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Entries from May 2008

Vlogging from a train

May 23rd, 2008 · No Comments

Just another test folk, thanks for your indulgence.

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Vlogging from a train

May 23rd, 2008 · No Comments

Just another test folk, thanks for your indulgence.

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Computers, Freedom, & Privacy

May 20th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Apologies for the long lacuna faithful readers.  I wish I could say posting will pick up now, but no guarantees: I’m at the Computers, Freedom, & Privacy conference in New Haven, which means I’ll mostly be blogging at Ars Technica and Democracy in America this week. But I do have a few stored up thoughts […]

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Tags: Self Promotion · Tech and Tech Policy

Ok, OK, I Give

May 17th, 2008 · 6 Comments

Let’s see what the fuss is Update: Sorry this was so cryptic, I was testing integrating Tumblr into the blog, which would make it easier to post while mobile.

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Ok, OK, I Give

May 17th, 2008 · No Comments

Let’s see what the fuss is

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Ok, OK, I Give

May 17th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Let’s see what the fuss is

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A Hegelian Moment

May 13th, 2008 · 15 Comments

Feministing’s Samitha fumes about the latest entry in the Grand Theft Auto series: What I can’t get down with is justifying blatant misogyny by calling it art. I know this is a crazy, crazy thought, but perhaps something can be both misogynistic and art. It can even be misogynistic and… good art. Now, maybe GTA-IV […]

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Tags: Art & Culture · Sexual Politics

The Crucial Simpleton Vote

May 13th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Yuval Levin writes: Senator Obama’s sudden turnaround on the flag pin seems like an astonishing (and frankly very surprising) bit of cynicism. But if he is actually cynical enough to do it for West Virginia votes, having criticized those who wear the pin when more urbane cosmopolitan votes were up for grabs, how could he not […]

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Tags: Horse Race Politics

Tragedy of the Commons

May 10th, 2008 · 4 Comments

Normally, I’m as big a cheerleader as anyone for the whole peer-produced / wealth-of-networks / here-comes-everybody idea. But I’ve just seen what happens when you try to crowdsource the production of a novel via wiki, and my eyes are still burning. By harnessing the power of the Internet’s distributed intelligence, Penguin produced something orders of […]

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Tags: Language and Literature

Perils of SETI

May 8th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Thoreau’s post on the potential pitfalls of advertising our presence to aliens who may be unfriendly reminds me of Robert Nozick’s morbidly delightful short story RSVP. It’s behind the subscription wall at Commentary, but can also be found in the collection Socratic Puzzles.

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Tags: Libertarian Theory