Monday, June 27, 2005

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council is not happy with today's 10 Commandments decisions by the Supremes. Me, I'm pretty much OK with them. Or maybe just relieved it wasn't worse. Joe Gandelman has a round-up.

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"Hey. That's North Carolina-speak for 'Hello'...."

John and Elizabeth Edwards do an audio "bookcast" about The Working Poor: Invisible in America with author David Shipler. Worth a listen.

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Rain. Good. Elyse Ashburn reports, "year-to-date rainfall is more than 5 inches below average." But we've learned some lessons: "The city used 38.9 million gallons of water on Thursday, higher than the 30 million gallon-a-day goal of 2002, when drastic conservation methods were in place, but below the 45 million gallons that Williams said would have been typical before the drought."

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Rocked Grokster: Supreme Court says file-sharing sevices can be sued, "rejecting warnings that the lawsuits will stunt growth of cool tech gadgets such as the next iPod," reports AP's Hope Yen.

More AP: "In the closely watched case, supporting the effort to sue the companies were dozens of entertainment industry companies, including musicians Don Henley, Sheryl Crow and the Dixie Chicks, as well as attorneys general in 40 states.

"About 20 independent recording artists, including musician and producer Brian Eno, rockers Heart and rapper-activist Chuck D, supported the file-sharing technology to allow for greater distribution of their works."


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Crumb-covered April issue of Mineshaft arrives.  Want one?

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More on flag burning from Back to Square One. Also, how to build a crossword puzzle.

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"Wikis are really a social innovation, not a technological one."

A brief interview with Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales about the use of wikis in corporations. I asked if managers are freaked by the idea of workers making changes to documents without the elaborate permissions required by traditional software.

"You don't expect people to vandalize the wiki any more than they would vandalize the Coke machine. If you anticipate problems with employees maliciously changing documents, you've got much worse problems."


I've been following an intense email conversation between Wales, Dave Winer, and others about the standards and practices of Wikipedia. Looking forward to his session in Greensboro.

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Tough times in the Hundred Acre Wood: Piglet and Tigger lose their voices.

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