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Internet Goodies for Sunday, January 18th 2009

Just because I have other things to do (like my Professional Responsibility reading) doesn’t mean I don’t have time to waste on the internet.

  • Our world may be a giant hologram
    Filed Under [science ]
  • superuseless superpowers Things like being impervious to the 13th bullet fired at you (and not the first 12) or being able to teleport one inch in any direction. Filed Under [humor superheroes ]
  • Readingon on the Rise
    A new report from the NEA: more Americans are reading and more Americans are reading Fiction! Filed Under [books Culture america ]
  • Inside the Savant Mind: Tips for Thinking from an Extraordinary Thinker
    An autistic savant discusses how his memory works. Filed Under [psychology neuroscience mind ]
  • Whitechapel – Postmodernism – your views?
    A forum discussion of everyone’s favorite subject of academic wankery. Filed Under [literature philosophy postmodernism ]
  • Joe the Plumber = Homer Simpson?
    Some action shots of everyone’s favorite two legged political prop captioned with Simpsons quotes. I like Homer. Filed Under [politics ]
  • Internet Goodies for Sunday, January 11th 2009

    Back in San Francisco and positively tingling with anticipation for classes to start, I still have a few links for my adoring public.

  • 9 Reasons Not to Attend Law School
    All true, and yet I remain undeterred.Filed Under [lawschool ]
  • People Who Deserve It
    Deserve what? A punch in the face, of course.”This blog is not written with malice or scorn, but with a sincere desire to witness the upward progression of the human race. And some people are ruining it for everybody.
    People who wear sunglasses inside.
    Savages who pee on the seat.
    This kind of conduct only perpetuates the acceptance of degenerate behavior.
    On this space log, you will find examples of socially responsible reasons to punch someone in the face. And remember, we do it for the kids.”

    Filed Under [humor blogs ]

  • Borges: Pathways of the (Postmodern) Mind
    Jorge Luis Borges and some problems of taxonomy.”At first glance, I was fascinated by the idea of so many academics being fooled by a supposed misquote. But then I saw: in these three paragraphs there are multiple levels of story going on. First of all, academic infighting: “they hoped to tear me apart.” Then the philosophical differences between Modernists and Postmodernists, which is interesting in itself, because really, their conflict is all about ways of thinking about reality. Which is, of course what Borges’ works all played with.”

    Filed Under [literature philosophy postmodernism ]

  • Zoom Baby, Zoom
    A panoramic photo with awesome details.Filed Under [photography ]
  • Is it Art?
    Re: the cultural significance of video games.”There is no other medium that produces so pure a cultural segregation as video games, so clean-cut a division between the audience and the non-audience. Books, films, TV, dance, theatre, music, painting, photography, sculpture, all have publics which either are or aren’t interested in them, but at least know that these forms exist, that things happen in them in which people who are interested in them are interested. They are all part of our current cultural discourse. Video games aren’t. Video games have people who play them, and a wider public for whom they simply don’t exist.”

    Filed Under [media videogames ]

  • NIN best selling cc-licensed music
    Lawrence Lessig considers the implications of Nine Inch Nail’s CC licensed album’s success.”Even more exciting, however, is that Ghosts I-IV is ranked the best selling MP3 album of 2008 on Amazon’s MP3 store.”

    Filed Under [music copyright creativecommons ]

  • What WWE champion Mick Foley thought of The Wrestler Mankind talks about a movie I am dying to see, but haven’t yet:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         “I even heard that I was one of his influences in preparing for the role. But what did Hollywood know about my business, anyway? Who had they ever beaten? (As we say in the biz.)”Filed Under [criticism film sports wrestling ]
  • On Language – Bleeping Expletives
    William Safire examines the media’s censorship techniques:
    “The need for today’s review is the coverage given to the participial modifier employed with great frequency and immortalized on recordings of telephone conversations made by the F.B.I. as its shocked — shocked! — agents eavesdropped on Rod Blagojevich, the Illinois governor. His favorite intensifier was reproduced in many newspapers and Internet sites with dashes as “—-ing” or with asterisks as “****ing” and was substituted in broadcasts, telecasts and Netcasts as a word descriptive of the sound called bleep.”

