June 23, 2003

Cory Doctorow

Watch Cory Doctorow's Reboot6 presentation. He's brilliant, a genius. Here's his site, read his book, read his blog.

Then watch Lessig's OSCON 2002 presentation. Then sign the petition. Am I being unclear about anything?

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One iSight on the way... ;)

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Last week was one of the most social (recreationally speaking) weeks I've had in a long while. On Monday, my mate Dom came down from his perch at Macromedia for a geekish lunch, subsequently informing me of his extra ticket to see Ottmar Liebert Thursday night. (Ottmar blogs, btw; more on the concert in a bit.)

Then on Tuesday, Razamataz (who is presently Virtual Tourist's Director of Ad Sales) flew up from L.A. for AdTech in San Francisco. He got me + 1 added to the guest list for Tribal Fusion's afterhours fiesta at Jillian's, where we rendezvous'd and got caught up. I hadn't seen Raz since my intro to surfing back in 11/2002...

Thursday's concert blew my mind. Dom had two free tickets because he used to go to school with from Canton Becker (a friend of a friend), the DJ electronic percussionist currently touring with Liebert. The show was at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, on a mountainside overlooking the entire South Bay area. Unfortunately they didn't allow cameras into the concert, but I snuck in my camera phone and snapped a few. Unfortunately the weather was a tad chilly, so Ottmar didn't go off on any wicked fast flamenco riffs... But what I heard was so amazingly tight and together it was surreal.

Saturday was the long-planned summer solstice reception complimenting Sarah & Joel's winter solstice wedding back in December. Over a hundred friends/relatives/randoms journeyed to our comfortable little nook in the redwoods for an exceptionally fun party. Even present were two copies of Order of the Phoenix, pulling two young relatives in their wake; not long ago that would have been me... ;) And speaking of HP, Sarah and Joel received as a gift a copy of Book 5 (it being released on the very day of their wedding reception and all), which I've already inherited. Egg-cellent!

On the Audible front, last week I finished Reefer Madness AND Orwell's Burmese Days, and I just started Atlas Shrugged on my way to work this morning. With three volumes totaling ~55 hours of listening, I'm in for 6 weeks of Ayn Rand, morning and evening. Let it flow.

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June 21, 2003

Apple Has A Clue

You know a company has somewhat of a clue when the "on hold" phone music is Radiohead. I was just on the phone with the Palo Alto Apple Store and OK Computer was playing... Nice.

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June 20, 2003

Eldred Petition

Like I said before, sign this petition.

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WatchBlog: Experience the full spectrum of misery that is politics.

[via Doc]

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June 19, 2003

La Chingada

ˇAttención, Cabrónes!

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June 17, 2003

HP thief

The Independent: "Harry Potter book is even hotter after thief drives off with 8,000 copies." Hilarious!

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Absurdity from Europe

Cory Doctorow: "I've always presumed that there was no legal interest in ensuring that people don't feel sad."

Regarding "Europe proposes right-of-reply law..."

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Environmental News Network: "Wild Oats Markets Inc. became the first grocery store in the United States to roll out a new type of green packaging which looks like plastic but turns into compost after disposal. Unofficially called the Corntainer in the natural food chain's 11 Pacific Northwest stores where it is being tested, the clear packaging is made from corn rather than petroleum."

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What's it gonna take?

SearchEngineWatch: What's it Going to Take to Beat Google?

Funny, I drive by AltaVista on my way to work every morning.

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June 16, 2003


Brilliant, The Jerry Springer Show: Philosophy

[also via Mike]

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Dharma Punx

Buddha with a Mohawk: Noah Levine fuses Eastern religion and Western rebellion: "In a certain regard, punk and Buddhism are underpinned by a similar premise: both acknowledge that the planet is brimming with unhappiness. The question is how you confront that misery."

[via Mike]

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June 15, 2003


New: Referrers, thanks to Dean's super-cool Refer2.

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A few days ago I signed up for, to make better use of my commute to and from work. So far I'm quite pleased, as it's like having an extra hour and a half to read each day. The iPod/Audible marriage is almost perfect, except for the lack of bookmarking. Right now I'm about 1/4 through Eric Schlosser's latest muckrake, "Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market." It's estimated that the black market accounts for up to 10% of America's total economy; the story is fascinating.

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The Free State Project: "A plan in which 20,000 or more liberty-oriented people will move to a single state of the U.S., where they may work within the political system to reduce the size and scope of government."

"We don't want to wait decades for most citizens in the U.S. to realize the benefits of robust individual liberty and the failings of the nanny state. For those of us who already understand the debilitating effects of a government bent on reducing liberty rather than increasing it, the Free State Project aims at liberty in a single state."

