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~ Thursday, June 26, 2003
Via Dave Barry, a collection of the finest reviews that Amazon.com has to offer. This stuff has kept me laughing for much too long.
I predicted this (after a fashion) a few years ago, in my story "The History of Photography." I like my digital cameras, but film is still where the real thing is at for me.
~ Wednesday, June 25, 2003
Not that I'm planning on getting married again (obviously, since I'm not planning on getting divorced again), but the I Do Foundation is a marvelous idea. More people should know about this sort of thing.
A very funny article, "Harry Potter and the fascist bully-boys", taking a shot at what some people think about kidlit:
"They don't celebrate Rosh Hashanah or Diwali at Hogwarts," Wilder, aged three, explained to an inquisitive neighbour who was leaning over the garden wall and quietly choking on the smoke. "And are you aware that in the entire Harry Potter canon there isn't a single disabled child?"
"Differently abled, I think you mean, Wilder," corrected Tyler, aged five. "But it's the blatantly racist depiction of the house elves which bothers us most. Rowling seems to be sanctioning both the brutal, exploitative system of slave labour and the iniquitous racial segregation which existed within the antebellum plantations in the deep south of America until the latter decades of the last century."
"It wouldn't surprise us much," added Wilder wryly, "if her next book was called Harry Potter and the Annexation of the Sudetenland. Come on," he screamed, turning back to the fire, "burn, you Nazi bastards."
~ Tuesday, June 24, 2003
Writing on the Op-Ed page of the New York Times (registration required), Bill Gibson writes: "Elsewhere, driven by the acceleration of computing power and connectivity and the simultaneous development of surveillance systems and tracking technologies, we are approaching a theoretical state of absolute informational transparency, one in which "Orwellian" scrutiny is no longer a strictly hierarchical, top-down activity, but to some extent a democratized one. As individuals steadily lose degrees of privacy, so, too, do corporations and states. Loss of traditional privacies may seem in the short term to be driven by issues of national security, but this may prove in time to have been intrinsic to the nature of ubiquitous information."
For some time, here in Canada we had a man fighting for privacy rights, but it turns out he was a jackass and probably a liar. I regret the way he has left his post, because I fear the position won't be taken very seriously in the future. No, strike that: privacy is not taken seriously now, so why should that change? We live in a world where daily we give up all sorts of details that likely should be private, and do so quite happily. Yes, corporations and governments could feasibly be held accountable for transgressions, but it's always a hit and miss game, looking to see what the future might bring, and to whom it might be delivered. Corporations and states are intrinsically stronger than individuals, with many more hidey-holes in which to sink their secrets. Does it really do me any good to discover 40 years from now the smoking gun that proves Iraqi WMDs were our generation's Gulf of Tonkin incident? Any tricked-up casus belli brought to light then will end up casting certain people, likely dead, in a negative fashion, but at that point, just how much do they care?
Still and all, it's a good piece, well worth reading. I just surprisingly find myself in the more cynical mindframe.
All the Great Operas. A very clever animation that tells the plot of 11 operas in just a few minutes. Ring of the Nibelung was my favourite. In all, 26 people and 12 gods dead, which is quite the toll.
~ Monday, June 23, 2003
There I am, on the right, in the Master's Division line, down near the bottom. And dammit, on Sunday I should have had another, but didn't flick my head hard enough or in time. I'll try and make up for it this Wednesday.
I've started a Fotolog, a kind of photographic blog. We'll see where this takes me.
~ Sunday, June 22, 2003
In a pretty reasonable article (which I find surprising, considering the source), the last paragraph just lets it all go to hell. Talk about bizarre conspiracy theories. Especially since it's Canadians who usually think it's the US sticking it to us on purpose. Yes, I can see where legalized pot and gay marriages tie together as a protest over the war in Iraq. I can also see little green men doing a dance on the back lawn, right this moment.