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Simpsons Cross Pond Next Season

J.K. Rowling and Ian McKellen both appear in a Simpsons episode next season when the family travels to London: Rowling fumes sarcastically when young Lisa Simpson pesters her for details about how the “Harry Potter” series will end. McKellen is besieged by falling anvils and other disasters when Homer Simpson …

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DMCA Chill

The DMCA is stifling the growth of our entire economy: Krause put together a compelling panel of executives and venture capitalists to tell their stories of how the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) has put a chill – or, worse, a stop – to their business plans. Perhaps most memorable …

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Mister Rogers: Fair Use Activist

Fred Rogers was one hell of a guy, and according to all reports, he was exactly who he appeared to be on the air. No wonder he was so calm and relaxed. In perfectly logical keeping with his personal empowerment philosophy, Mister Rogers was also a fair use advocate: In …

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Epileptic 1

The plain yellow cover to David B.’s Epileptic 1 (L’Association) only hints at the visual inventiveness found in this remarkable autobiographical graphic work: two boys, one half a head taller than his brother, look out at the reader. To the side of this duo lurks a large lizard head – …

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Celebration of Fred

People seem to be feeling the death of Fred Rogers very deeply – we have had three very personal and sweet dedications on our site already. For me personally, I think he was a bit too sincere and anacronistic – I fear that I don’t quite trust entertainment completely devoid …

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Minority Report

We watched the DVD of Minority Report last night and I was shocked how good it is. The film works as an Fugitive-type crime thriller, a psychological study of loss and grief, as a clever and convincing sci-fi gee-whiz spectacle, and most importantly as as provocative cautionary tale regarding factors …

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Musicians Know Best

Okay, I’m convinced – time to turn over the government to musicians because if we enjoy their music, then surely they know what’s best regarding foreign policy. I think the judgment shown in letting rip with a fireworks display in a crowded broom closet speaks well of musicians everywhere. What’s …

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High Tech War

The technology of this war will make the Gulf War look primitive: If the United States launches a war against the regime of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, it is from this windowless, high-tech room that senior officers from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps will direct the battle. …

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Ground Zero for Ground Zero

I have never been able to get my head around architecture: sure I like nice buildings and I am fairly interested in interior design, but the actual work of summoning buildings forth from the mind has never been something I have much understood. So that’s my excuse why I have …

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