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ramblings of an information troubleshooter
biting the bullet
morgan, one of my co-workers, has
decided to abandon the north (this true
love thing must be contagious). anyway,
since it will cost him thousands to get
his vehicle moved south, he decided that
he was better off selling it up here,
even if he had to take a financial hit.
not one to turn down a great deal, i
decided to succumb to the call of the
north and buy my first snow machine.
(2004 Polaris XC-500 Legend)
after work, jordan took me to the
cleaners again at chess. i was so
depressed that i decided to skip the
gym for the evening. *haha* well,
the fact that i slept all day yesterday
gave me an indication that i may have
been pushing myself a wee bit hard, so
it was probably best to take the lieu
greg phoned up with the great news
that he had gotten a job offer down
in sudbury. accordingly, i joined him
and the gang for a drink at the
storehouse to celebrate. i also ended
up picking up a sedna carved out of
caribou antler from one of the vendors
making the rounds of the bar.
- ip idiocy link of the day:
how the grokster decision
Why is legal uncertainty in this
context particulary chilling to
innovators ? ... Unlike nearly
every other area of law, copyright
allows plaintiffs to skip proving
actual damages and instead collect
statutory damages, which a court
may set between $750 and $30,000
per work infringed. So when
secondary copyright claims are made
against mass market products like
the iPod, CD burners or file-sharing
software, all of which are regularly
used by customerws to make copies of
millions of works, statutory damages
become a corporate death penalty.
shadow of the nite owl
finished re-reading the first 3 books in
the 'ender's shadow' sub-series by orson
scott card. just in time, it turns out,
volume was just published in march.
time to exercise those online ordering
the only major issue that i have had
with these books is the philosophy that
baby-making should be considered the
major achievement in life. sure, it's
a great motivational tool for the
characters, but i'm more skeptical
about its general applicability to real
life. that said, card provides great
characterization and writes meaningful
dialogue, enough that buying the final
book is a no-brainer.
also drafted up playlist and script for
this weekend's radio show that will have
a jukebox theme. hopefully this will
allow me to avoid the sequence of
fumblings that i provided during last
there is an 'inuktitut word of the day'
feature that pops up on the intranet at
work. today's word managed to penetrate
my morning mental fog. the word was
meaning "does it for the first time".
for a moment, i thought it was another
one of those spam messages offering
teenage sex videos ;)
another evening, another poker session.
todd wanted to host just one more match
before he leaves on vacation on friday.
patrick, becky, spencer and myself were
happy to oblige. the early going was
pretty uneventful and it took a few
hours for becky to become the first
player to get knocked out. becky stuck
around to deal for the rest of us.
other people began to swing by the
apartment including stef, kevin (with
his xbox), greg, becca, dave, helen,
bella, karen, etc.
before things got too out of hand, tho,
i managed to smoke todd out. he
believed that i had a couple of low
clubs with 3 clubs on the table, based
on my betting hard after the turn,
indicating that i didn't want another
club to show up. me, i had actually
been playing my two-pair, kings and twos.
when another club came out on the river,
i put him all-in, risking that he didn't
have the ace. as he had the queen, i
beat him by a single card.
after a few rounds, i successfully bullied
patrick out, leaving me to play heads-up
against spencer. after winning a few hands,
it was looking bleak for spencer as i had
about a 10:1 chip stack advantage. however,
once the surrounding partiers started
smoking, i began to lose focus. i didn't
play stupidly, but spencer was able to take
advantage of my distraction and started to
beat me hand after hand. after another hour,
his chip stack surpassed mine and seeing as
we both had to work the next day, i was
happy that spencer was willing to split the
pot down the middle so i could go home to
get at least a couple of hours of sleep.
- IP idiocy link of the day: the
economist discusses the u.s. supreme
court's grokster decision, explains
how the current copyright time periods
nonsense and advocates a return to
the original limited monopoly terms of
14 years, renewable once.
- link of the day:
sniper and the journalist: phillip
robertson, an embedded u.s. journalist,
searches out the sniper who shot his
friend, iraqi journalist yasser salihee.
