Thursday, October 31
Wednesday, October 30
Wired News: Dial 'H' for Hostage
"It's quite natural to regard LiveJournal as a news feed," said Anton Nossik, one of the founders of LiveJournal's Russian community, and chief editor and CEO of Lenta.Ru, the country's leading online news service.
He said the site has become an especially important source of information for people living in remote locations, such as Siberia and the Far East, where established news agencies seldom send reporters.
Tuesday, October 29
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Forever Young (washingtonpost.com)
If you semi-starve a healthy organism, it turns out, its life span will increase by 40 percent. This is the only proven method of altering the rate of aging. Works on nematodes, fruit flies, mice, dogs, rats and spiders. Critters react by channeling their energy from reproduction to maintenance.
There is this slight problem. Semi-starved lab rats are mean. "Oh, God, do they bite," notes one researcher. That's why it's hard to get humans into test trials. "Do you live longer or does it just feel that way?" another researcher jokes.
Forever Young (washingtonpost.com)
Bruce Ames of the University of California at Berkeley is a great man in bioscience. His scholarly articles are among the most cited of the 20th century. If you want to discover whether a substance will cause genetic mutation, what you want is the "Ames Test."
Nonetheless, he's got something he wants to sell you. It is an anti-aging "nutraceutical" that is for sale over the Internet. It's called Juvenon and consists of two antioxidants. He says he doesn't make any money on it; the proceeds all go to a foundation. Nonetheless, the claims he and others make for it are arresting. Memory and energy levels in lab animals increase significantly, he reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
In his Berkeley living room with its marvelous view of the Golden Gate Bridge, over a glass of sea-dark wine, he loves to say Juvenon makes his aging lab rats "dance the macarena."
"This is great stuff. I'm beginning to remember the '60s," reports Stewart Brand, the onetime counterculture icon who created the Whole Earth Catalog.
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mecran01: It's not so much a money question as an influence question, though, and I doubt the money issue was that big here. Who'd go into academia expecting to make a lot of money? No one. It's a decent living for plenty of people, though. Who'd go into it expecting to influence society in however small a fashion, or to have their words taken seriously by the culture at large? Plenty of people.
Monday, October 28
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TIME.com: Nation -- The New Politics of Pot
Lewis, 68, former ceo of Progressive, an insurance company, doesn't despise the czar quite as much, but he has been battling him even harder. The reasons for Lewis are more straightforward. He has been referred to by colleagues as a "functional pothead." He spends half the year on a $16.5 million, 255-ft. yacht, where he smokes pot regularly; he even got arrested in New Zealand on drug charges a few years ago, he told the Plain Dealer. He is one of the main backers of the radical Nevada proposal, having given heaps of money to the Marijuana Policy Project, which is running Question 9 there. "The absurdity of its illegality has been clear to me for some time. I learned about pot from my kids and realized it was a lot better than Scotch, and I loved the Scotch. Then I went to my doctor, and he said, 'I'm thrilled. You're drinking too much. You're much better off doing pot than drinking.'"
TIME Magazine: The New Politics of Pot
Among the biggest pro-pot players, medical marijuana was actually kind of a ruse. Sure, there are sick people who really feel they need marijuana to numb pain, relieve the eye pressure of glaucoma, calm muscle spasms or get the munchies to help with AIDS wasting (see following story). But they are not the people who put the debate into high gear. A few years ago, the Drug Policy Alliance
Guardian Unlimited Observer | International | Gore Vidal claims 'Bush junta' complicit in 9/11
Vidal's highly controversial 7000 word polemic titled 'The Enemy Within' - published in the print edition of The Observer today - argues that what he calls a 'Bush junta' used the terrorist attacks as a pretext to enact a pre-existing agenda to invade Afghanistan and crack down on civil liberties at home.
Vidal writes: 'We still don't know by whom we were struck that infamous Tuesday, or for what true purpose. But it is fairly plain to many civil libertarians that 9/11 put paid not only to much of our fragile Bill of Rights but also to our once-envied system of government which had taken a mortal blow the previous year when the Supreme Court did a little dance in 5/4 time and replaced a popularly elected President with the oil and gas Bush-Cheney junta.'
