Yahoo – 2001 Ann Arbor Art Fairs: A New Face on an Old Favorite: “Come see for yourself from Wednesday, July 18 to Saturday, the 21st when the Fairs will once again turn the streets of Ann Arbor into a living, moving, vibrant art installation.
The largest of the three Fairs, the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair, will also have the most dramatic changes.
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Great articles on Slashdot and Salon regarding the major labels paying radio stations to play their music.
Napster users have often questioned why a CD costs $16. Courtney Love told the story of how that $16 is certainly not going to the artists. The profits of the major labels, while significant, are not so high as to imply that they are getting all of that $16. Here are the parts of the cost that seem to exist, though I’m not sure how much each one makes up:
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If you’re curious what a typical weblog article/discussion is like,
this article on kuro5hin is the only one you need to read.
In a case that is decidedly not one of preaching to the choir, Microsoft’s Craig Mundie is going to be speaking at the O’Reilly Open Source Convention. That should make for an interesting session, and I hope it’s going to be webcast.
Brent Ashley has posted some thoughts about patents and The Software Commons on his blog, following the news that NetObjects has a patent on WYSIWYG HTML editing. A few thoughts follow…
NetObjects is likely to go after large companies with large bank accounts and vast hordes of lawyers (eg, Microsoft) to try and collect on their new patents. Microsoft won’t just settle such a suit, because they have too much invested in WYSIWYG HTML (MS Word and FrontPage come to mind). They’d be a lot more likely to just buy NetObjects. The least costly solution, however, would be to dig up some prior art… and odds are that it exists.
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Yahoo – Sun defends Java platform investment: “The company says it makes money by building services and hardware systems around Java, which it manages in a semi-open process.” I’m certain that Sun has generated business as a result of Java. It has been good for them both in terms of marketing, and in terms of providing technology that enabled developers to use their systems.
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The Doomsday Algorithm is a neat diversion (or party trick, depending on your frame of mind). It helps you figure out the day of week based on the date for any month and any year. Clearly, this was created by someone (Conway) who likes finding patterns in things.
Top 200: The Rise of Corporate Global Power: “Of the 100 largest economies in the world, 51 are corporations; only 49 are countries (based on a comparison of corporate sales and country GDPs).” This is important stuff to be aware of. In a way, every dollar you spend is a vote. If you don’t approve of how a company operates, you should vote for another company whose ideals are more like yours.
From MSNBC: The Reviewer Who Wasn’t There: “The studio plastered Manning’s raves over at least four different movie advertisements, including ‘Hollow Man’ and ‘Vertical Limit.’ But Manning’s own life story should be called ‘Charade,’ because he doesn’t exist.” Amazing. The article makes the point that studios regularly manage to get the quotes they want.
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If you’re curious about the goal of this site, check out this article.
Why would you care what I write? For the same reasons you would care what anyone writes: you find the topic interesting, or the opinions resonate or dissonate with you. My purpose with this site is not to build some gigantic audience that I can “monetize”. My goal is to have a place where I can keep a journal of things that are interesting to me and thoughts that come to me along the way. Perhaps some of those thoughts will be interesting to others and we’ll get some discussion going… but given my real goal for this site, I’m basically guaranteed to succeed.
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