The Big Think

November 13, 2008

Twyla Tharp on Creativity

Filed under: Disclosure,Education — jasony @ 9:47 am

November 12, 2008

Protest

Filed under: Humor and Fun,Politics — jasony @ 10:02 am

Well, said.

November 11, 2008

A Simple Thanks

Filed under: Uncategorized — jasony @ 12:45 pm

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Windows 7 an 8 ball?

Filed under: Computing,Macintosh — jasony @ 9:29 am

“Windows 7 is a ‘minor point-type of release, as opposed to a major update or rewrite.’ Memory footprint for the kernel proved eerily similar to that of Vista as well. ‘In fact, as I worked my way through the process lists of the two operating systems, I was struck by the extent of the similarities…In a nutshell, Windows 7 M3 is a virtual twin of Vista when it comes to performance. In other words, Microsoft’s follow-up to its most unpopular OS release since Windows Me threatens to deliver zero measurable performance benefits while introducing new and potentially crippling compatibility issues.’

Hey, there’s always OS X!

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November 10, 2008

Things They Don’t Teach in Flight Training

Filed under: Hobbies — jasony @ 11:10 am

I never got that lesson in ground school.

Wow.

Wow.

Something is Out There

Filed under: Space/Astronomy — jasony @ 8:06 am

And it’s pulling us in.

That’s no moon….

November 7, 2008

Factory Balls 2

Filed under: Games — jasony @ 11:11 pm

Fun little addictive Flash game.

Copyfight

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 9:32 pm

Cory Doctorow on the current copyright mess.

There’s a word for all the stuff we do with creative works — all the conversing, retelling, singing, acting out, drawing, and thinking: we call it culture.

Culture’s old. It’s older than copyright.

The existence of culture is why copyright is valuable. The fact that we have a bottomless appetite for songs to sing together, for stories to share, for art to see and add to our visual vocabulary is the reason that people will pay money for these things.

Let me say that again: the reason copyright exists is because culture creates a market for creative works. If there was no market for creative works, there’d be no reason to care about copyright.

Content isn’t king: culture is.

November 6, 2008

Did he just say that?

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 9:38 pm

Surely I misheard. Surely.

Didn’t I?

November 5, 2008

Aftermath

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 11:20 am

It’s probably not surprising news among my friends who I voted for this election, but regardless of my disappointment this morning, I do have a big smile on my face for Amanda Jones. Ms. Jones is the 109 year old daughter of a slave who lived long enough to see a black man elected president. You do have to love the poetry of that.

You also don’t have to know me very well to know that my political feelings this election were not based on race but on political philosophy- something that, alas, is all too uncommon in this age of telegenic, crafted candidates (oh, for a single candidate that didn’t use double-speak or opaque, namby-pamby rhetoric). I took a good hard look at the political philosophy of both the major candidates, picked the one who was closer to my own, and pulled the lever.

Here’s my point, and why I hope that the next four years is more civil than the last eight: even though my guy didn’t win, I’ll still support the new president when he’s sworn in. I will not put demeaning or misleading bumper stickers on my car, I won’t refer to him by insulting names, I won’t run around screaming that he’s a fascist unless he sends the brownshirts to my door, and I certainly won’t try to delegitimize him in the eyes of the world. That kind of short-term politics only hurts America. Like it or not, he’s my president and I do sincerely hope he governs well. Why would I hope he fails? That’d be pretty dumb.

Win some, lose some. That isn’t to say, though, that I will automatically support or endorse everything he choses to do (ha! like he needs my endorsement!). I do think it’s past time for the bitter Opposition to go back to being the Loyal Opposition. I only hope our representatives share my feelings, and that their efforts to act as such are truthfully portrayed in the media.

Here’s to the next four years.

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November 4, 2008

Filed under: Politics — jasony @ 9:07 am

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November 3, 2008

Mythbusters

Filed under: Mad Science — jasony @ 4:24 pm

Make does a great interview with the dynamic duo.

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