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January 15, 2007

'The existence of digital media means everything will eventually become available everywhere — for a price that will approach zero'

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What's this, more of me beating my convergence drum?

No, it's not.

Rather, the words in the headline above appear in Michael Hirschorn's article entitled "The Digital-Music Mosh Pit," in the latest (January/February 2007) Atlantic magazine, which I finally got around to last evening.

Who's Michael Hirschorn?

Unlike me, someone who knows whereof he speaks.

He's executive vice-president for original programming and production at VH1.

You could look it up.

Think he could help me make a video and get airtime?

Just wondering.

January 15, 2007 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Shock and awe at bookofjoe

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My crack research team, trolling aimlessly in uncharted waters as is their wont, hooked what they thought was another in an endless series of underwater logs but guess what?

It turned out to be last Thursday's (January 11, 2007) Huffington Post (above), featuring a link to my post of the previous day on the passing of Momofuku Ando, inventor of instant ramen.

I had no idea the overdogs of virtual space occasionally stopped by.

I wonder who else is lurking quietly out there?

Perhaps it's better for all concerned if I don't know, now that I think about it.

January 15, 2007 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

CubeSudoku — A new way to drive yourself crazy

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This morning an email arrived from the inventor of CubeSudoku; it follows.

    Hi,

    I am inventor of CubeSudoku which you place 1-8 on each strip of 2x2 Rubik's Cube without repeating each digit.

    Personally, I don't think Sudoku Cube is a game combined with Sudoku because you don't see any number cross each other when you play while my invention — CubeSudoku — you really have to think about each number when you try to solve it!

    Welcome to my new website: www.cubesudoku.com and have a look!

    Feel free to email me any comment ^^ — cubesudoku.com@gmail.com

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Fair warning: there goes the day....

January 15, 2007 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Recipe Wheel — Increase or decrease your desired quantities without driving yourself crazy

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Remember what happened the last time you did it in your head?

Wasn't very pretty, was it?

From the website:

    Recipe Wheel

    No longer do you have to scratch your head over simple fractions when you want to increase or decrease a recipe.

    Spin the wheel on this ingenious magnet and you can double, triple, half or third a recipe.

    Measurements are easy to read and include both standard and metric measurements.

$11.99

January 15, 2007 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

Wikileaks.org: Word up — and out

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This new website was in stealth mode until the past few days: "Google references to it have soared from about eight to more than 20,000," wrote Elizabeth Williamson in today's Washington Post.

Long story short: "Wikileaks.org is a Web-based way for people with damning, potentially helpful or just plain embarrassing government documents to make them public without leaving fingerprints."

Here's the Post article.

    Freedom of Information, the Wiki Way

    Site to Allow Anonymous Posts of Government Documents

    You're a government worker in China, and you've just gotten a memo showing the true face of the regime. Without any independent media around, how do you share what you have without landing in jail or worse?

    Wikileaks.org is a Web-based way for people with damning, potentially helpful or just plain embarrassing government documents to make them public without leaving fingerprints. Modeled on the participatory, online encyclopedia Wikipedia, the site is expected to go live within the next two months.

    Organizer James Chen said that while its creators tried to keep the site under wraps until its launch, Google references to it have soared in recent days from about eight to more than 20,000.

    "Wikileaks is becoming, as planned, although unexpectedly early, an international movement of people who facilitate ethical leaking and open government," he said.

    The site, whose FAQs are written in flowery dissident-ese — "What conscience cannot contain, and institutional secrecy unjustly conceals, Wikileaks can broadcast to the world" — targets regimes in Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, but not exclusively. It was founded and partially funded, organizers say, by dissidents, mathematicians and technologists from China, the United States, Taiwan, Europe, Australia and South Africa. The site relies on a worldwide web of volunteers and contributors to post and vet the information, and dodge any efforts to shut it down. To protect document donors and the site itself, Wikileaks uses its own coded software combined with, for the techies out there, modified versions of Freenet and PGP.

