Dan Goodman's journal - January 18th, 2007

January 18th, 2007

January 18th, 2007
01:19 pm

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Laws, Politics, Tech
From bna.com's newsletter:

IFPI SAYS IT WILL TARGET ISPS OVER MUSIC DOWNLOADING
The global music industry Wednesday threatened to take legal action against Internet Service Providers if they failed to take action against users who illegally upload and download music. In a press conference Wednesday, IFPI Chairman John Kennedy called on Internet providers to play a greater role in preventing file-sharing, if necessary by disconnecting people who upload or download unauthorized files.
<http://tinyurl.com/2cjt7b> [MarketWatch]

DATA COLLECTION PROGRAM FACES BIG DELAY
The U.S. Treasury Department reported to Congress on Tuesday that a data-collection program to give counterterrorism analysts routine access to as many as 500 million cross-border financial transactions a year could not be implemented until 2010. The department had hoped to implement it by the end of this year.
<http://tinyurl.com/ytks6s> [Washington Post]

KENTUCKY CONSIDERING LEGISLATION TO HINDER NET PHARMACIES
Kentucky Attorney General Greg Stumbo is pushing legislation that would require "face-to-face" examinations by a doctor before anyone could order prescription drugs over the Internet. Stumbo said the move is needed to close loopholes in the state law dealing with Internet pharmacies.
http://www.kentucky.com/mld/kentucky/16481944.htm

CANADIAN WORKERS FIRED AFTER POSTINGS ON FACEBOOK
Several Farm Boy employees, a grocery store chain in Ottawa, have been fired over the past week after the company learned of their postings on a popular Internet networking website. The employees were dismissed from Farm Boy locations across the city after posting comments in the "I Got Farm Boy'd" group on the Facebook website.
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2007/01/17/3394584-sun.html

MYSPACE TO NOTIFY PARENTS OF KIDS' PROFILES
MySpace.com has been quietly developing software designed to give parents the bare-bones of what their kids are doing on the site. The tool, which will alert parents of the username, age, and location a child lists on personal MySpace pages known as profiles, is designed to spark conversations about Internet safety.
http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/news/editorial/16482584.htm

BELGIAN NEWSPAPERS TARGET YAHOO AFTER GOOGLE & MSFT
After taking action against Microsoft and Google, Belgium's French-speaking newspapers are seeking redress from another Internet search engine, Yahoo, their lawyer has said. "We sent a letter of formal notice to Yahoo yesterday" so that it will stop publishing articles from Belgian newspapers on its search engine without prior authorisation, said Bernard Magrez, lawyer for the editors group Copiepresse said today.
<http://tinyurl.com/yuoaql> [AFP]

ONLINE MUSIC SALES DOUBLED IN 2006
The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry announced yesterday that global online music sales nearly doubled in 2006 to about $2 billion, or 10 percent of all sales. However, IFPI also claimed that the growth failed to compensate for an overall decline in sales of CDs.
http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/siliconvalley/news/editorial/16480148.htm

NEW SPAM TRICK: MIMIC LEGIT NEWSLETTERS
The AP reports that spammers are now imitating legitimate e-mail newsletters to get their messages to unwitting e-mail users. Like the phishing scams that lift the code off the real Web sites of financial institutions, spammers have tweaked legitimate e-mail and sent them through normal spam channels. The technique appears aimed at bypassing human and software controls.
<http://tinyurl.com/2blt5c> [Washington Post]

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Science Press Releases
From the maproom LiveJournal feed:

L.A. Homeless Map

http://www.mcwetboy.net/maproom/2007/01/la_homeless_map.phtml
The Downtown Homeless Map tracks the number of homeless people in downtown Los Angeles; yesterday it received a revamp: Today we've put online a new version of the maps, using a radically different methodology for showing the data. Instead...
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From the marginalrevtion LiveJournal feed:

Markets in everything, Australian surfer edition

http://www.marginalrevolution.com/marginalrevolution/2007/01/markets_in_ever_1.html

Tired of your current life?