Sunday, October 27
anil dash - archives
For the uninitiated, keeping a service as complex as Blogger secure is a constant struggle. It is incomparable to software such as MT. While I'm sure they do a fine job, I guarantee we spend more time and money specifically on security than [name-your-favorite-weblog-software-company]. Because we have to: We're constantly being attacked (most, obviously, fail). This is the nature of a high-traffic, high-visibility web site.
And it is the nature of small, underfunded business that sometimes mistakes happen. We fucked up. We got beat. We admit that. But the arrogance of all these people who have very little clue what they're talking about is pathetic. But then, that's the nature of Internet discussions. ;)
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Besides, if we all had a buck for the times you gloated about something that Frontier/Manila/Radio/ProductOfThisWeek did better than a competitor who just was caught doing something poorly, we'd all be in a position to afford to buy your products.
Saturday, October 26
weblog.masukomi.org - 8/1/2002; 1:04:45 PM
Zoe is being released under the Apple Public Source License (actually it'll be the "Rapha‘l Szwarc Public License" but it's the same thing) and we're putting together a SourceForge project to coordinate the future development of Zoe. Our plan is to choose a handful of experienced developers to form the core development team for Zoe. Anyone is free to contribute code which members of the development team will review add back into the codebase. Over time we will invite developers who have demonstrated their interest and abilities to join our core team. We'll keep the mailing lists public and encourage everyone to sign up and throw in any comments they may have. There has been a tremendous amount of interest in having Zoe released as an open source project and we think that this will be the best way to manage all the different voices.
The world talks about America's "sniper culture"
"Just don't mention gun control," the London paper said, "or even a national gun registry. Many Americans--and, emphatically, the Bush Administration --will not contemplate this step. It is not surprising that this was not featured in the Administration's comments on the sniper. Al Gore is thought to have lost Arkansas, West Virginia and his home state of Tennessee--and hence the 2000 presidential election--on his gun control policies."
Thinking of Radio as Smart Enough to Live Without Rules
some researchers now believe that recent advances in a new technology called cognitive radio might make it possible to think about the spectrum as limitless. These researchers say that more powerful microchips and improvements in signal processing - combined with networking ideas borrowed from the Internet - may someday eliminate radio's current hub-and-spoke model, in which high-powered transmitters blast signals to dumb receivers. Instead, intelligent radios - smart in that they are able to sense, respond to and work with other radios in their environment in order to transmit in the most efficient manner possible - would be linked in a web in which traffic was passed along in packets on constantly shifting frequencies until it reached its destination.
Friday, October 25
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David Brin's Official Web Site: "The Transparent Society" (Chapter One)
Tiny cameras, panning left and right, surveying traffic and pedestrians, observing everything in open view.
Have we entered an Orwellian nightmare? Have the burghers of both towns banished muggings at the cost of creating a Stalinist dystopia?
Consider City Number One. In this place, all the myriad cameras report their urban scenes straight to Police Central, where security officers use sophisticated image-processors to scan for infractions against the public order -- or perhaps against an established way of thought. Citizens walk the streets aware that any word or deed may be noted by agents of some mysterious bureau.
Now let's skip across space and time.
At first sight, things seem quite similar in City Number Two. Again, there are ubiquitous cameras, perched on every vantage point. Only here we soon find a crucial difference. These devices do not report to the secret police. Rather, each and every citizen of this metropolis can lift his or her wristwatch/TV and call up images from any camera in town.
Here a late-evening stroller checks to make sure no one lurks beyond the corner she is about to turn.
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One shot, one kill: the credo of the professional sniper, who gains status with each confirmed hit. But don't worry if you're not a professional; there are still plenty of places where you can learn how to gun down your fellow man.
Information about concealment, marksmanship, penetrating power and customizing your weapon is as close as a mouse-click away. You can even learn the pro's way of killing someone so they drop without a twitch; just aim for "the apricot" at the junction of the brain and the brain stem.
