Archive: June, 2005
It's hanging lower in the sky than any full moon in 18 years. For thousands of years those looking upward have noticed a low-hanging moon looks unnaturally plump, something called the Moon Illusion.
Look for it to appear in the east tonight about 9:45 p.m.
Again, a Happy Father's Day. And I think we can throw out those Heineken darks now.
I'm not sure how long they've sat in the basement. But thanks to Real Simple, here's a handy guide for figuring out the shelf life of various foodstuffs and soft goods.
We at the corporate swine media regret stepping out of the office yesterday with a notebook in hand and actually observing events. (Note to self: re-read commenter below who accused you of injecting a point-of-view in your report. Go back to inverted paragraphs and 'He said-She said.' Buy one of I Flip-Flop's "Keep Out of Direct Sunlight" t-shirts.)
A variety of views have emerged of yesterday's events, the anti-bio-tech protests, the skateboarders' young-citizen action, the death by heart attack of a 52-year-old police officer.
The Philadelphia Independent Media Center, purveyors of "passionate and accurate tellings of truth," offer pictures of the bio-tech protests. The PIMC also posts interviews with two demonstrators at the event by the Convention Center. (Inky stories of the police officer's death here and here.)
It was just theater at first, at Love Park, at noontime, as Philadelphia Police were busy shooing away scores of skate rats. The tragedy came later.
"Skateboarders, Out!" barked a large officer, hand on his baton, and the rats scattered. They were plying every imaginable surface, weaving in and out of the protesters in town to demonstrate against the BIO 2005 convention.
BIO 2005 has joined the blogging business. A web log for the event at the Convention Center is online, offering recaps of the days' news. The reporting, mostly by Pradip Banerjee, is sunny. One feature stands out: the Top 10 of swag.
Louisiana is tossing beads. Maryland is throwing Frisbees. The friendly lawyers at Edwards & Angell have magnetic desk toys for you. Dyax is offering something called sticky lungs. Philadelphia is giving away the home addresses of animal-rights activists. Actually, the Select Greater Philadelphia org has put its faith in the Slinky. We are serious about the sticky lungs.
One stick-in-the-mud, Philip Kaplan, writes: wow - this whole biotech thing is really starting to mimic the dotcom shenanigans of the late 90's right down to the cheezy giveways. I have a slightly used kozmo.com backpack available if anyone is interested.
As of today, days of AOL music and video are free for those of us who don't subscribe to the made-over Internet service. CEO Jonathan Miller talked about the changes to the Hollywood Reporter. Among them: The 10-foot-high walls are down, allowing us to watch Sessions at AOL. (I just saw Badly Drawn Boy and My Morning Jacket, a patchouli holiday at my desk. But to catch live Ed Harcourt, AOL wanted to know my screen name and password. Hmm.) Then I was invited allowed to hear the entire Classic Moments album by Patti LaBelle. A 54-minute Dido concert followed, but I've got to type.
Friday Morning Quarterback reports that by month's end the new version of AOL will be rolled out with 27 channels, a video hub with HBO clips and free e-mail.
New York Business adds that over the course of the year AOL will add original content from The Biz reality show; a top 10 video listing of whats popular each day; a top five listing of programs on TV the night before; a comedy channel of up-to-the-minute news; and sports updates. All this will be accessible along with 1.5 million videos housed in AOLs video search engine, SingingFish, acquired in 2003.
Some bloggers who used to wear old-media hats weigh in on Congress's efforts to slash budgets for PBS and NPR.
"Bagging Big Bird," is how Sally Swift captions her rant against moves in the House to cut in half spending for public television and radio. She's doctored a photograph of ex-librarian Laura Bush reading to children on Sesame Street so now a gun that says GOP points at Big Bird. Expect a vote within days.
Swift, a Philly based former CBS TV editorial director, and winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award for journalism, writes:
With the Supremes expected to decide the MGM vs. Grokster file-sharing case in the coming days, the technology research firm that has been following downloading the longest has run a few numbers to show just how popular trading free music and and movies has become.
Real popular. Those lawsuits aren't exactly spoiling the party.
BigChampagne says that an average of 8.7 million people worldwide are trading files at any given time this month through peer-to-peer networks, the largest number ever measured. A year ago - and it is safest to compare this way versus seasonally, which depends on things like how many people are at college, where much of the file-sharing occurs - there were 7.1 million for the month. Two Junes ago: 4.4. million.