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April 30, 2005

Spell with flickr!
How cool is this!? [link via Sui Generis]
Posted by mowabb at 10:11 PM

Time Management for Anarchists:
A short flash movie about the importance, and howto of keeping yourself organized.
Posted by mowabb at 09:54 PM

CNN.com - Wiretaps in U.S. jump 19 percent in 2004 - Apr 28, 2005
The number of secret court-authorized wiretaps across the country surged by 19 percent last year, according to court records which also showed that not a single application was denied.
Posted by mowabb at 10:11 AM

April 29, 2005

From Land Fill to Law School:
Keen Umbehr went from trash man to law student and made a stop at the US Supreme Court along the way, all in an effort to protect the freedom of speech. [via JD2B]
Posted by mowabb at 08:20 AM

April 26, 2005

Finder's end?
Just as some people have abandoned any sort of filing system for the email (the 'Gmail mentality', I call it), I think Spotlight (if it's as fabulous as we're being told) will lead to a new trend for single-folder file organisation.
Posted by mowabb at 06:29 PM

April 25, 2005

US prison rate soars even higher:
The rate of imprisonment in the US reaches a new record, with one in every 138 people now in jail.
Posted by mowabb at 08:15 PM

Translation of Adobe's 'FAQ' Regarding Their Acquisition of Macromedia:
Given that the Bush administration would likely approve a merger of the entire Fortune 25 into a single corporation, we’re quite confident this transaction will go through.
Posted by mowabb at 11:54 AM

A “volunteer” police state:
Why are our rights of free speech and assembly being so blatantly violated?
Posted by mowabb at 09:08 AM

April 24, 2005

Is Google Is Like Wal-Mart?
“I pay low wages. I can take advantage of that. We're going to be successful, but the basis is a very low-wage, low-benefit model of employment.” -- Sam Walton
Posted by mowabb at 09:08 AM

E-mails 'hurt IQ more than pot':
“This is a very real and widespread phenomenon,” Wilson said. “We have found that this obsession with looking at messages, if unchecked, will damage a worker's performance by reducing their mental sharpness.”
Posted by mowabb at 09:00 AM

School's counselor alters phrase “under God”:
“One nation, under 'your belief system.”
Posted by mowabb at 08:59 AM

DeLay Airfare Was Charged To Lobbyist's Credit Card:
House ethics rules bar lawmakers from accepting travel and related expenses from registered lobbyists.
Posted by mowabb at 08:48 AM

April 23, 2005

Man Pleads Guilty in Lawyer's Abduction:
A 38-year-old Alexandria man pleaded guilty yesterday for his role in the Dec. 7 abduction of a lawyer who was dragged from his home at gunpoint and taken to a freshly dug grave as part of a plot to force him to drop a lawsuit.
Posted by mowabb at 08:12 AM

Statistically, a Region That Stands Out:
People who live in the Washington region have, on average, bigger incomes, larger homes and more education than residents of most other metropolitan areas, but they also contend with soaring real estate prices, lengthy commutes and workaholic hours.
Posted by mowabb at 08:07 AM

Blogging Client Round-up:
I can see a lot of ordinary people spending their authoring lives quite happily in Ecto.
Posted by mowabb at 07:51 AM

Daimler's SMART coming to the U.S.:
Specialty vehicle company ZAP (for Zero Air Pollution) has won approval from the U.S. government to distribute a version of the popular car that’s been modified to meet U.S. emissions and safety standards. Pricing is said to run from about $12,000 to $20,000. ... (60 mpg!)
Posted by mowabb at 07:09 AM

April 22, 2005

A not-so-secret online diary:
After making its mark on the political scene, the blog - slang for “Web log,” or online journal - is catching on at college campuses.
Posted by mowabb at 09:53 PM

Help to prevent woman selling eye:
“All I want is some money so that I can buy a piece of land for my daughter. I would not repent if that causes me blindness,” she told the BBC on Wednesday.
Posted by mowabb at 09:42 PM

Indiscretion Gets Juror In Trouble:
The juror in the Prince William County murder trial swore to the judge that she had not bought any newspapers. The defense attorney swore that she had.
Posted by mowabb at 09:41 PM

The Healthy-ist?
...in a recent study of health in the nation's 50 largest metropolitan areas, Washington, D.C., came in as the second-healthiest city in the United States, beaten only by San Jose.
Posted by mowabb at 03:41 PM

