Hugh McGuire

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

waterboarding

So, what I don’t get is this: if you think waterboarding should be legal, then say so. If you think it should not be legal say so. But this non-answer stuff, I find objectionable. Here, on DemocracyNow!, is US Attorney General Michael Mukasey paddling around and around in circles, at the Senate Judiciary Committee: > […]

amazon buys audible for $300M

News from the commercial side of audiobooks, amazon dishes out 300 smackers for audible.com. quick calculation: -the article indicates that audible’s catalog is roughly 90,000 works -@$300M for the kit, that’s about 3k/title -so that makes librivox’s donation to the universe roughly worth (in grubby capitalist terms): 1200*3000 = $3.6 million. let’s discount by 50% […]

find boredom again

I worry for the children …that with all of this information, they will not have the chance to be aware of their own lives… Head for the hills! Go to the woods, get away from all these people! Go to a place where boredom is available to you; there’s where you will start to remember […]

Wednesday Picks from Earideas

Oops, forgot to point to this week’s best audio, Wednesday Picks from Earideas: This week: Karl Rove on the presidential race; evolution, the human brain, and economics; and the New Yorker’s new poetry editor, Paul Muldoon, talks music and verse. [link…]