Categories: art, writing

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.

Categories: web

how i use my tools

I’m noticing my self-selection of how I’m using my different digital publishing/networking tools:

That’s about it I guess.

Categories: privacy

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.

(another one boing’d)

Categories: copyright/left

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 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)