LEWISBURG, Pa. — With a platform addressing disability issues on college campuses, Bucknell University senior Kate Matelan captured the title of Ms. Wheelchair USA 2009-2010.
Matelan, who won the title Saturday in the finale of a three-day competition in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, will travel the country on behalf of the Ms. Wheelchair USA program.
"What an honor," said Matelan. "I met some incredible women with different stories and backgrounds. It was great to become connected to more women in wheelchairs. It was an experience I will never forget. I am extremely excited to be the new Ms. Wheelchair USA and to be a part of this incredible family. I am in love with all the glitz and glamour, but I know there is a lot of work ahead of me and I plan to put my title to work."
Matelan, who is from Emmaus, Pa., said Bucknell helped to prepare her for implementing her platform of undergraduate education.
"Through my experience here and my opportunities to promote disability awareness, I feel that I can take my platform above and beyond all across the U.S.," she said. "The support and encouragement of the administration, faculty and staff, and students has been overwhelming, and I cannot thank them enough for believing in my dream."
Her sponsors included Bucknell’s Office of the President.
Lowery Lockard, chief executive officer of Ms. Wheelchair USA, said, “Each year we wish we could give each (contestant) the national title. However, that’s just not how it works in the competition. Only one winner can be selected. The judges were so impressed with Kate’s youthful and modern approach. We are sure that her professionalism and style will assist us as we grow the program and continue to make headway in this area for women with all types of disabilities.”
A quadriplegic since an auto accident when she was 5, Matelan is a management major at Bucknell. When she graduates in 2010, she plans to attend graduate school and work in New York City’s fashion industry.
This summer, she is interning in a showroom of the Weisfeld Group in New York City. “I am helping out with sales work and other tasks they need assistance with during the summer,” she said.
In addition to volunteering with her sorority, Delta Gamma, Matelan is a writer, editor, secretary and alumni relations manager for the student-run fashion magazine, BE.
"Having a disability does not hinder me from achieving my goals nor does it mean that I have boundaries put on my future possibilities," she said.
Matelan will work with college campuses across the United States to open conversation about disabilities and improving the educational landscape for those with disabilities.
“Disability awareness is key in creating an improved future for everyone with disabilities. By working together, I know we can accomplish a great deal,” she said.
In May, Matelan won the Pennsylvania title in which she presented a platform on advocacy for communication between students and faculty to identify barriers faced by college students with disabilities. || See story and photo
As a resident advisor at Bucknell, she met with college deans to point out obstacles like lab tables that are too high for students in wheelchairs and how required science experiments can be difficult for people with limited hand use. She speaks frequently to other resident advisors to improve their awareness of environmental obstacles.
The Ms. Wheelchair USA program is dedicated to celebrating the abilities and successful accomplishments of women with disabilities.
Before the era of Genius playlists, Tangerine was the one that ruled auto playlist generation on the Mac. Rather than iTunes’ extensive approach of collecting and analyzing similar music tastes, Tangerine relies on judging similar tracks based on beats per minute and intensity. It is after all the same technique used by your average club DJ to play tracks in a sequence.
To start with, Tangerine will analyze your entire iTunes music library which takes time depending on how many songs you have in there. It says it goes through 3000 tracks in 20 minutes, but in my case the app acted buggy requiring me to constantly pause and resume the process. When it works, it’s runs through them pretty quick though.
In a move expected to revolutionize the mobile device industry, Apple launched its fastest and most powerful iPhone to date Tuesday, an innovative new model that can only be seen by the company’s hippest and most dedicated customers.
"I am proud today to introduce to those who really, truly deserve it, our most incredible iPhone yet," announced Apple CEO Steve Jobs, extending his seemingly empty left palm toward the eagerly awaiting crowd. "Not only is this our lightest and slimmest model ever, but as any truly savvy Apple customer can clearly see, it’s also the most handsome product we’ve ever designed."
