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October 28 asides

AeroPress Velma’s dad David bought an AeroPress coffee press while he was out here and it’s pretty cool. I’m considering buying one myself. Scientists at University of Manchester have perfected facial recognition on mobile phones As one of the researchers, Dr. Philip A. Tresadern, wrote, “A video of your face contains useful information such as […]

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Intellectual property and copyright from a new perspective

This TED Talk by Johanna Blakley gave me a new perspective on copyright. For the last few years, with the oncoming pervasiveness of open standards and technologies, I’ve seen benefits on both sides of the copyright-versus-open issue. While much benefit comes from copyright law, it can also stifle parts of innovation and culture. Blakely, of […]

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Thursday Top 5+1

Yes We DidMoveOn’s pimping a commemorative “Yes We Did” poster and sticker by Shepard Fairey (of Obey Giant fame). You can get one sticker for free, although I’m pretty sure it’ll put you on MoveOn’s email list. I contributed $35 to get two posters. BTW, MoveOn’s new home page design is a leap forward, I […]

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Battle In Seattle

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_B1Iybufic] Next month will see the debut of an independent film about the 1999 demonstrations against the WTO in Seattle. The movie looks like it will be pretty good, not the average Hollywood tale in which the “terrorists” all have foreign accents. Independent director Stuart Townsend has taken pains to present the story from many […]

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Free the Airwaves

Remember on old TVs how, when you used to switch from channel 5 to 7 (for example), there might be static on channel 6? Those unused spaces on the analog broadcast spectrum are called “white spaces.” Currently more than half of the spectrum is unused. When TV broadcasters go fully digital-spectrum next year and discontinue […]

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BushCo is trying to outlaw contraception, without congressional approval

From MoveOn: Can you imagine living in a place where birth control is considered an “abortion” and health insurers won’t cover it? Where even rape victims are denied emergency contraception? It seems unbelievable, but the Bush Administration is quietly trying to redefine “abortion” to include birth control. This could wipe out dozens of state laws […]

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Hey “New York’s finest,” don’t forget: You work for us

On July 25 a New York City rookie cop assaulted a bicyclist participating in a Critical Mass ride. According to the New York Times, Officer Patrick Pogan has sworn a statement that the cyclist, Christopher Long, rode straight at him. Clearly, the video (seen below) shows another story. Meanwhile, Long has been charged with attempted […]

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Room 641A: AT&T’s complicity in Bush’s Orwellian America

I pass this windowless, metal-clad behemoth of a building every day. It’s practically across the street from my office downtown. It’s an AT&T building, but I never understood why it would have absolutely no windows. I always wondered what was inside. A whistleblower who used to be a technician working for AT&T in this building […]

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Ubuntu designers get “inspired” by Download.com button

I was browsing the Ubuntu* site today and I noticed a very familiar-looking green button. I opened up a separate browser window and went over to Download.com, and sure enough, whoever designed Ubuntu’s website had used the button I created for Download.com. Luckily, they’d changed the icon inside the button, since that’s a Download.com trademark […]

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