use my drive space, give me monopoly money!
... i'm not sure at all that i understand this
vision of p2p but it gives me a funny feeling reminiscent of the time my roommate tried to get everyone in the house to switch their phones over to excel. then again it's being touted as the killer *nap*
More Hot Nader Action Coming At You.
Because you cannot post enough links about Ralph Nader on Metafilter. The curious thing about this article comes at the end, with the analysis of Nader's message. Yeah, Ralph's against a lot of stuff, but what is he for
? What are his plans and agendas?
VR Pioneer Jaron Lanier
trashes AI and futurists and makes a case that software designers that engage in this groupthink produce user-unfriendly software.
Milosevic is a bad, bad man.
Not that we didn't know this before, but.... really.
lists ten questions that won't be asked at the debates and I find them pretty tame, with a few exceptions. Instead of emailing the author with questions you'd like to see I'd rather read what the people here have to say.
While it can be beneficial to some, I still have to wonder about the quality of education and the social stagnation kids may be subjected to...
Gnutella -- DeCSS Redux?
Anyone catch the Salon article on gnutella
? Speculation by Cary Sherman, general counsel of the RIAA, on how to bring gnutella down includes the following:
"...There are also people disseminating the program, and people who are using it to disseminate materials. There could be legal strategies to address that."
Once again people merely "disseminating" an otherwise legal program are -- the phase I believe is -- actionable.
Where Are The Hollywood Conservative?
Does a liberal cabal of Hollywood executives destroy the careers of conservative performers? Or, is the conservative philosophy (opposed to change, antiquated morals...) just too boring for artists and performers?
"I've been a broadcast journalist for a quarter of a century and I've never seen a slower period
... There is really no comparison in our lifetime." Are we facing The End of News? Will we ever again live in interesting times? (Yes, I know it's a Salon link. But I've been thinking about this for a while.)
Yo dawg, peep Bush, he be up and on that whitecrib thang.
Believe it Yo. My pager goin off when I saw this word scribble...
Bush (shaking his head mournfully): "Dude, dude. You must be loaded, Holmes. You're cut off on the bong, ace. Your lameness is of a sameness. If every time you're sippin' on a 40 you start quoting Grouchy Marx, my man, you can't be hanging at Epsilon House. Major league bummer!"
A historical rebuttal to the currently rabid NRA.
Michael Bellesiles analyzes gun culture throughout American history and finds a number of points that disagree with Chuck Heston's version of 'Merica. Not surprisingly, the NRA is livid. At the risk of posting flamebait, will people ever be able to approach this issue from a reasoned, educated perspective, rather than responding with knee-jerk reactions?
Training toddlers to compete.
This reminds me of the Dilbert episode where Dogbert holds training sessions for toddlers. I know parents often want to realize themselves through their children, but aren't we going a bit overboard here?
Major league asshole:
Y'all have probably heard about this already, but I'm thinking it'd make for good discussion. While I'm always happy to hear of dirt on Dubya, is this really all that big of a deal?
This Salon article on the state of web sites aimed at women
asks some interesting questions. Women-centric sites set out in 1997 and 1998 to start a revolution, and instead we have relationship quizzes, diet plans, TV reviews, and horoscopes. What went wrong? Are women really
interested in these things? Did the sites start out edgy and adapt to the audience? Would anyone expect online magazine/lifestyle properties to be much different than their offline counterparts? I also wonder what anyone that has ever seen and/or used iVilliage
, and Women.com
think of each site's content? Is it enlightening, or pure fluff?
may be even more Orwellian than I thought. It may not be so much about constant surveillance, as about manipulating public perception of events.
Philly's finest vs. protesters,
which is completely unsurprising. What more could validate the argument that our civil rights are in a sad state of affairs. What was surprising is that Coyote Ugly
isn't the T&A fest the commercials would have us believe it is, for shame movie marketers. Even more suprising: Body doubles.
Pregnant women on death row.
I don't understand why this is an issue. I'm not commenting on capital punishment here, a problem in itself, but what's the rush? Why not just wait until the child is born?
Oh, happy day!
Just when thought the 2000 US Presidential Race was going to be a woebegone contest between Dull
, the impish whackjob returns for yet another round of merry hi-jinks and paranoiac delusions presented as fact!
Human Genome Project completed!!!!!
Why does the left ignore Waco?
I remember watching Waco burn on tv and being totally radicalized by it. Believing I was experiencing holy truth, I was of course shocked to find alot of people thought they had it coming. This link proposes things I had not considered.
it's just not the same on radio
but it seems radio morning shows are willing to go to any length to get new listeners.
how in the world did this article
, which basically repremands readers from making assumptions about and being intrusive into the private lives of memoirists, end by propositioning dave eggers? i mean really, wtf? the author of the piece, lorri gottlieb, ought to be ashamed of herself.
Whoa! What was that?
