How Random Babbling Becomes Corporate Policy (t3knomanser) wrote,
How Random Babbling Becomes Corporate Policy

Linkage Infojunkie...

Before the news- the ads I got money for were network ads- I'll only be getting a share of that money based on the click throughs my site provides. So that money is going to be much less than it looked like. Still, I'm seeing that there's cash there, and considering how little effort I've employed there- well, I could make some more cash off of this.

Let's start by being amusing: Various philosophical proofs for god's existance. It starts with some honest-to-goodness proofs (which are full of shit), and then moves on to getting just plain silly.

For example:
Argument from intimidation:
(1) See this bonfire?
(2) Therefore, god exists.

A convincing argument, to be sure.

In the stupid copyright realm, the owners of Lexis Nexis want to copyright the data in databases. They're attempting to copyright facts. This bill probably won't go through, and if it does, it'll probably be struck down pretty quickly- it goes against the purpose of copyright, but it shows what content-producers are really after- control over _all_ the content. They are _not_ interested in the users. Lexis Nexis is a powerful tool- insanely powerful really- but this attempt shows that the owners don't fully understand what makes Lexis Nexis as good as it is.

The DEA has decided to allow clinical trials of MDMA (E, Ecstacy, XTC). This is interesting; doctors have been trying to get access to this for years- nearly ten of them, since it was made Schedule 1 in '85. It's an interesting drug, with interesting effects. There is also a hazard- studies have shown that regular ecstacy users show higher rates of clinical depression. Mind you, this doesn't mean that E causes the depression- it just means people who have used E are more often depressed. A common mistake is to conflate statistics.

Meanwhile, nearly half of US internet users have contributed content to the net. The biggest contribution? Posting photographs. Blogging ranks in at a low 2% of contributions, proving that we're still the weirdos. Its okay though; it's going to catch on. It's too useful and powerful not to, and despite the popularity of other blogging tools, LiveJournal is by far the best I've worked with- which is why I'm still here. It's cheap (or free) (sure, others are free, but you usually need your own webspace, or don't provide the number of options). The biggest advantage to LJ though is the community- you're really connected to other users, with communities and friends pages, etc.

Local muncipalities have found the bandwagon, Portland authorizes SSM. The Mayor of New Paltz is looking at about twenty misdemeanor charges for "Solemnizing a wedding without the couple providing a license." A laywer in the area however says that NY law allows for unlicensed marriages. Which intrigues me, because NY has pretty strict marriage law- its a state run by lawyers.

Michael Eisner is looking down the barrel of Roy Disney's sights for failing to keep Disney profitable. They can't oust him unless they find a replacement though. Get cracking people.

Finally, another laugh, the Communist Crabs are attacking, crabs imported to the atlantic by Stalin are marching south, and may eventually reach as far as Gibraltar. Its another case that shows why importing species is bad.

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