31 janeiro 2008

Religião nos Estados Unidos

Ainda a propósito do texto (contexto?) abaixo: "Regionalism and Religiosity"

Esta (...) dá-me cabo do entretenimento...

As admiradas vozes sobre a cientologia acordaram com o texto do Público (acho que a 24 de Janeiro) mas ainda estão desactualizadas - veja-se este Boletim religioso de 14 de Dezembro passado. Ou quem se lembrou da mesma quando obteve subsídios comunitários em 2006...
Igreja? Seita? Obra de caridade? Excelentes advogados?

O que sinceramente me preocupa é não poder mais ver os Simpsons sem saber que a voz de Bart (a senhora Nancy Cartwright) doou 10 milhões de dólares à "fé": "Cartwright's gift -- almost two times her annual salary from "The Simpsons" -- puts her top of a list of celebrity benefactors, who have handed over their hard-earned cash to the Church of Scientology. She gave even more than Tom Cruise -- who is reported to be the controversial religion's second-in-command -- who has donated $5 million in the last four years."
Fiquei sem voz!

Jornalismo em blogue?

Um caso que merece desenvolvimento (Blogdabola): O blogdabola é um dos poucos blogues que dá notícias em Portugal, podendo, nesse aspecto, dizer-se que faz jornalismo. Um jornalismo anónimo, é certo, mas jornalismo.

[act.: Não podia estar mais em desacordo]

A ver

30 janeiro 2008

O estado de uma nação

Are we left to assume America is growing weaker?

2002, third sentence:

[T]he state of our Union has never been stronger."

2003, seventh sentence:

...our union is strong."

2004, 12th sentence:

...the state of our union is confident and strong."

2005, fifth sentence:

...the state of our union is confident and strong."

2006, ninth sentence:

Tonight the state of our Union is strong...."

2007, last paragraph

...because the State of our Union is strong."

2008, penultimate sentence:

...and the state of our Union will remain strong."

29 janeiro 2008

Hong Kong

entre as 18h10m e as 19h40m.

28 janeiro 2008

A penchincha dos certeficados ou a falta de revisores

"Portugal é uma penchincha"
"CDS vai questionar Governo sobre certeficados de aforro"


PT Multimédia passa a chamar-se ZON
O Zon e o Zon Multimedia já estão registados desde 14 de Dezembro pela Refúgio do Frade SGPS, Lda.
Só o zonmultimedia.com.pt foi registado pela TV Cabo Portugal.

[Actualização nos comentários: a entidade gestora do zon.pt é a TV Cabo]

Capa perdido e re-encontrado

The Capa Cache: The suitcase — actually three flimsy cardboard valises — contained thousands of negatives of pictures that Robert Capa, one of the pioneers of modern war photography, took during the Spanish Civil War before he fled Europe for America in 1939, leaving behind the contents of his Paris darkroom.

Capa assumed that the work had been lost during the Nazi invasion, and he died in 1954 on assignment in Vietnam still thinking so. But in 1995 word began to spread that the negatives had somehow survived, after taking a journey worthy of a John le Carré novel: Paris to Marseille and then, in the hands of a Mexican general and diplomat who had served under Pancho Villa, to Mexico City.

And that is where they remained hidden for more than half a century until last month, when they made what will most likely be their final trip, to the International Center of Photography in Midtown Manhattan, founded by Robert Capa’s brother, Cornell.

Uma pergunta interessante

O que mudou no nosso estilo de vida nos últimos 18 anos? Muito.

[act.: por exemplo, ser obrigado a responder a 18 de 50 questões quando apenas uma me interessa...]

Ainda sobre o Afeganistão

ou ainda sobre este caso No Afeganistão: Journalist Claims Article That Led To Death Sentence: Bikhoda is an Iranian-born student and Internet journalist who lives in Europe. He’s also the author of "The Koranic Verses That Discriminate Against Women," a controversial article that, a world away in Afghanistan, has landed journalism student Sayed Perwiz Kambakhsh on death row.