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Salon: The Myth of Interference: "Internet architect David Reed explains how bad science created the broadcast industry."

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June 14, 2003

Wellington, NZ

This is why I dug Wellington so much last year. Here's a pic of me and Hamish, to whom the article refers at one point. True geeks, both of us. :)

Great quote from Isenberg's article: "Perhaps New Zealand is small enough, educated enough and open enough to be the first nation in the world to transcend telephony."

Mike N. has the good fortune to live in Wellington, and Tony was there in April (pics included).

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Doc Searls: "This was the problem with all these dot-com acronyms with a 2 in the middle - B2B, B2C and so on. "To" was the wrong preposition. As Christine Boehlke put it to me once, the correct middle letter should have been W, because in a real marketplace we do business with people not to them. Does anybody ever shake hands and say "Nice doing business to you!"? Because the Net is more fundamentally a place than a pipe, we do business with each other there, not just to each other. Critical difference."

[via David Isenberg]

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June 12, 2003

Fresh Schwag

blogger_schwag.jpgStraight from the sweatshops of El Salvador it's fresh Blogger schwag, and you too can have one for only $25 at the Google Store! See, it's all about the perks... Shellen's missing from the shot, alas, but he gets to be BloggerPosterBoy and travel/schmooze with other bloggy-people.

[photo courtesy of Goldtoe LemonNut]

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June 11, 2003


Cost of War, comments are off for a reason.

[via Dean]

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Simon & Jeanine

Got a travelspam a few weeks ago from Kiwis Simon & Jeanine, as they were making their way across Asia (China -> Mongolia -> Russia) on the Trans-Siberian. They were in China when the SARS stuff was getting serious, here's what they had to say about it:

"There was also plenty of entertainment to be had with all the SARS checkpoints we went through, as well as in our day to day dealings with the carriage attendants who you would imagine are there to make things easier for you, however this is seldom the case."

"Changing countries when on the train is normally a simple, if not a very drawn out affair. This was made a lot less simple with the addition of the SARS police. On each side of the border to Mongolia from CHina they would enter the train dressed head to toe in a sterilized gauze, goggles (some with welding style), plastic bags on their feet, masks and gloves. They would then go through getting us to fill out health declarations and then stick a thermometer under our armpit to check for fever. It was really quite funny, one such raid bought along a guy with a camera and video to record the whole affair, maybe making a PR video and brochure! He was quite funny and seemed to be the only one with a sense of humour, the rest were really quite sour."

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Flat Tax

BusinessWeek: "A day earlier, Apr. 30, was the deadline for millions of Russians to trudge to the mailbox or down to the local inspectorate to pay their income tax. That tax is a flat 13% for everyone, making Russia one of the few nations that doesn't impose a bigger duty on its richer citizens. Why no protest? Because it's considered a great success in a land where a few years ago it was hard to get anyone to pay taxes at all."

[via Cam]

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PowerFrontier: "News and views on energy and power sources." (energy in the convential sense, i.e. not new age... ;)

[via Scripting News]

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The Onion, January 2001:

"My fellow Americans," Bush said, "at long last, we have reached the end of the dark period in American history that will come to be known as the Clinton Era, eight long years characterized by unprecedented economic expansion, a sharp decrease in crime, and sustained peace overseas. The time has come to put all of that behind us."

Bush swore to do "everything in [his] power" to undo the damage wrought by Clinton's two terms in office, including selling off the national parks to developers, going into massive debt to develop expensive and impractical weapons technologies, and passing sweeping budget cuts that drive the mentally ill out of hospitals and onto the street.

During the 40-minute speech, Bush also promised to bring an end to the severe war drought that plagued the nation under Clinton, assuring citizens that the U.S. will engage in at least one Gulf War-level armed conflict in the next four years.

"You better believe we're going to mix it up with somebody at some point during my administration," said Bush, who plans a 250 percent boost in military spending. "Unlike my predecessor, I am fully committed to putting soldiers in battle situations. Otherwise, what is the point of even having a military?"


"Finally, the horrific misrule of the Democrats has been brought to a close," House Majority Leader Dennis Hastert (R-IL) told reporters. "Under Bush, we can all look forward to military aggression, deregulation of dangerous, greedy industries, and the defunding of vital domestic social-service programs upon which millions depend. Mercifully, we can now say goodbye to the awful nightmare that was Clinton's America."


"We as a people must stand united, banding together to tear this nation in two," Bush said. "Much work lies ahead of us: The gap between the rich and the poor may be wide, be there's much more widening left to do. We must squander our nation's hard-won budget surplus on tax breaks for the wealthiest 15 percent. And, on the foreign front, we must find an enemy and defeat it."

"The insanity is over," Bush said. "After a long, dark night of peace and stability, the sun is finally rising again over America. We look forward to a bright new dawn not seen since the glory days of my dad."

