Another industry fails by using DRM

The story in the NYT about the AP trying to restrict linking and quoting of their work signals another industry failing at understanding how the Internet changes things. Good riddance to the dinosaurs:

“Unfortunately for the AP, that won’t result in an increase of revenues, but in having the entire online world ignore the AP.”

via Hot Air » Blog Archive » AP goes to war with search engines and blogs.


Quote of the Day

“Facebook is basically designed like a lobster trap with your friends as bait”

via Nonprofit Online News: Outsmarting the Facebook Lobster Trap: Three Worries, One Guideline, Seven Principles.

Tron Legacy Trailer

YouTube – Tron Legacy Trailer.

Amazon’s 1984 saga

“It could happen first in jurisdictions like the United Kingdom, where there isn’t as rich a First Amendment tradition and where libel suits happen much more frequently,” he said.

via Amazon Faces a Fight Over Its E-Books –

It seems the book publishing and selling industry is about to squander the general goodwill of its consumers by acting like the RIAA.

Maz Jobrani

Dear Friends,

The recent events in Iran have had me glued to the TV, the internet and anything else that can give me updates on what is going on in
the country of my birth. When I was 6 years old in Iran, the revolution of ’78-’79 happened. I remember having to have our lights off
by a certain time for curfew and how the police would drive by and flash their lights into our homes to make sure we weren’t causing
any trouble. I also remember one time running into our basement when we heard gunfire coming form a protest close to our home. At
the time I was a kid and had no idea what was going on. I just thought it was cool to be hanging with my mom and family in the dark
in the basement. For a 6 year old it was an adventure – like being in the Bat Cave.

30 years later I am being bombarded with images and clips from the protests in Iran that remind me of my youth. As someone who is
not in the country and watching from overseas I must say that I am emboldened by what the people of Iran are doing these days.
No proof has come out to show that the election was actually stolen, but the obvious signs do point to voter fraud. In breaking
it down on some of my shows I’ve been saying that  it seems in a country of 70 million people, Ahmadinejad got 75 million votes.
Voter fraud? Divine intervention? You be the judge.

Anyway, I am writing this e-mail to express my solidarity with those within the country struggling to have their voices heard
and their votes counted. It has been too long that the people of Iran have had to live like 5 year olds being monitored by
“adults” who tell them what to wear, how to act and what they can and cannot do. The last time I was in Iran was just over 10
years ago and I remember leaving my mother country feeling depressed. I remember coming back to the US and making sure I
appreciated the freedoms that we have here. I remember thinking that the people of the world should be guaranteed these basic
freedoms which do not exist in Iran.

I hope that you will keep this struggle in your mind and support them in any way you can. I have changed the image on all my
facebook and myspace accounts to the image attached here. Please do support by at least using this image on your facebook and
myspace pages. I also know that many peaceful rallies are taking place around the world in support of this movement. If you have
the time please do join in these marches.

Last, but not least here are a few links that I found interesting and helpful:

This one comes from Iran where at night the reformists are yelling “God is Great” in support of the movement. The woman speaking on the video breaks down
towards the end and she keeps asking “where is this?” Responding to herself “This is my
country Iran.” It’s actually very moving if you can have a farsi speaking friend translate.

This one is a Brazilian expert on Iran who breaks the situation down very well.

This last one is a song that a friend of mine put together. It has some explicit lyrics, but I hope you enjoy.

All the best,


from his website. Also check out this video on Youtube of his life act.

The Best Page In The Universe.

The Best Page In The Universe..

especially this one.

A shame, really

“We completely understand the public’s concern about futuristic robots feeding on the human population, but that is not our mission,” stated Harry Schoell, Cyclone’s CEO.

via Best. Correction. Ever. – The Plank.