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Archive for June 30th, 2003

Bloggers Gain Libel Protection

Posted by glasscastle on 30th June 2003

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last Tuesday that Web loggers, website operators and e-mail list editors can’t be held responsible for libel for information they republish, extending crucial First Amendment protections to do-it-yourself online publishers.

From WIRED, today

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Lexicographers Rejoice

Posted by glasscastle on 30th June 2003

William Safire looks at new dictionaries and slang, specifically
the first complete revision of Merriman Webster’s Collegiate in a
decade, released this week, which includes such new entries as Frankenfood and barista , ”a person who makes and serves coffee (as espresso) to
the public.”

from the Sunday NYTimes Magazine "On Language" column

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Kennedy Curse Continues

Posted by glasscastle on 30th June 2003

LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) — By the time they died in a 1999
plane crash, John F. Kennedy Jr., and his wife, Carolyn Bessette, were
living
a life of separate beds and violence, and Bessette was struggling with
a drug problem, according to a new book by Kennedy family biographer Edward
Klein excerpted in Vanity Fair on Monday .

According to friends, Kennedy worried that Carolyn was cheating on him
with old flame, Michael Bergin, a "Baywatch" actor and former
model of Calvin Klein underwear.

Another sad story of sex, drugs and violence in America’s Royal Family

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Sidekick in the Ass

Posted by glasscastle on 30th June 2003

T-Mobile drives a nail into the Sidekick’s coffin

Thank goodness I am too cheap to run out and buy all the things I
absolutely HAVE TO HAVE! This saves me from mistakes like the T-Mobile
Sidekick
, a combo cellphone, PDA, wireless web browser and game player.
Turns out if
you ever decide to leave the T-Mobile family, they can remotely incapacitate
your phone, crash all your software and games, and ERASE ALL THE DATA
IN THE PDA! Plus it can’t play mp3’s. Next contestant, please.

Exposé through Boing-Boing

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Friedman on Google as God

Posted by glasscastle on 30th June 2003

God is All-powerful and Omnipresent, and knows all that is knowable.
God had a good 3,000 year run as the ultimate authority, repository of
knowledge, dispenser of advice and receipient of pleas, supplications
and searches for knowledge and wisdom. Today, Google is all of that,
and more…. From the NY Times

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Pynchon’s Intro to 1984

Posted by glasscastle on 30th June 2003

Some
of you (like me) may have missed Thomas
Pynchon’s rather remarkable introduction to the new edition of George
Orwell’s 1984
, as published in the Guardian
(now
off their site but I found it in Lex-Nex).  This relates to
a previous posting "William
Gibson on Orwell"
.  To
complete the circle, here is the New
York Times review of Gibson’s new novel
"Pattern Recognition", with multiple references to Pynchon.

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Quote of the Day

Posted by glasscastle on 30th June 2003

Speaking at a public symposium, a member of Parliament, Seiichi Ota,
recently made light of reports of gang rapes at a Tokyo university. "Boys
who commit group rape are in good shape,"
Mr. Ota said. "I
think they are rather normal. Whoops, I shouldn’t have said that.
"

From a NY
Times report by Howard French
that rampant sex abuse by teachers
goes unreported and unpunished in Japan.

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