Crowded Skies: This 2005 composite photo by Ho-Yeol Ryu, titled "Airport," is part of a new exhibition at the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt. The show, called "All Inclusive: a Tourist World," is an exploration, deconstruction and parody of typical tourist clichés through the work of over 30 artists. It runs at the Frankfurt art museum until May 4.


Google redesigns logo to celebrate Lego anniversary: Google has redesigned its logo for one day only to celebrate the 50th anniversary of toy brand Lego, even though it has a strict policy of not placing advertising on its iconic homepage.

Google said the redesign did not involve any payment from the Danish firm because it does not place advertising on its homepage, and instead said it was part of its long-running tradition of creating "special designs for quirky anniversaries".

25 janeiro 2008

Um inquérito por dia faz bem e alivia

Sobre esta Sondagem Gallup para o Fórum Económico Mundial, em que "Professores são profissão em que portugueses mais confiam e a quem dariam mais poder", uma pequena nota que não está na notícia da Lusa. Quando questionados a quem dariam mais poder, as respostas dos 500 inquiridos portugueses dividiram-se desta forma:

Teachers 32%
Intellectuals (e.g. writers, academics) 28%
Military/police leaders 21%
Musicians 12%
Trade unionists 11%
Business leaders 10%
Journalists (someone who reports for TV, radio, newspapers, 9%
Politicians 9%
Lawyers 8%
Religious leaders 8%
Film stars 6%
Sports stars 6%
None of these 15%

Primeiro, querem saber. Depois, controlo. Após exclusão de todas as propostas, querem música e só depois apostam na vertente económica (empresários e sindicalistas), seguindo-se jornalistas e políticos, advogados e igrejas. São escolhas. Mas, com todo o respeito que merecem, porquê dar mais poder aos músicos? Para fazer o quê?



Extending Album Art

No Afeganistão

Afghan 'blasphemy' death sentence: An Afghan journalist has been sentenced to death by a provincial court for distributing "blasphemous" material.

Sayed Perwiz Kambakhsh, 23, was arrested in 2007 after downloading material from the internet relating to the role of women in Islamic societies. [...]

The court also threatened to arrest any reporters who protested against Kambakhsh's sentence.

Shock at death sentence passed on young journalist for blasphemy: The trial was held behind closed doors and without any lawyer defending him. [...]

Kambakhsh was supposedly arrested because of a controversial article commenting on verses in the Koran about women, although it has now been established that he was not the article’s author.

Salas de cinema

Código visual por Alex Dragulescu

Malwarez is a series of visualization of worms, viruses, trojans and spyware code. For each piece of disassembled code, API calls, memory addresses and subroutines are tracked and analyzed. Their frequency, density and grouping are mapped to the inputs of an algorithm that grows a virtual 3D entity. Therefore the patterns and rhythms found in the data drive the configuration of the artificial organism.

24 janeiro 2008

Mais uma nódoa no New York Times?

Ed Whelan's Response to New York Times's Public Editor: When I sent my complaint about Linda Greenhouse's conflict of interest to the New York Times's public editor (or "readers' representative"), I never imagined that the public editor, Clark Hoyt, would somehow see fit to go out of his way to attack me--even as he validated the heart of my complaint. But that's exactly what he did in Sunday's paper.

É só fumaça

Deste notável raim

Ciência: o que vai ser e o que já foi

Your Guide to the Year in Science: 2008: A gallery of the biggest science stories of the upcoming year

Top Ten 10 Craziest Science Stuff You Didn’t Know (Ex.: Don’t laugh too much, it can kill you)

De que falam eles?

Gates vs. Jobs: Keynote text analysis, 2008 edition

O mundo da música

This is a 2D layout of artist-artist similarity graph build from the Yahoo! Launch usage data.

23 janeiro 2008

Na minha casa manda outro...

Evicting smokers from apartment buildings: Calabasas, Calif., banned smoking in 80 percent of apartment buildings. It's the second California city to do so.

Só 935?...

