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the best books I've read in the last year
2002 Linux Timeline - LWN
UK Law Commission recommends review of Net defamation law - Register
the effects of the Korean election result on US ties - CSM
a reporter's life: an interview with Seymour Hersh - New Yorker [via RW]
Public Library of Science gets $9 million for open access journals - NYT/SMH
US Fourth Circuit takes different tack on Web libel to Australia's High Court - ZDnet [via link]
What Dr Seuss really taught us - Louis Menand/New Yorker
"The mother has left, and she's never coming back. It's just us and that goddam cat."
there's now an Australian-localized Google search - Google Australia
oh dear, I just noticed my spelling of "localised" above!
Bill of Rights Pared Down To A Manageable Six - the Onion
some Middle Eastern dictators are welcome in London - The Age
"Syria's President Bashar al-Assad is only a second-generation dictator, not the original, blood-stained model"
amusing 1930s "how to find a husband" book - Guardian [via ALD]
"A man whose forehead bulges at and just above the eyebrows is usually good at outdoor games."
Towards a new vision for machine translation - John Hutchins
- other works
"adherence to [fully automatic high quality translation] as an ultimate goal has been damaging"
history of "the whisky was invisible" mistranslation myths - John Hutchins [via RW]
"It is surely ironic that a joke by journalists about incompetent human translators should be used, in all seriousness, to show how poor computers can be in comparison with human translators."
interesting sounding new sf novel: Harrison's Light
the US wants the EU to accept Turkey - Guardian [via RW]
"Can you imagine the reaction if we told the Americans they had to enlarge into Mexico?"
cross-cultural correlates of the ownership of private propery - Anthro Globe [abstract]
- full PDF
"agricultural subsistence, social stratification, social control based on law and religion, large populations and permanent settlements, patriarchal family norms, ..."
"don't be evil": Sergey Brin hand-manages Google's ethical dilemmas - Wired [via WMW]
alternative models for international defamation following Oz High Court ruling - The Age
the dangers of information ownership for science - Physics Today [via /.]
"Research linked to property has a built-in conflict of interest toward the truth"
scientists don't read the papers they cite - New Scientist [via /.]
activists publicising corporate responsibility for Bhopal disaster - RTmark
Australia may face an election fought over civil liberties - SMH
tuning a grand piano in a remote Amazon village - Guardian [via /.]
photo tour of British anti-invasion fortifications from WWII - Pillboxes UK
"we will fight them on the beaches"
conversations between Edward Said and Daniel Barenboim - Andante review [via ALD]
ACLU membership up as a result of War on Terror - QCTimes [via K5]
Australia has a "National Public Toilet Map" - toiletmap.gov.au [only works in Windows IE, NN4.7]
comparative research praises Australian firefighting organisation, clothing - SMH
new (BETA) Google "shopping" search - Froogle [via WMW]
- "about" [via /.]
"If you have a question, comment, suggestion, complaint, or personal request that we assist in the transfer of funds from a deposed dictator, please send an email to..."
Leonardo a pacifist who crippled his military designs? - SMH/Telegraph
not as interesting as I'd hoped Google Zeitgeist for 2002 - Google
evangelical Christians among least-liked groups in United States - Data Lounge [via Rotten]
from a survey organised by an evangelical organisation!
conservative Iranian judicial official resigns in protest at death sentence - BBC
US media molly-coddling Kissinger - TomPaine.com
"As an experienced prevaricator, are you in a better position to ferret out the lies of other government officials?"
the EXIF format for digital camera meta-data - EXIF.org
- EXIF library project [sourceforge]
for viewing camera settings - allows automatic rotation of photos
water has always been political in California... - CSM [via Google]
on my "to read list": Jose Saramago's The Cave
- IHT review
major defamation precedent: Dow Jones loses appeal - the Age
- Austlii [full decision]
memorandum of Kissinger's 1976 meeting with Pinochet - MemoryHole [via RW]
Israel appropriating more land from Palestinians to expand settlements - SMH
with (typically) four quotes from settlers, but not one from a Palestinian
Sony to ship StarOffice with PCs in Europe - CNN [via WMW]
Indian Linux users in upbeat mood - biz.yahoo
"a four-day visit by Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates last month drew welcome attention to Linux"
flying around Baja California HOWTO, with photos - Phil Greenspun [via RW]
brief legal perspective on "assent" in software licensing - Linux Journal [via LWN]
an index of online book reviews and interviews - BiblioReview [via CR]
- other sites [updated]
this site indexes reviews from scores of sources (mine among them)
Keith Bradsher's High and Mighty: SUVs
- Washington Monthly review [via ALD]
"the bigger the SUV, the more of a jerk its driver is likely to be"
sounds like fun: The Natural History of the Rich: A Field Guide
- IHT review
a breakdown of the cost of books - Salon [via CR]
after inflation, "the average price of mass-market paperbacks has gone up almost 40 percent" since 1975
Sydney still surrounded by fires - SMH
one minor effect: my modem connection keeps dropping out, so updates here may be less frequent
fires around Sydney causing power failures - SMH
and in the middle of it all, through the haze, a partial solar eclipse! - photo
Henry Green: "one of the literary enigmas of the twentieth century" - New Criterion
the best film I've seen in the last year - Jafar Panahi's The Circle
- BFI review
also notable: Mulholland Drive
, My Mother India
, Beneath Clouds
, Gosford Park
, Last Orders
the end of the road for politically activist Australian band Midnight Oil - The Age
review of book debunking bad medicine - Guardian [via ALD]
why free software's long-run TCO must be lower - Brendan Scott [via link]
Doc Searls on the "intellectual property" debate at Comdex - Linux Journal [via LWN]
the scourge of Arial - Mark Simonson
"Arial gets chosen because it's cheap, not because it's a great typeface"
Henry Green's 1943 novel of firefighters in the London Blitz - Caught [review]
Zipf's law relates the frequencies of words to their "rank" - explanation
religious organisations and film censorship in Australia - a study of four films
Last Tango in Paris, The Life of Brian, Hail Mary, and The Last Temptation of Christ
Spanish Internet censorship law - Index on Censorship
"... was returned 15 times by the country's legislature, and drew more than 65,000 public comments"
Australia's prime-minister copies Bush, threatens pre-emptive strikes on neighbours - SMH
but we don't have any aircraft carriers, Mr Howard, or nuclear weapons!
National Book Awards judge reads fewer than 50 of 400 submissions - Slate
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