· Naughties
· · 2004
· · · October
· · · · 11 (3 entries)

Other Glitters · In the last day, three Web fragments’ glit­ters tick­led my mind’s eye enough to pass ’em on. Britt Blaser’s re­mark­able Reel Courage is about the U.S. elec­tion but speaks from a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence and quotes Solzhen­it­syn, both good things. In the geek spir­it, Dave Sifry is hav­ing se­ri­ous fun min­ing his own data: he’s post­ed parts one and two and I’ll be wait­ing for the rest. Fi­nal­ly, Jeff Hodges sent me a point­er to Phil Agre’s home page, which has some se­ri­ous­ly good stuff on it; my fa­vorite was How to Help Some­one Use a Com­put­er.
Podcasting Idea · My, my, the ex­cite­ment over pod­cast­ing. Think­ing about it, I was hav­ing trou­ble get­ting in­ter­est­ed. For me, ra­dio hap­pens ei­ther in the car or at home in the evening; I turn the reins over to some­one else to play me some mu­sic they picked, for free. There are enough de­cent sta­tions with­in my reach that I don’t feel the need to time-shift; and for in­for­ma­tion or dis­course, sor­ry, I pre­fer text. Then an ob­vi­ous app came in­to mind: Mu­si­cians could use it for to­tal dis­in­ter­me­di­a­tion. If some mu­si­cian of whom I’m a ma­jor fan, say Ry Cood­er or Em­ma Kirk­by, were to launch a sub­scrip­tion where you pay them a few bucks a month and they promise, once or twice a mon­th, to drop some­thing in­to your iTunes, well, where do I sign up? There’d need to be some en­force­able le­gal­i­ties; ba­si­cal­ly, a promise not to post what you get on the pub­lic We­b. Should be do-able.
Thanksgiving · Cana­di­an Thanks­giv­ing, that is, to­day, Oc­to­ber 11th; I won’t be work­ing much. So, late on Thanks­giv­ing eve I say thank-you to the world for be­ing what it is, and to my fam­i­ly and friends for be­ing what they are, and to the peo­ple at work for the good stuff there. And I’ll throw in a pho­to­graph of the Au­tum­nal boun­ty ...
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