The packed auditorium, which had been listening to Jobs in hushed reverence for several minutes, then erupted into applause, with hundreds of men and women suddenly jumping to their feet and shouting, “I can see it!” “Look, there it is!” and “God, it’s so beautiful!”
In most parts of the United States, the recession is losing force or economies are beginning to stabilize, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday in a snapshot of economic activity from across the country.
But the picture remains grim in many parts of the country, with retail sales falling in the Midwest, loan demand falling in New York, commercial real-estate weakening and manufacturing activity stumbling along in many parts of the country.
Those assessments were part of the Fed’s “beige book,” a regular assessment of economic conditions from 12 Fed districts nationwide. Since the spring, the various Fed districts have reported that things are still bad, but not hurtling downward at an accelerating pace.
And even if conditions are stabilizing in economies from New York to Chicago to Kansas City, few businesses or industries are girding for a rebound. Manufacturers anticipate a “modest and uneven recovery.” Some retailers are bracing for a “long, slow recovery.” And the job market is still dismal, and likely to stay that way for some time.
My Thoughts: Obama settles racial debate by talking it out over a beer at the White House … priceless.
Cambridge police sergeant Jim Crowley and Henry Louis Gates, the Harvard scholar he arrested after responding to a report of a possible break-in at Mr Gates’s home, will sit down with Mr Obama on Thursday for a conciliatory beer.
Admittedly, it is tempting to view the invitation as the ultimate conflation of the age of Obama and the age of Oprah.
Aside from the choice of beverage, there is something very daytime television, something very soft focus, something very soft sofa, about this attempt to defuse the controversy.
Mr Gates was held for disorderly conduct, after he allegedly criticised police behaviour during the incident at the scholar’s home on 16 July. President Obama - a friend of Mr Gates - got involved in the case, saying that the police had acted “stupidily”.
Yet startling and novel as Mr Obama’s attempts to diffuse the controversy are, he is merely upholding a long tradition. Presidential racial politics has often been conducted with gestures, symbols and photo opportunities, and this is but the latest example of a well-worn genre.
Under the pact, Microsoft will provide the underlying search technology on Yahoo’s popular Web sites. The deal provides a lift for Microsoft’s recent overhaul of its search engine, renamed Bing, which has won praise and favorable reviews, after years of falling further and further behind Google.
Running such a search system proves expensive, and Microsoft can now filter more searches through the Bing technology infrastructure. It expects to deliver better answers to search queries over time as well by learning from more peoples’ queries.
For Yahoo, the move furthers the strategy under Ms. Bartz to focus the company on its strengths as a producer of Web media sites, from finance to sports, as a marketer and a leader in on-line display advertising that accompanies published Web sites.
The terms of the 10-year agreement call for Microsoft to license some of Yahoo’s search technologies, and Yahoo will initially receive a lucrative 88 percent of search-generated ad revenue from Yahoo sites.
The advertising work will be split. Yahoo will be the exclusive ad force for premium search advertisers who bargain to negotiate rates and deals. But the Microsoft Ad Center automated search market will be used for smaller customers, whose prices for search advertising are set by the automated auction process.
Together, Microsoft, the No. 3 provider of search, and Yahoo, No. 2, will have about 28 percent of search traffic in the United States. Even so, the partnership will still trail well behind Google, which holds about two-thirds of the market.
The original purpose of the Associated Press was to pool together resources of various newspapers in order to be able to cover and share reporting on different events around the world. Otherwise, it simply wasn’t practical for every local newspaper to have a Washington DC bureau or a London bureau or a Moscow bureau or whatever other location needed news reporting. And then, the idea was that by collectively teaming up, each of the local newspapers could reprint the works from others (and from the AP’s own reporters) and have a complete newspaper on their own. But does that even make any sense in an internet era? The NewsFuturist blog notes that the internet has basically done away with the two key reasons that explain the AP’s very existence, which probably explains why they’re trying out questionable ideas designed to hold back the power of the internet, rather than embracing it. Could there be a place for a modern Associated Press? Absolutely. But its core purpose needs to be entirely different from what it’s been for most of the AP’s history. Each newspaper doesn’t need to copy the same report from the White House briefing room. Everyone can just link to different reports (including more than just one to give multiple perspectives). The whole reason for the AP’s very charter makes little sense these days, and it’s time for the AP to come to terms with that, and adapt… or go away.
