Thanks to daylight savings time and the user interface engineers at JVC,
my car radio's clock is wrong for about six months out of the year.
10 Unexpected Costs of Owning Things, via Brinstar. A great,
- Although I've read Making Light for years now, I wasn't aware
that co-author Theresa Nielsen Hayden was an ex-Mormon. Her story of
being excommunicated from the church, "God and I", is
typically funny and surprisingly good-humored.
- Kim Stanley Robinson, author of the "Red Mars" series and other
books, has written an editorial on the "multigenerational ponzi scheme"
of modern capitalism in the face of environmental change at What
Matters. This ties in nicely with Jamais Cascio's post the other day
the phrase 'long-term' from our thinking. Robinson is not the only
one arguing for a serious reevaluation of capitalist markets: Nobel
Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen considers the question
in the New York Review of Books.
- Speaking of Robinson, his publishers at Random House have joined
Baen and Tor with a free
e-book library that includes "Red Mars" and four other titles at
this time. They're also available on Kindle for free at the moment, as
well as several other e-reader formats like PDF, LIT, and Stanza.
Unsurprisingly, these are all the first books from series--I guess it's
finally becoming clear that this is a really good way to hook readers.
- So you've just released a videogame into the middle of a racism
controversy. What's the best way to publicize it? How about a
scavenger hunt for fake body parts scattered through London,
culminating with players gathering on a bridge and shouting nonsense
words in Swahili in the hopes of winning a trip to Africa? Words fail
me. (via Pandagon)
Also from the comments in that thread: there
is nothing racist in this screenshot.
- To be clear, that's definitely me being sarcastic about that last
- Video from the Aid Watch conference in New York has been posted. I
really enjoyed this clip of June
Arunga talking about getting business funding for ventures in Africa,
and the difficulties of fighting Western perceptions.
- The Berkman Center at Harvard has hosted a couple of very
interesting speakers in the last couple of weeks. Al Gidari, of the
Perkins Cole law firm, speaks on cell
phones and location privacy--in other words, who can track you by
your phone, and what protections do you have? This is a matter of no
small interest to many activists. Also, Gene Koo discusses games
as learning environments for ethics. For whatever reason, Berkman
insists on using a Quicktime plugin for its videos, but it's definitely
worth pulling the link open (you've got Firebug installed, right?) and
using VLC to watch them.
- The guy who runs 4chan can foster almost every prominent Internet
meme, but he can't
get a job.
- "Finally, local man sees Jesus in a sandwich/floorboard/cat/etc."
than six minutes. But remember, it's the Internet that's killing
- Android continues to get better applications than any other
smartphone platform--in this case, Torrent
Droid is a program that scans the UPC on a movie or CD with the
camera, searches for a torrent on the major trackers, and then sends it
to uTorrent for downloading. More and more, the only thing keeping me
from switching is the mayfly battery life.
- More as events warrant.