Archive | October 5, 2003

Police Subdue a Tiger in Harlem Apartment

Police Subdue a Tiger in Harlem Apartment.
“A police sniper rappelled down the side of a Harlem apartment building
on Saturday and fired tranquilizer darts through a fifth-floor window
to subdue a 350-pound Bengal tiger.” By Alan Feuer and Jason George. [New York Times: NYT HomePage]

Only in New York. Unquestionably the best line in the article:
“If he had escaped it would have been a very bad thing,” [Dr. Robert A. Cook, head veterinarian at the Bronx Zoo]… said.

Well, yeah.

Charybdis: A surfer’s greatest fear: the website with no escape

According to Mythography, “in Greek mythology, Charybdis was a deadly whirlpool personified as a female monster.”

A great fear for web surfers is that site you start surfing, and you can’t get out. Just one more picture. Just one more link. Just one more

So went my Sunday, at a site that Laura found, describing the joys of moving into and rehabbing a Chicago bungalow, filled with the treasures and… interesting items of earlier residents. Very entertaining reading. Don’t start reading unless you have some time to spare.

NYT: Where Nobody Knows You’re a Music Thief

An interesting argument about music sharing, or stealing, depending on
your viewpoint. For the record, I buy the music I enjoy. But I listen
to music I haven’t bought. On the radio. Live. On a loaned CD. Or on
MP3s. Many artists find success by giving away their music, or some of
it, on the internet, and making money from concerts and selling CDs
themselves. The system for promotion of “pop” music is missing huge

As a copyright owner, I don’t like to think that people gain benefit
from my hard work without me receiving compensation. On the other hand,
those who never see my work don’t know it’s there. And it seems that,
at least for some, letting your works be found out there leads to
profits. It’s worked for Janis Ian, and for Baen Books. It’s surely not
a black and white issue.

“Where Nobody Knows You’re a Music Thief.
What’s remarkable about the controversy over music sharing is not how
many people are involved, but rather their fervent rationalizing. By
Daniel Akst. [New York Times: Technology]”

Scoble: Why does Microsoft need to do everything?

Scoble: “Why does Microsoft need to do everything?” [Scripting News]

Well, Robert, I think it’s about money. Microsoft does everything in
hopes that some of those things will make money. Games, MSN, digital
photos, mice, PocketPCs, music, digitial photos and more. What is it
that Microsoft won’t do for money?

Looking at the question from another angle, perhaps I’d suggest that
Microsoft is obsessive and compulsive about doing everything.

But that’s not really the jist of his post. He seems to be implying
that Microsoft won’t have a blogging tool, at least not yet. With
Google and AOL already out there with blogging tools, I’m skeptical
that there won’t be a response from Microsoft. Time will tell.

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