It isn’t exactly breaking news that texting while driving is a bad idea. But a study released Monday night reveals just how dangerous it really can be.
After examining the behavior of truck drivers covering more than 6 million miles of road, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute concluded that people who send text messages while driving are 23 times more likely to be in a crash (or what they call a near-crash event) than nondistracted drivers.
To conduct the study, researchers mounted cameras inside drivers’ vehicles. They studied where drivers’ eyes were looking as they did various things, such as texting, dialing a cell phone, talking on a phone, and reaching for an object. Not surprisingly, the numbers (PDF) showed that the tasks that took people’s eyes off the road caused the greatest amount of danger.
Neil Burger is negotiating with Paramount to script and direct a new big-screen version of Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. Robert C. O’Brien’s novel was first brought to the big screen as an animated picture by Don Bluth, retitled The Secret of NIMH. No official indication as yet if the latest version will be live action or animated or both (as if live action didn’t already mean both, particularly when the lead characters are animals) but I’m think Burger suggests a live-action route.
Boxes lined the cubicles and hallways in the offices of Mozilla on a recent afternoon, and its chief executive, John Lilly, seemed a bit disoriented as he looked for a place to sit. Mozilla, which makes the Firefox Web browser, had just moved from one end of this city to the other, mainly to gain more space for its growing work force.
Yet it was hard not to read symbolism into the move. Mozilla’s old offices were next door to Google’s sprawling headquarters. For several years, Google has been Mozilla’s biggest ally and patron. But in September, it also became Mozilla’s competitor when it unveiled its own Web browser, Chrome.
So it seemed only natural for Mozilla to move out from under Google’s shadow.
My Thoughts: Firefox’s biggest contribution has been, and continues to be, ensuring that none of the big three (Microsoft, Apple, and Google) can dominate the browser space and tweak their browsers specifically for their internet products thus damaging innovation in this space.
If you’re out to create something truly great, you’ll likely need to challenge some widely held — but incorrect — beliefs. Challenging conventional wisdom is much harder than most people realize, and those that do make us uncomfortable. Which is why it’s so important to learn how to identify and embrace people who see the world differently than you do.
It’s been less than a month since many feared the BitTorrent world would collapse due to a $7.8m investment in The Pirate Bay. Since then OpenBitTorrent has come along to largely take its place, backed up by PublicBT to spread the load. Now comes Hidden Tracker, a brand new public tracker which hides itself using Tor.
My thoughts: Tor can still be really finicky, but once the kinks are ironed out I wouldn’t be surprised to see more trackers heading in this direction.
My thoughts: I feel as if this is a concept that science fiction writers have been exploring for decades …
A robot that can open doors and find electrical outlets to recharge itself. Computer viruses that no one can stop. Predator drones, which, though still controlled remotely by humans, come close to a machine that can kill autonomously.
Predator drones, like this one in Afghanistan, still need a human hand to work, at least for now.
Impressed and alarmed by advances in artificial intelligence, a group of computer scientists is debating whether there should be limits on research that might lead to loss of human control over computer-based systems that carry a growing share of society’s workload, from waging war to chatting with customers on the phone.
When it comes to copyright law, it’s no secret that politicians tend to listen almost entirely to lobbyists, and pay no attention at all to the feelings of the public. There are a few different reasons for this (and, certainly it depends on each politician). In some cases, it’s basic corruption. You listen to the folks who fund your campaign, and the entertainment industry can be a major contributor to elections. However, I think a bigger issue is that many politicians really do believe that the industry representatives best represent the needs of cultural society. This might be because they get starstruck in meeting rockstars and movie stars that the entertainment industry occasionally parades around, or it might be because they just don’t know where else to turn to on these issues — and simply assume that “who would know better the impact of copyright than those who seem to rely on the system.”
