First there was 911 and 9/11, used to signify not just the date, but everything that happened on it and afterward. There were terms like ground zero, evildoers, Al Qaeda and Taliban. Then there was post-Taliban and anti-Taliban and Sept. 10 “as an adjective meaning oblivious to danger or naïve,” Professor Glowka said.
This man does not sleep. Will the intellectual property movement that he has now shepherded into the Supreme Court someday have the strength of the environmental movement? Salon interviews the plaintiffs in the Sonny Bono Copyright Extension Act case that will serve as the movement’s bellweather moment.
We’re in the early stages of this. There are many things, like the Human Genome, and things in agriculture and all sorts of things that are going on, which need to be combined in the battle against strong intellectual property rights.
As promised, Andrew Sullivan launched his online book club yesterday. Already, an interesting give-and-take between readers and author can be seen (Sullivan and Kaplan are pals, which no doubt made arranging this a bit easier than it might have been). Expect to see a lot more of this kind of thing. Meanwhile, news leaks that GWB has been reading Kaplan too. Looks like he’s the flavor of the week. · Book Club [Andew Sullivan.com] · The Way Bush Sees the World [Washington Post via mop]
Got a surprise engagement announcement in my inbox this morning. Good times. Has a standard for “I’m getting engaged!” emails been established? A websearch turned up many weblog engagement announcements but no emails. Hmmm. At least the New York Observer is right with the times, trumping the Sunday Styles wedding announcements with its launch last week of a weekly engagements column. · Engagements [NY Observer]
If you haven’t been watching late-night curling on CNBC, I humbly submit that you have been missing out. Tonight, the U.S. was eliminated from medal contention, but the dream lives on in Ogden, Utah, site of the Olympic Curling Center:
The Olympic tournament has spurred so much interest in Ogden, Utah’s sixth-largest city, with 77,000 people, that curling has become a civic obsession. Kids play. Old folks play. Ogden now has its own curling club, and as part of the city’s annual winter festival, residents play in a tournament, using frozen hams instead of rocks, which cost $600. The winning team keeps the ham.
In the summer of 1994 I drove across the country with Scott in a blue 1969 Volkswagen hatchback (Scott named him Peabody) that we’d been hired to drive from San Diego to New Haven. Our car broke down in Ogden mid-afternoon on a Saturday afternoon. By the time AAA towed us to the garage (the second time, out of six, that we’d be towed by AAA on that roadtrip), it was about 4:30. The garage mechanic told us he’d take a look after closing time but sent his assistant over to check out the car. Okay, no choice but to kill two days in the middle of nowhere, we figured. The starter was shot. The kid worked away as dusk fell, long after we expected them to tell us to come back on Monday. The older mechanic — his father, it turned out — joined him. They worked until 9pm, attaching a new starter. They charged us $20 for labor and waved goodbye as we pulled out.
Fucked Company reports that old friends 800.com are going under. The site does not yet acknowledge this sad turn of events, though there is a massive electronics sale going on now. Act quickly; a lot of mechandise is already out of stock. · Welcome to 800.com [800.com] Uh, thanks. · 800.com Message Board [800.com] This guy hasn’t figured it out yet.