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Tuesday, December 23, 2003

 
Secrets, lies and media privilege My fearless friend Robert Scheer, lefty columnist for the LA Times, writes today: "Free-press advocates should be more interested in exposing how the government manipulated the media to malign a loyal citizen than in defending the right of reporters to...

 
Top ten web design mistakes of 2003 Web design guru Jakob Nielsen offers his Top Ten Web Design Mistakes of 2003. I'd add an 11th: websites that continue to use fixed-pixel sizes for main type display....

 
The boss's big eye in the sky ABCNews.com: The boss's big eye in the sky. Companies turn to satellite tracking tech to watch workers. Excerpt: The day before the first big snow of the season, the question on many people's minds in Massachusetts wasn't how many inches...

 
Gaddafi: Survivor WASHINGTON - Libya's stunning decision yesterday to surrender its weapons of mass destruction followed two decades of international isolation and some of the world's most punishing economic sanctions. In the end, Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi was under so much pressure that he was forced to seek an end to the economic and political isolation threatening his regime ? and his own survival, according to U.S. and British officials and outside experts. [MSNBC]...

 
Modern Day Slavery In Florida Being Probed By Feds Plastic::Work::Ugly: The report titled "Modern Day Slavery" examined the plight of migrant farmworkers who are brought into the country illegally by labor contractors and then forced to work off the fees charged for getting them to El Norte.

 
Abercrombie & Bitch Plastic::Work::Fashion: "OH MY GOD A BOOBIE!! THE SKY IS FALLING!!" Abercrombie isn't just pulling this issue; they have decided to stop publishing the A&F Quarterly altogether. Gay preppies everywhere are not happy.

 
Pontifex Maximus Catholicae 'Passionem' Gibsonis Amat Plastic::FilmTV::Movies: Anyone who wants to play along might find this link helpful.

 
More on Miami FTAA Protests It looks to me as if this judge has clearly shown that he must recuse himself. That said, his commentary in open court is pretty reliable evidence that the Miami cops were ? as has been suggested here before ? waaaay over the line in trying to corral the FTAA protestors: A judge presiding over the cases of free trade protesters said in court that he saw ?no less than 20 felonies committed by police officers? during the November demonstrations, adding to a chorus of complaints about police conduct.Judge Richard Margolius, 60, made the remarks in open court last week, saying he was taken aback by what he witnessed while attending the protests.?Pretty disgraceful what I saw with my own eyes. And I have always supported the police during my entire career,? he said, according to a court transcript. ?This was a real eye-opener. A disgrace for the community.? In the transcript, he also said he may have to remove himself from any additional cases involving arrests made during the Free Trade Area of the Americas summit.?I probably would have been arrested myself if it had not been for a police officer who recognized me,? said the judge, who wears...

 
Joshua Marshall Throws Cold Water on the 'Saddam Was a Prisoner' Theory I think Marshall is one of the very best political journalists active in the US today, so I give his views a lot of weight. He?s very negative about the Saddam-was-a-prisoner theory. Well, ok, it was just a theory. But someone please explain why he was in a hole that he couldn?t get out of on his own. And where all the money went?....

 
Weekend Update On Saturday, the Download of the Week was...

 
Welcome to the Blogosphere . . . to 110 West 3rd (The...

 
Circuits Challenge Bush's Anti-Terror Authority The Bush administration was dealt a pair of stinging rebukes Thursday as federal appeals courts in New York and California challenged the president's right to designate American citizens as enemy combatants and the government's right to hold detainees in...

 
Barbie Wins in Ninth Circuit Judge Clifton begins his opinion in Mattel, Inc. v. Greiner and Hausser, published this morning, as follows: Barbie, the ubiquitous doll produced by Mattel, has been a regular visitor to our court. This time she brings with her an issue...

 
Today's New Blawg

Napsterization is a joint project of Mary Hodder and Eddan Katz, aimed at exploring digital media connections and providing "a repository of stories on positive uses of peer-to-peer file sharing as well as a resource of information supporting these principles." [Via Donna Wentworth] Two examples of cool and legal P2P: Hello (more) and Skype (more).



 
Lenny Bruce Pardoned Posthumously New York Governor George Pataki has issued a posthumous pardon to comedian Lenny Bruce. Comedian Lenny Bruce was granted...
Somehow, I don't think Len would be grateful.
 
Kids: Watch Out for Bush and the Draft Buzzflash has an editorial today warning Republican college kids that by backing Bush, they are likely to get the draft...

 
Canada Upholds Constitutionality of Pot Law A disappointing decision today from Canada's Supreme Court, ruling 6-3 that the country's marijuana laws are constitutional and do not...
Not disappointing at all, from a non-international customs union kind of perspective.  Kinda phat, really.
 
Blogging News MaxSpeak has moved to MT and a new home, update your bookmarks! Say hello to Lotus...Surviving a Dark Time...

 
Krugman does it again While the world celebrated the capture of Saddam, a federal appeals court ruled that Jose Padilla must be released from...
[via danklife]

 
Investigating the Renaissance Investigating the Renaissance. 'This interactive program demonstrates the ways in which computer technology can be harnessed to add to our knowledge about Renaissance paintings and how they were made.' Analysis of paintings using x-ray, infrared and ultraviolet technology.

 
Town of Bourton's miniature model has a miniature model of the model (and so on) Mark Bourne says: So my wife Elizabeth and I are googling up possibilities for our long trip to England next year. Checking out London sites and so on. An acquaintance suggested staying for a few days in the Cotswolds, a scenic Middle Earthy region west of London. That's how we found a page about the town of Bourton.

You just gotta love this text, which blends Ye Olde Scepter'd Isle with sci-fi gee-wizardry:

You will probably have noticed that when you take a branch from certain trees (some conifers for example), the branch looks like a miniature version of the tree, and when you break a piece off the branch, that looks like a tree too. Mathematicians call this property self-similarity.

Bourton has a wonderful example of self-similarity: it contains a 1/10 scale model of itself. Because the 1/10 scale model is a complete model of the town, it must contain a model of itself, and it does, a 1/100th. scale model of Bourton, and because the 1/100th. scale model is also a complete model of Bourton, it must also contain a 1/1000th. scale model of the scale model of the scale model of Bourton.

And it does. It is only a matter of time before a team of nano-technicians turn up in the town to etch a sub-micron scale model of Bourton on a silicon wafer, complete with mill, waterwheel, and a highly imaginative interpretation of the River Windrush as a stream of electrons.

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2003: The Year Reality Spanked Entertainment Another feature in the MSNBC year in review section - in this one I tried to figure out what the...

 
Titanic on Television Has James Cameron's Titantic become a Christmas classic?
Gross.  And yet, my friend made us watch it between commercials during Sunday night football.