Life Is Determined To Kill My Brain

August 29, 2007

Well go on, you reconcile these two things!

Richard Jewell found dead in home

Richard Jewell, the Centennial Olympic Park security guard once suspected — but later cleared — in the bombing of the park during the 1996 Summer Games, was found dead Wednesday in his home in Meriwether County. He was 44.

100-year-old celebrates her birthday by smoking 170,000th cigarette

An iron-lunged pensioner has celebrated her 100th birthday by lighting up her 170,000th cigerette from a candle on her birthday cake.

Winnie Langley started smoking only days after the First World War broke out in June 1914 when she was just seven-years-old – and has got through five a day ever since.

She has no intention of quitting, even after the nationwide ban forced tobacco-lovers outside.

The incompetency with which the Atlanta Olympics bombing was handled foreshadowed the incompetency that allowed blatant terrorists-in-training to accomplish the September 11 attacks.

As for that woman, I want some of her stem cells.


NYPL: Writer Lafcadio Hearn

August 29, 2007

If you don’t know who Lafcadio Hearn is, look him up. No, I won’t provide a link to wikipedia for your lazy ass. (Oh, all right then.) Another one of my gods. Kneel!

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All images from NYPL Digital Gallery, The New York Public Library

Previously in this blog:
The NYPL Won’t Know What Hit Them Now…


The NYPL Won’t Know What Hit Them Now…

August 29, 2007

I’ve mentioned several times how I’m stuck in New York City because of the great the New York Public Library (NYPL) is. It’s my religion; its buildings are my churches, my temples. It is holy ground. Other people go to St. Patrick’s Cathedral to seek God. My cathedral has lions guarding it!

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Source: NYPL Digital Gallery, The New York Public Library

For several years now, the NYPL has been building a web presence that I think is probably the best in the country and a model for all other public libraries to emulate.

One of the absolutely stunning features of the NYPL’s website is its NYPL Digital Gallery which contains over a half million photos and other images that are generally in the public domain.

Today I was searching for Red Moon and decided to peek into the NYPL Digital Gallery. I plopped Baudelaire into the Search box and whoa! Some images of one of my gods I had never seen before!

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Source: NYPL Digital Gallery, The New York Public Library

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Source: NYPL Digital Gallery, The New York Public Library

I wanted to run them here. But there was a User’s Guide that mentioned fees for publication, including non-commercial use. Close reading revealed these fees seemed to be for actual higher-than-screen resolution prints and there was no mention of publishing in non-profit, non-commercial blogs such as this one.

I wanted those images here, so I emailed the NYPL:

I’ve read over all the relevant FAQs, User Guides, and even PDF files.

It all still leaves this question: Can images that I see on the screen — not ordering special TIFFs or anything else — be Saved As… and then used on a *blog* without any fee?

I’m a quarter-century user of the NYPL and a published author and it just seems screwy to me that you would charge for reproducing public domain images that are no more than captures of what’s shown on the screen.

My interest in this was piqued when I came across some images of Baudelaire I hadn’t seen before. (There are probably likewise images of other dead writers I’ve not yet searched for.)

My blog is not ad-supported and requires no fee to view.

And since I’ve already mentioned I have a blog, your reply may well be published in it.

Within minutes I got a reply!

Dear Mr. Cane:

Yes, you may use images from the Library’s Digital Gallery free of charge on your web Blog. Please credit as follows:

NYPL Digital Gallery, The New York Public Library

Sincerely,
Thomas Lisanti
Manager, Photographic Services
& Permissions
The New York Public Library
476 Fifth Avenue, Room 103
New York, NY 10018
phone: (212) 930-0091
fax: (212) 930-0533

Is that great or what?

As word of this spreads, I expect many bloggers to go there to get images for posting.

In fact, you can expect more images from there here too.

Thank you, NYPL!

Be sure to support your local library. Ebooks aren’t enough, neither is the Internet (both, by the way, which many public libraries now offer). Public libraries are the difference between civilization and civil degeneration. Do you have a library card?


Huh?

August 29, 2007

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The Best Novel You Likely Never Heard Of

Reader reviews at Barnes & Noble


Web Services, My Ass!

August 29, 2007

There are times when I’d like to take all the “Cloud” advocates — all those who preach the Holy Grail of no apps locally, but all residing on the Internetwerkmachinen — and put then in a bag and throw them in the ocean to drown to death.

Right now is one of those moments.

YahooMail is down! I can’t fekkin connect and there’s an email I want to send now now now.

Die Web 2.0 Die!


YouTube: Warren Zevon

August 29, 2007

It figures that I only come across people after they’re dead.

I came across this YouTube vid last week but I don’t recall where. I was going to link to it then but got sidetracked by other things.

It’s practically an anthem for the recent years of my life!

Maybe yours too? Go watch.

My Shit’s Fucked Up-Warren Zevon

How it might feel to find out your heart is a mess.

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Absolutely brilliant.


iPod Price History: Will Apple Fight Or Lose?

August 29, 2007

I’ve been contemplating next week’s iPod announcement from Apple and wondering what that new iPod nano is going to cost. This is of great personal interest to me because I need a new MP3 player.

I came across an interesting article that compares iPod prices based on a per-gigabyte storage basis. While that’s helpful, what’s distressing to realize is that the basic price point hasn’t changed much. The price of entry dropped in dollar terms from $400-$500 to $300-$400. Sure, you get a hell of a lot more for that money, but the actual price of admission is still rather serious for a large iPod.

SanDisk is pricing their new Sansa Clip at $40 for 1GB and $60 for 2GB. To compare, the current iPod Shuffle is $80 for 1GB — and it lacks many of the features of Sansa’s Clip — such as a screen! — which will sell for half the price! The current iPod nano runs $149 for 2GB, $199 for 4GB, and a whopping $250 for 8GB.

Look at that: a 2GB Sansa Clip with more hardware features than a 2GB iPod nano — the prices are $60 versus $150!

The final paragraph of that iPod price history article is very prescient:

I predict Apple has at least 3 years (but up to 5 at the most) in which they can enjoy a de-facto monopoly in this space. After 5 years the price for components will have dropped to the point where almost anyone can, and will, compete with the iPod.

It looks like that day has arrived!

The question I have about next week: Is Apple going to fight to maintain its iPod supremacy by really cutting the nano’s price — or will it continue to stand alone and demand a premium price which now seems very exorbitant, snobbish, and nearly insulting?


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