Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Google responds to the Authors Guild suit.
  • The authors have actually filed a suit against their own interests, and apparently don't understand the entire concept behind Google print. I suppose that this suit, as usual, was driven by some greedhead lawyers who persuaded the Authors Guild to sue, whether they need to or not.
  • Here's how Google Print works: when you search for a term, Google Print shows you which book(s) that text can be found in - and gives links to online booksellers. Furthermore, if some author should be so wrong-headed as to disdain participation, Google will exclude their book(s).
  • For example, I searched Google Print for the term "greedy little hustlers." It returned a text excerpt from the very Hunter Thompson book I was looking for, and gave me links to four places where I can buy the book. I then searched for "Uncle Scoopy," and it showed me where we were referenced in a book called "Hollywood, Interrupted: Insanity Chic in Babylon." (Which I had previously never heard of.)
  • To my way of thinking, Google Print, like their web search engine, is one of the greatest reference tools in the history of mankind. The people who should really be worried about Google are those who publish reference books and run libraries, all of which are rapidly becoming obsolete. I must own every major reference book, from the OED to the Encyclopedia Britannica, and they are all gathering dust because of Google.


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Mars Global Surveyor: "New gullies that did not exist in mid-2002 have appeared on a Martian sand dune."


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Jordan reportedly dialed 999 (The UK's equivalent to 911) to demand a police escort - to keep the paparazzi away when she went for a hair-do. This wasted the time of three of the London police's best bicycles, including their ten-speed.


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MovieJuice! looks at The Exorcism of Emily Rose - "Hell Hath Absolutely No Fury"
  • "Emily is played by an actress who knows how to scream and contort her body. That means her only future in Hollywood is to date Charlie Sheen"


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National Enquirer claims Dubya is hittin' the bottle again. In theory, the President has been dry for nearly two decades. Meanwhile, Darth Cheney is worried that Grand Moff Dubya may not be sober enough to understand his instructions.


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Fox Searchlight Pictures is donating 10% of the weekend's ROLL BOUNCE box to Katrina relief. I suppose they are doing that to draw attention to the movie, and I'm not sure it will really bring in any customers. The point is, however, that the needy will still be able to spend the money. Amazingly, the respected critic Owen Gleiberman gave Roll Bounce a B+, and basically called it endearing kitsch. Hey, I'm not promoting the movie. I haven't seen it. I'm just sayin' ...


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NBC wins Tuesday with help from 'Earl'


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Say it ain't so, Joe! Taradise is cancelled!


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Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner moving to Charlottesville, Virginia? Why not? It is the movie-making capital of that portion of Virginia between I-81 and I-95. Well, except maybe for Lynchburg.


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Who is this heavy metal rocker? The answer is surprising.


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"Things We Believe We Can Do... For We Are Man!"


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The Daily Show: Alan Alda talks about growing up backstage at burlesque shows.


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The Daily Show: "Some complicated environmental issues are best summed up by FOX News' Sean Hannity."


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New Daily Show correspondent Dan Bakkedahl profiles a proponent of 'bum-vertising.


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Jon's Stewart's face during the Emmy's opening number was not so much projecting "sadness" as it was "marvel."


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2005 NFL Cheerleading Tour - Day 10 : New Orleans Saints


It is impossible to talk about this organization without mention of the terrible events of last few weeks. Katrina affected not only the New Orleans area, but the entire Gulf Coast. It was good to see the Saints and their cheerleaders on national television two nights ago. It helped give the feeling that the region will be back on its feet sometime in the not-too-distant future.



I am sure that the Saints organization has more pressing issues than updating the web site of the Saintsations,
but even so this site has a lot to offer in the way of cheerleader news, a gallery, and a calendar of events. Thumbs up on an alumni section. The Saintsations are beautiful, but I wish there were more info in the bio, and more pictures (although more pictures can be found in the gallery, they are unlabeled). They claim to have more than ten different uniforms. It would be great to see them.


These complaints are very insignificant to what the region is going through. We are all wishing the best for all those affected by Katrina. And here's wishing Rita stays far away from everybody.



Rating 8.0 out of 10.


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The trailer from The Matador (Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear co-star in a film abiut a hitman who is losing his edge.) Yeah, nothin' gimmicky there.


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Shoreline Terrain on Saturn's Moon, Titan


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Hurricane Rita watch: The Daily Show's Senior Meteorologist Rob Corddry guesses that in this year of hurricanes, God is just being a dick.


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A Sign of N'awlins Recovery, but just barely. The first stripper has returned to work!


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Chick-Fil-A Cow Calendar


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Bargain of the day: If you have eight million bucks lying around, you can get a genuine Robby Gordon race-used NASCAR Helmet


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The Onion claims: Bush Braces For The Worst As Cindy Sheehan's Other Son Drowns In New Orleans


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All 50 State Governor's Approval Ratings. Oh, sure Ah-nuld and Kathleen Blanco are near the bottom, but they can't compare to Ohio's Bob Taft, who is bottom fishing at 17%.


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"H&M has decided that a campaign with Kate Moss is inconsistent with its being strongly against drug abuse." Kate will, however, manage to get some really big contracts with those who favor drug abuse. "Hi, I'm Kate Moss, speaking for the Columbian Ministry of Tourism."


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Jesus appears in a cloud formation. Oh, wait, it's really Ringo Starr ... although just a few minutes earlier it had been Pete Best.


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