Does this mean what I think it means? Keyword filtering for my hand-picked feeds? Get out! So I can watch for NY Times: Book reviews of titles by my favorite authors? Watch Amazon's list for titles that contain a specific word? Many, many possibilities!
Must test this.
Will sends along a link to a story about more copyright lunacy. Translating DNA sequences into music is pretty creative, but doing it to get around more complex processes and to extend ownership is wrong. More unintended effects of the DMCA.
Ever since Meryl pointed out the Mattel Classic Football Game, I've been contemplating what it means for my generation to be the first to grow up with video games. It's definitely had an impact on how we create movies and our entertainment choices, but I was thinking more of future implications.
My parents grew up with radio. Baby boomers grew up with television. My generation grew up with video games. In this area, we get to be the first ones to say "When I was a kid...." Sure we grew up with a lot of other things too, but we'll always be the first group en masse to own video games. Our memories will be of the first generation of both hardware and software - Pong, Coleco, Atari, Tron, Burger Time, Merlin, Lode Runner, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Pac Man (including the Fever!), and a million others for which readers will chastise me for not including. WarGames will always hold a special place in our hearts, and not just because Ferris and Allison were in it.
This is memory lane for a substantial number of us. That also means that we're the first generation to watch as others surpass our skills with the new games. Example: Brent can pick up almost any Playstation game in a matter of minutes. He instinctively knows that one of the buttons will let Spyro fly and that he needs to soar around the towers with the lights on top. I, on the other hand, just kept walking around looking for stuff.
Sure, others my age still pick up this stuff right away, especially with games like Rogue Squadron, but as we age, the new games won't be as instinctive to us. We'll always recall the past fondly and each time a landmark game is released, we'll think about it in terms of the process that led up to it. While I share Ryan Greene's concerns about distributed computing for video games, I wonder how we'll get enough computing power to create a holodeck. Maybe this is one way to do it, but how will my generation feel when that event happens? Will we accept it (I hope so), or will we be cranky old people that say, "Bah humbug... when I was a kid...."
The EFF alert is especially helpful because it includes a sample letter in case you don't feel knowledgable enough to write your own. Please, please, please make sure you submit some kind of comment or feedback to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, its Committee members, and/or your home legislators. This is an incredibly important issue on so many levels.
Missed this one while I was gone: Nokia launches first phone-based VPN
Of course, this is running on Symbian so we can't test it here in the U.S., but it's still very cool. Nokia again leaves the U.S. market in the dust. Encryption would be very important if librarians wanted to let users search their online catalogs or view their patron records via cell phone. I'll bet Lori could really use this stuff, too.
Did you know that there are Caramel M&M's now? Diane brought them back from Vegas for me as a reward for hounding her to see Cirque du Soleil's Mystere show while she was there. Very strange taste, this new flavor. I still like the Peanut Butter M&M's best because they remind me of a Willy Wonka candy I used to chow down on as a kid.
I'd like to see someone do a study about the increase in search results of the phrase "good morning from..." in web search engines as it relates to the increase in the number of bloggers on the web. I am not throwing stones as I have been guilty of this myself, but it seems to have become one of the obligatory phrases that every blogger must use at least once.
Emphasis is mine. I've never heard anyone complain that Moore's law is too slow. I'm already a Sony person, and I can't believe how far out these guys are thinking.
Yet another title to add to The Shifted Reading List of books I can't seem to find time to read but naively think I will tomorrow.
I sure hope they're involving some folks from the field where "information management is accepted as second nature" - librarians.
Sheree is selling her grandmother's grand piano, so folks have been coming over to look at it. It's a Steger & Sons that hasn't been played in at least 20 years and is probably at least 60 years old. It's not in the best shape, but it has the vaulted top, which I hear they don't make any more. For the first time last night, someone pulled the bench out from underneath it and looked inside.
We were stunned to find all kinds of sheet music from the first half of the 20th century - Mozart, popular songs, a primer on beginner piano songs, and my favorite - a 1954 Ice Capades program, as well as a 1944 U.S. Deptartment of Agriculture "Victory Gardener's Handbook oon Insects and Diseases."
You can imagine how much fun we librarians are having with this! I'll try to scan in a couple of pages over the weekend so that all may join in the fun.
I just had to post this one for Kate and Andy. Responding to Glenn's meditation on getting old, Doc conjures up one of his own ruminations on the subject.
This very week, I got back in touch with one of my best friends from high school and college. We lost touch and hadn't talked to each other in 13 years. She was living in Colorado but recently she and her family moved back to the area where we grew up. She has one step-child in junior high and one in high school, both going to the exact same schools we attended when we were young.
She tells me that she has encountered many of her old teachers from the flip side of the coin - as a parent, not a student - which must be very strange indeed. That makes me feel older than any abstract number.
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