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Friday, May 30, 2003

A Flash Game Involving Diving Penguins I find this relaxing - should I be institutionalized?
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The Matrix: Shooting Blanks I'm late to the party, but still: What a big ball of suck!

The Worst Books Ever Written Plastic::Media::Books: Another one from the "How iconoclastic can you be" file, this one dares you to slam literature.

Moooove-Over, Spielberg +#8212; Cloning Endangered Cows To Save A Species Plastic::SciTech::DNA: "'Oooh! Ahhh!' That's how it always starts. Then later there's running and mooing and screaming..."

Stop George in 2004 Campaign It's not too early to start now. Go over to Stop George in 2004 and get your high tech anti-Bush...

Marijuana Compound Effective in Alzheimer's Treatment Received from NORML today: Pot Compound Effective In Alzheimer's Treatment, Study Says Baltimore, MD: A synthetic version of the marijuana...


Muslim woman fights to keep on veil for driver's license photo
CNN - Experts in Islamic law are being called to testify in the lawsuit of a Muslim woman fighting a state order to take off her veil for her driver's license photo.
Sultanna Freeman, 35, says Florida's insistence on photographing her face violates her religious rights.
"I don't unveil ... because it would be disobeying my Lord," Freeman testified Tuesday at the start of her non-jury trial.

CNN includes a list of Driver?s identification rules in Muslim nations:

Saudi Arabia:  Women aren't allowed to drive
Iran: Women wear a traditional chador, which does not cover the face.
Egypt: Women do not cover their face in I.D. pictures
United Arab Emirates: Women do not cover their face in I.D. pictures
Oman: Women do not cover their face in I.D. pictures
Kuwait: Women do not cover their face in I.D. pictures
Qatar: Women do not cover their face in I.D. pictures
Bahrain: Women do not cover their face in I.D. pictures
Jordan: Women can drive if their faces are covered but do not cover their face in I.D. pictures

Russia, China Call for Reforms at United Nations - Thu May 29, 03:20 pm GMT
Ask the expert The EU draft constitution: Ask our Europe correspondent - Thu May 29, 04:01 pm GMT
Cow killing sparks legal battle - Thu May 29, 04:14 pm GMT

U.S. Hedges on Finding Weapons - Thu May 29, 04:16 am GMT

Yeah: whoops!  Today on break from class, some classmates were discussing how the same pro-invading Iraq people were against invading Kosovo, and against providing aid to depose Milosevic.  Deposing Saddam for moral reasons my ass.

New Era For Big Media? - Thu May 29, 04:44 pm GMT
China's Five-point Proposal on Middle East Issue - Thu May 29, 05:42 pm GMT

Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Consumer Report on Computers The most reliable computer you can buy is... June's Consumer Reports surveyed 39,000 readers and...dare I say it? That not said, how reliable are reliability reports?
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South African Photography during the Era of Apartheid South African Photography during the Era of Apartheid. A good collections of photos of men, women and children.
Related :- Inside Africa: Soweto uprising remembered - the famous photo of Hector Peterson; Sam Nzimi, Photographer of the Apartheid Era; Peter Magubane.
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Gertrude Stein The Unforgettable Gertrude Stein: A charming miscellany of first encounters with the fascinating writer and personality, compiled by Dana Cook. [From The New Yorker's excellent web guide to Gertrude Stein .]
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Debunking pseudoscience Archaeology magazine takes a look at how a group of fed-up archaeology buffs launched a Web site to help debunk ?alternative histories,? such as ancient space travel and the existence of Atlantis. The article also features a list of the...

Harvard Support? Dave Winer uses his Harvard weblog, and we assume the clout and prestige of his Harvard position, to push the weblogging industry into backing his versions of both RSS and a Weblogging MetaAPI. There's already been discussion about Winer taking on 'co-creator' claims with RSS -- something I and others dispute. Now, he is doing the same types of power manipulation with the MetaWeblog API: The same philosophy dictates an end to the disagreement over RSS. If they want respect for the formats and protocols they implement, they must do RSS exactly as UserLand does. The thing that Blogger and MT currently call RSS is not only not what UserLand does but it isn't even an improvement over what UserLand does. Lose-lose. Sure, other people encourage this nasty thing, but that doesn't make it right. I've written to all the parties privately on this. It's important, if the blogging API world is to come together in a rational way, we must have basic aggreement on RSS. It's time to settle this argument now. This is the nasty stuff the big companies do. Let's get over it and get some principles in place now. About APIs, I request others support the...

