Scoreless Tie

Friday, July 26, 2002

Friday Five

1. How long have you had a weblog? What's a weblog? ;) This one started on April 24, 2002.

2. What was your first post about? Absolutely nothing. See title above.

3. How many changes (name, location, etc.) of your weblog have there been, if more than one? None, changing takes effort.

4. What CMS (content management system) do you use? Do you like it or do you want to try something else? See answer to 3 above.

5. Do you read people who have both a journal and a weblog? Or do you prefer to read people who have all of their writing in one central place? What kind of a question is that? I read things I find interesting. If I want to read more of what someone has written, I will look for it wherever it is and read it. James Lileks, for example. Or Seth Godin. I'll even read Seth on paper!! So I guess I kind of don't prefer to read people who have all of their writing in one place.

Thursday, July 18, 2002
Daniel Gross thinks that Enron was Congress' fault.

Wednesday, July 17, 2002
Gotta stop now

21C has some really interesting, thought-provoking stuff. Including an article about a documentary on the US Annexation of the Phillipines.

Friday, July 12, 2002
The solution to global bio-terrorism? Buffy, the Vampire Slayer.

Thursday, July 11, 2002

This is going to be a somewhat disjointed post with little explanation as to why I posted all these links. It all started early this morning on my drive to my client, a specialty chemical company in northern New Jersey (USA). I heard NPR's story on Fritz Haber who, along with Carl Bosch, invented the Haber-Bosch process for making ammonia with air. What the NPR story didn't discuss was how Fritz Haber and Carl Bosch were part of the brain trust that powered IG Farben. My favorite telling of the story is Joseph Borkin's The crime and punishment of I. G. Farben. Amazon link for book. And the strange irony of all this is that my client has it's roots as the US subsidiary of IG Farben...

But of course, I started wondering about NPR and their policy of linking to their site (that I think I may have violated above), along with a number of newspapers that also forbid linking, and the Danish (I think) newspaper that recently won a case forbidding a website to link to their stories. Why do they need to have policies? All the pay sites limit what you can see. I can't link to premium content in Salon or The Economist. If they are so all-fired concerned about who or how people go their content, CLOSE THE DOOR!!!

And these thoughts led to me considering the state of intellectual property. Dan Gillmor talks about it . Copyfight (Donna Wentworth) talks about it.. Dan Gillmor's ejournal. Edward Felton worries about it. I think it would be okay for Fritz Hollings to get his bill passed IF software copyrights were limited to 10 years and "content" copyrights were limited to the life of the author. I don't think Disney would be so hot for piracy protection if it limited their quest for the eternal copyright on Mickey.

Wednesday, July 10, 2002
It hit me last night. How can we expect America's business leaders to be less "scumbag-like" than our political leaders? The Washington Times points out the irony.

Tuesday, July 09, 2002
The Economist published a story with the solution to greenhouse gas emissions.

Monday, July 08, 2002
I wish I had thought of this!! The Time Travel Fund will try to get you 500 years into the future for a small, one-time payment. Why haven't I seen this on memepool?

Update, 7/10 - because memepool is sucking big-time. Stick with fark.

Okay, so I took a week off. Had a nice time "down the shore" as the Philadelphia colloquialism goes. I got an interesting e-mail in my in-box last week with a link to Ten Great Reasons to Celebrate by Dinesh D'Souza. It's an interesting article, but more interesting was this refutation of D'Souza's End of Racism.