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.
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 time i find i enjoy reading their twits or not. this is a mix of friends and a few professional “colleagues,” a number of librivox people. i check twitter in downtimes, probably 5 times a day (for about a minute each time). twitter’s like cubicle banter. a great place to get tech questions etc answered.
- facebook: i don’t really use facebook. I have a profile, I accept every invite to connect from anyone I remotely know. why do i keep my facebook profile? not sure. i check in a couple of times a week, and usually spend about 2 minutes on the site. it’s been useful mainly for notes about events i want to attend.
- linkedin: I use this to keep track of people I know who are related to my professional life. i use it maybe once a month, or after conferences etc. Probably I check in for 5-10 minutes.
- weblog: my weblog is used for a) philosophical writing b) notes about projects I am working on, or friends are working on c) links to things of interest that I wish to comment on, or that I think ought to be public d) political stuff e) stuff of personal interest (eg friday mixed tapes). I probably spend 20 mins a session, at least twice (probably 3 times) a day… sometimes more.
That’s about it I guess.
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.
(another one boing’d)
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 from the entertainment industry that they’re prepared to deny low-income children access to a college education if universities don’t punish kids for listening to music and piss away money on a useless service that no one wants to use.
The congressmen behind this are Reps. George Miller from California and Ruben Hinojosa of Texas and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. These three men are proposing to make colleges into a subsidy system for the MAFIAA. Remember those names come election time — and if you live in their districts, call them today.
(from da boing)