Did you hear something?
This is one of the more comprehensive and insightful takes on the RIAA vs. Napster vs. Record Companies that I've heard. It's long and rambling, but it makes a lot of sense to me.
The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy is now real
, and you can get it on your cell phone
Two of the Salon staffers fired this week
were the founders of the Mothers Who Think
section. Chalk one up for the other mothers.
Salon gives in.
Back to readability, baby.
Beowulf rips off Austin's arm and beats him to death with it!
I know it's a month old, but I'm just so excited. Yea, King of the Geats! Boo, bald Texas guy!
Salon's Editor answers his (many) critics
but he doesn't seem to be backing down at all.
Ugly, ugly ugly.
The Salon.com redesign is finally - and unfortunately - live. It's not a magazine - it's a portal!
Mignon Khargie - wherefore art thou?
Boo.com go bye bye!
The oh-so-hip online fashion boutique burnt through $120 million in 6 months.
Now it's gone. Is this one of the first casualties of the dot-com rush? Is this the beginning of a trend, or is this an isolated incident?
is a photo journal of sorts, detailing the sex life of the author, Natacha Merritt. I haven't seen the book or anything, but what struck me as a little odd was the interview
they have with her on Salon. It seems like they purposefully tried to make her come off as completely ignorant with regard to photography and art in general.
Here's an 'update'
on the gay highschool football capitan that decided to come out of the closet and was warmly accepted, blah blah blah. I was reading this and I realized that I have absolutely *no* idea how my friends would react if I, or anyone else, 'came out'. Although I knew a few gays while I was growing up in the states, I do not know a single gay person in Poland. It made me think...
NPR on the side of Corporate Radio? Bird on a Wire
spotted this Salon story that says that National Public Radio, those bast...ions of freedom of speech, are siding with Clear Channel and Infinity Broadcasting to try and restrict the proposed Low Power FM broadcasting service to third adjacent channels (90.1 -> 90.7) instead of second (90.1 -> 90.5)...
a change that will cut the number of possible stations from thousands... to 75.
Hate vs. Hate
Film critic Roger Ebert criticizes Hatewatch, a catalog of hate sites intended for people who hate hate. My commentary
is a bit too long for the front page, so I put it on my log. Choose your poison.
Love and lice
, according to Lynda Barry. I remember the first time they came to our second grade class searching for lice. I had no idea what lice was, so I just played dumb and let them act like monkeys looking through my hair.
No time to bond with your children. Work leave you drained and the kids just will not listen? Let Prozac help. The kids, not you.
If you're tired of Salon
, try McSweeney
Scary calculation of the day: I spend about $750/mo. on rent in LA, and while I was checking the price range on apartments in San Francisco
, what I wanted was about $2500 per month. So in LA, I spend $9,000 per year on rent (actually it's half that, since I split it with my girlfriend), but in SF, it'd be $30,000 (!!!). For that cost, I could pay for a house in just a handful of years in any other state. Maybe Salon is right
, or maybe they aren't
in full flow at Salon
"In the three weeks since my last column, Hillary Rodham Clinton has been up hill and down dale, beating the bushes in upstate New York to try to convince someone somewhere that she is a woman of substance rather than a raisin-eyed, carrot-nosed, twig-armed, straw-stuffed mannequin trundled in on a go-cart by the mentally bereft powerbrokers of the state Democratic Party."
to follow up the scandal of who wants to marry a millionaire, might fox give us who wants to marry a staggering genius
featuring 50 young, college-educated women vying for the affections of sympathetic literary star Dave Eggers?
Laetitia Casta has been elected as France's new millennial Marianne
, symbolizing the embodiment of the Republic and symbol of the Revolution. In protest to the election of a supermodel to represent France, a french villiage has named a main square after an "ordinary woman"
in the villiage.
So long Ernest.
He was amusing, and only 50.
It looks like Dan Savage is in a bit of trouble
for that stunt he pulled and wrote about for salon
. He volunteered for Gary Bauer's campaign in Iowa before their caucuses and attmpted to infect the candidate and his staff with the flu he was suffering from. Now he may be charged with voter fraud and assault. Also see salon's reader's reactions. So was Dan just kidding in the article or did he really lick doorknobs? Think he's going to get in serious trouble?
Salon is running a piece on how the internet has ruined San Francisco.
I have to say I agree 100%. I've lived in Southern California all my life and S.F. has historically been a much cooler, mellower place that I looked forward to visiting. But over the past couple of years, I've found myself travelling up there once every couple months, and every time I go it's busier, more crowded, and everyone is in a bigger hurry. For me, the mystique of S.F. is totally gone. The dotcom riches have ruined the place. [found at Camworld
Unsure of exactly how ruthless you are? Take the Machiavelli personality test
at Salon. On a scale of one to one hundred, I got an eighty. Just short of being able to subvert a nation.