    Filed Under [media language profanity nytimes ]

  • Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere: writing The Other
    “I think he does an overall good job with female characters. But the imperfections of a writer like Gaiman, however small, are infinitely more revealing to discuss than are the the glaring mistakes of writers who don’t even seem to like women.”Filed Under [criticism Comics feminist ]
  • Some Modest Advice for Young Law Scholars
    “If you want to have an easy tenure case, here are some modest suggestions”Filed Under [law lawschool academia ]
  • Net Scavenging for the New Year, January 4th 2009

    How did I spend New Year’s Eve? I drank beer.  I watched Justice League cartoons. I read Vonnegut. I fired a shotgun into the air. Not a bad way to send out 2008, symbolically speaking. Here’s some digital detritus:

  • Town Asks Kung Fu Monks for Tourism Blessings”
    “Mr. Dou found a savior 1,200 miles away, in the Song Mountains of central China, where the warrior monks of Shaolin have mastered the art of monastery marketing.” Can you get a black belt in that?
    Filed Under [religion nytimes china tourism ]
  • William Burroughs: Do Easy
    “DE is a way of doing. It is a way of doing everything you do. DE simply means doing whatever you do in the easiest most relaxed way you can manage which is also the quickest and most efficient way, as you will find as you advance in DE.” A sort of everyday zen.
    Filed Under [psychology ]
  • Daredevil: The Man Without Fear
    A resource for my favorite superhero.
    Filed Under [Comics superheroes ]
  • Abandoned London
    A Flickr set.
    Filed Under [photography flickr ]
  • A New Taxonomy of Gamers
    A thoughtful look at what we talk about when we talk about video games and the geeks (and others) who play them.
    Filed Under [Culture criticism videogames ]
  • Long Now: Projects: Clock
    “The idea to build a monument scale, multi-millennial, all mechanical clock as an icon to long term thinking.” Just having read Anathem, this sort of thing is on my mind.
    Filed Under [science technology philosophy ]
  • Choose Your Own Adventure Short Films
    Cinematical offers some short films that require a little audience participation, just like those books you remember.
    Filed Under [movies postmodernism ]
  • Internet Goodies for Monday, November 24th 2008

    Linking and driving, only without the driving.

  • 26-Year-Old To See Every Asshole He Ever Went To High School With On Night Before Thanksgiving
    The Onion hits close to home. Again.
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  • TED: Ideas worth spreading

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  • Wonkette : Q&A With ‘Get Your War On’ Guy, David Rees!

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  • Op-Ed Contributor – Let Detroit Go Bankrupt –

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  • Fifteen Craft Exercises for Writers | PoeWar

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  • Aquarium Drunkard: MP3 Blog, Music Blog » Bob Dylan/Johnny Cash :: 1969 Sessions

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  • Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World
    An NIC assessment of long term U.S. power.
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  • Neal Stephenson | The A.V. Club

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  • Internet Goodies for Wednesday, October 29th 2008

    Linking and driving, only without the driving.

  • 20 Civil Liberties Laws Every American Should Know – Criminal Justice Degrees Guide

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  • Intellectual Property Colloquium
    "The project is called the Intellectual Property Colloquium, and it is essentially an online audio program devoted to intellectual property topics. It aspires to be something like an NPR talk show, but it will focuse on copyrights and patents, and is aimed primarily at a legal audience. The programs are neither lectures nor debates. They are conversations, ideally thoughtful ones, with guests drawn from academia, the entertainment community, and the various technology industries."
    Filed Under [none]
  • Authors, Publishers, and Google Reach Landmark Settlement – MarketWatch

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  • Mexico acknowledges drug gang infiltration of police – Los Angeles Times
    Los Departedo
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  • We Don’t Need Another War on Poverty : City Journal Autumn 2008

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  • Moving Toward Web 2.0 in K-12 Education | Britannica Blog

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  • Joe Simon, a Creator of Captain America, Still Fighting for Comic Book Artists at 94 – New York Times

    Filed Under [superheroes marvel comics law ]

  • EFF:Legal Guide for Bloggers
    "The goal here is to give you a basic roadmap to the legal issues you may confront as a blogger, to let you know you have rights, and to encourage you to blog freely with the knowledge that your legitimate speech is protected."
    Filed Under [technology law journalism media blogging ]
  • Internet Goodies for Sunday, October 19th 2008

    Linking and driving, only without the driving.

