Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Making the Rounds I

Here's the latest aggregate installment. Note that I may or may not actually provide a link to the site that sent me to the article/post though I will cite them (of course). Full sentences are likewise optional.

CNN.com's Jeopardy article. "Jeopardy! master Ken Jennings has advanced his winning streak to 39, picking up another $10,001 and bringing his total money won to $1,331,661." This guy's a juggernaut!

Courtesy of TerraNova, an article (of sorts) from Tim Burke entitled Why Journals (Mostly) Suck. It's a commentary on the present state of academic journals with some proposed reformations. A good read for those of us yet mired in academia.

Courtesy of a Slashdot post, Project Censored presents Censored 2005: The Top 25 Censored Media Stories of 2003-2004. I can't pick a favorite 'cause they're all so tasty!

Now a link to an actual Slashdot post on a DMCA takedown notice by the MPAA. "This is definitely a surprising case of the guilty until proven innocent world that the DMCA provides." Interesting DMCA infobits usually get a plug from me. Mmmm... DMCA. Equally tasty!

This one is courtesy of Energy Spatula over at Favorable Dicta. Phone Saves Man's Life in Crossbow Attack. [Yahoo! News] Need I say more?

Rufus T. Firefly of Running With Lawyers pointed me to this MSNBC story on the Bush $200 bills in circulation. As Rufus notes, there are just too many amusing aspects to this tale, including Dairy Queen.

This last one is also from a Slashdot post. An article at Steve Suehring's Web Notebook on some recent Microsoft patents. Why should you care? "This time Microsoft has been granted a patent for nothing less than using your keyboard to navigate a webpage." To add insult to grievous bodily harm, Microsoft also obtained a patent for "Generating a music snippet." G-d bless Microsoft. Or the FTC. The two are synonymous these days. (Just kidding! Though Microsoft really does need to slow down on its path towards world domination. We are Microsoft. Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.)

Any post whose second-to-last sentence is a Star Trek: The Next Generation Borg quote can't be bad!