The Literary Prose of Blogs Emma over at Notes On the Atrocities analyzes the prose of various blogs. First there is the "ur-blog/news-digest model"--efficiency and...

Bill Clinton Third Most Popular President A new poll shows Bill Clinton is the third most popular president in history. Only Abraham Lincoln (chosen by 15%)...

The Cross-Burning Case That Won't Go Away Neil Lewis of the New York Times writes a lengthy article on his review of the documents in the cross-burning...

Jury Rules Against EBay in Patent Suit
Washington Post -
A Washington area entrepreneur yesterday won a $35 million judgment against eBay Inc., prevailing in a patent dispute that could cause the online auction giant to change some of its business practices.

Court throws out Fla. pocketknife ruling - Tue May 27, 05:24 pm GMT
Judges Cancel Hearings in Milosevic Trial - Tue May 27, 05:54 pm GMT
Justice Department decides against filing in Microsoft appeal - Tue May 27, 04:57 pm GMT
Supreme Court upholds state employee right to family leave - Tue May 27, 03:50 pm GMT
UK awaits EU charter of rights - Tue May 27, 12:01 pm GMT
Suspended NY Times Reporter Says He'll Quit; Bragg Decries 'Poisonous Atmosphere' - Tue May 27, 04:20 pm GMT
Media Seek Papers in Laci Peterson Case - Tue May 27, 05:01 pm GMT

Tuesday, May 27, 2003

Charles Pickering Goes to Bat for Cross-Burner The Washington Post reports that Bush judicial nominee Charles Pickering was so upset that he had to sentence a convicted...

Google gamers' word pairings a creative addiction - Mon May 26, 04:10 pm GMT
Jacko Goes Back To Court - Mon May 26, 03:56 pm GMT
Euro Hits 4 - Year High Vs. Dollar - Mon May 26, 02:57 pm GMT
EU plan 'a step' to superstate - Mon May 26, 03:54 pm GMT
Euro Disaster For No Points Britain - Sun May 25, 03:44 pm GMT
Justice O'Connor Urges Grads to Volunteer - Mon May 26, 02:05 pm GMT

Monday, May 26, 2003

Provertising Flash Animation A response to an article about Advertising.
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Big gleeful grin pursuing this link... already planning when to show my advertiser father.
Matrix - Working to end the binary good/evil strengthening of the current system

Thanks to Doc Searls

Forget the action and the sci-fi minutia and ignore all the player haters while your at it, the untold story about the Matrix franchise is that its the biggest piece of leftist agitprop to hit the western mediasphere in years. And so far only Salon seems to be getting it. And they only touch on the beginning it (not to mention their bizarre enjoyment of the worst sex scene to grace an A list movie in years). In a time when Bush and Co are trying their best to make American's believe in a one dimensional world of us vs evil, the Matrix is an elaborately crafted vehicle for undermining the conservative message. And countless Americans are eating it up. I wouldn't be surprised if we saw the effects come the 2004 elections.

From across the media landscape Recent pointers in IWantMedia: Jimmy Guterman in Business 2.0: Return of the Dotcom Media Flameouts. The Wall Street Journal Online is adopting blogging conventions for its reporting. Penton Media: The monthly print edition of Internet World will be discontinued with...

No one likes a sore loser, Martin The composer of the British Eurovision song reckons the contest was rigged against them. Eurovision is on tonight and I'm...

Cannes roundup An assortment of pieces (mostly from the Guardian) looking at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.

New blogging tools keep coming The blogging craze shows no signs of slowing down, with more tools being made available each week that simplify the...

Dawn Of The Quantum Apocalypse Plastic::SciTech::Ideas: Physicists in Maryland announced the first controlled entanglement between solid-state quantum bits and started a chain reaction of probabilistic logic devices.

Suburban Sprawl: A Public Health Issue? Plastic::Etcetera::Living: New Urbanism, a movement to make communities built on the human-scale, has warned that suburban sprawl is a health hazard.

