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May 1, 2007
Total user revolt at Digg over HDDVD key 'censorship'.
Every single front page post at Digg is currently a post about the HD DVD processing key, which the MPAA seems to have forced Digg to censor. A web 2.0 riot in progress, and a fascinating insight into the impossibility of censorship in a medium which routes around damage.
posted by unSane at 8:35 PM PST - 257 comments
"If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar, a hope-er, a pray-er, a magic bean buyer..."
ShelSilverstein.com bills itself as "the Official Site for Kids" but, if you're familiar with Sheldon Allan Silverstein's ecclectic career
, you don't have to be a kid to enjoy it. Shel was best known
for his books and poetry, but he was also a prolific songwriter
, working extensively with Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show [sorry, Tripod link]
. He also wrote Johnny Cash's hit "A Boy Named Sue
" and was posthumously inducted
into the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame in 2002. More songs and stories here
. And his amazingly extensive Wikipedia page is here.
posted by amyms at 8:18 PM PST - 13 comments
CNN has invited Sen. Mike Gravel
to the Democratic Presidential Debate on CNN. This was after reporting CNN would not invite him back and large public protest. Democrats will take the stage at Saint Anselm College on June 3, Republicans on June 5. Youtube links, If you missed him on the CNN debate
or the after on MSNBC
posted by IronWolve at 2:32 PM PST - 89 comments
"Lovely crinkly edges."
Third and final part of an excellent series of unpublished interviews with Douglas Adams, with the first Hitchhiker's book still to be complete and script editing on Dr Who taking up much of his time.
posted by humuhumu at 1:16 PM PST - 6 comments
Today is May 1st, also known as International Workers Day. International Workers Day began when 340,000 in Chicago, Milwaukee and other cities struck for the eight-hour day in 1886. Flash forward to today where for many workers in the I.T. industry, years of 60-hour weeks and taking classes on your own dime to keep up with technology leave you in the unemployment line, after being laid off with no notice. For years
, people have been calling
for the I.T. Workers of the world to unite and form a unified labor union. I.T. workers should form a union for the same reason that workers have always formed unions: together we have more power to improve the terms and conditions of our employment than we do as individuals. This is an announcement and a call to action to the world-wide IT worker community to become involved in the development of a new resource — The International I.T. Workers Union
that will represent the interests of I.T. Workers around the world.
posted by Babylonian at 1:05 PM PST - 73 comments
"Troy is only 8, but he knows the words to Yanguna, an Arnhem Land song celebrating kava. He sings in tune with Saltwater Band's anthem to the drug as the car bumps along the dirt track. Kava
came to Arnhem Land 20 years ago as a ray of hope. Aboriginal community leaders believed the calming drink from the Pacific could be a peaceful alternative to alcohol, then raging through Aboriginal communities like a cyclone. But kava became just another abused substance.
posted by jason's_planet at 12:24 PM PST - 43 comments
'Da Vinci' Church Reveals Secret Code
-- A father and son team
from Edinburgh think they have found a secret piece of music hidden in carvings at Rosslyn Chapel
. Stuart Mitchell, 41 and his father Tommy, 75, said they had deciphered a musical code locked in the stones of the chapel -- featured in Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" -- for more than 500 years.
They will perform the music in May at a concert in the 15th Century chapel.
posted by ericb at 10:12 AM PST - 28 comments
Happy Law Day Law Day is an opportunity to celebrate the Constitution and the laws that protect our rights and liberties and to recognize our responsibility as citizens to uphold the values of a free and just society.
(Law Day 2007
posted by caddis at 7:28 AM PST - 53 comments