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Sunday, February 29, 2004

queer eye for the sim geek

it’s been too long since i gave you wonderful people a quick-and-dirty business model to play with….

today, we marry (ahem) reality tv with unreality computer gaming, and we get…

the sims, queer eye edition (with interior design bonus pack)

posted by roj at 10:31 pm  

Saturday, February 28, 2004

Daniel Boorstin

historian and librarian

posted by roj at 10:48 pm  

Saturday, February 28, 2004

Bart Howard

flying to the moon

posted by roj at 3:03 am  

Thursday, February 26, 2004

music promotion model – capitol imaging group / cigmusic / alternativespin / rapvibe

i’ll have to come back to this one in some depth, but it seems the good people of 97 radio have new names to play under.

check out the previous material, and buyer beware.

posted by roj at 2:42 pm  

Thursday, February 26, 2004

daniel ellsburg on katherine gun

daniel ellsburg on npr’s morning edition

i remember former senator wayne morris telling me in 1971 that if i’d given him the relevant documents from my safe at the pentagon in 1964, the tonkin gulf resolution would never have made it out of committee, and if it had been brought to a vote, it never would have passed. that’s a heavy burden to bear.

i admire katherine gun for recognizing what she should do sooner than i did. she did all that she could, at personal risk, to save lives.

i would also like to say to all those with access to documents that may shed light on official deceptions: don’t do as i did. don’t wait until thousands have died to tell the public and congress the truth they need. the personal risks are real, but a war’s worth of lives may be at stake.

posted by roj at 4:40 am  

Thursday, February 26, 2004

de beers feeling pressure yet?

the story on this seems to be about the hardness. i thought this little quote was more interesting:

…we were able to grow gem-sized crystals in about a day.

there’s pressure, and then there’s pressure…

posted by roj at 2:27 am  

Thursday, February 26, 2004

us releases human rights report

straight from the state department

it’s a long read, and i barely scratched the surface, but i do think it’s time to include the united states in the analysis.

Because the promotion of human rights is an important national interest, the United States seeks to:

* Hold governments accountable to their obligations under universal human rights norms and international human rights instruments;
* Promote greater respect for human rights, including freedom from torture, freedom of expression, press freedom, women’s rights, children’s rights, and the protection of minorities;
* Promote the rule of law, seek accountability, and change cultures of impunity;
* Assist efforts to reform and strengthen the institutional capacity of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN Commission on Human Rights; and
* Coordinate human rights activities with important allies, including the EU, and regional organizations.

free speech zones, detention without due process and that whole government accountability thing are right up there on my list of things i’d like to see laid open….

posted by roj at 2:04 am  

Thursday, February 26, 2004

flashing for attoseconds

nature brings news of 250-attosecond uv flashing from researchers at the vienna university of technology.

“Every time we get shorter pulses, chemists say that we don’t really need them,” says David Klug, a photochemist at Imperial College, London. “But then they find a way to use them. Once it becomes convenient, people will find applications for it.”

i’m waiting for the ipod version.

posted by roj at 1:56 am  

Thursday, February 26, 2004

the music industry is part of the economy?

say it ain’t so, barry! can’t be!

i dunno about this book-buying idea, but maybe you guys could all chip in and get me some crayons…

…i am feeling a bit hungry :)

posted by roj at 1:28 am  

Thursday, February 26, 2004

gitmo detainees get trials, but it doesn’t matter

so, tonight i learned that the bush administration actually charged a couple of the hundreds of detainees being held at guantanamo bay. that’s nice. it’s good to see the wheels of justice turn just one more notch.

then again, the administration later said that even if they were found “not guilty” they wouldn’t be released. whoups.

posted by roj at 1:23 am  
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