CNN is running a story about the first World Internet Project report, which challenges the “Internet-Geek” stereotype that, frankly, I thought had already been shattered ten times over. Oh well, apparently an official report makes it more legitimate. Whatever. Both of my grandmothers are web and e-mail savvy. I think that shatters the stereotype right there.

Dr. Jeffrey Record’s article, “Bounding the Global War on Terrorism,” is sure to be a kick in the face to the administration. Below is the summary, but you can also get a PDF of the article on this page.

The author examines three features of the war on terrorism as currently defined and conducted: (1) the administration’s postulation of the terrorist threat, (2) the scope and feasibility of U.S. war aims, and (3) the war’s political, fiscal, and military sustainability. He believes that the war on terrorism–as opposed to the campaign against al-Qaeda–lacks strategic clarity, embraces unrealistic objectives, and may not be sustainable over the long haul. He calls for downsizing the scope of the war on terrorism to reflect concrete U.S. security interests and the limits of American military power.

Salon.com has a great cartoon about the government associating almanac carrying with terrorism.

OK, so I’m a goth freak who still thinks Morrissey is god. A somewhat self-deceiving and pretentious god, but hey, still a god. Just found a 1985 interview where he says he always wanted to be a librarian. Oh, Morrissey. You are just full of surprises. Every day is like Sunday baby, every day is like Sunday.

A colleague from Library school, the venerable James Jacobs, has a swell blog entitled the Library Autonomous Zone. He covers issues of civil liberties, copyright, digital library issues, fair use, technology, media regulation, open access, and more. And, of course, there’s an RSS feed. Check it out! [OK James, you owe me a beer next time I'm in San Diego] ;)

My Hacker Hero

January 12, 2004 | Comments (2)

Adrian Lamo, dubbed the Homeless Hacker for his penchant for moving from house to house to avoid capture, has cut a deal with the Feds. Lamo admits to one felony count (for accessing the New York Times poorly guarded computers) and faces 6-12 months in prison. This guy is smart, white-hat hacks into networks to expose security flaws, and then lets the company know about it. I think it’s bunk that he’s getting nailed for doing what the companies should be doing themselves. Just exposes our tech-illiterate justice system for what it is. For more info, check out the Wired News story. Good luck Adrian.

Amazon’s 800 number

January 12, 2004 | Comments (0)

Ahhh, the elusive holy grail of e-commerce sites…Kevin Kelly lists Amazon’s 800 number on his Cool Tools blog. Sweet, sweet justice!

OK, back to Jakob Nielsen. His annual report of the Top Ten Web Design Mistakes is a good read for anyone designing or coding websites. My personal pet peeve is the horizontal scroll. As Wil Wheaton says, “Side-scrolling makes the baby Jesus cry.”

Bloggie Time

January 12, 2004 | Comments (2)

Hey y’all. It’s January, time to nominate your favorite blogs, blog-related sites, articles, and engines for the Bloggie!

Nielsen’s UseIt.com is a great site on info tech usability that all tech librarians should have on their happy-site list (has an RSS feed too). His newest suggestions for cleaning up info glut are wonderful, and have some suggestions for companies/organizations as well as individuals. Please, anything that will result in less than 150 useless e-mails a day in my inbox…please.