Monday, April 15, 2002

who has the rights to your eyeballs in this case?

This is going to be a fascinating case to watch: the owners of the Times Square billboards vs. the owners of the movie Spiderman - Digital ads entangle "Spider-Man". In this case, the movie makers inserted their own ads into the Times Square billboard space so the billboard owners are suing, claiming Sony had no right to do this. Do they? I wonder if they changed the ads in Vanilla Sky? I know there's technology to do this for sports broadcasts ...

This is tangle I'm glad I don't have to sort out. Thanks to Lance at Glassdog for this story.
posted by lee on 04/15/02 at 04:11 PM

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Friday, April 12, 2002

learning disabilities

From PBS - all about the most common learning disabilities affecting schoolchildren. Misunderstood Minds
posted by lee on 04/12/02 at 03:39 PM

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about time kitty earned his keep ...

These cats are testing image recognition technology. At first glance, this seems one of those "What are they nuts?" type of sites, but take the time to read stuff - it's actually fascinating. Pretty cats, too. Quantum Picture
posted by lee on 04/12/02 at 03:31 PM

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corporate anthems

These are very weird. What's weirder is ZDNEt UK's nicely done site to offer these so-called songs (and the lyrics) and the "bestseller" charting of the top anthems. What do companies do with these things, play them at board meetings or something? Corporate Anthems
posted by lee on 04/12/02 at 03:22 PM

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Wednesday, April 10, 2002

Oh how tempus fugit

This is an astonishing virtual exhibit from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (in Kansas City, MO): Tempus Fugit: Time Flies. It explores times on a multitude of levels. Visit this site when you have some time to really explore it - it's worth it.
posted by lee on 04/10/02 at 05:35 PM

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Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartoons

Clay Bennett of the Christian Science Monitor won for his editorial cartoons: A job well drawn. His are some of the best I've seen, and he deserves the award. You can view his winning cartoons by clicking "See Clay Bennetts's winning cartoons" to the right of the photo.
posted by lee on 04/10/02 at 01:43 PM

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Tuesday, April 09, 2002

just one more thing to nag nag nag me

Electrolux introduces talking washing machine.
posted by lee on 04/09/02 at 06:00 PM

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Monday, April 08, 2002

Just because

Valley of the Geeks
posted by lee on 04/08/02 at 09:23 PM

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Will CIPA be struck down as it should be?

A public library, the American Library Association, and the ACLU have challenged the constitutionality of the Childrens Internet Protection Act, which requires that libraries install filtering software on all computers with Internet access in order to receive federal funds. InfoToday reports that the nine-day trial in federal court has wrapped up and the litigants are now awaiting a decision: CIPA Hearings Wrap Up; Decision Expected Next Month. Even if the provision is struck down, it will probably go on to the Supreme Court.

At issue is not whether libraries should block porn from children's eyes (like they haven't already seen plenty of it just watching TV and Britney Spears), but the fact that filtering software is so crappy it blocks too much that doesn't need blocking and not enough of what probably should be blocked from children, and that the filtering software can't be turned off when an adult uses the computer. The software can't distinguish between, for example, images that exploit children and a picture of the baby jesus.

With an Attorney General so twisted he has curtains placed in front of classical statues featuring breasts, I can see the government pursuing this case all the way to the SC instead of letting it drop because it's a flawed law relying on inadequate technology.

I wonder if, somehow, the gubmint will try to equate opposing this law with terrorism?
posted by lee on 04/08/02 at 04:24 PM

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Sunday, April 07, 2002

the execution of Mahmoud Salah by Israeli soldiers

Who are the terrorists here? Photos of the assasination of Mahmoud Salah by Israeli stormtroopers.
posted by lee on 04/07/02 at 11:46 PM

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