George W Bush, White House told 935 lies after September 11: US President George W Bush and other top officials issued almost one thousand false statements about the national security threat from Iraq following the September 11 attacks, according to a study by two not-for-profit organisations.

Study: False Statements Preceded War: The study concluded that the statements "were part of an orchestrated campaign that effectively galvanized public opinion and, in the process, led the nation to war under decidedly false pretenses."

18 janeiro 2008

Boa vizinhança

A city councilman in Utah, Mark Easton, had a beautiful view of the east Mountains until a new neighbor purchased the lot below his house and built a new home. The home was 18 inches higher than the ordinances would allow, so Mark Easton, mad about his lost view, went to the city to make sure they enforced the lower roof line ordinance.

The new neighbor had to drop the roof line at great expense. Recently, Mark Easton called the city, and informed them that his new neighbor had installed some vents on the side of his home. Mark did not like the looks of the vents and asked the city to investigate. When they went to Mark’s home to view the vents, this is what they found:

(história e mais fotos daqui)

O email em 1981

(via 10 Incredible Old Computer Ads)

Wikipedia fora da AFP

AFP reporters barred from using Wikipedia and Facebook as sources: Agence France Presse (AFP) has banned its journalists from using Facebook and Wikipedia as sources, the agency's London bureau chief told a Lord's Committee yesterday. [...]

"We have internal rules that are regularly updated [on this matter]. Wikipedia for example, we have a written rule inside the company that forbids any journalist using Wikipedia," he said.

"We have the same thing, updated last week, for Facebook because of the incident with Bilawal Bhutto in Oxford.

"Some newspapers picked up pictures on Facebook about Mr Bhutto, which turned out to be fake.

17 janeiro 2008

Um manancial de imagens

Duas sobre Portugal:
King Manuel (detail) [between 1910 and 1915]

Infantry, Portugal [between 1910 and 1915]

Livros grátis

The Future of Ideas is now Free: After a productive and valuable conversation with my publisher, Random House, they've agreed to permit The Future of Ideas to be licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.

My Tiny Life: Crime and Passion in a Virtual World: Part memoir and part ethnography, My Tiny Life is about the social life of the online, text-based virtual world LambdaMOO and my own brief encounter with it in the early '90s. Andrew Leonard, in Salon, called it “the best book yet on the meaning of online life.”

ACM Classic Books Series: This list of classic books is the result of a poll ACM conducted where members named their favorite computer science books.We plan to make the full text available online to members as we obtain permissions from authors to display each book.
[Desde "The computer and the brain" (John von Neumann, 1958) a "201 principles of software development" (Alan M. Davis, 1995)]

Realidade sem fumo

Subverting the Smoking Ban in Germany: However some smokers' rights advocates went just a tad too far in their efforts to promote their cause. An events agency in the state of Schleswig-Holstein recently caused controversy when it started selling T-shirts on its Web site featuring a Star of David and the word "Raucher" ("smoker"), in a reference to the yellow stars Jews were forced to wear during the Third Reich. The company quickly pulled the shirts from sale after protests from Germany's Central Council of Jews.

[Imagem deste "Protest gegen Shirt mit Judenstern wirkt"]

Mais de 100 mil pessoas que discordam de Vital Moreira. Quer dizer, em números exactos...

Mais uma prova da destruição do "Estado social"...
«Menos cem mil pobres».
Mas então não corria para aí a ideia de um generalizado "aumento da pobreza"?!

O que diz o texto? "A situação de pobreza entre os que residem em Portugal baixou de 19%, em 2005, para 18%, em 2006. Apenas 1%, mas que em números exactos representa mais de 100 mil pessoas. O fosso social continua, contudo, a ser enorme. Os 20% de portugueses com os maiores rendimentos auferem 6,8 vezes mais do que os 20% mais desfavorecidos."

A ver se eu percebi: de 1,9 milhões em 2005 passou-se para 1,8 milhões de pobres em 2006 e Vital Moreira rejubila em 2008. Realmente, "o fosso social continua a ser enorme". E só pode degenerar em maior palermice quando um suposto investigador cita um artigo onde se afirma "que em números exactos representa mais de 100 mil pessoas".