As Apple Suit Shows, 'Journalism' Is Broad:
The truth is that the only useful way to define “journalist” is functionally: As anyone who hunts down suppressed, overlooked or misunderstood information of public interest (even trivial interest) and presents or explains it to an audience. The medium of publication is irrelevant.
Posted by mowabb at 11:00 AM

Jobs on Microsoft's future OS:
“They are shamelessly trying to copy us ... Longhorn is still two years out. They can’t even copy fast.”
Posted by mowabb at 08:11 AM

April 21, 2005

Law Schools Play the Ranking Game:
Stake and his colleagues worry that some law schools, in order to elevate their rankings, have begun to rely more than ever on LSAT scores and grade-point averages -- two factors that weigh heavily in the publication's rankings. Such reliance means that students with more diverse backgrounds may be excluded from incoming classes. [link via ]
Posted by mowabb at 01:03 PM

A World of Pain:
You have until 11:55 to return the computer, and whatever copies you've made, to my office, because I'm the only hope you've got of staying out of deeper trouble than you or any student I've ever known has ever been in.
Posted by mowabb at 10:14 AM

April 20, 2005

New Pope Ordered Kerry Be Denied Communion:
It was Pope Benedict XVI, formerly known as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who inserted the Catholic church into the 2004 election by ordering bishops to deny communion to abortion rights supporters, including candidate John Kerry.
Posted by mowabb at 06:07 PM

Congress legalizes ClearPlay:
... the bill also makes it a federal crime to use a video camera to record films in movie theaters (punishable by up to three years in prison for the first offense) and sets a penalty of up to ten years in prison for sharing a movie or a song prior to its commercial release. This sounds awful.
Posted by mowabb at 07:58 AM

Hitchhiker film set for take-off:
Stars are expected in London on Wednesday for the world premiere of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
Posted by mowabb at 07:53 AM

Movable Type 3.16 released:
Movable Type 3.16 sports significant improvements to application security and over one hundred other fixes which really make it a highly recommended upgrade for all users.
Posted by mowabb at 06:48 AM

Cost Of Living Now Outweighs Benefits:
“This is sobering news,” said study director Jack Farness. “For the first time, we have statistical evidence of what we've suspected for the past 40 years: Life really isn't worth living.”
Posted by mowabb at 06:47 AM

April 17, 2005

Scalia Confrontation at NYU:
In asking about Scalia's dissent in Lawrence v. Texas and his view that privacy is not constitutionally protected, Eric Berndt, a law student, shocked the crowd by asking, “Do you sodomize your wife?”
Posted by mowabb at 10:03 AM

April 16, 2005

The Shift morphing tricycle bicycle:

The Shift bicycle is a kid’s training bike with a unique design: its paired back wheels splay outward when the bike is at rest, and are drawn inward by an articulated hub when the bike is in motion, mimicing a single wheel.

Posted by mowabb at 09:26 PM

UI graduate pleads for life:

Businessman and University of Illinois graduate Jeffery Ake routinely urged entrepreneurs to travel to other countries to pitch their products, once telling a group to think of foreign nations as “U.S. states with cultural nuances thrown in.”

Posted by mowabb at 08:39 PM

Demanding mp3s, Thieves Stab Man in Cleveland Park:

While it is pretty safe to use your iPod on public transportation (unless you're in New York of course), we advise you to be aware that walking around at night with an iPod can only attract attention to yourself and make you a pretty easy target.

Posted by mowabb at 08:19 PM

April 13, 2005

Legal Iraqi U.S. Resident Accuses Officials of Racial Profiling:
An Iraqi refugee living legally in the U.S. is suing two border patrol agents, accusing them of arresting him without probable cause. He says they stopped him, questioned him and nearly deported him for no reason other than his appearance.
Posted by mowabb at 10:02 PM

Andrea Dworkin, 1946-2005:
Feminist Andrea Dworkin, vehement critic of pornography and author of many polemic works including Intercourse, died over the weekend.
Posted by mowabb at 09:59 PM

High court sticks to ruling on dogs' sniffing for drugs:
The Supreme Court [last week] declined to consider whether police can have drug dogs sniff outside people's homes without any specific suspicion of illegal activity. Smith v. Texas, 04-874.
Posted by mowabb at 06:56 AM

