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"Phil Fonebone's death was a brutal act of barbarism perpetrated by a group of clods, finks, and schmendricks who stand in direct opposition to the values we cherish as a democratic society," read a statement issued by Mad magazine. "On behalf of journalists and freedom lovers everywhere, we condemn this senseless, furshlugginer act of violence."
Well, somebody had to post it.
By the way, is it M on tana, or M awn tana?
This was Brian Turner's Christmas e-card last year. I have no idea where he got it. I've been meaning to post it, and decided there's no time like the present.
sick bird. bother. rexilla brought it in and there was a commotion in mike's office. we rescued it and now it's in the backyard "resting" - we hope that he starts to feel better and flies away. if not, what to do? (it's too small to grill)
david bowie's new album has a beautuful song (tribute) to uncle floyd called : "twinkle twinkle uncle floyd" - cant find any good links, alex ?
I've started posting to my page.
Frank Rich's New York Times column today contains this howler: "Instead of creating a new organizational chart, Mr. Bush might have enlisted one man to hose down our security bureaucracy: Rudolph Giuliani."
Yeah, the genius who built the city's $13 million "command bunker" on the 23rd floor of 7 World Trade Center! Equipped with fuel tanks that exploded and toppled the building! I want him in charge on a NATIONAL level!
new heard of this artist before but me likes some...must visit show...
Live in a Former Toilet -- Only $200,000
Well, spring migration is just about over, but I promised to post this tidbit. It's one of Tom Fiore's field reports from Central Park, including a compliment for me. Tom is an excellent birder, and particularly devoted to documenting the Park's birds. (Although, like a number of veteran birders in need of new challenges, I think he's now more interested in butterflies.) He writes exhaustive lists in the Park's log book, as well as posting online. He always sees more birds than most of us, but his reports have the nice effect of convincing you that there's got to be something interesting around, if you just keep looking. These log entries at the Boathouse were certainly one of the things that finally convinced me to pick up binoculars, after years of strictly naked eye viewing.
The field report as a literary form is an interesting possibility. Some people want no more than the basics of location, observers, and the birds seen. Others write everything out in paragraphs, like a little story, which is not considered very "scientific". Tom's are somewhere in between: annotated lists with comments and occasional opinions interjected. He collects information from many other birders, and estimates numbers to create inclusive day lists. He's become a sort of minor celebrity of the Park, especially after the story of his kidnapping in Columbia got around, and he was featured in Marie Winn's book Red-tails in Love. Birding with him is a bit of an honor, although mostly I end up watching him, and try to figure out how he sees the birds I miss. By the way, Red-tails is supposedly being made into a movie, by Nora Ephron; not sure if it's going to include the humans, or just the birds. Sadly, the Red-tails' chicks died this year, and several Peregrine Falcon nests around town also failed. Hawks in Prospect Park and Falcons downtown are said to be doing OK. Anyway, I'm posting the 5/19 report in the comment field. Just be aware that when Tom credits me with being cautious and conservative, what he really means is that I just don't know enough to make the quick call. And yes, the Blackpoll Warblers did show up, bigtime, last weekend.
From a very close friend of the band comes forth the rumor
that the Grateful Dead will play again, minus one little guy....
its never too early to start blogging.
Is anyone planning on getting together tonight? I thought I'd bring it up a little earlier in the day. I've been home with a cold and am feeling better would love to get out and see my pals.
kirks chair up for auction.
Still getting his war on. "Goddamn! I'm sick of these fake-ass terrorist alerts."
What's up with the Dick Armey reference. I missed that. A little help?
'Copy-Proof' CDs Cracked with 99-Cent Marker Pen
Mon May 20, 1:14 PM ET
By Bernhard Warner, European Internet Correspondent
LONDON (Reuters) - Technology buffs have cracked music publishing giant Sony Music's elaborate disc copy-protection technology with a decidedly low-tech method: scribbling around the rim of a disk with a felt-tip marker.
