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Written about Wednesday 2008-08-13
Written: (3723 days ago)
Next in thread: 1041300

How do you run without legs? Like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNPPbn19UkQ

Eee rocks, but Asus doesn't know what to do with it, says Eric Sink: http://www.ericsink.com/entries/eee.html

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Written about Tuesday 2008-08-12
Written: (3724 days ago)
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Written about Tuesday 2008-08-12
Written: (3724 days ago)
Next in thread: 1041180

Perhaps a bit too peppy, but oh well... http://www.girleffect.org/

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Written about Tuesday 2008-08-12
Written: (3724 days ago)
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Written about Tuesday 2008-08-12
Written: (3724 days ago)

And now, for something completely different...

Textual pacman: http://pac-txt.com/
Solitaire: http://worldofsolitaire.com/?source=games
"Chat": http://www.bigbluecup.com/games.php?action=detail&id=1059

1040977  Link to this entry 
Written about Tuesday 2008-08-12
Written: (3724 days ago)

Greta Christina insists that living for the moment and spending every day as if it were your last is unwise, and suggests living in the moment and spending your life as if it were your last instead: http://gretachristina.typepad.com/greta_christinas_weblog/2008/08/living-each-day-as-if-it-were-your-last.html

1040855  Link to this entry 
Written about Monday 2008-08-11
Written: (3725 days ago)
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Written about Monday 2008-08-11
Written: (3725 days ago)

The benefits of writing fanfic: http://ali-wildgoose.livejournal.com/349726.html

1040805  Link to this entry 
Written about Sunday 2008-08-10
Written: (3725 days ago)

Really nice sketches (somewhat NSFW, maybe?): http://eatpoo.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=281

1040799  Link to this entry 
Written about Sunday 2008-08-10
Written: (3725 days ago)

On the gap between modern students and the academia: http://burntoutadjunct.blogspot.com/2008/06/google-is-not-research.html

An unorthodox view on attention and productivity: http://speedchange.blogspot.com/2008/06/in-praise-of-distraction.html

Somewhat applicable to believing in Elftown and such: http://autisticbfh.blogspot.com/2008/08/on-changing-culture.html

"He was a good kid," says a killer's lawyer. Reminded me of http://www.amazon.com/Our-Guys-Perfect-Research-Masculinities/dp/0520205960 , too. http://shrewdnessofapes.blogspot.com/2008/08/14-year-old-pleads-not-guilty-in.html

Bitter insights into the world of science: http://youngfemalescientist.blogspot.com/

1040614  Link to this entry 
Written about Saturday 2008-08-09
Written: (3727 days ago)

An overview and analysis of some of the turning points in the history of copyright: http://news.oreilly.com/2008/08/how-copyright-got-to-its-curre.html
The article itself keeps a "centrist", non-judgemental attitude to the issue, but some of the comments point out why that might be a difficult position to maintain.

The explanations and examples are rather IT and software-oriented, but not too geeky for a "normal" person to understand.

Bonus: Legal realism

1040609  Link to this entry 
Written about Saturday 2008-08-09
Written: (3727 days ago)

Greta Christina explains that reading about sex isn't much fun when the author is more embarrassed by the subject than you are: http://blog.blowfish.com/culture/greta-christina-tee-hee-you-said-bonk , and recommends http://books.google.lv/books?id=iNKw0XuaSxoC for a healthier writer's attitude.

1040501  Link to this entry 
Written about Friday 2008-08-08
Written: (3727 days ago)

Some pre- and post-DH comments on Chapter 2 of HBP* from the snarky corner of the fandom: http://community.livejournal.com/deathtocapslock/75489.html



* if you have no idea what the letters stand for, it's probably not for you
1040491  Link to this entry 
Written about Friday 2008-08-08
Written: (3728 days ago)

Non-specific activities for workshops and such. Some are good, others seem too artificial, formulaic or pretentious :P http://www.idepfoundation.org/download_files/permakultur/01_Creative_Facilitation.pdf

1040479  Link to this entry 
Written about Friday 2008-08-08
Written: (3728 days ago)

How about some free (and guilt-free!) music?

