Boston Globe: Ted Williams Dead at 83. "The Red Sox legend, who hit .406 in 1941 to become the last player to break the 400 barrier."
Other reports: NY Times, ESPN.
Manila now supports the MetaWeblog API. Thanks to Jeff Cheney for the initial implementation.
Scoble: "How does Microsoft grow its size? Certainly not by listening to Robert Scoble. It does it by visiting Boeing, GM, EDS, the U.S. Government, and various other big Fortune 1000 companies and organizations. Now you know where the pressure for Palladium is coming."
Bravo to Janis Ian for speaking out on the Internet as a medium for music distribution.
News by a Nerd. "It Just Doesn't Matter."
In Denmark today, a judge rules against a search engine that respects the robots.txt convention, and stops it from "deep linking" into sites run by the Danish newspaper association. All these court cases are as stupid as dirt. Several good technical preventatives exist. First, if the search engine supports robots.txt, you can simply edit the file on your site, and save the lawyer's fees. If it doesn't support robots.txt, first raise the issue in public, and the tech weblogs will get right on it. If that doesn't work, add a simple script to your server to look at the referer attribute on the HTTP request and if it isn't from your site, redirect to your deep linking policy page. We know for sure that when a company goes to court for "deep linking" that they aren't talking to, or listening to, their technical people. BTW, deep linking is an oxymoron. There's only one kind of linking on the Web. Why would you ever point to the home page of a news oriented site.
David Watson has Radio talking to Movable Type's TrackBack feature.
One word review of Minority Report: Riveting. As good as Silence of the Lambs. A dark vision of the not too distant future. Captivating. Clockwork Orangish. Great acting, great plot, something for your mind, a surprise around every corner. Some bloggers reported that the movie starts well but ends poorly, I have no idea what they're talking about. I was sitting on the edge of my chair from beginning to end, enthralled and delighted and at times freaked out. I'll see it again, for sure.
I've seen two movies in 48 hours and both movies began with five minutes of commercials, for Coca Cola, Bank of America, some stupid British car that's now available in the US, and some other insipid and worthless products. These ads stood out for two reasons. First, I paid $9 US currency to watch each of these movies. I remember what products intruded on this experience that I paid for and will go out of my way to spread bad juju on their brands at the slightest opportunity. Second, there's no way to fast forward over the stinking commercials as I can on TV. Arrrgh. I don't watch commercials anymore. I resent that they force themselves on me in an environment I paid to be part of.
Chuck Shotton "highly recommends" the iRock FM transmitter. "I have one that I use on frequent drives to Philadelphia and it has the best battery life and signal range of the several I've played with."
Doc Searls: "iRock should allow the user to select any channel on the FM band."
Shawn Dodd: "Microsoft wants to know what they can do to regain our trust. The answer: give up DRM altogether. Microsoft can't push DRM and regain our trust at the same time; we can't and shouldn't trust someone who is planning to hurt us."
Ed Cone: "My dad died fifteen years ago today."
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