Nick Monahan was on a pretty ordinary trip with his pregnant wife, and ended up being fined over $300 for disorderly conduct at an airport. But this wasn’t the usual kind of “ground rage” you get when a passenger, perhaps a little the worse for wear, confronts ground staff over safety precautions.
Instead, Nick’s “crime” was simply to ask why an airport security person found it necessary, in front of a hundred other passengers, to touch his wife’s breasts and ask her to raise her shirt. In the ensuing case, Nick claims airport staff lied in statements, ignored video evidence, and generally acted like idiots.
But, and this is the ultimate point, they are idiots that thanks to ill-thought out legislation and the blanket consideration of “security” as more important than freedoms, have the law on their side. It’s an important illustration that what happens in most tyrannies isn’t a big decree from above that crushes freedom, but a million small acts by small people who now have more power over the lives of others. Power, as the old saying goes, corrupts. [Lew Rockwell]
Another new addition. Somewhere at the bottom of the page, you’ll find a rather large icon that looks like another kind of coffee mug. This is a link to my Radio Outliner, an in interesting feature of Radio that’s in beta at the moment. It kind of works like a little scratch pad, for me to jot down things that pop into mind at any time, with notes on what I’m doing and so on.
Why is this interesting? Because potentially, it takes weblogging to another level – immediate interaction with whatever you’re doing. Of course, that takes potential distractions to another level as well – but it’s interesting, nonetheless.
Just added a link to my Amazon wishlist to the links over there. Thought you might want to know.
“CBS promote The Clash/But it ain’t for revolution, it’s just for cash.”
Bye bye Joe. I never believed in all the politics (because, when you looked, there wasn’t much) but The Clash were one of the greatest bands ever.
Gulp! Could it be true? Could Microsoft be lining up a bid for Macromedia?
It certainly makes sense for Microsoft. Graphics – Macromedia’s strong point – are the one area where Microsoft has little or no foothold. Flash is a de facto standard that Microsoft doesn’t own. And the server side stuff that Macromedia does – most notably ColdFusion – would be a nice dovetail to Seattle’s finest software house.
Aaargh! Why is it that every time Jack Schofield writes for Guardian Online on Apple, I want to beat my head against a wall? This time, on a quiet day, Jack has time to go through the Apple 10-K filing for the figures on Mac sales.
The bare bones facts are, as Jack says, not good: Apple now needs to double its sales of Power Macs in order to get back to where it was two years ago. But on other product lines – most notably the consumer products – it’s lucky reasonably healthy, and the diversification into music with iPod has been a big success. Total Mac unit sales have been flat over the past year, which in the current economic climate is something of a triumph.
What gets the back up is the tone, with the off-the-top mention of Steve Jobs’ executive jet (which was a couple of years ago, and in line with his competitors). Jack doesn’t mention the flat unit sales, either.
A few years ago at an Apple lunch, Jack told me he thought that Apple was “a proprietary mini-computer company”, in a tone that suggested this was A Very Bad Thing. Looking at the hard time that Jack gives Apple in his coverage of them, and the completely uncritical approach to Microsoft from the same author, it’s easy to see what Jack believes is “impartial” reporting. [onlineblog.com]
Ben Hammersley is listing desktop blogging apps for OS X – not yet complete, but getting there. [Ben Hammersley.com]
Boing Boing links to a Michael Moorcock essay on Tolkien’s infantilism. It’s a superb essay, and well worth a read. When I raised the same topic on The Well, I was surprised by the venom that the Tolkienistas had – proof, perhaps, that many Tolkien fans get far too close to Middle Earth, and too far away from reality. [Boing Boing]
Creative Commons is just a profoundly good idea. You’ll notice the logo down at the bottom of this page, allowing people a limited set of ways to use this material.
This is another example of how the Internet is changing things – and another step on the road to what Clay Shirky’s called the mass amateurisation of publishing.
Posting to Radio from NetNewsWire Pro isn’t the nightmare from hell that I thought it might be – in fact, it was pretty easy to set up. What you need to do is put the IP address of your machine (or localhost, which should also work) into the Weblog host box, along with the correct port (usually 5335). In my case, that meant “http://127.0.0.1:5335/RPC”. [ranchero.com]