Internet newsgroups have been circulating news of the discovery for the past week, and in typical newsgroup style, users have pilloried Sony for deploying "hi-tech" copy protection that can be defeated by paying a visit to a stationery store.
"I wonder what type of copy protection will come next?" one posting on alt.music.prince read. "Maybe they'll ban markers."
Sony did not immediately return calls seeking comment.
Major music labels, including Sony and Universal Music, have begun selling the "copy-proof" discs as a means of tackling the rampant spread of music piracy, which they claim is eating into sales.
The new technology aims to prevent consumers from copying, or "burning," music onto recordable CDs or onto their computer hard drives, which can then be shared with other users over file-sharing Internet services such as Kazaa or Morpheus MusicCity.
SONY AGGRESSIVE ANTI-PIRACY PUSH Monday, Reuters obtained an ordinary copy of Celine Dion (news - web sites)'s newest release "A New Day Has Come," which comes embedded with Sony's "Key2Audio" technology.
After an initial attempt to play the disc on a PC resulted in failure, the edge of the shiny side of the disc was blackened out with a felt tip marker. The second attempt with the marked-up CD played and copied to the hard drive without a hitch.
Internet postings claim that tape or even a sticky note can also be used to cover the security track, typically located on the outer rim of the disc. And there are suggestions that copy protection schemes used by other music labels can also be circumvented in a similar way.
Sony's proprietary technology, deployed on many recent releases, works by adding a track to the copy-protected disc that contains bogus data.
Because computer hard drives are programmed to read data files first, the computer will continuously try to play the bogus track first. It never gets to play the music tracks located elsewhere on the compact disc.
The effect is that the copy-protected disc will play on standard CD players but not on computer CD-ROM drives, some portable devices and even some car stereo systems.
Some Apple Macintosh (news - web sites) users have reported that playing the disc in the computer's CD drive causes the computer to crash. The cover of the copy-protected discs contain a warning that the album will not play on Macintoshes or other personal computers.
Apple has since posted a warning on its Web site at: kbase.info.apple.com/cgi-...KC.106882.
Sony Music Europe has taken the most aggressive anti-piracy stance in the business. Since last fall, the label has shipped more than 11 million copy-protected discs in Europe, with the largest proportion going to Germany, a market label executives claim is rife with illegal CD-burning.
So Iíve got this cat here. Polly the cat. Iím putting her up while Ruth & Nicholas are in Germany. Seems their other cats donít tolerate her, but sheís been a model citizen here. We had cats when I was a kid, and I had my own, Kitty, for 17 years. She died four years ago, and Iíve been petless since. Itís good to have a cat around. This one is really sweet, with an even temperament. She does all those cat things: chases a toy; rolls on her back; sits in my lap purring. And sleeps a lot. Itís reassuring to see that cats are the same as ever. Iím not planning on getting one myself just now, (too little time, too little space, too much hair,) but somewhere down the road I see myself with another cat. Not Polly, though. Sheís moving to Montana soon. Canít integrate here, so sheís heading west to the RenHillWallsí. Probably a good deal for her.
My only problem is with her name. Everyone knows Polly is a birdís name; this must be an embarrassment for a cat. So Iíve taken to calling her Poly, as in ďmanyĒ. After all, the cat is a many-lived creature. Having been rescued from the street, sheís got to be on her second life, and heading for a third, so sheís a Polycat for sure. The names sound the same, so sheís not confused, and I hope this distinction will be observed in Montana. Iím sure you guys will love her out there.
Did I mention she sheds and claws the furniture?
Stephen Jay Gould, the evolutionary theorist at Harvard University whose lectures, research and prolific output of essays helped to reinvigorate the field of paleontology, died today at his home in Manhattan. He was 60 years old. The cause was adenocarcinoma, his wife, Rhonda Roland Schearer, said.
ludology.org: videogame theory
I've been working out by the lake (Ponchartrain). At the corner of Warbler and Warbler, you know, off of Warbler, past Swallow.