Most consumers pay some attention to their downstream bandwidth speeds, which can affect how quickly iTunes files finish downloading or the quality of movie streaming, but upstream speeds have never been as big of an issue. That’s clearly starting to change as Internet service providers like Verizon and Qwest offer data packages with increased upstream speeds so users can upload information faster. These boosts in speeds are following an increase in uploading activity and could change the landscape for service providers and startups.
Demand for upstream bandwidth is growing. Floyd Wagoner, a director of marketing and communications for Motorola Access Networks Solutions, said in an interview today that a U.S. cable provider has seen peak upstream bandwidth use increase by 24 percent from 2007 to 2008. The same provider saw average upstream bandwidth use increase by 17 percent. The unnamed cable provider was only measuring upstream use at 10,000 subscriber homes, but the point of the monitoring was to help forecast the cable company’s network buildout and customer demand, so the sample is assumed to be fairly representative.
Earlier today we wrote about the AP’s plans to DRM the news, explaining what a backwards plan it was. The story is getting lots of play elsewhere, with many pointing to a NY Times report, where the AP’s CEO Tom Curley makes some amazing statements:
"If someone can build multibillion-dollar businesses out of keywords, we can build multihundred-million businesses out of headlines, and we’re going to do that," Mr. Curley said. The goal, he said, was not to have less use of the news articles, but to be paid for any use.
First of all, someone should sit Curley down and explain to him fair use — a concept of which he appears to be ignorant. This whole exercise seems to be an attempt to pretend that you can take away fair use rights via metadata. You can’t. But, more importantly (from a business perspective) this shows a near total cluelessness on how Google works. Yes, Google built a multi-billion dollar business out of “keywords” but they did so not by forcing people to pay, but by adding value to people who did pay. That’s the opposite of what Curley’s trying to do. If you can’t understand the difference between positive value and negative value, you should not be the CEO of a major organization.
The L.A. Times reports that Apple will begin allowing developers access to the tools they need to produce augmented reality applications starting with upcoming iPhone OS 3.1. While there have been many impressive demos floating around showing the possibilities, these applications have used unpublished APIs which prevent them from being allowed on the App Store. Apple, however, told one developer that the tools necessary would become available with iPhone 3.1.
Apple told Acrossair, developer of the Nearest Tube train finder, that the app will be approved for distribution after Apple releases version 3.1 of the iPhone software, which the developer expects will land in early September.
The New York City version of this app is called Nearest Subway and is demoed in this video:
Augmented reality uses the device’s GPS, camera and digital compass to overlay real-time data onto live video. Other possibilities include iPhone games as well as the Layar browser we’ve highlighted before. iPhone 3.1 has been seeded to early developers but the exact release date has not been revealed.
My thoughts: A stellar example of the new kinds of applications enabled by the iPhone 3GS
Kevin Smith revealed during his panel at Comic-Con that his new buddy cop comedy might not be titled A Couple of Dicks after all. You might remember that Smith had some trouble with his last film Zack and Miri Make a Porno, which was forced to call itself “Zack and Miri” in some television advertisements. Smith says that Warner Bros took some steps to avoid the problem with the new film and polled television networks to see if they would have a problem advertising a film with the word “Dick” in the title.
TBS and Fox said they would run the advertisements at any time during the day, but “the big three” (ABC, NBC, and CBS) said that they would not allow a film with that title to advertise until after 9:00pm. Smith blames the move on Janet Jackson: “We’re all still paying for Janet Jackson’s tit. that boob haunts me.” Even though the film is clearly about a couple of police detectives, the networks are scared to run an advertisement with the word “dicks” in the title.
This is a damn shame. Warner Bros breifly changed the film’s title to “A Couple of Cops,” which just sounds like a bad movie you’d find on Cinemax. I hope they can come up with a more creative title. The reason why A Couple of Dicks works is because of the double meaning.
