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January 30, 2008

But Larry, I just got here...

Tomorrow at 1pm at Stanford, Lawrence Lessig will deliver his final talk on Free Culture. Yes, it's true.

According to the event notice:
"After 10 years of enlightening and inspiring audiences around the world with multi-media presentations that inspired the Free Culture movement, Professor Lessig is moving on from the copyright debate and setting his sights on corruption in Washington."

Lessig is the real deal. I've only written about him seven different times in the last year or so. Remember him? Established Creative Commons? Took on the Mickey Mouse case? As I've insinuated before, I am utterly star struck by Larry Lessig. In honor of his work, I chose today to register my Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States License.

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January 28, 2008


This morning I decided to forgo a job interview for existential reasons and then I got depressed. Naturally I met up with Rolf. We are in the crappiest coffee shop in the whole city writing blog entries while Boyz II Men's "End of the Road" plays on the radio. I wish it were raining but just my luck, it's totally sunny outside. I'd be pumped for this Star Wars Steam-Punk recreation contest if I wasn't being a completely melodramatic loser. Don't let me hold you back from enjoying it.

Rolf is considering registering That morose bastard has all the good ideas. He's even started wearing gigantic scarves.

January 24, 2008

RIP Mr. Buttons

My computer died. It was awful. He wheezed and hissed and that was it. I never got to say goodbye. I am typing from a new MacBook. It looks like every other white MacBook in the Bay Area. I feel like a fraud.


January 21, 2008

Will the Real El Presidente Please Stand Up?

Guess who's back? Back again? Castro's back. Tell your friends.

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Eugene Efremov, friend and particularly vigilant truth hound, has run out of wrongs to right within the Wikipedia community. So he's going public. In his efforts to weed out the poorly written, sloppily organized, unsourced, vandalized or otherwise deficient Wikipedia articles, he is volunteering his services to friends and family. In his own words, WikiGeniA will, "review articles for quality, check sources, revert vandalism and verify validity, verifiability and neutrality."

Remember to include the article link and a brief outline of your beef. You can then use one of two ways to summon the powers of WikiGeniA:
  • Embed the above badge in your blog by adding the following:<href=""><img src="" ></a>
  • Join the Wikimedia Cause on Facebook

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January 15, 2008

MacBook Air

Jesus Christ. I erased all the graphics programs off of my computer to sell it in exchange for the new lightweight MacBook we knew was coming. Enter the MacBook Air- it's the same size as my current computer, you can't change the battery yourself and it costs $1800!!!! I've reinstalled my programs. In eighties terms, the MacBook Air is like Miffy the popular babe I can't get. All you other Tads can seduce her with your money and your red Corvettes, but I'll stick to Mr. Buttons, the unpopular but sweet French/drummer babe. I still think the Expo will be fun.

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January 10, 2008

Ying Fu is Fierce

Our hot friend Ying Fu is competing to be on America's Next Top Model where she will meet Tyra Banks and pose like a striking Asian lioness. Please help secure her place as the fiercest babe in the Bay Area by registering and voting on the ANTM site. It's pretty easy. Do it for me. I really want to help write her acceptance speech and dominate on the ANTM fan forums.

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January 03, 2008

Mexico & the Balance of Life

And...back. After several bus rides up and down the coast of Mexico, we are back and I am crazy for noodles. If I see another hamburguesa, pina colada or packet of ranch dressing, this spoiled Gringa is going to toss her tacos. We had a great time in Sayulita, Bucerias, Pitilla, Nuevo Vallarta and Puerto Vallarta. While I'm sad we didn't get to see our friends in Vancouver and Victoria, I was glad to avoid the rain. I even got to read CYBERPUNK: Outlaws and Hackers on the Computer Frontier. ( A whole book!) The authors assert that between serial hacker Kevin Mitnick, the Chaos Club and rtm - the creator of both the Morris worm and Y Combinator - there are only 3 hacker inspirations: William Gibson's Neuromancer, Robert Anton Wilson's Illuminati Trilogy and Matthew Broderick's 80's masterpiece, War Games. I am extremely skeptical.

As for Mexico itself, I learned that Puerto Vallarta is extremely affluent with a much lower crime rate than SF. In an effort to create a balance, my sweet and I are considering running a timeshare scam wherein we collect $300 per presentation attended plus all the buffet breakfast we can pocket.

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