For reading: http://www.goingware.com/tips/legal-downloads.html
For listening: http://irate.sourceforge.net/

1040472  Link to this entry 
Written about Friday 2008-08-08
Written: (3728 days ago)

To grow into reading less and writing more, from now on I'm going to try and report everything I've read in writing (well, except the smut - no need to scare people). For you, this means more linkspam here, such as the following. Enjoy! :)

In "Action is Overrated" and "Getting Started is Overrated" of the Dangerous Ideas series, Cal Newport points out why a just-do-it mentality isn't always the best. My conclusion: before you start a lifelong chase for success, take your time to 1) choose the right path, and 2) build up the momentum of competence and passion that you will need along the way.

Meanwhile, Tina Su of http://thinksimplenow.com/ offers a recipe for choosing that elusive right path in "Life on Purpose: 15 Questions to Discover Your Personal Mission".

Links:
http://calnewport.com/blog/2008/03/07/dangerous-ideas-action-is-overrated/
http://calnewport.com/blog/2008/06/27/dangerous-ideas-getting-started-is-overrated/
http://thinksimplenow.com/happiness/life-on-purpose-15-questions-to-discover-your-personal-mission/

Interest-specific bonus links:
http://thinksimplenow.com/creativity/connect-with-your-creative-writer/
http://thinksimplenow.com/clarity/5-keys-to-simplifying-any-concept/
http://thinksimplenow.com/clarity/pen-zen-bring-clarity-to-writing/

1034835  Link to this entry 
Written about Tuesday 2008-06-10
Written: (3787 days ago)

"Of all the things I've learned on the Internet, I think that the most depressing is the realization that while there are a handful of people who dislike pedophiles and animal abusers because they recognize that taking pleasure in the suffering of others is wrong, there's an asston of people who dislike pedophiles and animal abusers because it's an opportunity to take socially-approved pleasure in the (threatened or contemplated) suffering of others."
http://teratologist.livejournal.com/315131.html

1033963  Link to this entry 
Written about Thursday 2008-06-05
Written: (3791 days ago)
Next in thread: 1033966

I should print this and pin it to a wall or something: http://totalreadr.livejournal.com/2560.html :P

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Written about Monday 2008-05-26
Written: (3802 days ago)
Next in thread: 1031733, 1031734, 1031770

"The ONLY purpose of patents and copyrights (trademarks being a different thing altogether) is to maximize the availability of intellectual production in the public domain.
Let me repeat that: their only purpose is to help along the enrichment of the
public domain."
http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=563921&cid=23542123




"Where IP doesn't make sense, is from a practical point of view. Copyright may have served a purpose 1 or 2 hundred years ago, but times have changed. I have yet to see a convincing proof that the world as a whole has benefited from past IP laws. That technological/cultural progress would have been slower without it. In todays fast-moving society, it serves even less purpose. Countless patents fall in the 'obvious' or 'bound to happen sooner or later' category. Without IP laws, these things would have been thrown onto the world for everyone to use for free. Nor are there any objective standards used to determine IP protections. Protection periods aren't calculated or estimated for optimal effect, but lobbied by greedy corporations for maximum profit. As a result, society as a whole loses."
http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=563921&cid=23542377




"artificial scarcity: so called "intellectual property" introduces an artificial scarcity into something that could be useful to all of us without extra costs: information and knowledge. so only kind of "intellectual property" reduces the usefulness of this goods. (this is something that patents, copyright, etc.. have all in common).

so why then do we have IP at all? because capitalism can only deal with scarcity: you can not sell sand in the desert. this shows a principal problem with capitalism. and if you look a bit closer then you see that this does not only happen with intellectual goods but with almost everything that capitalism deals with: it introduces artificial scarcity:

  * advertisement: to create new demand for mostly useless things where there was no demand before.
  * war: the most effective way to create new demand: destroy what was there before, create insecurity and create weapons that "protect", ...
  * crisis: like the bursting housing bubble...
  * ....

my employer pays me to filter out spam for him. other people are being payed by there employer to send out spam. etc..etc..

the capitalist system is fundamentally broken.
"
http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=563921&cid=23542219
1030886  Link to this entry 
Written about Thursday 2008-05-22
Written: (3806 days ago)

A science news aggregator in traditional news site format (i.e., an automagically self-updating online newspaper): http://esciencenews.com/

1028700  Link to this entry 
Written about Monday 2008-05-12
Written: (3816 days ago)
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