Yesterday, we saw about 10 minutes of footage from Spike Jonze’s Where The Wild Things Are. Russ wrote up a description and some reactions here, but what we saw was so powerful that me Peter and I felt we had to record a video blog to get all our thoughts out on it. Hit the jump for some of our reactions, but in short, Where The Wild Things are has been the most beautiful thing we’ve seen at Comic-Con so far. My anticipation for the film has gone through the roof, although my only fear is that the film won’t live up to the footage. Somehow, though, I have faith that Jonze will pull this off and deliver us a take on Sendak’s classic book that is entrancing, moving, and extremely inventive.
Much love to K-Squared in Dallas for this thought-provoking link that poses the notion that Huxley, not Orwell, might have been correct about the future — ie that we’ll be controlled not by forces that inflict pain but by forces that inflict pleasure; that the truth won’t be kept from us, but rather will be drowned out by oceans of information; and that we will become a passive, trivial, self-centered culture obsessed with useless activities and meaningless “news.”
Sound familiar? Well, all I can say is that I’m very, very proud to have been part of this incredible revolution. And if you haven’t yet purchased the new MacBook Pro, please do so immediately, because you are already at risk of falling behind. And while you’re there in our dazzling, gleaming retail store, please be sure to upgrade your iPhone 3G to the new iPhone 3GS, and then get busy downloading every last one of those 65,000 amazing, life-changing apps.
Did you know that now, thanks to iPhone, you can use location services to tell your friends where are you are at any given moment, and if they’re on iPhone and have that same app they can find you, and then you can then ask iPhone to tell you if there are any Tex-Mex restaurants within a five-block radius, and what movies are playing at the nearest cinema? Then you can use Twitter (or, rather, one of the 14,000 Twitter apps) to tell your followers what you’re up to, and automatically feed that into your Facebook page so that your Facebook friends can comment on your movie plans, and advertisers can scour your personal messages and use keyword searches to send target messages to each of you, and deep thinkers like Robert Scoble and Chris Anderson will reassure you that you are not just getting sucked into the maw of the brain-killing machine, and this is not just mindless time-wasting twattle but is in fact extremely profound and revolutionary and important and intellectually challenging. Because in the old days you just read books and that was so passive, but now you’re so engaged and interactive, you’re not just a media consumer but you’re also a media creator — why, in fact, you’re a public intellectual — and if you don’t fully immerse yourself in every last bit of this shit then you will no longer be participating in your culture which means you will lose your job and everyone will laugh at you because you just don’t get it and you might as well be some 90-year-old dude sitting in a pee-stained bathrobe drooling.
Ain’t we all so cool? Well, peace out, info-forward tech-savvy zombies. Have a great Saturday, and fire up the Twitter, and try not to think too much. Namaste.
We’ve discussed a few times over the years how copyright gets in the way of academic work. Journals (who get all of their writing and reviewing totally for free) insist on holding the copyright for those works in many cases. I’ve even heard of academics who had to redo pretty much the identical experiment because they couldn’t even cite their own earlier results for fear of a copyright claim. It leads to wacky situations where academics either ignore the fact that the journals they published in hold the copyright on their work, or they’re forced to jump through hoops to retain certain rights. That’s bad for everyone.
However, at least some are recognizing the problem. Christopher points us to a new paper, which questions if copyright law should be abolished for academic papers:
At the TED Global Conference in Oxford, UK wrapping up today, US-based WiTricity showed off a wireless charging system that powered up a T-Mobile G1, Apple’s iPhone and a flat screen TV. Such a system could eventually replace the current infrastructure that involves countless miles of power cable and disposable alkaline batteries. According to a recent BBCreport, the system is based on research by a physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Marin Soljacic. It uses low frequency electromagnetic wave resonance to transfer the energy from the source to the device via a coil at each end.
