Monthly Archives: October 2005

(Spoof) Food for Thought?

Comedy Central – Media Player
A Daily Show piece (video) on an attempt to sell a tofu-based product to anthropology students. They could have used the "anthropo-" prefix for something else.
Actually, that product has a site too. Ah, well…

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(Spoof) History of Notre Dame Football

Notre Dame Football Announces Improvements To Its Storied History | The Onion – America's Finest News Source
Only lived in South Bend for eight months but these were the most historical five years of my life…

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Textbooks and Publishing.

O’Reilly Network: The Real Problem with Textbooks: A SafariU Editorial
Some typical tech enthusiasm coupled with a certain dose of self-praise from O’Reilly. As O’Reilly is often perceived quite positively (as a “non-evil” in the tech publishing world), the implied marketing is relatively benign.
Interesting notion about what changes in publishing imply:

A key design principle of this new publishing is remixing–putting together digital content in creative new ways. Remixing is powering new services that are shaking up traditional publishing and distribution.

Of course, other publishers are trying to adopt similar strategies by which iinstructors are able to “build” textbooks by picking and choosing textbook sections (chapters, modules, units) from a publisher’s database. There’s an issue of granularity but it does represent a bit more freedom than being forced to use a monolithic textbook. If the publisher’s collection contains a broad range of material, this can be a solution to some people’s problems with textbooks.
But mix-and-match textbooks address issues of openness only obliquely. The editorial uses iTunes and Google News as examples of remixing. The world is ready for forms of remixing which are more open-ended, like blogs and wikis.

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Bière et connexions sans-fil

Le réseau sans-fil ouvert/gratuit/libre «Île Sans Fil» se fait une tournée des bars:
Île Sans Fil Montréal – Québec – Canada : PubCrawl2005.
Pas pire! Bière et geekitude. T-shirts pas chers, prix de présence.
En passant, ISF est un des groupes montréalais qui traversent le mieux les «deux solitudes»…

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Montreal ISF: WiFi “Free as in Beer”

The “Île Sans Fil” Free/Open wireless network in Montreal is having a pubcrawl:
Île Sans Fil Montréal – Québec – Canada : PubCrawl2005.
Pretty cool! Beer and geekness. Cheap t-shirts. Door prizes.
And, BTW, ISF is one of the groups in Montreal where the “two solitudes” are most integrated.

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Podcasters Eyeing New iPod

UPDATE: Purchased an iRiver H120 jukebox/recorder.
For instance, on Audio Activism (a podcast about using podcasting and other online methods for political and social engagement) is a blog entry asking Does the new iPod record audio in stero?(sic)
Guess we’re all still wondering. The answer to that question will come soon enough. Well, actually, we know part of the answer but we still don’t know how the iPod can do “voice recordings” at 44.1kHz stereo or what the quality of those recordings might be. And let’s really hope that this feature isn’t crippled.

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Donny B.

Internet Archive: Details: Day In The Death Of Donny B.
Now, this is one good reason to keep archives. This one was linked from a Dailysonic episode on soundtracks from the 1970s. This one is a short anti-drug docudrama from 1969. Quite powerful. Non-moralistic, rather realistic, non-sensationalist, social… The soundtrack is haunting, the images are quite strong without being drawn out too far. As Dailysonic’s Adam Varga was saying, such a movie couldn’t be made nowadays.

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