  • The Smart Set: The Term Paper Artist
    An academic mercenary gives a behind the scenes look at writing term papers for money.
    Filed Under [plagiarism essays education academia ]
  • The climate change unbelievers
    In spite of the overwhelming evidence to the contrary, some very smart people think climate change isn’t happening.
    Filed Under [environment climatechange ]
  • McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: The Economic Crisis Hits the Markson Family Monopoly Board.
    “I realize Bethany is only 6, and you find it cute that she writes “$5,000″ in crayon on the backs of the Chance and Community Chest cards when she runs out of funds and uses them to purchase houses, but, if you recall, that is exactly what led to the inflation that crippled our Friday fun.”
    Filed Under [satire economics ]
  • Interview with Noam Chomsky:
    Saying the things Chomsky says, like: “Nobody should have any illusions. The United States has essentially a one-party system and the ruling party is the business party. ”
    Filed Under [politics election08 economics ]
  • 900-Pound Giant Squid Joins Cast Of ‘The View’Filed Under [humor ]
  • Late Bloomers
    Malcolm Gladwell questions our equation of precociousness with genius, and asks if maybe we shouldn’t appreciate the creators who have put in the time.
    Filed Under [none]
  • Bill Clinton talks about Fight Club
    “But you know, so it was a little too nihilist for me, but I thought it was very compelling. I thought that those two guys were great and I think that Helena Bonham Carter was in it and she was a very compelling figure in it. I thought it was quite good.”
    Filed Under [none]
  • Linkdump: Sunday, October 12th 2008

    Linking and driving, only without the driving.

  • A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century – Esquire
    Chuck Klosterman issues his predictions for the coming century.
  • Buddhists, Existentialists and Situationists: Waking up in Waking Life
    Some deep thoughts about a deeply philosophical film, or some overanalyzation of some absolute drivel?
  • If Radiohead Can Do It, So Can We Good Magazine tries out the pay what you feel model for subscriptions.
  • Thinkism
    Here is why you don’t have to worry about the Singularity in your lifetime: thinkism doesn’t work.
  • 750,000 lost jobs? The dodgy digits behind the war on piracy
    Crunching the numbers on the IP debate.
  • US debt clock runs out of digits
  • Exclusive: Inside Account of U.S. Eavesdropping on Americans
    You’d be surprised at the banality of what they listened to.
  • How do you want to read?
    On a screen? With an analogue portable library?
  • Does the free market corrode moral character?
    Several answers.
  • Spare Me the Sermon On Muslim Women –
    A Muslim woman discusses the state of Islamic feminism.
  • U.S. to rely on Russia for manned spaceflight – International Herald Tribune
    The gap is coming:
  • Porn producer invokes the Bush/Yoo defense — unsuccessfully – Glenn Greenwald –
    Because the films which Little produced included scenes involving sadomasochism, the Bush DOJ alleged, and the federal court found, that the films were not merely pornographic, but also “obscene,” and thus illegal
  • The Anti-Advertising Agency
  • Powell’s Books – Used, New, and Out of Print
    The Second Coolest bookstore in the world.
  • The 25 Greatest Legal Movies | ABA Journal – Law News Now
    “What would Hollywood do without lawyers?”
  • The Future of Words by Dave Eggers – Esquire
    “…this kind of doomsaying is a goddamned dangerous kind of intellectual sloth.”
  • Think You’re Multitasking? Think Again : NPR
    “As technology allows people to do more tasks at the same time, the myth that we can multitask has never been stronger. But researchers say it’s still a myth — and they have the data to prove it.”
  • Behind the Bluster, Russia Is Collapsing –
    “The Kremlin’s recent military adventures and tough talk are the bluster of the frail, not the swagger of the strong. “
  • Linking and Driving, Without the Driving: Sunday Linkdump

    1. Everything you were afraid to ask about “Southland Tales” on I can’t say too many people have burning questions in their hearts about this film, because I don’t think anyone saw it. But I’m still thinking about it.

    2. The Sopranos: Definitive Explanation of “The END” and I do mean definitive. There’s a lot of text here, but the author makes some really good points about the ambiguous and frustrating ending to an awesome show.

