Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
New School professor notes pressure on high school students, leading to lost opportunities in arts and sports; Wikipedia is making the big leagues in academia
My own experience is that sometimes "those in power" wanted the "talented" to "pay their dues" in the conventional sense before moving on with their own gifts.
Here's a trailer for "Race to Nowhere" from Reel Link Films, mentioned in Schulman's article:
Update: May 31:
CNN has been reporting the story of the success of the online Khan Academy, link here, after Bill Gates noticed it and supported it.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
When a newspaper pays for a freelance article, it usually pays for factual, original reporting of events observed firsthand, not for opinions or analysis of materials the facts of which have been previously published anywhere. (Newspapers do publish “freelance” opinions from amateurs as forum commentaries, but usually don’t pay for them.)
I do find that the most effective blog postings are often those where the blogger (me) physically went to the event if possible, or at least watched an entire video record, as with a congressional hearing.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011
Facebook denounces Ceglia's "frivolous" lawsuit, maybe setting an example for how to respond to legal bottom feeding
Thursday, May 26, 2011
"May 26, 1961": 50th Anniversary of an important high school field trip for me (hint: Mt. Washington, NH)
Below, a couple more pictures of New Hampshire from the 1940s from my parents' home movies (estate property, now mine for copyright purposes):
and "The Old Man in the Mountain"
Update: July 13, 2011
Monday July 11 (one day after my 68th birthday) I made it to the Mt. Washington Summit, with the help of the $25 coach ride up the Auto Road from Route 16 (100 miles even from Concord, 2-1/2 hour drive). It was in the low 60s, muggy, foggy and windy on top, but not cold; it was comfortable. It was about 90 F in the valley at 10 AM, a very hot day. But I have many other pictures and will process some video soon.
Monday morning, Memorial Day, I recall that we enjoyed the March in downtown Tilton, NH, near Laconia.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
See also posts of May 1 and April 7, closely related.
Friday, May 20, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Picture: unrelated to story (almost, that is): neighbor before parents' fireplace in 1950, from home movies. I own these 8-mm films as part of the estate, and yes, I plan to use these movies. Lots of historical footage of Arlington and DC in the 1940s. And they will pass Copyright School.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Should bloggers refrain from naming acquitted or not-yet-convicted defendants? What about "online reputation"?
Saturday, May 14, 2011
The Support Forum for this problem is here, and I made a posting to it. Bloggers may find solutions to other "post recovery" issues there.
Friday, May 13, 2011
On the copyright troll problem, there was discussion that copyright law does provide some penalties for frivolous lawsuits, but the provisions take far too long for courts to enforce.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
A perfectly legal upload in Copyright School (a 12-year-old musical composition); more thoughts for the next Manifesto; note on AP
One other thing: I've noticed that some newspapers are reproducing only the first sentence or two of AP stories, such as a recent story about the Presbyterian Church allowing unmarried clergy to be non-abstinent. This may be related to AP's "crackdown". I'll watch this further. (Picture below; Arlington Trinity Presbyterian; above, Embassy Row in DC; top: a player piano at Roadside America in PA.)
Sunday, May 08, 2011
Righthaven tries to use novel logic to avoid attorneys fees in cases that it is staring to lose, "dismissal with prejudice", and then a gag order
Righthaven's idea of trying to get a "gag order" in cases it is about to lose suggests that this whole episode of copyright trolling is more than just a "business model" to enforce copyright law; it wants to become a way to gag low-cost competition! You'd have to be careful about this possibility in promoting tort reform (which Gov. Perry commendably wants to do).
May 23, 2011: Update: Read on Scribd: Reply by Brian D. Hill to Righthaven's "gag order" demands. It makes for interesting reading. Link.
Friday, May 06, 2011
“keep ‘em honest”. If one determined person could do this, that could be revolutionary in a political sense. Nevertheless, especially after a particular incident in 2005 (involving the school systems), one could question my “purposes”, maybe even rising to legal questions about “intent”. Specifically, I hadn’t been motivated by financial gain in the usual sense, and particularly the need to provide for (and go to bat for) other people, as in a family. This came to be known as “’The Privilege of Being Listened To’ Problem”.
First picture, above: A paper plant in West Point, VA, site of a Science Honor Society (Washington-Lee High School, Arlington) field trip in April, 1961, as I headed down to take a test for a chemistry competition at William and Mary.
Below: JFK on Inauguration Day, 1961, my senior year of High School (from the Kennedy Center). "Ask not..."