Each of the coils is engineered to have the same resonant frequency. Each cycle of energy arriving at the receiving coil produces a voltage that can charge the gadget. Devices so equipped automatically charge when they are in the range of the main charging coil, so there’s never a need to plug devices in. The energy is transferred via magnetic fields, so there is no danger or interference with other devices, the demo showed. Because of the near field effect — less than one wavelength — there is no potentially dangerous electric fields, but only magnetic waves. The electromagnetic waves are only about 100ft long, and shorter wavelengths would not work.
The demo had a G1 that looked no different than the regular headset, as all the necessary components were integrated into the body of the device. Apple’s iPhone required an add-on sleeve module, as space inside the headset is at a premium.
WiTricity’s chief executive, Eric Giler, envisions his company’s technology to be used to charge all types of devices, from cellphones and notebooks to pacemakers and electric cars.
Ah, the stories that just make you shake your head in wonder. The purpose of a movie trailer is that it’s a commercial. It’s a pure advertisement with the math being simple: the more people you get to see it, the more likely you are to get people interested in shelling out cash to see the actual film. As such, you would think that anyone would be thrilled if people are actively promoting that advertisement for you. Not at the Walt Disney company, apparently. After a trailer of the hotly-anticipated Tim Burton adaptation of Alice in Wonderland hit YouTube, Disney sent a takedown notice to pull it offline. Because heaven forbid people actually want to see the advertisement they put out.
My thoughts: What really amazes me is how some website’s (like Film School Rejects) want to make you watch a comercial before you can watch an advertisement. Here I am, choosing to watch an advertisement and they find it necessary to show me another one before it. Crazy.
Markets on Wall Street and in Europe moved higher on Thursday, with the Dow pushing past 9,000 for the first time since early January.
Thursday’s push was fueled by some better-than-expected earnings reports, including one from the Ford Motor Company, and the latest government report on housing, which said that the sale of existing home rose 3.6 percent in June, the third consecutive monthly increase.
Ford, meanwhile, surprised Wall Street somewhat by reporting a $2.3 billion profit in the second quarter, mostly because of cash gains from debt restructuring. Excluding the one-time items, Ford would have lost $638 million, or 21 cents a share, still a significant improvement from the $1.4 billion that it lost on continuing operations a year ago and less than half the loss analysts were expecting.
That along with better earnings from other companies, including the drug maker Wyeth and the telecommunications provider AT&T helped push markets on Wall Street up by more than 2 percent.
“The earnings from the companies is not necessarily driven by top-line growth so you might ask what’s all the excitement about?” said David Kovacs, a chief investment officer at Turner Investment Partners. “The excitement is where we might be 12 months from now. Investors are getting a sense that with certain economic data such as housing and employment that Fed actions are indeed working.”
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Bucknell University alumni have the second-highest earning potential among liberal arts college graduates and among the highest for all colleges and universities, according to the 2009 PayScale College Salary Report released this week. || Related coverage: The New York Times
Bucknell ranked No. 2 in median starting and mid-career salaries among graduates of top U.S. liberal arts colleges in the company’s annual survey, which launched last year. In 2008, Bucknell topped the survey in both starting and mid-career salary among liberal arts colleges.
In this year’s survey, Bucknell graduates had a median starting salary of $56,100 (up from $54,100 in 2008) and a median mid-career salary of $116,000 (up from $110,000 in 2008).
The salary report also ranked Bucknell as tied for 11th among all “top U.S. colleges,” including Ivy League and state universities, for mid-career earning potential and tied for 4th among all engineering colleges in the same category.
"Our 2009 report shows that a degree from the right college or university in the right major can have huge and lasting benefits, from the start of a career to the mid-point," said Al Lee, director of qualitative analysis at PayScale. "This is especially important to remember today, when the economic fundamentals are so weak and job prospects are so uncertain. The data we’ve generated helps explain why some people are able to sustain and increase income over the long term, while others are not."
The salary report includes data for 40 majors from nearly 600 U.S.-based undergraduate colleges and universities.