April 12, 2005

LexisNexis Breach May Be Worse Than Thought:
Up to 10 times as many people as originally thought may have had their profiles stolen from a LexisNexis database in the United States, publisher and data broker Reed Elsevier Group PLC said Tuesday.
Posted by mowabb at 04:02 PM

And the Verdict on Justice Kennedy Is: Guilty:
Conservative leaders meeting in Washington yesterday for a discussion of “Remedies to Judicial Tyranny” decided that Kennedy, a Ronald Reagan appointee, should be impeached, or worse.
Posted by mowabb at 08:47 AM

Wages Lagging Behind Prices:
Inflation has outpaced the rise in salaries for the first time in 14 years. And workers are paying a bigger share of the cost of their healthcare.
Posted by mowabb at 08:01 AM

April 11, 2005

President Bush's iPod:
As for an analysis of Mr. Bush's playlist, Mr. Levy of Rolling Stone started out with this: “One thing that's interesting is that the president likes artists who don't like him.”
Posted by mowabb at 08:50 PM

April 10, 2005

Sesame Street: 25 Of My Favorite Memories:
Because if Mr. Snuffleupagus is real, anything is possible.
Posted by mowabb at 09:02 AM

April 09, 2005

Terri Schiavo's Blog:
Update from heaven: This place is awesome. Why didn't you guys let me come here 15 years ago?
Posted by mowabb at 06:16 PM

The Long Emergency:
This is going to be a permanent energy crisis, and these energy problems will synergize with the disruptions of climate change, epidemic disease and population overshoot to produce higher orders of trouble.
Posted by mowabb at 12:41 PM

Bloggers Pitch Fits Over Glitches:
Lately, it seems like almost every time you tune into your favorite Blogger-hosted blog to catch up on the latest gossip, meme, political diatribe or cybersnark, you find that the site is frozen in time.
Posted by mowabb at 12:37 PM

April 08, 2005

Scalia Is Everywhere -- Even as a Bobblehead:
Scalia is shown standing atop the second edition of Webster's New International Dictionary, which he cites in his opinions, even though it was succeeded by a third edition in 1961. [via Samples Connection]
Posted by mowabb at 07:46 AM

April 07, 2005

Tech turns average Joes into mini-Spielbergs:
Jonathan Caouette was a 28-year-old computer illiterate living a Bohemian lifestyle in New York City until a friend gave him an Apple iMac computer.
Posted by mowabb at 07:34 AM

April 06, 2005

The Judges Made Them Do It:
Senator John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, rose in the chamber and dared to argue that recent courthouse violence might be explained by distress about judges who “are making political decisions yet are unaccountable to the public.” The frustration “builds up and builds up to the point where some people engage in” violence, said Mr. Cornyn. . . .
Posted by mowabb at 11:29 AM

April 04, 2005

Draft may be needed in a year, military analysts warn:
If American forces aren't pulling out of Iraq in a year, a draft will be needed to meet manpower requirements, military analysts warned Wednesday.
Posted by mowabb at 06:22 AM

North Carolina-Illinois Preview:
“People have been saying North Carolina is the better team all year. We'll see tomorrow.''
Posted by mowabb at 06:16 AM

Congress Weighs Money for Missile Defense:
Congress is weighing how much to invest in the ballistic missile defense boondoggle, which has been nothing but a failure for over a decade and which has been one of the most asinine wastes of taxpayer dollars in recent memory.
Posted by mowabb at 05:36 AM

April 03, 2005

lawyers do it in front of a jury of their peers:
The perfect gift for the rebel lawyer in your life. [link via Blonde Justice]
Posted by mowabb at 12:04 PM

April 01, 2005

Enforce My Cheeseburger!
Check out this recording of a woman calling 911 to demand that the police get her a cheeseburger.
Posted by mowabb at 02:11 PM

Report: Human damage to Earth worsening fast:
“Human activity is putting such strain on the natural functions of Earth that the ability of the planet's ecosystems to sustain future generations can no longer be taken for granted,” it said.
Posted by mowabb at 08:43 AM

Parole System Faulted as a Revolving Door:
“People think that parole has a rehabilitative function, but that's not the case anymore,” he said. “The fact is that parole is so underfunded there aren't any resources to facilitate reintegration…. The system is set up to fail.”
Posted by mowabb at 08:42 AM

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