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Jay Lake
Date: 2011-02-28 05:22
Subject: [links] Link salad would be a great name for a rock band
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[info]the_child, Mother of the Child and our friend Holly King are showing in the Southeast Portland Art Walk next weekend — They'll be in Holly's home and studio, #38 on the art walk map. Holly will be showing cast glass and mixed media sculpture, Mother of the Child will be displaying watercolors and pencils, while [info]the_child will be offering prints and note cards of some of her digital artwork.

The Tolkien estate over-reaches — Ah, trademark enforcement. Thou shalt not speak the name of the Master.

HarperCollins Puts 26 Loan Cap on Ebook Circulations — This won't end well. (Via [info]danjite.)

Cops: Orlando Man Sabotaged "Whac-A-Mole" Games — Weird headline, weird story.

Cats Adore, Manipulate Women — I plead the Fifth on this one.

Dero Nazi saucer jocks in snow — A striking Sunday fantasy image from x planes.

Red Snow Moon Over Edmonton — In which APOD demonstrates that Edmonton is actually the mouth of Hell.

How To Turn A Laser Into A Tractor BeamPhysicists work out how to generate a backward pulling force from a forward propagating beam

The World Oil Politics of the Libyan Revolt

Why Wouldn't the Tea Party Shut It Down? — The politics of the Federal budget.

The G.O.P.’s Abandoned BabiesRepublicans need to figure out where they stand on children’s welfare. They can’t be “pro-life” when the “child” is in the womb but indifferent when it’s in the world. Mmmm, family values. Remember kids, reload and it will all be okay!

?otD: What's your favorite possible name for a rock band?

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Amy Sisson
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Date: 2011-02-28 16:41 (UTC)
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AofD: Tuxedo Bear Clan
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Coffee Shop Whore
User: skidspoppe
Date: 2011-02-28 17:56 (UTC)
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!otD: Airheads of State
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User: barbarienne
Date: 2011-02-28 20:03 (UTC)
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A friend called to ask me what I thought of the HC ebook-restriction thingy. I agree with you that it won't end well.

I don't disagree with them in principle, but I agree that 26 loans seems low to me. I can imagine how they arrived at that number, and it all boils down to what I call "the problem with having non-book people run the book business." Most likely they crunched some numbers to come up with an "average" number of times a book is loaned out, and then did some more math to settle on 26.

The problem is that doesn't account for the real ways in which people use books. Someone pointed out that they might check an ebook out from the library for as little as fifteen minutes, just to browse it quickly and put it back. If that would count as one full check-out, then that's awful.

More reasonable would be the use of time limits. A publisher could lease an ebook for a period of years. Books that aren't checked out often wouldn't be renewed, but the library would dig into their budget to keep To Kill a Mockingbird available.

Or perhaps a bulk pile of 15000 hours of checked-out time, which would clock off 15 minutes for that quick-peek browsing person, or 504 hours for someone who claims the full 3-week period. I can imagine this being a little difficult on the library to keep track of what's on the verge of expiring, but I suspect publishers would prefer this.
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curious Eve: dancing Jedi
User: curiouseve
Date: 2011-02-28 23:48 (UTC)
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Keyword:dancing Jedi
@?otD: Minimum Safe Distance
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User: cissa
Date: 2011-03-02 23:40 (UTC)
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I am definitely jerked around by the cats. I'm blaming toxiplasmosis. :)
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