but Boing Boing has the picture: a Libertarian candidate for Senator drank stuff that has permanently turned his skin blue. The stuff he took was apparently to combat fears he had about the turn of the Millennium.
Archives for October 2002
come pearls of wisdom, from time to time. Such is the case with new Canadian Foreign Minister Bill Graham, never an imposing or overly impressive figure though possessed of an interesting candour. Today he clarified the Canadian position to the current shenanigans between the US and Iraq, however, and he hits the nail on the head: “U.S. Has No Right to Invade Iraq, Canada Says.” Quote: “The further you move the argument away from an actual direct threat to a suggestion that, well perhaps, one day maybe… then of course you are opening the door to a basic destruction of the world order as we presently know it.”
This, of course, is exactly the US policy on this matter. So maybe the most amazing thing is that this piece appeared at all. I’m taking side-bets on how quickly someone else in the administration backs off the positions Graham noted in the article. I say within 4 hours. But even that is pretty much standard for the Canadian government – get one minister to proclaim the true policy of the government while another prepares the speech backing off that policy statement.
, Cory has been wondering if the FUD about potentially open wireless networks coming from the FBI and others is really due to an inner desire to be cool secret agent types. Sounds pretty plausible to me. “Think about this for a sec: Fed cops want to believe that warchalking is going to lead to hacking and cracking and spamming…” [italics mine].
but I’m back now. I didn’t actually go anywhere, but life caught up with me and I found myself very very busy and something had to give. Work is busy, it’s a lot of work to raise a puppy, my moonlighting gig at McGill is a lot of work as well. So I took a break to recharge a bit and take care of other things. Now, back to the blog.
To kick thinks off, there’s an OS X conference on now and yesterday they had a Digital Rights panel that was blogged by Glenn Fleishman. One thing Glenn wrote points to something I have been looking at for ages: “Publishing is aggregation. People will re-emerge as publishers. Will Hollywood be the publishers of the future or will someone else?” I think that we’d all do very well to pay special attention to how copyright works for anthologies. It’s a double-edged sword – you can own a copyright on the collection itself even if you don’t own the rights to the component stories (though you must have permission).