Fire at Will
Lindgren has also contacted historians who wrote positive reviews of Arming America and, according to the Chronicle, "urged them to reconsider their positions--in print." This is pretty much unheard of in academia. Matthew Warshauer reviewed the book favorably in the journal Connecticut History. He told me that Lindgren asked him to publish a retraction. "He added something like he would hate to have this affect my career. I viewed that as a veiled threat." Warshauer is an untenured associate professor at Central Connecticut State University. "I have twelve e-mails Lindgren sent me," he said, "including little ones, like 'where are you at with this?' He definitely kept up the pressure." The anti-Bellesiles campaign didn't stop there with Warshauer, either: One pro-gun website posted a link to Warshauer's graduate history seminar, where Bellesiles's book was assigned reading, and encouraged gun supporters to e-mail Warshauer. The director of the website, Angel Shamaya, even e-mailed Warshauer himself, saying, "If you're planning on exposing Bellesiles as the lying sack of anti-gun excrement he is, good for you.... but if, on the other hand, you're planning to pretend that...he is anything less than a deceitful snake--you're unfit to teach."
When the question period came, he started with the first of the four large men. "You say the probate records show very few guns, and argue that this proves people in early America didn't have guns. But when my father died, there was nothing in his will about his guns--even though he owned four of them. But he had told me he wanted me to have them, and now I do. Are probate records really a good source of evidence on gun ownership?"
Bellesiles answered, "I'm sure you're right about your father's will, but wills in the eighteenth century were different. People didn't own very many things compared to today, and their wills contained a detailed list of everything they had, down to the knives and forks. There are other problems with probate records--they are biased in many ways. But I'm confident that if an eighteenth-century man owned a gun, it would be in his will. Remember that we're talking here about wills in the 1700s."
He called on the second large man. "I want to ask about your use of probate records," he said. "You say probate records showed few guns, but my father owned several guns that did not appear in his will when he died. My brother and I divided them up."
Bellesiles paused and looked around the room, where students glanced at each other with stunned disbelief: So this is what it's like when you're the target of a campaign to destroy your work.
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Thursday, October 24
C-Health/LifeMD - Andropause
If testosterone levels are normal, and a man is experiencing signs of andropause, the hormonal culprit is usually estrogen, the female hormone. Both men and women must have a specific ratio of testosterone to estrogen. Young men may have a ratio of testosterone to estrogen of 50:1. The ratio drops to 20:1 or even as low as 8:1 with normal aging. When estrogen levels in a man increase, the effects of testosterone are negated. While estrogens in women protect them from heart disease and osteoporosis, the effects are the opposite for men. Too much estrogen will actually increase the risk of heart attacks in men.
CNN.com - Sources: Rifle found in suspect car - Oct. 24, 2002
A Bushmaster .223-caliber rifle was recovered from the vehicle impounded during an overnight arrest of two suspects in the Washington-area sniper case, sources told CNN Thursday.
Washington radio station WTOP reported that a rifle, a scope and a tripod had been recovered from the suspects' vehicle.
Wednesday, October 23
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I had to ride in a white van today and we had to pass by a school. The cops followed us the whole time and pulled us over after we were about 3 blocks away. I so hope they catch this guy soon.
The New York Sun
Indeed, some say, if anyone can make self-publishing work, it?s Mr. Eggers, who has developed quite a cult of personality over the years and been known to make girls with glasses swoon from Carroll Gardens to San Francisco?s Mission District.
?He has the golden touch, whether it?s because of his Web site or his reputation, he is able to do what no major publisher is able to do, which is publish books without a lot of publicity,? Mr. Contant said.
brushstroke.tv Marika digs through her bag for the contraband we snuck in the venue. Carefully avoiding the gaze of security, she pulls out the shortbread cookies and chocolate sauce. The woman next to us asks if she might have a hit of that.
