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I Went to a Party

Here's what I did this afternoon:


More details at Soul of Miami and Sex and the Beach.

It was a good party – met Mustang Bobby and saw the Miami Beach 411 crowd — always the life of the party. Plus I met the Genius of Despair (but not, alas, Gimleteye, with whom it seems I may have a few things in common.

There was a loud band, which I would enjoyed more under other circumstances. The folks at Graziano's were pouring lethal rum-and-cokes; I haven't seen ratios like that since college. One glass and it was canapes for me, trying to soak up the booze. And they were good canapes too, especially the beef. I've only ever been to the Graziano's on Bird Road, which I recall for excellent, if pricey meat. Judging from the samples, the excellence is repeated at the Brickell location.

And then I came home to watch the taped second half of the UM game. But the DVR stopped taping with only a few minutes left in the game. I saw the bad call(s) that deflated Duke. I saw Berry run and and run and run to score. And I saw Hankerson pull it in. But apparently I missed a great interception and scoring run by Sharpton. At least it was on the ESPN highlight reel.

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Marcy Wheeler Makes the World Better

Firedoglake's March Wheeler is one of the bloggers who does work connecting the dots that the rest of the media only sometimes catches up to. (She's also scary smart.)

Now the good folks at Firedoglake are running a campaign to raise $150K “to support Marcy, another investigative blogger to work with her, and a researcher to help them.”

A good cause: Go Organic — No Artificial Blogging. Support Marcy Wheeler!

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From the techPresident RSS feed,

We're aware that our RSS feed (which you really should be subscribed to, if you aren't already) has taken to posting the body of each post twice. It's being worked on. Sorry for the trouble.

We're aware that our RSS feed (which you really should be subscribed to, if you aren't already) has taken to posting the body of each post twice. It's being worked on. Sorry for the trouble.

Glad to hear it.

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Making the Rounds

This quote, which I saw at Opinio Juris, The Greatest Quote Ever, and half a dozen other blogs, is certainly making the rounds:

There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: “The Lord of the Rings” and “Atlas Shrugged.” One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.

Original source: Kung Fu Monkey.

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This Will Not Seem as Funny After the Singularity

net.wars: The untweetable Xeroxness of being is Wendy Grossman's account of a twitter fest with a copy of a Xerox machine.

So the other week I was chatting on Twitter across time and space with a Xerox machine from 1961…

Of course there are DMCA issues.

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Bloggers Behaving Badly


It well could be a tempest in a teapot, but details as to what this is about can be found at Random Pixels and Loose Talk from Miami Beach, It's our birthday … so time to lawyer up!, but basically these comments, produced a threat — so far, just a threat — of a lawsuit by one local blogger against another.

It may not have been wise, and certainly wasn't polite, for Random Pixels to say

The reality is that Babalu is really nothing more than a fringe group of bomb-throwing, anthrax-mailing, loud-mouth fanatics gone high tech.

Impolitic, but I think and hope that were anyone foolish enough to bring suit a jury would have very little trouble finding this wasn't an assertion of fact as to past acts, but rather a hyperbolic analogy. That's certainly how I read it and how I think anyone reasonable would read it.

I hardly ever read Babalu as I have very little patience for monotonous bullies of any stripe. (I suppose I should admit that I read Random Pixels only a little more often, mostly via SFDB links.) But having one blogger sue another over hyperbole would be very silly. Let's hope sanity prevails.

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Lost Cause Dept.

A noble effort by Paul Ohm at Freedom to Tinker, Being Acquitted Versus Being Searched (YANAL):

With this post, I'm launching a new, (very) occasional series I'm calling YANAL, for “You Are Not A Lawyer.” In this series, I will try to disabuse computer scientists and other technically minded people of some commonly held misconceptions about the law (and the legal system).

Funnily enough, that's how I got my start as an Internet lawyer. Back in the early '90s there were a lot of software engineers writing a great deal of nonsense about the US Constitution on USENET. When they used these mistaken priors to (mis)explain the law relating to the Clipper Chip, I decided to write a short 10-12 page article on the regulation of cryptography, just to set the record straight.

One hundred and sixty pages (and one case of carpal tunnel) later, I had an article.

Good luck, Paul, you'll need it!

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