Friday, 30 November 2007

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King Canute the Great exemplified


Via Howard at Etaoin Shrdlu,[1] a link to Seth Mnookin'sprofile of Universal Music's CEO Doug Morris.

Howard calls it "astonishing," and I agree. It's astonishing that Universal's publicists let this get out. Mnookin simply lets Morris talk, and Morris winds up revealing far more about the way the music business works, and why it's in the mess it's in, than he realizes.

If Morris typifies the executives at the top media companies, that would explain a lot. I could almost feel sympathy for them. Almost.


LATER, Elsewhere:  Reaction at HijiNKS ENSUE. (added 071210)
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[1] Great, now I've got two "Howards" to keep track of. (The other one runs Oraculations.)

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Thursday, 29 November 2007

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How Embarrassing!


Seems “they got better.”
Dead people.  You just can't trust 'em.

Tnx: Ace.

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Makes as much sense as some of them


The gang at Althouse's house work their way up to considering an Elvira-Fabio ticket.


Sorta indirectly via Instapundit (except he probably didn't read the comments).

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Wednesday, 28 November 2007

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Eliot Spitzer aspires to be an LBJ


And that's supposed to be a good thing?

Tom Maguire has the story. This comment (by Jeff Nuding) could have been written by me.

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Monday, 26 November 2007

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Engineer's disease again


“She was pissed, called me a dork, and that was the end of that.”
– Toren's story.


Previously: Engineer's disease

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Saturday, 24 November 2007

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How to survive your first Guinness


Instructions by “Grandad” at Head Rambles.


Thanks: “JHW” at LGF

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Tuesday, 20 November 2007

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The smart people think about "ignoring"


You REALLY can't read everything.

For decades, computers have been helping us to remember, but now it's time for them to help us to ignore.
At Internet Evolution, Cory Doctorow laments the passing of the “time when I could read the whole of Usenet,” notes how the proliferation of sources means he is now “acquiring information on a probabilistic basis,” and calls for technological help:
...adaptive systems that create a gray zone between “delete on sight” and “show this to me right away.”

In the comments (which, BTW, are ordered most-recent-first), Matthew Cornell included a link to a post (and discussion) on his blog from early this year: Information provenance - the missing link between attention, RSS feeds, and value-based filtering. Go there for a good statement of the problem, and reports of efforts and experiences from others.

Previously, marking a milestone:

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"...what I should or should not write about this..."


In the midst of a family tragedy, Jeff Jarvis reflects:  How Personal Should a Blog Be?

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Excellent discursive rant by Steve H.


It's all here: Putting the book to bed, e-mails to (and from) editors, applying to graduate school, and dealing with egotistical judges. Makes an important point, too:

It used to be that a person with a high school education who could not afford a lawyer had some hope of representing himself in federal court. You could go to the library and study, and you could borrow a typewriter, and you just might win. Now you have to own a computer and know how to use it. And it's not enough to be able to do word-processing. You have to be able to convert documents to PDF. Then you have to get an Internet connection and upload them. To me, this amounts to the following message: if you can't pay a lawyer and his staff of clericals, keep your sorry ass out of federal court and be trampled. Our laws were never meant to confer rights upon the likes of you.
Sad and true. RTWT.

What it Will be Like to be a Writer Today

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Farewells


To Digger. (backstory)

To Felix. (and here)

And a late link (sucks being offline for a week), but still heartfelt...
Moxie says goodbye to Bentley. (update)

The last two via Lar, who's had his share of losses. (As have many, which doesn't make doing posts like this any easier.)

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