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My personal favorite? Point #3 in this disclaiming paragraph:
"We consider your use of the Service, including the content of your communications, to be private. We do not routinely monitor your communications or disclose information about your communications to anyone. However, we may monitor your communications and disclose information about you, including the content of your communications, if we consider it necessary to: (1) comply with the law or to respond to legal process; (2) ensure your compliance with this contract; or (3) protect the rights, property, or interests of Microsoft, its employees, its customers, or the public."
Put another way, "We promise we won't monitor you, unless it serves our interests in some way."
10.27.2005Women's group calls for Miers withdrawal-Nation/Politics-The Washington Times, America's Newspaper: "Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat: 'She spoke favorably of the importance of 'self-determination' in cases involving moral issues such as abortion and prayer, yet four years earlier, when running for Dallas City Council, she filled out a questionnaire from a pro-life group stating her support for a constitutional amendment banning abortion. And even more confusing, one year before that, she gave $1,000 to the Democratic National Committee,' Mr. Schumer said."
My loving parents were nice enough to buy me a MAIO print -- one that I'd remembered seeing years and years ago at an antique store, and I couldn't believe it was still there. It looks even better than my uncle's, because the green and yellow tones go with the den (it's hanging over my desk as I type this!) but it's a different one than Larry's. I always wondered if the one that my uncle had was a MAIO or just one of a similar style.
On a whim I looked on eBay, and found this one:
That's definitely a MAIO -- they have a photo of the signature in the eBay listing. And the buildings are absolutely identical to the painting my uncle had... if you start counting them from the right. But this painting on eBay right now is wider than my uncle's! The buildings in his just stop as you move from right to left, and the ones in the official MAIO print keep going and taper down on the left side.
It also looks like there's less sky above the tallest skyscraper. Remember that I didn't crop the photo; what you're looking at in the top picture from Larry's living room in the 1960s includes the picture frame.
What's the deal? Did someone trim down Larry's painting so it fit better over the couch? Were there a series of differently-sized MAIO prints of the same original painting? Weird!
10.24.2005rambling blog post about search engine "optimizing" software, I came across this quote: "--- is a sick man. He need a massive psychic therapy"
What exactly is "massive psychic therapy"?
I could see calling for "extensive psychiatric therapy," sure. That would make sense -- may or may not be appropriate for the guy, but at least we know what you're talking about.
But I'd really like to sit in on a session of "massive psychic therapy".
Know any massive psychics I could talk to?
My Palm Tungsten works like a champ right now on the EduCAUSE network,
but my laptop no longer does valid address lookup. And I don't remember
the IP addresses of our DNS servers. So I can get to the one server
whose IP address I do remember, but that doesn't help much!
Note to self: when bringing a laptop somewhere, jot down the IPs of the
DNS servers and other vital servers I might need to use. :)
Just got out of an incredible MIT presentation. Their iCampus
complements their Open Courseware initiative and is very impressive.
They have a DVD logging tool that has potential - keeps the DVD local so
there are no copyright issues. Remote instrumentation would really help
our science depts - or a HS science dept, too!
Lizards in kings' palaces is an interesting metaphor, but for the
reality that my hotel isn't fit for a king. But that's what greeted me
this morning (or a gecko or salamander or such) - cute little guy!
General session was from Ohio State. Cool stuff they're doing, but I
wonder how they handle ongoing support. Too much "support" leaves no
time to invent, but no support kills your inventions. Hmmmm...
If I ran the world, iMatte.com would be here demoing their iSkia
projector product, and one of the many 3D LCD vendors (Sharp, DTI, etc.)
would be showing off an autostereoscopic lenticular display. They're
not. :( Their loss, right?
SM has a new presentation product in beta called Ovation. Looks slick!
No Flash export yet, but when it comes, Breeze will never be the same.
Typed and e-mailed live from EduCAUSE 2005; please forgive any typos or mistakes!
Glad Blogger lets me edit things. :)
Anyway, it was interesting -- he's way keen on thin-client everything, which is fine but I'm not sure it's the be-all/end-all of academic stuff in particular. And I really resonate with his goal to break down the digital divide... though I think Ubuntu running on old desktops might be a better solution in a lot of environments.
Sitting in row 5 of the Sun CEO keynote! Wow!
10.14.2005Crooks and Liars. "Flooding! It's Bad! I need to Paddle a CANOE! oh, wait... PAY NO ATTENTION TO THOSE TWO MEN WHO JUST WALKED PAST ME!"
I told Ruth she'd like this, but I didn't ever think she'd laugh as hard as she did.
10.11.2005AirScooter II Ultralight Vehicle
these, please. Just one is all I need -- I need to save room in the garage for the personal helicopter.
Anyway, in the article Catholic Church no longer swears by truth of the Bible we read, "Similarly, they refute the apocalyptic prophecies of Revelation, the last book of the Christian Bible, in which the writer describes the work of the risen Jesus, the death of the Beast and the wedding feast of Christ the Lamb.
"The bishops say: 'Such symbolic language must be respected for what it is, and is not to be interpreted literally. We should not expect to discover in this book details about the end of the world, about how many will be saved and about when the end will come.'"
Ironically, all this Genesis and end-times stuff isn't dusty old mythology or the rantings of some dude named John exiled on an island; Jesus Himself talks about both things, a lot. He spends a surprising amount of time talking about mankind's sinfulness in the explicit context of Adam and Eve, and He spends most of chapters 24 and 25 in the book of Matthew talking about His return -- the end of the world, how many will be saved, and about when the end will come!
So, it's fine to say, "I don't believe that stuff," as long as you understand you're denying the very words of Jesus. (Not "fine" in the sense of a wise and eternally healthful course of action, sure, but it's at least internally consistent for you to hold that.) But when folks say, "I believe what Jesus said, but not all that other stuff in the Bible"... you gotta understand that what He said is that other stuff in the Bible!
Wired News: Any DVDs, Games You Want Cracked?: "If the copyright office finds instances where copy protection prevents fair use of the work, then those copy protections can be legally circumvented."
Now, your chances of actually getting an exception declared for you are pretty slim, but at least they exist in theory...
10.07.2005Jonah Goldberg observed something interesting:Notice how so many righteously offended liberals keep referring to fetuses as people. In the New York Times, Bob Herbert proclaims that Bennett considers "exterminating blacks would be a most effective crime-fighting tool." Schultz and McAuliffe say Bennett wants to exterminate "babies." Funny, I thought the bedrock faith of pro-abortion liberals is that fetuses aren't babies.
Oops. Yeah, they forgot that part.
Though, frankly, it probably doesn't matter to a lot of folks who hold a "pro-choice position". I actually had a coworker -- brilliant guy -- explain his pro-choice position by saying, "Well, sure, it's murder, but I'm not going to tell a woman what she should do."
When folks hold such a cavalier attitude toward what they freely grant is murder (while, usually, complaining at the same time about our president's use of the word "evil") I get really worried about the moral judgment coming from the average U.S. citizen.
10.03.2005Outcry Prompts Bennett to Delay Talk - Yahoo! News: "He said later his point was that abortion should not be opposed for economic reasons because 'immoral policies are wrong because they are wrong, not because of an economic calculation.'"
I'm willing to bet that what they meant was that "He later said his point was that aborshould should be opposed, not for economic reasons, but because 'immoral policies are wrong because they are wrong...'"
But that's not what the author wrote!
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