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Cox Crow

Asking the Stupid Questions Since 1971
 Wednesday, November 27, 2002

found through bloghotornot: the NationStates game

2:33:51 PM #


Gordon Weakliem noted that in discussing the Apocalypse I glossed over the distinction between the predictive and prescriptive interpretations. The difference is that between what will happen and what must happen. Some who think that these things must happen also think that they, desiring the outcome, should contribute to making them happen. They, in error, seek to hasten the day.

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
2 Peter 3:10

2:22:08 PM # Google It!

Languishing on the Backlist

Larry Lessig received an analysis of the potential impact of invalidating the 1976 retroactive copyright extension. My gut feeling was that very few creative works from that period remained in print, with an even smaller set in circulation at the local Barnes & Noble or Blockbuster, but it is astonishing to see the numbers.
Of the 300,466 books published in the U.S. from 1927-1956, only 9,240 are currently available from publishers at any price.
Jason Schultz

I think the word for those 291,226 out-of-print books is hoard. Where's Beowulf when you need him, or Bilbo?

12:06:25 PM # Google It!
categories: Media

The Politics of Voice

Panama suspends Net-phoning order. A report says Panama's supreme court has suspended restrictions on local Internet service providers that were intended to block Internet phone calls in that country. [CNET News.com] [via Scott Mace's Radio Weblog]

11:33:18 AM # Google It!
categories: Industry

AIMing at Work

AOL testing IM-laced e-mail client. 'AOL Communicator' would compete against Microsoft Outlook [InfoWorld: Top News] [via Scott Mace's Radio Weblog]

Have you noticed the integration of AIM v. 5.1.3036 with Outlook Express's address book? It shows members of your buddy list, and their presence status, in the address book panel of the OE interface.

11:30:17 AM # Google It!
categories: Messaging

Explicating the Conspiracy

Interesting piece on Paul Krugman, via ArgMax.
"It is considered the appropriate thing to say at a dinner party that, while Krugman is very bright, he's just too relentless on Bush," drawls James Carville. "Because to accept Krugman's facts as right makes the Washington press look like idiots."

10:57:06 AM # Google It!
categories: Politics

Good stuff coming over the transom this morning.

9:40:43 AM #

Aristocracy, Theocracy, Meritocracy, Technocracy, Oligarchy

Funny how when one advocates the rule of the few, one always finds oneself on the side of the rulers.

9:25:50 AM # Google It!
categories: Politics

The Military-Industrial-Deadhead Complex

"It just so happened there were a lot of Deadheads among defense contractors...."
John Perry Barlow, as quoted in Library Journal [via The Shifted Librarian]

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Da-amn, ain't that sumthin? [via Freedom to Tinker]

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