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Category: Computers & Technology

Hey, computer-music geeks

A good friend of mine (and of this blog and of dogs) is also a fan of Animusic. Several years ago he sent me their first two DVDs. Even though I’m as sadly non-musical as it gets, I found them awesome. Now Animusic is crowdsourcing funding for DVD number three and they are alllllllmost over the top. Check ’em out and if you can give their fundraising a little kick via Kickstarter, great. If you can’t or don’t want to contribute, how about spreading the word to any music fans or computer animation geeks you know? One more week to…

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Tuesday miscellany

(H/T furrydoc for that one. Great find, furrydoc. Hope it’s true the injured dog survived.) What information overload does to your brain. Speaking of which … how to deal with email overload. (Tip o’ hat to JG.) Another unimportant nobody who doesn’t trust the cloud. Some guy called Woz … Obamacare will create chaos. No sh*t, Sherlock. I know this is last week’s news and therefore happened in the ‘Netly equivalent of the Jurassic. It’s still marvelously weird. That angry farmer with the tractor deserves one more link’s worth of immortality.

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And speaking of helpful hackers of Arab extraction …

Yesterday I began a post about the novel Alif the Unseen with this quote: “We’re living in a city run by an emir from one of the most inbred families on earth, where a few censors can throw someone in jail for writing things on the Internet and falling in love with the wrong person.” Dina reached out to be helped to her feet. “It went out of control a long time ago.” The book is about a young hacker of East-Indian and Arab extraction doing his best to foil the security state — and paying a price for it.…

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Alif the Unseen: Pretty good novel

Alif jerked his backpack over one shoulder. “I just feel like this whole thing is getting out of control.” “We’re living in a city run by an emir from one of the most inbred families on earth, where a few censors can throw someone in jail for writing things on the Internet and falling in love with the wrong person.” Dina reached out to be helped to her feet. “It went out of control a long time ago.” —– Alif the Unseen By G. Willow Wilson Grove Press, 2012 Alif (not a name, but a letter of the alphabet) is…

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Midweek miscellany

Dealing with some stuff right now. Having a chaotic and upsetting day (in part because of a dog rescue gone wrong and causing a neighborhood uproar). Should have a nice, content-heavy post soon, but for now, just so you’ll know I’m thinking of you … This is one of those gee-whiz-golly “security” inventions we can expect, and hope, never to hear about again. (Tip o’ hat to PT) Who really invented the Internet? How Batman lost his gun. From an anti-gunner’s (ugh) viewpoint. (Who knew that the Miller decision was “uncontroversial”?) Those cables that Wikileaks published and are now all…

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It’s okay as long as you hate the right group

[rant] I was just finishing up a head-banger of an assignment, watching my flat-fee dip to within a few dollars of minimum wage and thinking, “I can’t do this any more. This whole political thing.” Then the email came in. The first thing I noticed was that it was a forward of a forward of a forward, and — standard with these things — my address was one of about 35 on an open cc list. I didn’t know the sender; he and I are merely involved in the same group and some of the others’ names were among those…

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Something for nothing, something for dummies, and nothing for something

Last week you no doubt heard news about the highly successful scam: The Obama administration will pay your utility bills! Just give us your social security number … First thought is what kind of moron would fall for that? Second thought is: a whole nation of morons. Isn’t that exactly how the welfare state works, anyhow? —– Speaking of dumb stuff to fall for, Microsoft is revamping its Office suite. One of the big changes is that it will now store all documents and settings in the cloud by default. (H/T PT for the link.) Nothing against the cloud. I…

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Monday miscellany

When an American artist came under unjust scrutiny from the feds, he conceived a modern variation of the old “over-compliance” trick originated by 1960s draft protestors. (Video of him giving a talk about it.) (Tip o’ hat to MJR) This is such a cool, clever, innovative idea. Wonder how long before the feds hit it with a drone strike? (H/T C^2) Sharp-eyed Kent spotted this review of Safety Not Guaranteed, the movie inspired by the classified ad written by our own John Silveira. The film was a smash at Sundance, is just coming into theaters, and currently stands at an…

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Dishing dirt: Have you seen the reviews of Windows 8?

It’s been a long time since I’ve bothered to kick M*cr*$*ft. It’s become kind of a non-issue. In fact I was pretty impressed with the newest version of W******s that came with my laptop. (Never used it after the first few days, but it was jazzy, easy, and functional and it’s still on there as a dual-boot with Mandriva Linux.) But boy, have you read the scathing reviews the upcoming Windows 8 is getting from its beta users? If you want the gory details, here’s a 7,400-word analysis. And a shorter take. Basically everybody is saying that no business or…

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Friday links

A certain “victim of the American drug war” has wisely said goodbye in her own inimitable style to posting about her experiences as a snitch. Apparently, she’s been in this mood for a long, long time — though I suppose it’s “statist” of me to say so. Speaking of statist, a gifted Virginia schoolboy has been suspended for touching the American flag. We may live in a police state. But at least we can still drink our troubles away. Idaho is going to permit Five Wives vodka to be sold after all. But only after a famous lawyer threatened to…

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