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NetMusique: "Improving 1117 people's lives right now."

(your # may vary...)

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June 9, 2003


Uh-oh... "The Real Reason Mobile Phones have Cameras"

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That's Your Blogger

Denise Howell covering Dave's keynote: "Think of it this way: is there someone in your work group who is constantly sending around links and articles? That's your blogger."

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June 8, 2003

Winged Migration

Friday night I caught Winged Migration (official site, trailer) at the Aquarius in Palo Alto. It was absolutely stunning, here's a snippet from an article on Salon:

"To make 'Winged Migration,' Perrin and his co-directors Jacques Cluzaud and Michael Debats put together footage shot by five crews comprising more than 450 people (including 17 pilots and 14 cinematographers) as they followed the migratory patterns of various types of birds across some 40 countries and all seven continents. The cameras were mounted on ordinary gliders, helicopters and other aircraft; in some cases, the filmmakers used a small remote-controlled model glider incorporating a compact camera."
If it's playing anywhere near you, definitely check it out.

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India Tech

Wired News: Jobs Squeeze for Indian Workers: "Tech workers in the United States have already formed organizations to try to stop the flow of jobs to India, saying they can't compete with low salaries paid to Indian workers... Now they will be competing with workers from many other countries."

Related article from Wired: Say Hello to Sanjeep, Er, Sam: "On another occasion, Partho let his accent slip and had to confess after being pointedly questioned that he was, in fact, an Indian sitting next to a telephone in Mumbai... "The man told me, 'You guys blew up the WTC,'" he said. "I tried to explain India had nothing to do with it, but he just banged the phone down."

God Bless Uhmerica!

[via Shattered Buddha]

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Apple & Roxio?

Is Apple gonna buy Roxio? It would kinda sorta make sense, seeing how Roxio bought Napster back in February as well as PressPlay last month...

[via Om Malik]

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Online Oxygen

More from "Want another Big Trend? Well, just consider the fact that these days, consumers don't want online access anywhere/anytime, they absolutely CRAVE it! From airports to living rooms to roof gardens to classrooms to city parks, people go to great lengths to get a dose of what TRENDWATCHING.COM has dubbed ONLINE OXYGEN."

I definitely understand what they're talking about! <grin>

[also via AdRants]

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Mass Class "The ongoing democratization of luxury (read: quality consumer goods and services at ever decreasing prices) has created powerful icons of new-style mass consumption..."

"These companies cater to what TRENDWATCHING.COM has dubbed MASS CLASS: the hundreds of millions of global consumers who are now unified in their quest for the best deals on offer on a global scale in virtually each B2C category."

So on the apparent level, alas, we exist to consume...?

[via AdRants]

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The New York Times on Radiohead.

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June 7, 2003

Back to the Basics

Carla Sinclair: "We're planning to live (short term!) on one of the Cooks' uninhabited motus once we've learned the basics, such as how to fish, husk coconuts, and spot dangerous tropical critters."

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June 6, 2003

Jonas is Back

Jonas Voss: "Since my last English post sometime in January, I've been up to moving, taking [and even passing some] exams, drinking some beers, kissing my girlfriend, and going to concerts. That pretty much sums it up."

Good to have you back, mate!

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ITMS Indie

The Apple iTunes Music Store is going Indie. Right on, Apple.

[via MacMinute]

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Bagel Day

Bagel Day photoMmm... Bagel day... (picture taken with my new camera phone, expect a moblog soon)

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June 5, 2003

Woz on Jobs

The Woz on Steve Jobs, back in the day: "He was sort of a free-floating hippie who could go a lot of different ways. He ate a lot of nuts -- and walked around barefoot or in sandals. He could get a job at Atari as a technician-engineer who could take designs and finish them. And then he'd go out for a few months and work on spreads in Oregon, or go over to India, bathe in the Ganges River. Then he'd come back."


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June 4, 2003

Public Domain Petition

Sign this petition.

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The Onion

The Onion, "Bush Visits U.S.S. Truman For Dramatic Veterans'-Benefits-Cutting Ceremony"

"When I look at the members of the United States military, I see the best of our country, and I am honored to be your Commander-In-Chief," Bush said. "I am equally honored that you are stoically accepting Congress' elimination of a large percentage of the benefits you were promised upon enlisting so that I can finance a massive tax cut."

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June 1, 2003

Reality Blogging

The Island Chronicles: "In June 2003, Mark Frauenfelder (of BoingBoing fame) and Carla Sinclair moved from Los Angeles to the South Pacific. Our first stop is Rarotonga, a tiny island in the South Pacific... This is our story, one photograph at a time."

[via Matt Haughey]

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