Archive for April, 2006

April 28, 2006

Got too many books and no place to read them? Try this armchair bookcase. It could use better armrests though.

April 28, 2006

Remember those old “What’s the worst part…?” jokes? Well, I’ve got one for you: What’s the worst part of getting sued by the RIAA? Losing thousands of dollars. Fine, be technical. What’s the second worst part? Having your guilty music pleasures made a matter of public record. That’s cruel and unusual punishment.

Also kind of sucks when you’re sued for file sharing when you don’t even own a computer.

April 27, 2006

I’ve been thinking a lot lately on how the common user can survive an assault from a major corporation’s lawyers. In particular, I’m referring to cases like the RIAA mass lawsuits (like the ones where they sue grandmothers, minors, and their families) or ones like this poor sap, who’s getting sued for producing a piece of software similar to what a company has before that company even filed a patent on it.

So what can be done about this? A century ago, collective action would have been the answer. But in those instances, people could be organized more easily because they shared commonalities – interest, location, working conditions, etc. These are wildly disparate people, unified only by their persecution by the conglomerates. They, of course, wouldn’t pursue this avenue of legal recourse if it wasn’t lucrative. How can it be made unlucrative without getting the government involved?

April 27, 2006

How to stay awake during boring meetings.

April 27, 2006

Apparently, your default sleeping position can say a lot about you. I alternate between fetal and yearner (but with my arms around the pillow under my head instead of in front of me).

April 27, 2006

Is your apartment too small? Then build a series of interlocking lofts to get more room.

April 27, 2006

On the cars Senators drive as they pontificate about high gas prices.

April 27, 2006

Interesting theory from Dan Froomkin on Snow’s appointment as Press Secretary:

So is it possible that the hiring of Snow represents the embracing of the Fox News approach, which is to preach effectively to the converted and not worry about the rest?

April 26, 2006

A rescued whale, caught in fishing traps in the San Francisco Bay, personally thanked her rescuers. No, I’m not lying.

April 25, 2006

on How to get rid of an Infestation of Hipsters.