PayScale’s survey included only employees whose highest degree is a bachelor’s. Starting salary data included full-time employees with five years of experience or less in their career or field. Mid-career salary data included full-time employees with at least 10 years of experience.
US Airways on Thursday announced it has partnered with AirCell to bring that company’s Gogo in-flight hotspot service into its airplanes by early in 2010. Via Gogo, fliers will be able to browse the Internet, chat via instant messaging programs and download e-mail on their Wi-Fi notebooks, smartphones and other portable hardware. The Airbus A321 will be the first aircraft to get the feature and will carry Wi-Fi on some of its domestic flights.
The Gogo routes will be found on US Airways’ website, with all Wi-Fi flights booked online identified by a dedicated icon later on in 2010. Final pricing for US Airways’ Internet service is yet to be announced, though should be close to AirCell’s standard pricing structure that ranges from nearly $6 to $13, which varies depending on the length of flight and the kind of Wi-Fi device users have.
Posted by Scott the Intern (firstname.lastname@example.org) on July 22, 2009
Just in time for Comic-Con, the first teaser trailer for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland has arrived online. It features our first look at young Mia Wasikowska as Alice, the girl whose curiosity lands her in an enchanted world of oddities. Among those oddities is the Mad Hatter, played by Johnny Depp. At least, we’re told that’s Johnny Depp — sure doesn’t look much like him.
The look and feel of the movie has a very Burton-esque tone, akin to the director’s work on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and nothing like his work on Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. Check out the trailer below. Also, if you’re in San Diego for Comic Con — which is where our own fearless leaders Cole Abaius and Neil Miller would be had they not been arrested early this morning — be sure to check out our Comic Con ‘09 Homepage for coverage of the Disney 3D panel, which will include a reaction to footage from Alice in Wonderland. Either way, this trailer looks brilliant. Gotta love that Tim Burton!
Alice in Wonderland is in theaters March 5, 2010. Trailer courtesy of IGN.
So you’ve got a Kindle, and you have books on it, and you want to keep those books—no matter what Amazon or a publisher decides you deserve in the future. Your legal options are limited, but you do have some.
First of all, don’t believe the old fogeys who pour haterade all over ebooks whenever Amazon does something stupid with the Kindle. Yes, Amazon just flipped a giant, cloud-computed middle finger at its customers, and wiped away any sense of trust that the company either knows what it’s doing or respects the privacy of customers—but that doesn’t mean ebooks are a bad idea. The ability to carry a virtual library of titles in a single book-sized device (or on a phone or netbook) carries all sorts of benefits that traditional print does not.
The Kindle, however, is proving to be a rotten deal for customers. Not only do you lose the right of first sale, but it turns out even the idea that your license gives you the promised “permanent” access is false. Last week’s Orwell stunt by Amazon is almost certainly not the last time the company will swoop in and manipulate your content, regardless of any promises it churns out in an attempt at damage control.
Here, then, is the best and easiest way to get non-Amazon, public domain ebooks on your Kindle:
WASHINGTON — The Senate voted 58-40 on Tuesday to strip $1.75 billion for seven more F-22 fighters from a military authorization bill, handing President Obama a crucial victory in his efforts to reshape the military’s priorities.
The victory came after the president had placed his political capital on the line by repeatedly threatening to veto the $679.8 billion bill if it included any money for the planes.