16 janeiro 2008

É mau brincar com Mao

Citroen apologizes for scowling Mao ad: French car-maker Citroen has apologized to China for running a full-page advertisement in several Spanish newspapers featuring a poster of late Chinese leader Mao Zedong pulling a wry face at a sporty hatch-back.

Oh diabo!!!

666 notícias sobre novo aeroporto de Lisboa: Segundo os dados do serviço Telenews da MediaMonitor, os programas regulares de informação dos quatro canais de sinal aberto emitiram, durante o ano passado, 666 notícias sobre o novo aeroporto de Lisboa.

A escutar

Historical Sounds in MP3 Format: This collection of audio files is intended to archive the greatest speeches in recorded history. Most of the files are from the 20th century, but there are a few exceptions, such as the Edison recordings. Feel free to download, distribute, and learn from these audio files!

15 janeiro 2008

Novos media

New Services Help Bloggers Bring in Ad Revenue: If you're not making money off your blog, 2008 might be the year.

Bottom-Line: Media Cos. Must Restructure Or Face Consequences: Even if Internet advertising grows by 50% this year, the incremental impact would be only 1.5% on aggregate revenue for the media conglomerates. [...]
Media companies are destined to remain undervalued until they fully integrate new digital business models and develop the metrics necessary to quantify gains. Revenues, earnings and cash-flow projections are based on core businesses, many of which are declining or in flux. Companies’ legacy operations will require a complete overhaul. This involves such formidable tasks as physical and technical conversion, as well as workforce reconstruction and reduction.

Web companies' dark side: Few jobs: Some of the biggest Internet companies are growing like weeds, serving millions of customers a day and operating globally. But, as commentator Nicholas Carr points out, they tend to employee very few people. [...]
Past technological revolutions created a lot more jobs than they destroyed, but that doesn't seem to be happening with computerization, and if companies like YouTube, Skype and Craigslist are any indication, a lot more jobs may soon be at risk.

A senhora dá pelo nome de...

Lisa Gherardini, the wife of Florentine merchant Franceso del Giocondo.

O primeiro é "blind"...

80 Million Tiny Images: a visualization of all the nouns in the English language arranged by semantic meaning.

14 janeiro 2008

Votos electrónicos

As diferenças nos votos de Obama e Clinton nas primárias de New Hampshire


Ainda sobre o assunto abaixo, um texto elucidativo (via).
The American Marketing Association Releases New Definition for Marketing:

The new definition reads:
"Marketing is the activity, set of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, and society at large."

The previous definition stated:
"Marketing is an organizational function and a set of processes for creating, communicating, and delivering value to customers and for managing customer relationships in ways that benefit the organization and its stakeholders."

Sobre o jornalismo de tecnologia

A malta do Gizmodo pregou umas partidas no Consumer Electronics Show (CES) de 2008.

Um deles foi banido do evento e escrevem muito acertadamente: But when I see some fellow press damning us for the joke, I feel sorry for them: When did journalists become the protectors of corporations? When did this industry, defined by pranksters like Woz, get so serious and in-the-pocket of big business? This is totally pathetic.

Consumer electronics tech journalism is very tricky. Those who strictly cover commercial CE depend on a powerful handful of companies for the very lifeblood of their content. That's a dangerous position. A "favor" by a company can turn into the laziest kind of "scoop" imaginable, a scrap from the dinner table for the dogs of journalism. And every gadget journalist has wrestled with his conscience as he gains more access and becomes inseparable from the industry and depends on more and more of these scoops.

But bloggers and trade journalists, so desperate for a seat at the table with big mainstream publications have it completely backwards: You don't get more access by selling out for press credentials first chance you get, kowtowing to corporations and tradeshows and playing nice; you earn your respect by fact finding, reporting, having untouchable integrity, provocative coverage and gaining readers through your reputation for those things. Our prank pays homage to the notion of independence and independent reporting. And no matter how much access the companies give us, we won't ever stop being irreverent. That's what this prank was about and what the press should understand.