HS Home 22.10.2002 - Myyrmanni: Net detectives found the bomber by themselves
Less has been written about the way in which Internet-users carried out their own detective work in the hours and minutes following the fatal explosion. Message board members and chatroom users on IRC (Internet Relay Chat - see attached article for an explanation), operating under online aliases, put together crumbs of information and arrived at the name of the culprit well before either the police or the media was in a position to go public. This is the story of how it happened.
Tuesday, October 22
O'Reilly Network: Googling Your Email [Oct. 07, 2002]
Someday we'll tell our grandchildren about those moments of epiphany, back in the last century, when we first glimpsed how the Web would change our relationship to the world. For me, one of those moments came when I was looking for an ODBC driver kit that I knew was on a CD somewhere in my office. After rifling through my piles of clutter to no avail, I tried rifling through AltaVista's index. Bingo! Downloading those couple of megabytes over our 56K leased line to the Internet was, to be sure, way slower than my CD-ROM drive's transfer rate would have been, but since I couldn't lay my hands on the CD, it was a moot point. Through AltaVista I could find, and then possess, things that I already possessed but could not find.
Police Seek Contact With Sniper (washingtonpost.com)
– France alerted Interpol about a French army deserter who is known as a marksman and is missing in North America. A Defense Ministry spokesman said there was speculation of a link to the sniper.
local6.com - Police Read Threat Linked To Sniper
The Times also cited unidentified federal agents as saying the note is "very lengthy" and poorly worded, bordering on broken English.
Could effective writing instruction have prevented the killings? Probably.
local6.com - Police Read Threat Linked To Sniper
A senior law enforcement source told The Associated Press the rest of the note found at Saturday's scene suggested the sniper wants money.
The Chronicle: 10/25/2002: Crossing the Line: A Heroin Researcher Partakes and Pays the Price
Years later, while Mr. Hamid doesn't dwell on his experiment -- referring to it euphemistically as "the field note" -- he doesn't shy away from defending it. "Name me one researcher who hasn't done that," he says. "Isn't that what Marie Curie did with radium? Isn't that what Albert Hoffman did with LSD? You stick your finger in it and put it in your mouth."
The Chronicle: 10/25/2002: Crossing the Line: A Heroin Researcher Partakes and Pays the Price
Hitting the Jackpot
It took years for Ansley Hamid, or "Andy" as everyone calls him, to hit the big time. He wasn't unknown, but he wasn't a star either. The professor, who earned his Ph.D. from Teachers College of Columbia University in 1980, came to John Jay in 1985, carving out a niche as an ethnographer of drug users and dealers and developing theories on the life cycles of drug markets.
John Jay was a strange fit for Mr. Hamid. The college is home to many former and future law-enforcement officers and policy makers. Mr. Hamid doesn't look the part. His dreadlocks long ago disappeared from his now-balding pate, but his beard is white and frizzy, like Santa Claus if he were an East Indian from the Caribbean. One former student says she loved it that, unlike so many of her strait-laced professors, Mr. Hamid was a "wack-job hippie."
Monday, October 21
MTV.com - News - Pages From Kurt Cobain's 'Journals' Published
"If we were going to be ghettoized, I'd rather be in the same slum as bands that are good like Mudhoney, Jesus Lizard, the Melvins and Beat Happening rather than being a tenant of the corporate landlords regime ... There are a lot of bands who claim to be alternative and they're nothing but stripped down, ex sunset strip hair farming bands of a few years ago. I would love to be erased from our association with Pearl Jam or the Nymphs and other first time offenders."
Mercury News | 10/20/2002 | Dan Gillmor: Software idea may be just crazy enough to work
The planned features alone would make the project noteworthy. If the desktop software world needs anything, it's more innovation in the once-competitive area of personal information management, now overwhelmingly dominated by Microsoft's inelegant but overwhelmingly dominant Outlook, part of Microsoft Office. No sane venture capitalist would fund a company in the financial vacuum created by the Microsoft monopoly, Kapor says.
Two Men Being Questioned in Sniper Case; Neither Charged
After the arrests, in a brief and cryptic news conference, Chief Charles A. Moose of the police in Montgomery County, Md., said: "I just want to ask the indulgence of the media that the message that needs to be delivered is that we are going to respond to a message we have received. We will respond later. We are preparing our response at this time."