    "I think it's an intriguing effort," said Steven Aftergood, an open-government advocate who runs the Federation of American Scientists' Secrecy News blog.

    "It's significant that their emphasis seems to be on relatively closed societies rather than the U.S. or Europe, that have a rather robust media sector.

    "They have the potential to make a difference," he said.

    But for now, Aftergood has declined Wikileaks' invitation to serve on its advisory board.

    "I want to see how they launch and what direction they go in," he said. "Indiscriminate disclosure can be as problematic as indiscriminate secrecy."

    The thought that a nation's defense plans could turn up as "you've got mail" across the globe is a chilling one. So, too, is the potential for a miscreant to sow mayhem by "leaking" documents, real or fake.

    "Unless there are some kinds of editorial safeguards built into the process, it can be easily sabotaged. That was the concern I was trying to raise," Aftergood said. "We'll have to see."

    Wikileaks organizers say the site is self-policing. "Wikileaks will provide a forum for the entire global community to examine any document relentlessly for credibility, plausibility, veracity and falsifiability," they wrote in response to e-mailed questions. "If a document is leaked from the Chinese government, the entire Chinese dissident community can freely scrutinize and discuss it; if a document is leaked from Somalia, the entire Somali refugee community can analyze it and put it in context. And so on."

    Because organizers are scattered around the globe, "In the very unlikely event that we were to face coercion to make the software censorship friendly, there are many others who will continue the work in other jurisdictions."

    For a review of Wikileaks' first document, a weirdly worded memo titled "Secret Decision" said to be issued by the Somalia Islamic court system's Office of the Chief of the Imams, go to http://www.wikileaks.org/inside_somalia_v9.html.

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"Sunlight is the best disinfectant" — true.

Wonderful logo (top), too.

January 15, 2007 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

AirPod — Now you can breathe like a movie star

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In a manner of speaking.

According to USA Today, presenters and nominees at tonight's Golden Globe Awards are being offered these "portable air purifiers for people on the go," part of the backstage swag at the Beverly Hilton hotel.

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Between the federal government ratcheting up the Apple stock backdating investigation and Cisco beating on him about using the iPhone moniker, Steve Jobs and his lawyerbots are probably so busy they missed this little number, which sure appears to me to have the look and feel of an iPod.

And that's not even touching on the device's name.

13"H x 6.3"W x 4.3"D.

Weighs 1.7 pounds.

Blue, Black Paisley or White.

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$99.95.

January 15, 2007 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

GetThedoit.com — 'Submit Music. Rate Bands.'

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joehead Dan Gargano emailed me yesterday afternoon (obviously I had my game face on, what with the NFL playoffs and all, so I had to defer this post until today) about his new website, GetThedoit.com, where you can listen to free music without paying one red cent and, if you choose, submit your band's music or rate bands already on the site.

Dan wrote,

    Hey, Joe,

    I was wondering if you could let me know what you think of my new band rating site? Suggestions, comments? Please log on and mess around with it — any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks!

    Dan

Far better than me noodling around in my brain-dead TechnoDolt™ fashion will be feedback from the legions of kewl joeheads worldwide — they'll sort out Dan's site in short order.

January 15, 2007 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Step-On-It Super Size Dust Pan

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One of those things that's so obvious once you see it, you wonder why no one came up with it before.

Maybe if people weren't wasting so much time on the internet they'd have the mental space to think up stuff like this.

joe — you're biting the hand that feeds you... watch out.

Oh, am I?

And just what is on the menu today, if I might be so bold as to ask?

Oh, stop it.

Geez, you two....

From the website:

    Super Size Step-On-It Dust Pan

    No Bending — Step & Sweep!

    Our super size dust pan has a unique, patented “foot-hold” design that frees both hands for easy, almost effortless cleaning.

    Since it’s bigger than other dust pans, you’ll finish sweeping chores faster — indoors or out.

    Recessed pan holds dirt in place until disposal.

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"Almost effortless cleaning?"

Sign me up.

$9.95.

January 15, 2007 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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