Miscellany

  • Found out my class schedule last night; only one class on Thursday and Friday, so should be able to set up my weekends nicely if I want. (M-W will likely be brutal.) Pretty standard platter of Torts, Contracts, and Civil Procedure.
  • In case it wasn’t clear, Mugshot is trying not just to create a bizarre (but potentially interesting) tool, they are trying to create a template for ‘thinking about design’ and put it on a par with ‘choosing language/tools/platforms’ in the open source mind. If they succeed, and the techniques and mentality spread beyond Mugshot, it will be earthshakingly huge for open source. Everyone who cares about open source should be keeping an eye on what they do.
  • Hadess: I can’t believe you’d not seen Rouge. The whole trilogy is great. Also, I hadn’t realized I didn’t have the totem plugin installed until a couple weeks ago. Installed it and now… wow, my multi-media life is great. If only the flash plugin handled sound correctly (and were Free), life would be good.
  • fascinating attempt at re-inventing online book forums– we talked about this at h2o, but it never really got off the ground.
  • there is an online etymological dictionary. This rocks. Who knew? And why is this not incorporated in wiktionary? (And someone plug it into gnome-dictionary!)
  • This post and comment thread are a fascinating discussion of an interesting question- should copyright law be structured to better take into account non-financial creative motivations, like play? It seems obvious once pointed out, but our IP law in general tends to assume that people create only for financial incentives, which we know is really not the case (and never has been). This post over at the Tech Liberation Front covers some of the same ground- implications of non-financial motivations for libertarian economic thinking.