Selling video content online

Will the movie and TV industry make the same mistake the music industry made? Will they stick their head in the sand and ignore the Internet as a possible distribution medium? Or will they embrace it?

Preview: The Constant Gardener

The Constant Gardener is a movie I've not seen, but I've heard of. It concerns a diplomat whose wife begins exploring some research done by some drug companies in Africa. His wife ends up being killed mysteriously, and he goes on a quest to continue his wife's research. The research leads to a big story, one of drug companies using untested drugs in Africa and quietly burying their failures.

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines05/0926-01.htm

The above article discusses the movie in more detail.

Supposed spookiness in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina

Okay, New Orleans has this voodoo reputation (such as shown in Angel Heart (Special Edition) or Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles). They can't escape that, it's been with them for far too long.

Review: The March of the Penguins

Last month my fiancee and I saw The March of the Penguins (March of the Penguins (Widescreen Edition)) and I was absolutely floored by many aspects of the movie. As an amateur photographer, I marveled at the beautiful imagry and the harsh conditions under which the photographers had to work.

Aren't Google and Microsoft supposed to be fighting??

This weekend Mountain View is having its annual arts and wine festival. Castro street is chock full of booths all the way from Central to El Camino, food vendors at every intersection, wine and beer vendors all over, and arts and crafts booths as far as the eye can see. Oh, and new this year, the Dianetics looneys are giving free stress tests.

What's the hoopla about Google over?

There's a growing blowback against Google, for some reason. More and more I'm seeing Google portrayed as the antichrist or something, and that they have some kind of arcane evil intent lurking behind the good-guy image of "do no evil" they portray.

The example in front of me is: It’s becoming a Google World - Eszter Hargittai which refers to Google World

The passing of Kepler's Books, Menlo Park, CA

In todays San Jose Mercury News I saw a very sad item. It announced the closing of a very good, fabulous even, local bookstore in Menlo Park. I've been happily shopping there since I first moved here to Silicon Valley, and I'm very saddened about the closing of the store. I'm very surprised as every time I visited they were very busy.

Something in the article stood out, though. One of the people quoted, a former employee if I remember right, claimed that amazon (amazon.com that is) killed them.

Why is it hard to find a place to host Java based web applications?

I love Java. Lots. It's the neatest programming language I've used over the past 30 years, bar none.

However ...

You'll notice this web site is based on drupal. If I love Java so much, why don't I use a Java equivalent? And, as noted on these two blog postings, why are the PHP based web applications so much more popular than the Java equivalents?

Exciting breakthrough in nanotubes

For several years nanotubes have been an up-and-coming new thing which was supposed to revolutionize lotsa things. But I don't know much about them, other than they are made by forming carbon atoms in a particular geometry that can be strung into long molecules with great strength. The geometry is related to the information Buckminster Fuller taught (he invented the Geodesic Dome out of the same geometry).

Researchers produce strong, transparent carbon nanotube sheets (August 18, 2005, physorg.com)

The Buteyko method of breath retraining

The Buteyko Institute and its member practitioners are committed to advancing the management of asthma, sleep apnoea and other breathing related disorders through research, development, promotion and application of the Buteyko Institute Method.

That's a pretty interesting set of claims, especially to me who is a long time snorer.

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