    3. The Bush administration’s executive-privilege claims make Watergate look like a fond memory. – David Iglesias – Slate Magazine. Legacy.

    4. Mystery on Fifth Avenue A House of puzzles, codes, and secrets. The architect littered an apartment with all kinds of clues and mysteries for the family to solve.

    5. ALEXEY TITARENKO | PHOTOGRAPHY City of Shadows. Cool black and white cityscapes and long exposure shots create a spooky aesthetic.

    6. The Atlantic : What Rumsfeld Got Right | Robert D. KaplanNot a whole heckuva lot. But some things…

    7. Dan Rather Slams the Corporate Media Preaching at the choir?

    8. Jello Biafra and the Politics of Punk Dead Kennedys singer lays it out.

    9. Reason Magazine – The Cult of the Presidency A constitutional officer with limited powers or a God-King whose edicts must be obeyed?

    10. Tips for a Career in Legal Academia Maybe.

    Here Are Links To Things Which Have Recently Interested Me:

    1. The Siegel Superman decision “After seventy years, Jerome Siegel’s heirs regain what he granted so long ago – the copyright in the Superman material that was published in Action Comics Vol. 1.” This is exactly the type of case I would love to deal with once this whole Law School thing is in my rearview.

    2. Late Grades? Pay Up, Professor “Florida State is what she believes to be the only institution in the country that fines its professors when they turn grades in late at semester’s end. The tab: $10 per grade.” It looks the kid gloves are coming off at my alma mater and the Registrar is hitting ’em where it hurts.

    3. 101+ Web Resources for Students Lots of almanacs and dictionaries and stuff, handily compressed into one place.

    4. A Responsible Plan to End the War in Iraq At least these would be congressman have one.

    5. Driver blames speeding on bad Oreo dunk We haven’t quite covered cookie mishaps as an affirmative defense, but it it’s still the early stages of my law school career so there is still time. via StopSmiling

    6. Seven Deadly Words of Book Reviewing “It’s possible to (mis)use all seven words in a one-sentence book report: “Mario Puzo’s intriguing novel eschews the lyrical as the author instead crafts a poignant tale of family life and muses on the compelling doings of the Mob.” Guilty as charged on multiple fronts.

    7. Violence against emos sweeps across MexicoI guess the sales of eyeliner and super-tight pants will soon take a nosedive.

    8. The full text (pdf) of McCain’s speech delivered this week at the World Affairs Council. A run down of just what the man has planned on the foreign policy front, via a speech he gave to some interested parties.

    9. The Obama Doctrine A run down of just what the man has planned on the foreign policy front, via a sitdown with some of his advisors.

    10. Modern slaves You can call it “human trafficking” if you want, but we all know we’re still talking about the same thing, the very same thing Benjamin Skinner discusses with Salon. He mentions spending time in Romanian slave markets.

    11. Since ’01, Guarding Species Is Harder – “With little-noticed procedural and policy moves over several years, Bush administration officials have made it substantially more difficult to designate domestic animals and plants for protection under the Endangered Species Act.” The very same I act I am now studying in my environmental law class. Kind of funny to see how it is currently put into action.

    12. Why I Am No Longer a ‘Brain-Dead Liberal’ by David Mamet “I took the liberal view for many decades, but I believe I have changed my mind.” the playwright says in the Village Voice. Looks like the writer of Glengarry Glenn Ross has shifted to a more conservative political view of the world.

    Guilty as Charged: I am White and Love to Study Abroad

    The eerily prescient blog Stuff White People Like, is like most really funny things, absolutely true. Whether it’s standing still at concerts (#67), public radio (#44), or microbreweries (#23), this newly discovered (by me anyway) site is a treasure trove of things that make me laugh by cutting just a little too close to the bone.

    Their latest offering is especially evocative. It feels like the author wrote this article after reading through my travel journal circa 2003 and having a drink with me after I had just gotten home:

    Thing White People Like #72: Study Abroad

    I’ve done it (multiple times, for a very long time in South Africa) and am planning to do it again very soon, and I have found myself thinking or saying everything in this article at least once since then.

    “By attending school in another country, white people are technically
    living in another country. This is important as it gives them the
    opportunity to insert that fact into any sentence they please.
    “When I used to live in [insert country], I would always ride the
    train to school. The people I’d see were inspiring.””