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January 27, 2004


Is it just me, or does this sound Lord of the Ringsy?

"The former dictator sits in captivity. He can no longer harbour and support terrorists, and his long efforts to acquire weapons of mass destruction are at an end," U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney said yesterday in a speech to political and business leaders in Rome.

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Robert Cringely: "While America remains a country of great technical capability, that capability is being compromised by a new kind of brain drain as we simply allow our local industries to fall apart.  Send enough technical work to India or China, and what once was the engineering department ends up working down at Home Depot."

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Douglas Rushkoff in The Feature: "Content Management is for losers. Young people may have discovered the dark truth about digital media: the person who wins the right to store a piece of data has actually won the booby prize."


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January 25, 2004

On Stealing

Aaron Swartz goes under the iron:

"The law about what is stealing is very clear. Stealing is taking something away from someone so they cannot use it. There’s no way that making a copy of something is stealing under that definition."

"If you make a copy of something, you’ll be prosecuted for copyright infringement or something similar — not larceny (the legal term for stealing). Stealing, like piracy and intellectual property, is another one of those terms cooked up to make us think of intellectual works the same way we think of physical items. But the two are very different."

"However, I think that easy small donations, perhaps optional, are probably the way to go, along with making money off of ancillary things like T-Shirts and CDs and DVDs. For example, Homestar Runner doesn’t charge or ask for donations but they’ve been incredibly successful through selling merchandise. Wikipedia’s raised an incredible amount of money, probably $50,000 all together, simply from donations. So I think we should try all these ways, but I’m optimistic that if you provide something people really like, and you make it easy for them to pay you for it, that you’ll do fine."
Yes! I convinced Ottmar to put up a tip jar; I hope he'll keep us posted on how it's going. I suspect he'll make more $ by encouraging people to copy his music and donate, than by dup'ing cds and selling them.

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Bruce Eckel:

"The fascinating effect of newsreader software is that it allows each individual to create their own magazine, filled with their own favorite columnists. This was predicted by futurists, but those predictions were inevitably a vision of some central newspaper-like authority assembling and delivering your customized paper to you. We have been so conditioned to think in terms of Big Authority Figures that the concept of assemble-your-own directly from the producer didn't occur to anyone until after it already happened. In hindsight, it's obvious: it's not only the cheapest approach, but also the most flexible and open, and serves the consumer best."
[via Zawodny]

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January 22, 2004

Love Thy Enemy

Martin Luther King, Jr.:

"I want to turn your attention to this subject: "Loving Your Enemies." Over the centuries, many persons have argued that this is an extremely difficult command. Many would go so far as to say that it just isn't possible to move out into the actual practice of this glorious command. Now let me hasten to say that Jesus was very serious when he gave this command; he wasn't playing. He realized that it's hard to love your nemies. He realized that it's difficult to love those persons who seek to defeat you, those persons who say evil things about you. He realized that it was painfully hard, pressingly hard. But he wasn't playing. And we cannot dismiss this passage as just another example of Oriental hyperbole, just a sort of exaggeration to get over the point. This is a basic philosophy of all that we hear coming from the lips of our Master. We have the Christian and moral responsibility to seek to discover the meaning of these words, and to discover how we can live out this command, and why we should live by this command."
You hear that, Dubya? This is how you should be leading us, with words like these. Not with words of fear, of which you seem so fond.

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January 21, 2004


I didn't feel any of these, but it looks like Kimmy did. The EarthGod must be pissed... I blame Dubya.


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January 20, 2004


Bruce Tognazzini: "In the cold, early morning hours of a Winter morning in 1980, Apple Computer went public. By the end of that frantic day, 64 people had become millionaires. I was one of them. Had I locked those stock certificates away in a safe deposit box that day, they would now be worth more than 18 million dollars. Instead, I "put them to work." Within 24 months, I had less than $300,000 left... My ostensible purpose in writing this rather embarrassing treatise is, with luck, to prevent others from following in my footsteps. The person I want to influence the most, however, is myself. I just hope I'm listening..."

[via SteveJ]

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How Blogs Work

For newcomers to 'that blog thing,' HowStuffWorks has a nice wee writeup:

"What are blogs? There are now millions of them -- where did they all come from? In this article, you will have a chance to enter the world of blogging. You will even learn how to create your own blog and publish it to the world!"
[via Kimmy]

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January 18, 2004


Powers of 10: Interactive Java Tutorial:

"View the Milky Way at 10 million light years from the Earth. Then move through space towards the Earth in successive orders of magnitude..."
[via cousin Ashley M., in an email fwd]

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It's A Two-Way Web

Matt Haughey: "I hope new web users see it as the read/write medium it was meant to be instead of seeing it as an information appliance to look at, and blogging is a big step forward in that regard."