After Joe fired at the windshield he
walked to the car and saw that Salihee
was covering his eye with his right
hand, but as he watched the hand fell
and blood poured from the wound in the
man's head. Not long after the shooting,
Joe's unit left the area. "We had to
leave the scene and that was fucked up,
but we had to continue the mission.
Then we came back and I saw the lady
crying and it got to me because I'm
not out here to kill innocent people
at all. When I saw her, that's when
I knew something was wrong." The
woman Joe saw was Raghad Salihee,
Yasser's wife ...
Raghad went on to say, "I want the
Americans to go back to America,
but I know they won't go." She
asked me if I knew a lawyer in the
United States who could take her
husband's case. As her daughter
gazed hypnotically at the hotel pool,
Raghad said, "Can you help me ?
Please, can you help me ?"
Before I left Joe at his company
headquarters at Camp Victory, he
said he wanted to tell the Salihee
family he was sorry and that he'd
never had to fire to stop a car
before the 24th of June. "If I'd
seen his hands up, no way would I
have fired a shot. We didn't
murder him. No way was it murder,"
Joe said. But there was desperation
in his voice, as if he wasn't sure.
the other shoe drops
today, the city finally
that it has no vision about recycling.
3 seacans full of materials collected
for recycling will now be going straight
into the city's landfill and the stuff
being collected in the new bins (minus
pop cans) will go there too. supposedly
it costs them to keep seacans around and
they need to free up the seacans for
something else ? call me a sceptic.
i've been encouraged to put my money where
my mouth is and so i'm applying to sit on
the solid waste management committee which
will provide policy input to the city.
i have little illusion that i'll be able
to steer the city towards more sustainable
waste management practices, but we'll see
how it goes.
coincidentally, the city's engineering
director has just resigned, following in
the footsteps of the city's former director
of public works. i wonder if there is a
root cause for the city's difficulties or
if it is merely a continuation of the
transient tendencies of iqalungmiut from
the south ?
- ip idiocy link of the day: an
with the director of
hot ballroom about what she had
to do to get clearances for all the
music used in her documentary.
Stay Free!: There's a scene where a
woman's cell phone rings and she has
the 'Rocky' theme ring tone. I
noticed that you even cleared that !
I would have thought that could be an
example of fair use.
Sewell: I thought so too. It's only
six seconds ! But our lawyer said we
needed to clear it. So I called Sprint,
which owns the ring tone master rights,
and they gave it to me for free because
they saw it as product placement. But
then I called EMI, which owns the
publishing rights and they asked for
Stay Free!: Were there any other
inconvenient clearances you had to deal
Sewell: Well, we had to watch out for
billboards and Frito-Lay trucks all the
time. But I usually didn't care, we
would just shoot. The biggest danger
with clearances is when they interfere
with documenting real life. Something
spontaneous like a cell phone ringing
is different than a planned event. If
filmmakers have to worry about these
things, documentaries will cease to be
documentaries! What happens when the
girls go shopping and there's music
playing in the stores? We were lucky
because in our movie the music wasn't
identifiable, but otherwise what are we
supposed to do: walk up to the store
manager and say, "Excuse me but can you
turn off your radio?"
payday means partay at the legion
today's inuktitut word of the day was
meaning 'finds it while searching'. if i
hadn't just made up a batch of business
cards, i'd have changed my inuktitut job
title, as i think this is a much better
description of the role of a librarian,
rather than what i have now: 'works in
a place where books are read'.
another friday, another bevy of farewells.
first, we had a gathering at the storehouse
to wish morgan luck in peace river. from
there i wandered over to greg's for a big
bash to see off becca, who leaves monday,
and greg himself who is heading up to pang
next week and will only have a few days in
town when he gets back before he departs
we managed to fit over 20 people into
greg's hacienda, so it was a boisterous
bunch that decided to move things over to
the legion. we only had enough members
to sign in half of our group, so we went
around looking for other members to help
sign in the folks stranded outside. once
we were all in, you couldn't turn a corner
without running into one of the party-goers.