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Friday, October 18
Wired News: Nagoyqatsi Nails Evil Tech
Naqoyqatsi offers an apocalyptic vision: Humans have forsaken nature for binary code, robotics and acceleration. The Miramax film, which opens Oct. 18 in New York and Los Angeles, is perhaps the most forceful critique of technological culture since Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times.
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"I joined ATTW because it neatly comprises all my professional interests: technology, rhetoric studies, and academic concerns for theory, history, and above all service to society.? This allows my active engagement in some of the most important developments in our society through our students and the institution of higher education.? I identify with classical? civic rhetoric and see technical writing/communication as a key component of the civic rhetoric of our times.? Russell Hirst collared me and brought me to my first ATTW meeting because we share many of the same interests.? As he predicted, I have found ATTW is a friendly, collegial group, more so than any other academic society I know of."
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But one thing we can be pretty sure of: the sniper isn't a black man.
Mac OS X Hints - Observations on the Palm Desktop public beta
i have the palm m100 and keyspan USA-19 serial to usb adapter. the newest drivers that i can find anyway on version tracker. installed everything. straight forward no problem. But.. the only way i can hotsync, is to unplug my keyspan, plug it back into the computer, go into hotsync manager, turn the enable switch back on, and then hotsync. if I try to do it again, 2x in a row, without touching anything on my computer besides the hotsync button. it won't work. unplug, replug, enable, then hotsync... weird.
Kinda cool. Blogger works with my windows CE workpad.
Lawrence Lessig's comments on Eldred vs. Ashcroft:
"So please, no more of the bullshit about "rockstars" or "visionary." I've lived this struggle every moment of the last 4 years; it will take a long time for me to escape it, especially if we don't prevail. I want to turn my head elsewhere, and my heart elsewhere too. So I apologize if I don't follow up on this, or the arguments this might begin. Please, in the spirit of the best of this sphere, carry these argument along, and correct the many mistakes I have made.
But I need a night when the limits of this lawyer don't keep this lawyer awake."
Cyberspace as American Culture
THE FALL OF CYBERSPACE
Enough practical experience has accumulated by now that this cultural imagination can be seen for what it is. It can be dated, roughly from 1994 through 1998 -- the era of the cyberspace pundits who wrote for Wired magazine . During that five-year period it was common sense, certainly in the United States but also in much of the rest of the world, that the Internet levels hierarchies, decentralizes society, creates an idealized neoclassical market, and eliminates the role of intermediary institutions.
Doing the lit review last
Regarding the lit review issue, Jane, my chair also advised me not to do the lit review until after my analysis was done. He said that I already had a good enough sense of the literature to begin the analysis, and if I did the analysis first it would help to set boundaries for the lit review. I thought he was crazy at first, but you know what? He was exactly right! In the past when I've tried to cover the literature first, I've gotten lost in the library and ended up reading and taking notes on things that were only marginally related to my topic. This was a gigantic waste of time. By doing the analysis first and then focusing on the literature that directly addressed the issues raised in the analysis, I was able to constrain myself to the matter at hand and avoid going off on tangents. My lit review still ended up being over 75 pages long and involving over 130 sources, but imagine what it would have been if I hadn't followed his advice. I'd still be working on it, I'm sure!
I thought about Thad a lot over the years, wondering where he went to college and if he joined a fraternity. The era of the Big Man on Campus had ended, but the rowdy houses with their pool tables and fake moms continued to serve as reunion points for the once popular, who were now viewed as date rapists and budding alcoholics.
Esquire:Sedaris:Read Moby Dick
When Moby-Dick is turned into a Disney cartoon, I'll raise my voice against the inevitable wisecracking Brooklyn-born seagull who'll refer to the protagonist as "Ishy" and lead the crew in a chorus of "We'll Have a Whale of a Time." I'll decry the McDonald's tie-in and say "I told you so" when infants start choking on the peg legs of the Captain Ahab Happy Meal figurines. I had similar complaints against The Hunchback of Notre Dame; only this time, when pressed, I can say that I've actually read the book.