[Continua e vale a pena ler como certas marcas não se importaram com a coisa. Mais:]
Every tech journalist has to decide whether or not he's writing for companies or for readers. When they start writing for the companies, covering all their press releases and regurgitating marketing jargon, you do no one any favors (not even the companies, which already hire press release machines).

Há uns anos, um inglês e dos melhores jornalistas de novas tecnologias - na minha opinião, claro - foi convidado para uma apresentação de um novo equipamento. A máquina apresentada era uma maravilha, entre Hz e Gbytes, com gráficos estupendos.

Ele pediu para verificar a cablagem por detrás do ecrã e viu que estava ligada a uma outra máquina, essa sim potente e que podia debitar aqueles gráficos todos. Escreveu o que tinha visto e eu nunca me esqueci desta história (até a imitei mas sem o mesmo sucesso :)).

Já o encontrei pessoalmente em várias ocasiões, tanto organizadas por empresas como institucionais (a cimeira sobre a estratégia de Lisboa, há uns anos, por exemplo, quando ambos fizemos perguntas incómodas e nenhum de nós desligou ecrãs).

Nestes casos, tecnologia rima com nostalgia mas também com ética. Por isso a história do Gizmodo é valiosa.

Vozes que é bom ler

Big Brains, Small Impact:
The new thinkers became academic — not public — intellectuals, with little purchase outside professional circles. [...]
Of course, few like to believe that we live in an era of mediocrity. [...]
In the United States, however, blogs are not so much about challenging an authoritarian state as about adding to the cacophony. Blogs may be more like private journals with megaphones than reasoned contributions to public life. [...]
As academic intellectuals subvert paradigms and deconstruct narratives in campus symposia, conservatives take over the nation. Brilliant!

Russell Jacoby is a professor in residence in the history department at the University of California at Los Angeles. A columnist for The Chronicle Review, he is author, most recently, of Picture Imperfect: Utopian Thought for an Anti-Utopian Age (Columbia University Press, 2005).

Isto nunca vai acabar

...tal como ocorre em geral com as teorias de conspiração:
9/11 Planes Flew Directly Into Secure Computer Rooms In Both Towers: The two airplanes that struck the twin towers of the World Trade Center on 9/11 flew directly into secure computer rooms in both buildings. Is that simply a coincidence or were the computer rooms equipped to play a role in the crime?

11 janeiro 2008

Kids in America

Rich Kid Syndrome: How Can America's Rich Teach Their Children the Value of a Dollar [ver também este Spoiled beauty queen]

De 26 de Janeiro a 6 de Abril

le projet P2P s’axe sur les notions de multiplication, perpétuation et circulation d’une forme, d’un geste ou d’un processus dans l’espace et dans le temps. Il prend comme paradigme le système de fonctionnement du peer-to-peer qu’il souhaite confronter à la forme de présentation de l’œuvre d’art – l’exposition.

Publicidade online gira


Cursor * 10

de Yoshio Ishii

O custo publicitário dos votos para as primárias no Iowa

a chart that shows each candidate's estimated advertising costs, vs. number of votes received in the Iowa caucus

Mas ninguém aplaude o cumprimento de prazos?!?!

O LNEC conseguiu a 5 de Dezembro de 2007 o alargamento do prazo para entrega do estudo comparativo sobre o Novo Aeroporto de Lisboa.
No dia 8 desse mês, ainda desmentiu a "Notícia do semanário SOL sobre a localização do Novo Aeroporto de Lisboa"

porque o tal estudo só seria apresentado na "segunda semana do próximo mês de Janeiro" de 2008.
Aí chegados, eis o estudo sobre as variantes Ota e Alcochete (note-se a marca "Confidencial"). Realce também para as 19 recomendações na escolha de Alcochete.

