Hugh McGuire

publishing, technology, media, philosophy, a bit of politics.

Norman Mailer, RIP

I think the first “serious” novel I read was Mailer’s Naked and the Dead. In the past year, Mailer gone. Vonnegut gone. Bellow gone. I wonder which high school favourites are left? I’ll have to think about that one. RIP, mr. mailer.

how i use my tools

I’m noticing my self-selection of how I’m using my different digital publishing/networking tools: twitter: i use this as i would the old water cooler – comments about my day, pleasantries, links to little jokes, thoughts about life and everything. My twitter feed is open, but I only follow a few people, based on whether over […]

forget privacy

Privacy no longer can mean anonymity, says Donald Kerr, the principal deputy director of [US] national intelligence. Instead, it should mean that government and businesses properly safeguard people’s private communications and financial information… He noted that government employees face up to five years in prison and $100,000 in fines if convicted of misusing private information. […]

pork-barrel DRM tied to tuition

Democratic legislators have introduced a bill that will tie university financial aid funding to universities imposing stiff penalties for file-sharing, and to universities subsidizing student subscriptions to failed DRM-based systems like Napster and Ruckus. This is about as ugly as pork-barrel politics can get: politicians are so in debt to four of five ailing giants […]