- Only ten days until Obama's Crackberry addiction moves to the White House. Will the wingnuts have to call it the Half-Black House?
- Russian justice still sounds like something written by Kafka (although maybe just maybe it's because the victim this time is a lawyer).
- Speaking of Kafkaesque legal proceedings, the producer's "open letter" on Watchmen was rejected by the judge as improper. In this instance, the judge was correct; he could only consider input from one of the parties, and the producer was not himself a party. This is an unintended result of WFH doctrine the court won't get relevant information for its decision. Although if any copyright case ever called for application of laches, this one is probably it.
- Global warming's first visible effects will concern agriculture rather than coastlines, leading to more opportunities for Solomon to split the tuna.
- If you're an inmate in an Alabama jail, you don't have to wait for global warming to go hungry while feeding the fat sheriff's bank account. If that happened in some third-world dictatorship, don't you think we'd be condemning it at the UN? Oh. Alabama. Never mind.
- "Amateurs" are leaving fine-art auction market, resulting in price drops. Considering that the artists (often because they're long dead) don't participate in the profits anyway leaving the European "sharing" system aside, as it doesn't benefit seventeenth-century woodcarvers I'm not too distressed by this.
- New Scientist has a thoughtful essay on "immoral" research . Keep in mind, though, that the research per se is (and logically cannot be) "immoral" it is the application of knowledge, or the particular research method (e.g., the Milgram experiment) that might be "immoral."
- Carrie Vaughn deconstructs so-called "urban fantasy" (although she's ultimately much to nice about it) part 1, 2, 3, 4. Her innate niceness makes her presentation less condemnatory of the commercial pressures and metooism involved... but then, I'm definitely not nice.
- One of the responses to publishing problems is renewed, louder advocacy of self- and vanity publishing as a "solution." I've criticized the semicanonical list of purported success stories as mere autobibliophilia before. There's a new one out there, though; sadly, it's no more valid than any of the other myths. And the self-/vanity publishing end of the "industry" isn't immune to consolidation and its problems, either.
10 January 2009
at 09:53 [UTC8]
An unusually diverse smorgasbørd of internet link sausages.