The vital issues that plague the world aren't found within the nuances of American domestic policies, but in the universal and timeless themes of human rights and sovereignty - personal, cultural, and national.
The Democrats went to war in Afghanistan. The Democrats are also going to war in Iraq, no matter how stirring the pockets of "dissent" may now seem; and they'll go to war in countless other countries as long as their elitist butts are riding high.
The Democrats didn't come to the rescue of the Palestinians, the East Timorese, the Chechens, or the countless peoples massacred in Africa over the last fifty years.
I wonder why? Oh, that's because they're committed to human rights and social justice.
People's persistent belief that there is a genuine difference between the two parties is symptomatic of a greater and fundamental misunderstanding of the word "debate" itself. Americans wouldn't know a "debate" if one kicked them in the crotch. Shall we go to war in October or November? Shall we begin the war with elite ground forces or an aerial bombardment? Give me a break.
Glitterati vs. Geeks
This week, though, the action is in the Supreme Court. Since the issues in the case don?t break down into liberal or conservative, legal handicappers are at a loss to predict the outcome. But everyone expects a vivid session as the justices grill Lessig and, representing Congress and its Hollywood backers, Solicitor General Ted Olsen. Outside, there will be wireheads wearing T shirts emblazoned with Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution, which contains the copyright clause.
Mac OS X Hints - A brief tutorial on symbolic links
To learn about symbolic links and use them to add shortcuts at the root level of your filesystem, read the rest of this article. This assumes you are moderately comfortable in the Terminal, and that you have administrative privileges.
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My subdivision is considered the local "Pleasantville" and on Saturday while I'm raking my backyard I hear a odd cracking sound in the distance. A bit later, police sirens. Sunday paper I read about a drive by shooting on the next street. Guy shot in his back in his driveway. Practically my F*CKING back yard. Jesus, I have a freaking 18 month old I play with in my backyard.
Farking Urban sprawl.
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But why stop with food? I'd like a device that could make anything. If you're as old as I am, you might remember a toy that Mattel made called the ThingMaker. It came with a bunch of metal molds and a little hotplate. You'd squirt the molds full of Plastigoop, which looked like colored Elmer's Glue, then cook it for a while on the hotplate. The PlastiGoop had a great smell, especially when it was cooking. It was probably cancer-causing. Then you'd remove the mold from the hotplate and cool it in a tray of cold water, and peel the rubber parts out of the mold. You could buy all sorts of different kinds of molds? -- little dragons, insects, army men, flowers, shrunken heads, skeletons, disguises. Man, it was a great toy.
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MusicDish Industry e-Journal
Also, the wife of Lester Chambers, of The Chambers Brothers, claimed to have never received a royalty check, nor an advance, in upwards of 30 years. Ms. Chambers claimed that Columbia told her there were no overseas sales to report because The Chambers Brothers records were never licensed to an overseas distributor. She believed them until she started seeing her product on E-Bay and found 22 different foreign pressings of Chambers Brothers recordings, all by foreign affiliates of her label, Columbia Records, a subsidiary of Sony. Similarly, a member of The Olympics, of the hit "Hully Gully," was present and complained that he found his recording on 94 different compilations world-wide, yet has never received a royalty check.
MusicDish Industry e-Journal
Senator Kevin Murray, leading the initiative for artists' rights, claimed the that Cary Sherman, Chief Counsel for the RIAA himself, said to him in an interview, that RIAA members (the major labels) would sue any artist that broke ranks and shared information with the Committee. This claim was rejected by Sherman but supported by others in the room. Don Henley, among them, outwardly dared his record company to sue him for bringing royalty statements to the hearing. He presented his most recent royalty statement for "Hell Freezes Over," which showed the panel that even though his contract called for a no more than a 10% "reserve" on sales of records shipped, Universal Music had held back more than that for eleven pay periods (roughly under three years) and that, even though his contract calls for no free goods in Europe, they had deducted $87,000 in free goods charges to Europe.