Word up, Apple faithful. You maybe haven’t heard, but Harvard professor (and passionate Mac user) Henry Louis Gates IV was arrested by racist police in Cambridge, Mass., for no reason except that he was a black man in his own home. I am not making this up. The fascist cops supposedly have dropped the charges. Hey, give yourselves a big pat on the back for that one, pigs! Deal is, Skip came home with a friend and had trouble with his front door because the lock was broken. He forced the door open. A white neighbor called the cops to report that two black dudes had broken into a house. Cops arrived, asked for ID, Skip flipped out. Who can blame him? Here he is being led out of his own home in handcuffs:
Well, look. A lot of people don’t know this but I go way, way back with the movement. I once dated Angela Davis, albeit briefly. Back when she was with Jefferson Airplane, before they became Starship. And as you all know, we’ve used lots of photos of famous people of color in our advertisements, and we’re very, very proud of Apple’s own commitment to diversity. To express our solidarity, we’re sending Skip Gates a new MacBook Pro, fully loaded, with an apology on behalf of all decent white people everywhere. And we are recommitting ourselves to the effort to bring freedom-creating technologies like iPod and iPhone to every single person in the world. Music, especially rock music like that made by John Mayer, has the power to transform society. We believe that. Wireless communication and persistent access to the Internet can do the same. Armed with these technologies of revolution, we really can reach across the divide, and put aside our petty differences. We can change. We can! But it’s worth remembering that even today, with a black man in the White House, the struggle is far from over. Namaste, Henry Louis Gates.
(Rare photograph of Dear Leader in the S1W provided by Jason.)
by John Paczkowski Posted on July 21, 2009 at 2:00 AM PT
Six years after shuttering its first e-book effort, Barnes & Noble (BKS) has embarked on another one. On Monday afternoon, the bookseller announced what it describes as “the world’s largest eBookstore,” an online storefront that boasts 700,000 titles. That’s substantially more than the 300,000 available for download on Amazon’s Kindle service, though half-a-million of them are public domain books provided by Amazon (AMZN). They’ll be compatible with Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch, BlackBerry smartphones, and, when it finally arrives at market, the Plastic Logic eReader — a Kindle DX-sized e-book reader for which it will be the exclusive storefront. “Today marks the first phase of our digital strategy, which is rooted in the belief that readers should have access to the books in their digital library from any device, from anywhere, at any time,” said BN.com president William J. Lynch.
With a few noteworthy exceptions, of course. E-books sold by Barnes & Noble won’t be compatible with Sony’s Reader Digital Book or Amazon’s Kindle, which they are clearly intended to undermine.
One way to pay for reform, as proposed by the House Democrats, is to make the wealthiest Americans pay a surtax , ranging from 1 percent to 5.4 percent of income. Is it time for President Obama to consider raising taxes on some to pay for health care expansion? Or is this politically untenable during a recession?
Posted by Dr. Cole Abaius (email@example.com) on July 20, 2009
Just last night I was expressing surprise and enthusiasm at The Hangover’s longevity on the box office charts. Even with blockbusters like Transformers 2 and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince destroying audience wallets, the comedy from Todd Phillips featuring three hapless idiots who lose their friend on a Vegas bachelor, bad-idea-fest has hung in the top five with incredible tenacity.
It’s also been chasing down Beverly Hills Cop to become the highest grossing R-rated comedy of all time.
As of Sunday, it’s achieved that feat according to a sweetly-worded press release that was hand-delivered to me this morning by an intern at the Warners offices.
On it’s own, this is obviously a huge achievement, but it’s also exciting because I think it opens up the doors for Todd Phillips a bit more. As a fan of Phillips, I think it would be interesting to see what he could do with even more freedom. On the other hand, the guy usually gets a production budget number from the studio and shoots whatever he wants as long as it comes in below that number. The guy is a master of not needing big-named stars to make his movies work. In fact, when he does have better-known actors, the movies are…less than awesome. Otherwise, he’s busy launching careers for Will Ferrell and others.
When in New York, visit what is probably the grandest Wi-Fi hotspot in the country.
The New York Public Library today opens its elegant Edna Barnes Salomon Room, which has been used in recent years mostly for special occasions, as a reading room specifically for online users.
The Beaux-Arts room in a 1911 building that houses the library’s research collection has seating for 128 people at custom-made black walnut tables. Seating is at brown leather chairs to match the maple wood floor, according to the library.
You can bring your own laptop or, starting July 28, borrow one for free.
The only thing missing will be lattes — but in these surroundings, who’d want to spill?