Saturday, September 04, 2010

Here's a vacation tip for you

I'd love to know the story behind this place: The Museum of Radio and Technology, Huntington, WV. They have a web site, too.

Not much about this in the US media

The US media, at least the parts I've seen, is not saying much about Friday's (Saturday's for them) earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand. It's instructional to read about. It seems that their government is not fumbling about, trying to figure out the most effective way to interfere in people's efforts to help themselves. People are, for the most part, pulling together and helping each other. I guess they don't have an analog of FEMA. Lucky folks.

It's also a good case study in why you need to make preparations for emergencies, disasters and the like.

The best coverage is, of course, the local coverage. You can get a lot at the New Zealand Herald, more at TV New Zealand.

Any readers from New Zealand? I'd like to hear anything you have to say in the comments.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Crowd size estimation

(Via Tam)

One man's method. Interesting idea--I'll have to give it a try.

The last gasp of a dying media

That's what this story from Wired looks like.

Righthaven LLC has struck a deal with Arkansas-based WEHCO Media to expand its copyright litigation campaign, in which bloggers and aggregators across the country are being sued on allegations of infringement.

So BottomFeederhaven has found another group that buys into their extortion racket. The stupid thing is that we bloggers are driving traffic to their web sites by exposing their stories to a wider audience, which helps them stay in business. Real smart.

It's enough that I am considering whether or not I should sanitize media quotes through all the posts on this blog. I'm relatively sure I haven't quoted or linked to any of the two current clients of BottomFeederhaven, but who know who they might sign up tomorrow?

I'm always careful to respect the copyrights of others, and I'm fairly certain that everything I've done should be OK under concept of "fair use". However, since there is no hard and fast definition of the term, you really don't know until it goes to court.

This is worth all bloggers keeping an eye on.

Pardon me, your bias is showing

Your anti-gun, anti-freedom, anti-Constitution bias, that is.

The South Korean government, in an effort to raise money for its military, wants to sell nearly a million antique M1 rifles that were used by U.S. soldiers in the Korean War to gun collectors in America.

The Obama administration approved the sale of the American-made rifles last year. But it reversed course and banned the sale in March – a decision that went largely unnoticed at the time but that is now sparking opposition from gun rights advocates.

A State Department spokesman said the administration's decision was based on concerns that the guns could fall into the wrong hands.

Yeah, all those guys (like me) with Curio and Relic FFLs, many, we're dangerous. Why, we might take one of the guns to the range and shoot some innocent targets.

What the The Big O understands about firearms, especially historic firearms, could fit in a thimble with room to spare. I just hope they don't destroy them. When we get a more free-dom friendly President, then we can bring them home. After all, a fella can't have too many M1s.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Apologies for the ad

It seems that one of my posts had an ad inserted into it, and I've just now noticed it. I've had numerous places that I've quoted try to "helpfully" put in a link back to their site, but never a freaking ad.

The Register (no linky love for you) ought to be ashamed of itself. It isn't enough that people like me linking back to them will up their page impressions. No, they think that if I want to quote them, I ought to have their ads on my page.

Not effing likely.

This blog does not do ads. As it costs me nothing (other than my time), and since I'm not writing to earn a living, I see no need for ads. They clutter up the place and distract from my pitiful rants what I'm trying to say.

If there ever are ads here, it will because this place has suddenly started costing me (as opposed to Google, who owns the Blogger service) actual money. And you will be notified that it's going to happen in advance.

Jeeze, but this hacks me off.