10 janeiro 2008

Aceleração sem impacto na qualidade

Study: Social Media Impacts Speed and Tone of News Reporting, But Not Quality: A MAJORITY OF JOURNALISTS SAY that blogs and other forms of social media are not affecting the quality of traditional news--for better or worse--but that the blogosphere is definitely having an impact on the speed, tone and editorial direction of their reporting. Almost 180 reporters and editors across multiple industries responded to the e-mail survey sent out by Omnicom's Brodeur in mid-December.

Here’s the problem with journalism: When I see stuff like this, I sometimes wonder if there’s hope for the news industry.

09 janeiro 2008

Momentos de um grande jornal

ou a ignorância tecnológica impressa:

Em 1973
* não existiam computadores [um exemplo de 1944, outro sobre a introdução dos computadores nos jornais]
* não existia o fax [datas marcantes desde o "copying telegraph" de 1850 a 1955, quando "the first radio fax transmission was sent across the continent"]
* não existiam gravadores de vídeo [pois não, antes de 1956 não havia e em 1972 até foi introduzido o primeiro videogravador doméstico... Aliás, o que andava Nam June Paik a fazer com um videogravador portátil oito anos antes do Expresso ter nascido?]

Na década de 80
* ainda não existiam (...) Internet [hum, hum...] ou telemóveis [importa-se de repetir?]

À atenção dos bloggers...

Tendo em conta o seu passado em questões judiciais, qualquer autor de blogue que seja por "lapso" convidado por advogado alheio a retirá-lo do ar pode ser ressarcido em, pelo menos, 2500 euros.
Veja-se a decisão do tribunal no caso Do Portugal Profundo vs Pedrosos: "No caso em apreço, tendo resultado provado que os R.R. queriam, na queixa-crime. requerer a identificação do titular do blogue "grandelojadoqueijolimiano.blogspot.com" e que fosse ordenado ao Blogger que retirasse tal endereço da Internet, tendo, contudo, requerido a identificação do titular do blogue "doportugalprofundo.blogspot.com/" e que fosse ordenada a retirada de tal endereço da Intemet, por não terem atentado na identificação do :blogue que aí inseriram, estamos perante uma situação de culpa consciente.,
Os danos não patrimoniais, únicos que aqui relevam, correspondem a lesões que não acarretam directamente consequências patrimoniais imediatamente valoráveis em termos económicos, lesões que redundam em dores físicas e sofrimento psicológico, num injusto turbamento de ânimo na vítima, numa desconformação manifesta da sua inteireza e incolumidade interior, psíquica. [...]
Pelo exposto, julga-se a acção parcialmente procedente e, em consequência, condenam-se solidariamente os RR. Paulo Pedroso e João Pedroso a pagarem ao A. a quantia de € 2.500, acrescida de juros de mora, à taxa legal fixada na Portaria n° 291/03, de 08.04, desde a data da presente decisão até integral pagamento.

O problema do Java

Where Are the Software Engineers of Tomorrow?
It is our view that Computer Science (CS) education is neglecting basic skills, in particular in the areas of programming and formal methods. We consider that the general adoption of Java as a first programming language is in part responsible for this decline. We examine briefly the set of programming skills that should be part of every software professional’s repertoire.

Só para fumadores

Smoker Bell is a helmet-like hood with integrated drinks stand, attached to a wall by an articulated arm.

A culpa é do fundo a preto

Eco-Find é um motor de pesquisa ecológico em Português que ajuda a poupar a energia.
[act.: Eco Find]

07 janeiro 2008

A 22 de Maio de 2008, em quase 4000 salas de cinema nos Estados Unidos, o regresso de Indiana Jones

Keys to the Kingdom: Between them, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg have made 13 of the 100 top-grossing movies of all time. Yet they struggled for more than a decade with the upcoming fourth installment of their billion-dollar Indiana Jones franchise, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Annie Leibovitz gets exclusive access to the set, while Lucas, Spielberg, and their star, Harrison Ford, tell Jim Windolf about the long standoff over the plot, why critics and fans will be upset, and how they’ve updated Indy.

