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14Mar/05Off

When You Hear The Sound Of The Chime It’s Time To Turn The Page

The great irony with the concept of spring break is that the still n' deep pond of undergraduate academia gets all stirred up and muddy before and afterwards. This means, for those outside of the way-too-old-for-undergrad world of failure and ineptitude, that fucking everything is due this week. I wonder if in other countries that have a more staid idea of how to deal with leisure time if everyone exhausts themselves just-in-time for a vacation to avoid hospitalization for exhaustion. So, it's been a dead week although I've had a few ideas that I thought were worth writing about during post-midterm, pre-break academic clock punching but they didn't age particularly well.

I've been watching the gnashing of teeth over the change in AOL Terms of Service with vacant amusement. It really is amazing how much freak sauce can be generated by a single person actually reading a license never mind the fact that they've been agreeing to its terms of use for-fucking-ever. It seems like most people have figured out that AOL was talking about publicly posted stuff and not private instant messenger conversations now so it really isn't worth the steel wool on raw knuckles explanation I'd initially prepared for those attempting to navigate legalese with only an asshound for a guide. Clarification of sorts from the mouth of the horse on its way to the glue factory. The only thing that astounds me about AOL is that it still exists in any meaningful form. Every time that I see that acronym in a headline I can't help but think that it might as well be telling me that unicorns are now in season or something.

I ordered and recently received Apocalypse End: Reign of the Dead and would heartily recommend it if you've wasted as much time as I have on atrocious zombie fiction and are looking for something with a little more depth. One criticism that I've seen from nearly every living dead fansite is that there really isn't a whole lot of zombie action in the novel. Duh. Nearly anything that falls into that oh-so-delectable genre of apocalyptic horror is going to be very heavy on character development and building a setting realistic enough to enable even jaded fucks like me to suspend disbelief for an hour or two. I read the book in something like two hours with only a short coffee making break between sessions. It's quick and enjoyable reading but of the sort that doesn't leave you feeling like you've wasted that time entirely. I have to say that the scientific explanation posited in the end of the novel is one of the better ideas I've heard especially in tandem with Barnhart's rationale for the dead wanting to consume the living. The novel also contains a short bit from the perspective of a captured zombie which is one of the few that I've seen/read since most films and fiction alike tends to avoid that sort of switch. It's understandable since it isn't a task that most would really bother with. He handles it deftly, though, and its brevity probably helps make it more palatable and engaging. I'm eagerly awaiting the arrival of the first book in the series and another two hour zombie geek out session before I attack the next stack of books for Postcolonial Literature.

Jesus. The whole debacle over NY Times potentially charging for access to the online edition is so ridiculously futile that it's difficult to find a defensible point in their argument. I love the fact that the first comparison the above piece makes pits the iTunes store and Xbox Live against newspapers. Given that comparison newspapers will always lose. I've often wondered why most newspapers, as a single use advertising delivery system, still exist. The next time you pick up a print edition of a newspaper look at how much of the news you're getting for your two bits is actually generated by the paper in question. It's a miniscule amount and most of the crap that we read is coming straight from the Associated Press wire. The next time that a big story (the suicide of Hunter S. Thompson was a wonderful example) breaks compare three or four major news sites coverage of it and notice how the text is exactly the same for each of them. For me, that's the biggest problem with charging for news: it isn't fucking news but reprint from a news agency. I dread watching the horrible flash advertising at Salon but at least I get something for my efforts afterward that isn't available anywhere else. It just seems like another attempt to protect outmoded distribution models profitable that is probably going to draw the support of some loyalists (which might be substantial given the prestige of the paper) and drive away a whole lot more. Whatever. I can suck AP feeds from nearly anywhere else without worrying about linking something that requires registration BugMeNot aside. Yeah. What the cartoon said.Oh, and for the squeeze tube for media format the news is equally bleak.

There's an interesting popularity comparison of CMS systems over at Drupal HQ. I have to say that I've been rather interested in the development of CivicSpace over the past couple of days. I didn't know of its existence until Matt linked 'em up and the site is still missing some chunks. Drupal might be my first choice if I had some real content to manage as both their pace of development and the direction it seems to be headed in seem pretty damned smart.

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  1. this url here will get you out of having to view the ad at salon:

    http://www.salon.com/news/cookie.html

    it has been working for me for months. I don’t know if acessing the site this way has any effect on their ad revenues.

  2. I really hope the online version of NYtimes ends up being free accesss :)


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