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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-04-26 08:22
Subject: [links] Link salad gets sort of political
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Tags:books, culture, escapement, language, links, personal, politics, publishing, reviews
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More on Google Books from The New York Times

Mum fined for calling son a poof?Language Log dips into queer sociology in the UK.

Subgroup analysis, wishful thinking and research fraud

US History for Dummies — Helpful hints for conservative "patriots". Warning: actual facts will conflict seriously with your cherished political beliefs. But if you're a conservative, you've long since grown inured to that. (Thanks to danjite.)

?otD: How many angels can dance on the head of a pinata?

Body movement: 30 minute stationary bike ride
This morning's weigh-in: 217.4
Currently reading: The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville; The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larsen

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User: hutson
Date: 2009-04-26 16:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Love the history link. As part of the 5th grade curriculum I taught American History for three years and I learned quite a bit. When the majority of my students are first and second generation Americans, it can get really touchy really quickly. Explaining US involvement in Vietnam is an interesting tap dance and explaining why we waited so long to get into WWII is even worse. Though I can say my kids really got into the Revolutionary War, Civil War, and WWII with a passion. They'll read anything that has slavery or nazi in the title.

Oh and you're looking positively svelte in those photos! You're a rock star on two continents.
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misofuhni: Doesn't play well with others
User: misofuhni
Date: 2009-04-26 16:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Doesn't play well with others
This Google thing reminds me of an old 'Dear Abby' column. Person A wanted advice on the ethical use of their neighbor's, person B, apples. Person B had an apple tree in their backyard, and as fruit is wont to do, many apples feel into person's A's yard. Since the fruit is on person A's property, the fruit is theirs. Apple sauce, apple fritters, out of hand eating apples, pies for the family. Once person A decided to sell some of the pies make from person B's apples, there were issues.

In the end, Abby, bless her soul, consulted a lawyer on the matter. Final outcome was that apples that fell on the property were the owner of the property, AS LONG AS NO PROFIT WAS MADE FROM IT.* Once the goods were sold, then the money was ill gotten gains from person B's hard (?) work.

I think it's a good thing that Google is taking in orphaned books; books that under usual circumstances would fall to dust and digitalizing them. Granted, they're opening up a can of worms for the future generations of today's writers, but I'm an American and I won't worry to much how much it will cost my grand-kids. I agree, writers need to have an opt out policy, if they want one. I also agree that this is a prime example of a set-up for a monopoly. As long as Google makes no profit from this digitization process, I have no issues. Any profits should go to some sort of charitable organization for the preservation of knowledge or maybe a huge pool scholarship program.

My two cents worth.

*Gee, reminds me of the fair use clause that fanfic writers like to use to justify their stuff. Yeah, guilty as charged.
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Karen, aka Ana Lake, ska Aine inghean Cathal
User: summers_place
Date: 2009-04-27 02:35 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
AotD: It depends on the pinata.
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