Dan Goodman's journal - April 13th, 2005

April 13th, 2005

April 13th, 2005
04:15 pm


Law and science
From bna.com's e-newsletter:
AU ACTORS UNION BLOCKS FILM LICENSED UNDER CREATIVE COMMONS The Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance has stopped production on the "re-mixable" film experiment because of plans to release the film under a Creative Commons licence. The $100,000 short film Sanctuary has been seeking a dispensation from the MEAA since January to allow professional actors to participate in the production. The film's cast supports the concept but the MEAA board has refused any dispensation, stalling production scheduled to start in late March. "We don't see any safe way a performer can appear in this," said Simon Whipp, MEAA national director. "Footage could be taken and included in a pro-abortion advertisement or a pro-choice advertisement." <http://aucreativecommonsfilm.notlong.com/>

Two US congressmen have introduced legislation that builds on a provision of the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform law of 2002. "Stand By Your Internet Ad" is a follow-up to "Stand By Your Ad," commonly known as the "I approved this message" tagline requiring candidates for federal office to take responsibility for their election ads. The new version of the bill would also make the requirements for all print communications, including those transmitted over the Internet and through email, more consistent with rules for audio and video ads. <http://standbyyouradlaw.notlong.com/>

From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php:
Public Release: 13-Apr-2005
Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History
Slime-mold beetles named for Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld
George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld now each has a slime-mold beetle named in his honor. Two former Cornell University entomologists recently named 65 new species of slime-mold beetles; they are Quentin Wheeler and Kelly B. Miller, Cornell Ph.D. '01, whose monograph on the new species is published in the Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History.

Public Release: 13-Apr-2005
Alarm clock banishes morning blues
A clever alarm clock that wakes you up when you are in your lightest phase of sleep, rather than in deep slumber, could stop you feeling grumpy in the mornings. The clock detects the distinct brain wave patterns as you pass through the different phases of sleep, via a headband. You program the clock with the latest time to wake you, and it will duly rouse you when you enter the last light sleep phase before that.

Public Release: 13-Apr-2005
Smart plastics change shape with light
Picture a flower that opens when facing the sunlight. In work that mimics that sensitivity to light, an MIT engineer and German colleagues have created the first plastics that can be deformed and temporarily fixed in a second, new shape by illumination with light having certain wavelengths. These programmed materials will only switch back to their original shape when exposed to light of specific different wavelengths.
Bundesministerium f?r Bildung und Forschung, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

Public Release: 13-Apr-2005
Mystery solved: How the orbits of extrasolar planets became so eccentric
Beginning with the discovery 10 years ago of the first extrasolar planet, evidence suggests that, as far as planetary systems go, the solar system might be pretty special. Instead of the nice circular orbits our nine planets enjoy, most of the extrasolar planets have eccentric, elongated orbits. Northwestern University astrophysicists are the first to report direct observational evidence explaining the violent origins of this surprising planetary behavior.
National Science Foundation

Public Release: 13-Apr-2005
American Academy of Neurology 57th Annual Meeting
Spirituality, religious practice may slow progression of Alzheimer's disease
Spirituality and the practice of religion may help slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease, according to research that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology 57th Annual Meeting in Miami Beach, April 9 ? 16, 2005.

Public Release: 12-Apr-2005
AAAS 'respectfully declines' invitation to controversial Kansas evolution hearing
AAAS on Monday declined an invitation from the Kansas Board of Education to appear at a May hearing on teaching evolution in public schools after concluding that the event is likely to sow confusion rather than understanding among the public.

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11:27 pm


Another Day in the Ketchup Mine
Wednesday April 13, 2005. Woke up with a sore throat. Been low on energy all day.

***Mail: Community Barter Network newsletter, April. Includes a short profile of me, from an interview via email. My reference to Josiah Warren (19th-century individualist anarchist) is among the bits chipped out.
From LOCUS: Nominees for the Libertarian Futurist Society's Prometheus Awards -- the Hall of Fame nominees: Sinclair Lewis, It Can't Happen Here; Alan Moore, V for Vendetta; Robert Silverberg, A Time of Changes; J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings; A. E. Van Vogt, The Weapon Shops of Isher.

I've read four of these (the one I haven't is by Moore). I don't remember the Silverberg well. I don't see how any of the other three could reasonably be considered libertarian.

I got the April LOCUS for the interviews with Susanna Clarke and Laurel Winter. I'm interested in what certain writers think they're doing, and how they think they're doing it.

Unfortunately, LOCUS interviews don't include the questions asked; only what the interviewees say.

Self-help information:

Decluttering: Some trash trashed.


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