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Sunday, June 02, 2002

Public Access to the Public Domain. Brewster "Internet Archive" Kahle is giving Project Gutenberg a nudge:

1. take a large catalog of books in libraries,

2. tag each entry with its US copyright status,

3. prioritize those that are out of copyright,

4. try to inspire the world to digitize the out-of-copyright books,

5. format the books for online distribution,

6. organize the resulting digitized books,

7. cause enlightenment in all corners of the globe.

Link Discuss (Thanks, Aaron!) [Boing Boing Blog]

Great idea. I wonder how long before Disnety tries to shut it down?

categories: Web stuff

comments   12:16:53 PM    

Alice Roosevelt Longworth. "The secret of eternal youth is arrested development." [Quotes of the Day]
Benjamin Disraeli. "I am a Conservative to preserve all that is good in our constitution, a Radical to remove all that is bad. I seek to preserve property and to respect order, and I equally decry the appeal to the passions of the many of the prejudices of the few."

comments   12:14:56 PM    

Camgirls and Amazon wish-lists. Mark's got a great piece in the new Yahoo! Internet Life about the underground camgirl economy where Amazon wishlist items are traded for skin:

Now meet Natalie. Or better yet, don't meet her, just buy her an RCA CC9370 AutoShot compact digital camcorder ($450). If you do, this 14-year-old girl from a small Kentucky town "will love you forever." Or so she says on the link from her site to her Amazon Wish List. (Hint: She'd probably settle for the book Girl Director: A How-To Guide for the First-Time, Flat-Broke Film & Video Maker.) But do it quick, because Natalie hasn't been having the best luck of late, judging from the nasty messages posted to her guestbook: "Did I mention that you're the 2nd ugliest girl I've seen in my life?" and "Your site SUCKS ass because of your f---ing brutal WISH list, you ain't even good-looking and yet you think people are just going to ship you that stuff?" Natalie isn't shy about how she feels about these tirades: "WAAAAAAAAAHHH people don't like me because I'm 14 and I don't know anything and I'm ugly and I have a huge Wish List and other people are stupid and I'm honest about wanting to whore my site!!! I'm a whore and you've hurt my feelings!
I was talking about this with my hosts in Denmark last night, weirdly enough. The Internet is putting pornographers out of business (witness the folding up of Penthouse), largely by connecting voyeurs and exhibitionists to have one-to-one relationships. While the wishlist-compensation phenom demonstrates that there's still money in porn, it suggests that there's not a lot of business left there. We got onto the subject while talking about musicians and P2P file-trading. Many music publishers are shutting down their Danish operations, folding up in the face of declining CD sales. One of my hosts wondered if music was becoming a commodity, but (to use the analogy), the camgirl phenom suggests the reverse: "old" porn was a commodity -- one picture for 1,000,000 viewers; this is much closer to one-to-one "bespoke" production.

I don't know how musicians will make money in a P2P universe, but I think it's a mistake to assume that technological changes that harm the music industry necessarily harm musicians. Link Discuss [Boing Boing Blog]

It's almost like having a mistress, I imagine, showing gifts on the object of your obsession in the hopes that she will recompense you with some skin time. Only in this case it is without the physical component of being directly in contact. Weird. Are we living that much in our own heads these days? Or is more a matter of not wanting to leave a clear trail and physical evidence of your transgressions/obsessions? regardless, I think it's creepy.

categories: Web stuff, Weirdness

comments   12:10:32 PM    

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