This week's song: Happy Trails to You.
How did I miss this? Sony Music has a 26-CD set of music from the 20th century, list price $329, Barnes and Noble has it for $296. I may buy it, but what I really want is a lot more music, for say $2000 and it comes pre-loaded on a hard disk so I don't have to scan it to get it on my iPod. This is the next thing after podcasting, opening up the archive at the big music warehouses and let us buy wholesale. A music renaissance.
Rex Hammock: "Some dog photo blogging for Friday afternoon."
John Handelaar: "I live in the UK. And in the UK I have legally-enforcible Moral Rights over whatís on my web site."
BBC: "A US judge in an Apple lawsuit hearing says bloggers should not have the same protection as journalists."
Mercury News: Apple 1, bloggers 0.
Future Tense: "In the Superior Court of Santa Clara County, California today, a judge will hear arguments that could help define whether bloggers have the same publishing rights as other journalists."
It's a Spicy Noodles kind of day.
Michael Butler: "The San Francisco Podcasters meetup is tentatively scheduled for March 23 at 7:00PM."
Slate: When Good Search Engines Go Bad.
Tim Bray: "Iím OK with reformatting and aggregating and all sorts of other things, but I donít want downstream software fucking with my words. Or my pictures. Or my links. A lot of us feel this way." Amen.
Chris Ridings proposes an opt-out meta tag for content mods.
This is what opt-in looks like. If I want your ads on my page, I'll let you know. And I'd appreciate if you share the revenue.
More MCN logos from Kosso. Neat-o!
Susan Mernit: "The major brainpower in the room spent a lot of time trudging through the weeds."
Rebecca MacKinnon: "Whether mainstream media will survive, or whether it should survive, or in what form, or how, is irrelevant. I don't care."
You can help Jeff Sandquist decide whether to keep his moustache.
As a former person-with-moustache, here's my opinion. They're a dumb idea. Make a choice -- go all the way --shave or let it grow.
About beards -- the cool thing about having a beard is that you only have to deal with it every two weeks or so, and it's pretty easy, and totally painless, and if you space it out, you just look a little bushy. Shaving is a pain, and if you're lazy like me, you end up walking around needing a shave much of the time. So having a beard, a full one, is a rational choice.
Your wife is going to hate you if you shave the moustache, I remember when my brother shaved his many years ago, everyone, including me, insisted he put it back, immediately. It was so hard to look at him. What are you going to remove next? Your nose? Your eyes? To everyone else the moustache is a crucial feature of your face. Without it you will seem ugly and naked to them.
On the other hand, you're looking really good and healthy. So now might be a good time to lose the moustache. Here's a suggestion. Go away for two weeks to Hawaii or Florida and shave it off and get a nice tan. Then come back. Everyone will be glad to see you, you'll look different, but they won't remember why.
PS: Who knew I had so much to say about moustaches?
PPS: What a funny word! It's like a mouse with a tache.
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