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DaveNet: Eisner made over $700 million in 5 years

Michael Bernstein is blogging from Netanya, in Israel, where a suicide bomber struck today.  

David Stutz: An Architectural Tour of Rotor

A picture named cowboy.gifJeremiah Rogers' first essay on Instant Outlining. It's a good one. I'll be writing a few myself. BTW, here's the OPML version of my instant outline. It changes all the time. This is called Instant Outlining, or I/Oing for short. "It's fresh. It's buggy. And it's yummy." Just a small part of The World Outline, which makes a great acronym. Hehee. 

A candidate for best-named-blog for 2002. 

Hey Radio UserLand got a writeup on XML.Com. Thanks. A few minor corrections. The MP3 playlist stuff isn't present in Radio 8, nor is the chat functionality (both were in Radio 7). They renamed XML-RPC and didn't mention the support for OPML. Otherwise much appreciated, glad they mentioned that the Radio outliner is an easy XML editor. 

Rob Fahrni introduces a new Visioite Radio blogger

Speaking of new converts, a hearty welcome back to Dan Gillmor, proud owner of a new Radio blog.  

Brian Yoder: "I live next door to where Disney does most of its creative work and I know a lot of artists over there, and I can tell you that Eisner has no fans among the creative staff in any of his enterprises. Disney treats most of its creative people like garbage (why? because they can!) and they churn more talented people in and out of their doors than any large company I have ever seen." 

Truth is, Brian -- the tech industry treats its creative people with just as much disdain. The Eisner story has been an eye-opener for me because I've looked at the garbage that passes for thought in our industry and see how hard it is to be creative. It requires the consent of the press and analysts, none of whom care about the truth, they just follow the money, as if that's all that mattered. I'm fed up. I don't think the tech industry gets a free pass on this. Corruption is all over the place. 

Giles Bateman: "The problem is not with just one corrupt executive -- it is with industry standard operating procedure." 

Ryan Naraine at InternetNews thinks Google's News Search feature is a weblog. It's funny. It's a joke, right? An early April Fool? 

Register on Eisner: "We want some of whatever his speech writers are smoking." 

Disturbing interview with Anne Thomas-Manes on the evolution of Web Services. She says "We're way ahead of everybody else in the market because we've been doing it longer than just about anybody, with the exception of Microsoft." Wow. That the interviewer, who is familiar with our work, let her get away with this is appalling.  

Nick Denton describes a "defining moment" when bloggers got looped into the discussion at a wireless panel at Esther's. I pitched Stewart Alsop on this idea for Agenda, over ten years ago. It's a breakthrough for sure. No conference will ever be the same now that conference rooms are wired with 802.11b and bloggers are in the audience.  

Eric Soroos puts the Eisner debate into focus from an engineer's point of view. It's interesting, we are entitled to an opinion because Eisner would have us contribute our work to his business, without compensation. Yeah, that does sound like theft to me, by any reasonable definition of the word. Actually it's worse. It's slavery. I think this is how they've been screwing musicians. Heh.  

I had my own revelation about Eisner's argument. I think I can boil it down to its essence. It goes something like this. We remember the days, not long ago, when our users were stupid. They thought they were giving money to the artists. We want them to be stupid again.  

Tommy Williams: "Like most teams inside Microsoft, we have a SharePoint site set up to share information. Everyone in the team can post to the site. There are lists, calendars, and even discussion groups." 

There's a Cleveland Indians weblog, filed under Sports

Salon's Katharine Mieszkowski interviews Rusty Hodge, who runs a small Internet radio station, on the new economics imposed by the DMCA. "We just want to be treated as over-the-air broadcasters are treated." 

Jerome Camus: "If Eisner made 700 million over 6 years, he could have given 600 of them to 1200 new, unknown and worthy artists, made them ecstatically happy and launched them possibly into further artistic production endeavours. He would have still been filthy rich." 

More thoughts on Eisner. The most disgusting thing about his FT op-ed piece is that he's preaching morals. But he's so decadent. We fully understand that he's lying about protecting the interests of creative people. That the FT let him do this in their esteemed journal says something (not sure what).  

On this day in 1999: "Submission is inevitable, even for people who hate to submit." 

It's so funny. One of our worst kept secrets is on Daypop this morning. Giggle. 

Monday is the 5-year anniversary of this weblog. 


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