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July 10, 2008

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The Link That Should Not Be

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  • In Paris, David Cronenberg has directed The Fly: The Opera. Yes. An opera, based on Cronenberg's body-horror remake of the 1950's creature feature, written in part by David Henry Hwang of M. Butterfly fame. The mind boggles.
  • Hack-A-Day is hiring. If you've never read Hack-A-Day, it's like Make but without the commercial polish. I'm tempted to apply, but I think they're looking for someone who does more welding and less Excel.
  • Speaking of Make, knowing that I am obsessed with kalimba, Jeff had sent me a link to this kalimba made from parts of a demolished house. And how did I repay him? By mistaking his message for spam and deleting it. I blame society.
  • Motorola apparently held a video editing for one of its smartphones--the resulting movie had to be made entirely using the camera and editing software included with the phone. The winner is here. Given the Internet, of course it's kind of a silly kung-fu fight. But cool to see the potential, and some clever ideas in play.
  • Lenovo's design head, David Hill, has been holding online surveys to get user feedback on Thinkpad design. This week, he's asking about keyboard configuration. One of the things I love about the Thinkpad is its keyboard, partially for the feel, but this survey made me realize how strongly I feel about the location of the PgUp/PgDown and Home/End keys. Upper right corner, two rows, Home and PgUp on top! Anything else is an abomination.
  • Submitted for my own future reference: The complete guide to hacking S60 phones.
  • Ethan Zuckerman complicates the issue of copyright, native art, and medical patents: Turmeric, pygmies, and piracy. It may be the influence of working for the Bank, but I think it's incredibly helpful to see how Zuckerman pulls the debate back into a global perspective, because so many of our policy issues operate in the same way: how do we discuss the farm bill without understanding the true nature of trade liberalization and crop subsidies, and how those are impacting global food shortages? How do we talk about climate change without mentioning the carbon impact of India, China, Brazil, and other developing nations (not to mention the catastrophes that will strike coastal zones around the world)? How do we debate terror without examining the conditions that created such discontent? In many ways, it's all development in the end.
  • I've hit a research question: 35 years ago, Gene Sharp wrote The Politics of Nonviolent Action. A few years ago, he published a follow-up titled Waging Nonviolent Struggle. There's no doubt that Sharp is a massive presence in the field, usually credited with organizing nonviolence in the first real systematic way. But once I finish reading his stuff, I'd like to read its criticism and/or development by other academics. It's easy to find preceding opinions to a scholarly work--just check the bibliography. But Sharp is the modern preceding work, or largely seems to be. How do I find the antecedents, publications that have cited what I've already read? This kind of reverse-lookup is something I feel like the Internet should be able to do, but if it can, I haven't found it.

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