Also: "... and then I got really lucky and met others and got to work on Blogger for Pyra in 2000. It was probably the most productive and stimulating environment I’ve ever been in."

It still is, Matt!

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January 17, 2004

CBS: Move On

Scott Rosenberg:

"MoveOn wants to run the winning ad in its 'Bush in 30 Seconds' contest during the Super Bowl. Advertising Age quotes a CBS spokesperson saying that "he didn't think it was likely that the spot would pass standards and practices."

"The MoveOn 'Child's Pay' ad is a substantive argument about the deficit, contains no allusions to Nazism and features images far tamer than overgrown men battering one another for possession of a scrap of pigskin. If CBS refuses to run it, MoveOn should mobilize a mass boycott of the network. Hell, we wouldn't miss much.

Update: Here's Lessig on the matter:
"CBS is said to have refused to run MoveOn’s winning ad, citing its policy not to run commercials dealing 'with controversial issues of public importance.' CBS will instead run ads from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy — apparently an issue of public importance that is not controversial. Who would of thought an ad criticizing a $1 trillion deficit was more “controversial” than an ad about the war on drugs?"

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Just a few short weeks after I suggested that Ottmar put up an online tip jar, it's there:

"The PDF for nouveaumatic is not ready yet, but we are working on that. You can also type in this URL:, which we will print on all future CD packages, like Jon's Transit, due in about a month and my Luna Negra album La Semana in May."
I just tossed in $30, because I've definitely copied The Santa Fe Sessions for at least six people...

Great work, Ottmar!

Update: Reciprocation is cool. :)

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Bizarre Beauty

Cory Doctorow: "These photos of human-made toxic disasters -- mining tailings, tire-piles, oil refineries, etc -- capture the beauty of industrial horror."

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Stick It To 'em

Larry Lessig in Wired: "What developing nations need is better lobbyists. In particular, advocates as persuasive as Hollywood's lobbyists, who've managed to defend the entertainment industry's intellectual property rights extremely well. Here's one way to get power (or the Man) on their side."

Methinks it's a brilliant idea...

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Looks like Sieburg just hooked up some schwag at CafePress:

Perfect timing Mike, I needed a tea mug for the office so I ordered one of these.

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"A mysterious 'blogger' with the pseudonym Salam Pax has been posting eyewitness accounts from Baghdad... And Salam Pax — the name comes from the Arabic and Latin words for 'peace' — isn't the only one to tap into cyberspace. From soldiers in far-flung base camps to concerned citizens thousands of miles away, 'war bloggers' are using the power and spread of the Internet to give voice to alternative news and views on the war and other events in the Middle East."
Unfortunately ABC wasn't kind enough to provide links to the above-mentioned weblogs. Linking is the essence of the web. Without links, the Web isn't a web. Therefore:

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January 15, 2004

Fast. Frickin' Fast.

It's G5 Day! Eternal thanks to Santa Ev for making it happen (it's my new work machine).

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Get Your War On

#30, Mars: "You know, I remember when I was worried the war in Iraq would distract us from rebuilding Afghanistan. (Thank God I was wrong about that!)"

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January 14, 2004


Phil Windley: "According to a story in Roll Call, Amazon will provide a means, starting Thursday, for you to make a direct donation to your favorite presidential candidate using your Amazon account."

Too cool.

[via Jay Han]

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Justin Blanton: "You might live in Silicon Valley if you see a new Ferrari with a license plate that says 'Jobs Suk' in the Starbucks parking lot."

Reminds me of a similar experience I had three months ago...

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The Daring Fireball: "The difference with the digital hub (to use Apple’s parlance) is that it extends beyond the PC industry. The market for digital cameras, for example, is not a subset of the PC industry — it’s a subset of the photography industry. Likewise, the market for digital music players is simply people who like music. Just because the early adopters of digital cameras and MP3 players were indeed computer nerds doesn’t make them PC peripherals — they’re just cameras and music players."

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January 13, 2004


AlwaysOn Network: "A year ago, there were 8 million wireless subscribers in India. Today there are 22 million, and we’re seeing growth of 2 million subscribers per month. This is a revolution in the making."