so i signed up to play pool on
wW= 'i.pi.bi's table but he
got knocked out by jimmy, so i avenged him
to win the table. morgan had signed up to
challenge me, but i couldn't track him down,
so i played norman instead. i made a game
of it, but norman unsuprisingly beat me to
another table opened up and i played a
friendly with patrick. i won, but only
because patrick sunk the black too soon.
luc, who had just come from ruling the
tables at the storehouse, decided he
wanted to take me down. however, i
somehow gave him enough tough-angle shots
that he got a bit frustrated and i ended
up winning. hey, there's a first time
for everything, and i don't have any
delusions about repeating that feat
the lights came on and we huddled
outside in a light sprinkle of rain
before eventually moving on back to
greg's. there, dave baked up some tasty
'ghetto dogs' that warmed us for the walk
- link of the day:
gas left in google ?: the writer
tries to determine if investors who
have sat on the shore during the
google explosion are too late to
catch the boat. he goes thru all of
the assumptions and formulae that he
uses to value a company's stock.
Now all you Google shareholders, ...
keep in mind the $275.14 share price
is based on a number of estimates and
guesses. If you change any of the
assumptions, you get a very different
answer. For instance, if you think
the analysts are wrong and believe
Google will grow 60% a year over the
next five years, the company's value
is $615. Also, if the company's
business model changes in a way that
it generates more cash, that also
affects the valuation.
jukeboxes, aircycles and haunted mirrors
today's radio show celebrated the magic of
jukeboxes, inspired by my
heard on a jukebox mix.
aur.oral exposures setlist for 30jul2005:
listened to the beginning of sara's solo
performance on 'audio missile defence'
where she seemed to have forgotten how the
microphone worked after having been away
for a month. anyway, i started recording
it before heading up to the astro to check
out 'the island'.
- Echo Beach - Martha and the Muffins
- Beatles Medley - Stars on '45
- Shaddap You Face - Joe Dolce
- Boy From New York City - Manhattan Transfer
- Don't Bring Me Down - Electric Light Orchestra
- jukebox excerpt from 'Diamond Grill' - Fred Wah
- Saturday Night - Claire Jenkins
- Let the Jukebox Keep on Playing - Mike Ness
Love - Lionel Ritchie and Diana Ross
- The Break Up Song (They Don't Write 'em) - Greg Kihn Band
- Jesse - Carly Simon
- Rasputin - Boney M
- Urgent - Foreigner
- I Love Rock 'n' Roll - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
- You Spin Me 'Round (Like a Record) - Dead or Alive
alas, this flick just emphasizes again
what a rarity it is when hollywood manages
to do a sf film well, even tho they are
inevitably well-rewarded for the effort,
e.g. '12 monkeys' or 'blade runner'.
some of the action set pieces (i.e. the
spinning fan) were ludicrous and were a
waste of the special effects budget. the
philosophical dilemma faced by djimon
hounsou's character, as an african
military man tasked with retrieving the
future equivalent of slaves was not as
fleshed out as it could have been and
sean bean's megalomaniacal geneticist had
no redeeming qualities. if he had, there
would maybe have been an interesting
examination about how far we can go to
protect the already living, using the
might yet live.
ewan mcgregor got to play himself and his
clone, but the transformation from lincoln
six echo to client was just too easily
done to be credible. interactions with
other, more sympathetic, clients may have
helped to show a greater moral conflict.
however, kudos to the casting director for
putting the luminous scarlett johanssen on
the screen. steve buscemi was hilarious as
finally, why all the fuss about a $500,000
car that's still tied to the ground, when
you could have a kewl aircycle ? man,
those were HOT !
went home to finish neil gaiman's 'coraline'.
it's an award-winning children's book that
is being made into an animated feature in
the next few years. a very spooky tale
about a young girl who learns to appreciate
the world and the parents that she has after
surviving an alternate version of each.
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