Pessoas que viveram em três séculos

06 janeiro 2008

Jornalismo urbano

Manuel Pinto tem toda a razão sobre "algum jornalismo dos último dias, sobretudo radiofónico, que manifesta grande contentamento com a perspectiva do fim da chuva e do regresso ao “bom tempo”. Mas o que significa “bom tempo”, quando há populações que, em Janeiro, têm a água aos níveis de Julho ou Agosto ou mesmo pior?"

Até porque "Nâo é apenas o interesse de uma minoria de agricultores ou de horticultores que está em causa, interesse que deve também, naturalmente, ser considerado. É o interesse geral. Porque se não chover a sério, vamos ter o mesmo jornalismo a deitar as mãos à cabeça, quando, nos meses mais secos, as reservas de água não existirem".

É o problema do jornalismo urbano (mais Lisboa do que Porto, acho) de quem não tem essas preocupações em mente. Presumo, porque se as tem, esquece-as.

Veja-se um outro exemplo televisivo: quando se noticia em directo que "lavra" um fogo em Portalegre, Coimbra, Tomar, Braga ou noutra cidade qualquer sem indicar os lugarejos onde o fogo está a alastrar, o jornalista ignorante não percebe que isso não é informação útil para quem está longe do local mas ali tem casa, o lar dos pais ou terrenos ou algo. Serve apenas como elemento de perturbação.

E é tão simples de resolver: um mapa decente sobre a zona ou a indicação verbal dos locais é suficiente para evitar isto. E garantir que se está a informar decentemente.

04 janeiro 2008

Nunca mais escrevo para o papel! Provavelmente...

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Learned to Love the Blog: Goodbye Dead Trees! First, after almost eight months of daily blogging for this site, I think it is safe to say that I will probably never write another thing professionally for a print publication and will spend the rest of my career–such that it will be–publishing online only.

Why? Besides saving all those trees, of course–which, let me start off the new year by being completely honest, never occurred to me until just this very second–it’s simple and obvious: The future of all media is digital going forward.

Tabela periódica da Internet e tumblelogs

daqui, que cita o que é um tumblelog: n., A Web site or blog that is a collection of brief links to, quotes from, or comments about things a person has encountered while Web browsing. It is a sort of digital commonplace book.

Oh diabo...

Believe in God Breath Spray

Espionagem em aluguer

Spy vans available for hire: Vans equipped with the latest spy technology can now be rented from a specialist hire firm in Northamptonshire.

Available on a daily rental basis, the vans come fitted with DVRs, pinhole cameras and digital transmission links. They are suitable for use in covert surveillance operations across the UK.

The quick-to-deploy vans can be ordered with cameras hidden in their wing mirrors, headlights and baby seats.

Copo meio cheio ou meio vazio?

U.S. Album Sales Fell 9.5% in 2007: Album sales in the United States plunged 9.5 percent last year from 2006, as the recording industry had another weak year despite a 45 percent surge in the sale of digital tracks, according to figures released Thursday.

A total of 500.5 million albums in the form of CDs, cassettes, LPs and other formats were purchased last year, down 15 percent from the unit total for 2006, said Nielsen SoundScan, which tracks point-of-purchase sales.

The decline in album sales drops to 9.5 percent when sales of digital singles are counted as 10-track equivalent albums.

The number of digital tracks sold, meanwhile, jumped 45 percent, to 844.2 million, compared with 588.2 million in 2006, with digital album sales accounting for 10 percent of total album purchases.

Overall music purchases, including albums, singles, digital tracks and music videos, rose to 1.35 billion units, up 14 percent from 2006. [...]

The recording industry continued to benefit from mobile music, with mobile phone owners buying 220 million ring tones, the firm said.

03 janeiro 2008

Não há inocentes?

