Charlie and Bill

March 10, 2004 | Comments (0)

Whaddya know, Charlie Rose interviewed Bill Gates. The interview’s about an hour long, and they discuss Microsoft’s “disinterest in acquiring Walt Disney Co.”, as well as software research and the possibility of software subscriptions.

Purrs and Meows

March 8, 2004 | Comments (5)
Torin The LiB has a new feline in her life. Torin (“chief” in Irish) was adopted from the Marin Humane Society; he had been found wandering the streets. He’s around one year old, looks to be part Russian Blue, has little white paws and a white ascot on his chest, and has an affinity for olives (green, pimento-stuffed). Say hello, Torin.
And yet, another reason why I think Patrick Stewart is not only a great actor, but a stellar person as well. I listed one a while back. Here’s another. Stewart spoke out at the launch of an Amnesty International campaign on violence against women. He singled out Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill as “deeply offensive,” but also had the sense to speak out against some of his own former projects, though he didn’t name names. Stewart also told reporters, “The entertainment industry has been extremely irresponsible in perpetuating and stereotyping the violent attitudes of men to women. It’s a lazy and sensationalist approach. I condemn it entirely.” Mr. Stewart, I salute you. Thanks to Dr. Web for the link.

Jessa Crispin (AKA Bookslut, AKA Violet Blue) posted links to these two great gifts for readers:

1) a stuffed bookworm
2) a “Reading is Sexy” t-shirt

She says she needs & wants both; I concur.

So, yes, we all have known this for quite some time, at least subconsciously. But the IMLS has released a report (“Toward Equality of Access”) that shows the real impact public libraries have on bridging the digital divide. Part of the report states:
“African Americans and Hispanics are twice as likely to use library computers as Asian Americans and whites. Families making less than $15,000 annually are two to three times more likely to rely on library computers than those earning more than $75,000.”
Yep, I’d call that bridging.

Word Spy

March 5, 2004 | Comments (0)

Word Spy, a site devoted to sleuthing new words and phrases (“freinemy” is a good example). Thanks to Bookslut for the link.

The Las Vegas Hilton’s Star Trek: the Experience will open a new “ride” on March 18th, Borg Invasion 4D. The ride’s film is the world’s first 3-D movie both shot and projected entirely digitally. You wear 3-D glasses and sit in theater chairs that apparently poke you and move you around, to make the experience more realistic. Ooooh, Borg ride….. *drool*

A recent study found that men and women spend similar amounts of time playing computer games online, are equally likely to own a handheld game system, and to send text messages on their phones.

Paper Automata

March 4, 2004 | Comment (1)

Coolio animated paper models from Flying Pig for you to make. I think these would make swell gifts for office mates and friends. The witch model is a little suggestive–so, think before you give for Halloween 😉

Does half your mail consist of random credit card offers? Do you want them to stop? If you do, like I do (damn shameful waste of paper if you ask me), you can formally request that companies stop sending these to you. The best part is, all you do is make one phone call to stop getting these credit card offers.