22
Dec 12

Happy Hørnukka


16
Jan 12

Grouchy Rant: NYT SOPA analysis

An analysis in today’s New York Times, “Bills to Stop Web Piracy Invite a Protracted Battle“, discusses SOPA as if “the Internet” is a traditional industry. Here’s the paragraph that made me grouchy:

“The antipiracy bills presented a difficult test to a young, disorganized and largely politically inactive technology industry. It is unclear that companies like Facebook and Google, left to themselves, could have swayed members of Congress or the White House without using the Internet to marshal opposition from technologists, entrepreneurs and computer-adept consumers.”

The problem with this line of discussion is that “technologists, entrepreneurs and computer-adept consumers” are genuinely interested parties in the SOPA debate, not inadvertent allies of the largest tech companies. To say the tech industry couldn’t effectively lobby without such participants is as obvious as saying the Times would be unable to publish a daily newspaper without writers, advertisers, and production staff.

Later in the article, we see this:

“The rallying of the Internet and heavyweights in the technology world was significant because it is one of the few times that the industry has united around a focal point…”

So, it seems like the technology world isn’t so “disorganized” and “largely politically inactive” after all. While it’s not like the energy or pharmaceutical industries, whose interests and lobbying goals are largely uniform, easy to express, and conveniently represented by a few leaders, “the Internet” is clearly a complex organism capable of quickly organizing and defending itself when threatened. Shouldn’t mainstream analysis reflect this instead of trying to force the discussion into an outmoded structure?

End grouchy rant.


01
Jan 12

Sugar Pie Desanto – December 31, 2011


24
Dec 11

The Hornukka Table

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24
Dec 11

Happy Hørnukka


04
Sep 11

Song I dreamed: A Different Kind of No

I’ve been listening to a lot of obscure, 60′s soul music lately because my wife just started a soul band. Perhaps as a result, I dreamed about the song below a couple of nights ago I woke up and wrote down the lyrics. Unlike a lot of things that seem great in a dream but don’t make sense in real life, I think these are pretty good.  Anyone want to put them to music?

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A Different Kind of No

Kids are crowding up the floor
I’m only standing by the door
My suit is fine, my shoes are shined
And a sweet girl asks could she be mine

The answer dear
Is fast and clear
And though I wish it wasn’t so
I take her hand and we start to go
See you’re not mine so I can’t say no

Not the no at dawn to start my day
Or the no you whispered when I asked to stay
Not the no I wish to take away
It’s the no I’ll never get to say

My feet are aching from my pacing
The memories surge my heart starts racing
Could I have said the perfect word
So you’d say the words I never heard?

But it’s not real
Cause time’s a wheel
And always rolling straight ahead
If love never lived it can’t be dead
So I just say no inside my head

Not the no at dawn to start my day
Or the no you whispered when I asked to stay
Not the no I wish to take away
It’s the no I’ll never get to say

Are you alone?
Will you take me home?
Can I stay up late to read your poem?
Can I call you up and let you hear my voice?
Why say no to a different choice?

Not the no at dawn to start my day
Or the no you whispered when I asked to stay
But it’s the no I won’t let to go away
Cause at least it keeps you in my way

 

 


02
May 11

Three Minutes of Spring (Audio) – May 1, 2011

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24
Apr 11

Three Minutes of Spring (Audio) – April 24th, 2011

A foggy morning after a rainy day:

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23
Apr 11

First Grilling of the Spring

Charred artichokes.


18
Apr 11

Three Minutes of Spring (Audio) – April 16, 2011

On an overcast morning:

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