Sunday , July 5 2020

Culture and Society

War Art

The deviantART site has 225 visual interpretations on the theme “Iraq War 2003.” There is some thought-provoking imagery, deft workmanship, creativity, humor and passion. Of the works that take a discernable stand – many are appealingly vague – 95% are anti-war, and most are frankly rather glib and trite in …

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At Least He’s Not Nigerian

Does this look familiar? A little pseudo-spam floating around the Internet – it’s pretty funny if a tad heavy-handed: IMMEDIATE ATTENTION NEEDED : HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL FROM: GEORGE WALKER BUSH DEAR SIR / MADAM, I AM GEORGE WALKER BUSH, SON OF THE FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA GEORGE …

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Public DMCA Hearings!

We have been active in the DMCA-reform movement, participating in the public comment process a few months ago (Ernest Miller of LawMeme did the heavy lifting – Ernie rules), insisting that consumers should be able to make backup copies of their own DVDs, and that news and reviews entities (like …

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Berklee From Home

For a fraction of the cost and inconvenience of actually attending the legendary Berklee College of Music in Boston, you can take exciting courses in music production, writing, business and theory online: Production “David [Franz] was able to make an online music class come alive and teach a topic that …

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US Psyop Broadcast Commandeers Iraqi Radio

As the surgical airstrikes against Saddam were beginning last night Iraqi state radio suddenly broadcast this: “The facilities of the Iraqi regime have started to be hit… This is the day we have been waiting for… The attack on Iraq has begun,” the United States jammed and then obliterated Baghdad …

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Harry Potter Makes the OED

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series has been acknowledged for its cultural impact with a new definition in the online Oxford English Dictionary, along with over 2000 other changes and additions. Muggle, n. In the fiction of J. K. Rowling: a person who possesses no magical powers. Hence in allusive and …

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To Zap or Be Zapped

Experts quoted by the Washington Post think it almost certain the US military will use “high-powered microwave weapons” (HPM) against Iraq: They use bursts of electromagnetic energy, delivered by low-impact bombs or “ray gun”-like devices, to disable or destroy the electronics that control everything from an enemy’s radar to its …

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Download Times a Thing of the Past?

We just reported yesterday that MSN thinks broadband internet access has arrived. Well check this out: it makes today’s broadband look like the Pony Express Scientists have developed a new data transfer protocol for the Internet fast enough to download a full-length DVD movie in less than five seconds, the …

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Build Your Own Dylan CD

My father-in-law has been holding forth on this issue for the last seven years: why isn’t there somewhere you can go and mix and match your favorites songs by a given artist and have them burn the CD for you? No down;oading, no digital files – a real, physical CD …

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Another DMCA Crack

We’ve been looking with a jaundiced eye on the DMCA for some time – it is full of holes and needs some serious repair work by Congress. Here’s another: A group representing college media centers is warning the U.S. Copyright Office about a possible conflict between two federal laws, one …

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