Otherkin: Elves trapped in men's bodies Great K5 article on "Otherkin" -- people who believe that they are members of faerie races trapped in human bodies.
Often, Otherkin believe that they are from another world or place in the universe, and feel like they don't belong on Earth. This is known as Yearning. They often find speak a unique language from this homeworld, and may believe that they lived out a past life on it. These past life memories are another key belief, and the main cause of that pain during an Awakening -- essentially, the memories they discover might be unpleasant, perhaps even memories of dying or worse. Otherkin often keep diaries during their Awakening and after documenting any memories they might have. Another frequent belief is the True-Form, which is a 'real' body outside of the Seeming. For example, a dragon Otherkin will have wings, and will be able to feel them as a sort of aura, and perhaps see them. Otherkin with the Sight are said to be able to see the True-Form of themselves or others, even those who are still Sleeping. Interestingly, some Otherkin feel RPG-style Callings, for example to Heal or to Guard a specific person or just everyone, and will devote their lives to doing just that.
Link Discuss (via Futurismic)
When 'Otherkin' start getting equal protection and benefits and little handicapped parking stickers... I"m moving out.
Jeers to the Chicago Tribune for its Laci Peterson Editorial A giant raspberry for the Chicago Tribune, which in an editorial Saturday, uses the Laci Peterson case as a springboard...

Florida Judge Authorizes Abortion for Mentally Disabled Woman "A judge authorized doctors Friday to perform an abortion on a 28-year-old disabled woman who has the cognitive skills of...

DNA Frees Two Inmates After 27 Years in Jail From the Chicago Tribune : More than a quarter-century after they were sent to prison for one of the most...

Israel Conditionally Backs Road Map for Peace Israeli leaders have indicated they will conditionally back a U.S. plan for peace in the Middle East that includes the recognition of a Palestinian state

Flurrious Blawging

This batch comes to us from the Blawg Ring:

  • Soon to be second year law student Bekah of Mixtape Marathon just finished exams and seems to have some interesting transcendental traits such as channeling the consciences of law professors and shifting Chinese animal signs at will.

  • Meg of babybluebubbles is pursuing her Bachelor of Laws at the University of Hong Kong and has the photos (and surgical mask) to prove it.

  • Justin's background is in politics, policy and economics, and he'll return to law school this fall after having taken a break for, y'know, life.

  • Luke's a law student at Deakin University. (From the "learn something new every day" department: .tk is the domain for Tokelau.)

  • Rich Zmijewski is cramming for the LSAT on June 9, but that didn't keep him from catching Matrix Reloaded last night.

  • Timothy Sandefur of the Pacific Legal Foundation is an Objectivist but not a Randian. (Just so we're clear.)

  • Daniel Goldberg is a law clerk for a judge in Austin, Texas, and enjoys light reading and writing on the subjects of "health policy, medical ethics, philosophy of science, hermeneutics, Kafka, Nietzsche, and Wittgenstein." (He's more proof too of the strange but strong correlation between fans of hermeneutics and fans of Buffy.)

  • Bart at The Limits of its Logic analyzes legal decisions, commentary, and issues. (And since he arranged that list using a serial comma, I have followed suit.)

  • The Ambulance Chaser recently finished 1L exams.

  • Aaron at Spicy Sashimi also is a law student somewhere in the wide world.

And yet more to come...

On the Role of a Journalist In a Democracy Every Memorial Day I think about what our soldiers did on D-Day and what we owe them. They thought democracy was worth fighting for. The least we can do is to help make democracy worthy of them.
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Three Japanese deaths linked to Internet suicide site - Sun May 25, 01:38 pm GMT
U.S. Terror Tribunals: Fair Trial or Kangaroo Court - Sun May 25, 12:20 pm GMT
Fast-Growing Drug Court Draws Praise for Effective Treatment - Sun May 25, 12:25 pm GMT
R.P. exempts G.I.s from prosecution in international court - Sun May 25, 05:41 pm GMT
Pondering a European vacation? It's low airfares vs. high euro - Sun May 25, 02:33 pm GMT
U.S. sues Europe on biotech foods - Sun May 25, 03:55 pm GMT
New cafe serves coffee, legal advice - Sun May 25, 03:30 pm GMT
Judicial Watch seeks Danny Glover boycott - Sun May 25, 02:52 pm GMT
Medical study declares there is no Gulf war syndrome - Sun May 25, 03:04 am GMT
Liberals Begin Planning '04 Strategy - Sun May 25, 06:38 am GMT
New York Times reportedly suspends Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter - Sun May 25, 01:01 pm GMT