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This 360° Mars panorama is incredible.

Steven Frank sums it up best: "Confidential to T-Mobile: NASA is downloading 36 MB TIFFs from Mars and I only get 2 bars of signal on my cell phone inside my house. Please look into upgrading."

Update: Here's another panorama, this time from the surface of the Moon.

[via the Mars Rover Mission Blog]

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January 12, 2004


Todd Dominey: "If you hit a home run with a product, as they have with the iPod, and offer the best possible user service with the iTunes Music Store, the right thing to do doesn’t include squatting and sticking your tongue out at everyone else, but cementing your accomplishment by allowing your work to be adopted by others."

[via Om]

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January 11, 2004


Dan Gillmor, journalist from The Merc: "I like the idea that people are watching what I say and correcting me if I get things wrong -- or challenging my conclusions, based on the same facts (or facts I hadn't know about when I wrote the piece.) This is a piece of tomorrow's journalism, and we in the business should welcome the feedback and assistance that, if we do it right, becomes part of a larger conversation."

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January 10, 2004

Hella Funny

Best of Craigslist, Hella Defined:

Northern Californian term for "really" or "very." Generally accepted vernacular north of Santa Barbara (It will get you dirty looks anywhere else in the world.)

Example: Dude, that new organic market on Haight is hella phat!

I'm fortunate enough to hear the term used by NorCal natives at work every day, and have even been known to use the term once in a while myself...

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January 9, 2004


Aaron Swartz: "Stealing is wrong. But downloading isn’t stealing... Downloading may be illegal. But 60 million people used Napster and only 50 million voted for Bush or Gore. We live in a democracy. If the people want to share files then the law should be changed to let them."

[via ObLinks]

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January 6, 2004

Fair Use

Wired: "The film industry has treated as a threat any disruptive new technology that might change the way movies are distributed and consumed, lobbying vigorously for legal safeguards. Valenti did this all too well; the result of his skill on the Hill is an industry that instinctively hides behind the skirt of Washington and the courts."

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Bush, you bastard.

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January 5, 2004

Regime Change

The top 15 "Bush in 30 Seconds" ads are online, do check them out, they're quite excellent.

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More Netflix

Excellent, a Netflix fanblog:

From November: "The article also states that the video rental business is $8 billion, with only $200 million going to Netflix and other online rental companies."

[via Jeremy Zawodny]

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January 3, 2004

The Meatrix

Peter Singer, A Vegetarian Philosophy: "To convert eight or nine kilos of grain protein into a single kilo of animal protein wastes land, energy, and water. On a crowded planet with a growing human population, that is a luxury that we are becoming increasingly unable to afford."

[via David Weinberger]

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Bob Cringely: "People in my position make bold predictions and then hope they are forgotten."

Tim O'Reilly: "We need some equivalent to the original Apple Human Interface Guidelines, updated for the network era, to state a vision of the consistent behavior expected of Internet-era applications."

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AlwaysOn: "The shares of Netflix have posted a remarkable increase of nearly 400 percent over the past 12 months. The stock is threatening to surpass the 52-week high of $61 that it hit last Oct. 30."

[via Ev, who's mentioned Netflix before]

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January 2, 2004


Wired, The Great Library of Amazonia:

"Why not have users take pictures of their bookshelf?" Manber asked when we first met. "We could scan the images, extract the titles, and then let them search the entire text of the books they own."


"The digital titles in Kelly's library would match the physical books on his shelf. "The idea of ebooks was to do away with paper," he says. "But really, you want to add dimensionality to a physical object rather than take it away. You want an enhanced physical world."

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Erik Benson, proprietor of the wonderful AllConsuming, just posted a list of The Most Blogged-About Books of 2003.

I've read 25 of them, and another 25 are on my to be consumed list. Cool.

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Don't Get Sick

A little while back Mom emailed this to me: WebMD: 12 Tips to Prevent Cold and Flu the 'Natural' Way

Good stuff in there.

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January 1, 2004


Tony just got back from Peru, and has four pages of gorgeous photos to prove it.

Mmm... travel...

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SteveD "Except for the jellyfish incident in Mexico, I'd have to say 2003 was alright."

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He's Wack

My nomination for Best Audblog Post of 2003: Biz Stone, 2003/12/31

SteveJ had a slightly different reaction than me, however...

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