Judicial Watch Announces List of Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians” for 2007: The list, in alphabetical order, includes:
1. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY)
2. Rep. John Conyers (D-MI)
3. Senator Larry Craig (R-ID)
4. Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA)
5. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R-NY)
6. Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR)
7. I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby
8. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL)
9. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
10. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV)

A morte é o site


Coisas que é bom saber

100 things we didn't know last year:
35. Denmark is the happiest country in Europe; Italy the unhappiest [just behind Portugal and Greece]
39. The secret to happiness is accepting misery.

02 janeiro 2008

Coisas do direito de autor, no Canadá

The same “old” line: since 1921 the Copyright Act has been amended by forty-one subsequent pieces of legislation, including major revisions in 1988 (twice), 1993 (three times), 1994, and 1997.

Forty-one times. On average, that’s once every two years and two months.

The original 1921 Act contained 9,434 words. The current Copyright Act, as consolidated after those forty-one sets of amendments, is more than triple the size of the original statute, at 31,223 words. (In both cases, the preamble, marginal notes, and schedules are excluded from the word counts.)

And, after all those amendments, what’s left of the 1924 legislation?

Not much, it turns out. A side-by-side comparison reveals that there are just 573 words (the red bit) in the current Act which have descended, unaltered in form and context, from the 1921.

Sete e seis anos:

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Where to get hammered in Portugal

Detenção e deportação europeia

No to the outrageous Directive!
Appeal to the Members of the European Parliament

In January 2008, a proposal for a directive concerning the detention and deportation of immigrants will be submitted to the European Parliament.

Since 1990, the policies of European governments with respect to immigration and asylum have resulted in a continuous reduction of the guarantees and fundamental protections of the people they affect. Europe is becoming a locked-down fortress and uses disproportionate means to prevent access to its territory and to deport unauthorised migrants.

The project before the European Parliament, if it were to be adopted, would represent yet another regression.

In foreseeing detention that could be extended up to 18 months for people whose only offence is to want to live in Europe, it holds to an inhuman logic : generalizing a policy of confinement for aliens could become the normal way of treating migrant populations.

In establishing a five-year ban from Europe for all people who are expelled, this project stigmatises the illegal immigrants and transforms them into delinquents who must be deported.

The proposed directive which will be presented to the Parliament is the first in this domain to be submitted to a procedure of co-decision with the Council of Ministers. The Parliament therefore has the possibility to once and for all put an end to this policy which goes against the human values at the heart of the European project and which give it its meaning.

Today, the Members of the European Parliament have an historical responsibility : act as to not let Europe fall back to the dark era of segregation between nationals and undesirables through the systematisation of detention camps and forced repatriation.

We call on the Members of the European Parliament to assume their responsibility and reject this project.

Partilha interna de conhecimentos e relações

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For many businesses, the next step is bringing social networking technologies inside the company firewall.

01 janeiro 2008

Eu também assino por baixo

Agrião obrigatório: [N]o final ganhou uma delas. Aquela que foi capaz de associar uma maioria de políticos e legisladores profissionais – que procuram mostrar um «ar de modernidade» empurrando, hipocritamente, concidadãos para um gueto – à minoria de fanáticos e exaltados que entende ser a sua maneira de viver a única irrepreensível e aquela que merece todos os direitos de cidadania.

(via - com passagem por aqui e aqui - do autor deste outro parágrafo: O ano termina desta maneira com o Estado fortalecido e com os cidadãos indefesos. Os interesses dos grupos financeiros coincidem com os interesses do Estado; é uma santa aliança que deixa os cidadãos ainda mais desprotegidos, incapazes de reagir diante do encerramento de centros de saúde e de blocos hospitalares, indefesos diante do autoritarismo da máquina do Estado, abandonados às extravagâncias fiscais, sitiados pela vida difícil que se anuncia para 2008. É nisso que coincidem indecorosamente os partidos do regime, transformados em auxiliares do Estado em vez de se colocarem do lado dos cidadãos. Só isso explica o comportamento vergonhoso de eleitos que não se manifestam e aplaudem tanto o encerramento de hospitais como as perseguições políticas a que assistimos durante o ano de 2007. Estamos bem entregues a esta gente, não há dúvida.)


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