This auction is for a New Life in the coastal town of Wollongong, Australia of a 24 year old male.
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From http://eurekalert.org:

Public Release: 18-Jan-2007
Psychological Science
Internationally adopted children shed light on how babies learn language
Study offers insights into language development.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-01/afps-iac011807.php

Public Release: 18-Jan-2007
Bioinspiration and Biomimetics
Bats in flight reveal unexpected aerodynamics
Brown University engineers and biologists have joined forces to record the fine details of wing and body movement in bat flight – together with the patterns of air movement that generate lift. Similar measurements have been made in insects and some birds, but this is the first such data for bats, which are highly flexible and maneuverable flyers and a potential model for engineered micro air vehicles.
Air Force Office of Scientific Research
http://www.brown.edu/Administration/News_Bureau/2006-07/06-082.html
"Flexible, highly articulated wings give bats more options for flight than birds: more lift, less drag, greater maneuverability."

Public Release: 18-Jan-2007
Neuron
Neural bottleneck found that thwarts multi-tasking
Many people think they can safely drive while talking on their cell phones. Vanderbilt neuroscientists Paul E. Dux and René Marois have found that when it comes to handling two things at once, your brain, while fast, isn't that fast.
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-01/vu-nbf011807.php

Public Release: 18-Jan-2007
Older Americans not discussing complementary and alternative medicine use with doctors
In spite of the high use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) among people age 50 or older, 69 percent of those who use CAM do not talk to their doctors about it, according to a new survey conducted by AARP and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. The survey examined conversations between patients and their physicians regarding CAM use.
http://nccam.nih.gov/news/2007/011807.htm

Public Release: 18-Jan-2007
Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
Buckyballs used as 'passkey' into cancer cells
Rice University chemists and Baylor College of Medicine pediatric scientists have discovered how to use buckyballs as passkeys that allows drugs to enter cancer cells. Research in the January 21 issue of the journal Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry, describes how the researchers mimicked the techniques used by some viruses to introduce non-toxic bits of buckyball-containing protein into both neuroblastoma and liver cancer cells.
Welch Foundation, Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Hope Street Kids Foundation
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-01/ru-bua011807.php

Public Release: 18-Jan-2007
Psychological Science
A new language barrier -- Why learning a new language may make you forget your old one
Traveling abroad presents an ideal opportunity to master a foreign language. While the immersion process facilitates communication in a diverse world, people are often surprised to find they have difficulty returning to their native language. This phenomenon is referred to as first-language attrition and has University of Oregon psychologist Benjamin Levy wondering how it is possible to forget, even momentarily, words used fluently throughout one's life.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-01/afps-anl011807.php

Public Release: 18-Jan-2007
ROV discovers Antarctic seafloor fauna
Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) remain an efficient technology to uncover the secrets of Antarctic seafloor fauna. As a precursor to the International Polar Year 2007/2008, the current Polarstern expedition conducted by the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine research releases short seafloor video clips taken by ROV only a few hours after the robot has been recovered.
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-01/awif-rda011807.php
"The latest videos taken by the ROV can be found on the homepage of the Cousteau Society: (http://www.cousteau.org/caml.html)."

Public Release: 18-Jan-2007
Re-analysis of cigarettes confirms tobacco companies increased addictive nicotine 11 percent
A re-analysis of nicotine yield from major brand name cigarettes sold in Mass. from 1997 to 2005 has confirmed that manufacturers steadily increased the levels of this addictive agent. Increases in smoke nicotine yield per cigarette averaged 1.6 percent each year or about 11 percent over a seven-year period (1998-2005). Harvard School of Public Health researchers found manufacturers accomplished the increase not only by intensifying nicotine concentration but also by modifying design features to increase the number of puffs per cigarette.
American Legacy Foundation, NIH/National Cancer Institute
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-01/hsop-roc011707.php

Public Release: 18-Jan-2007
Journal of Clinical Investigation
Mind over matter: SH2B1 in the brain regulates obesity
Obesity is one of the main risk factors for developing type II diabetes. Previous studies have shown that mice lacking a protein known as SH2B1 throughout their body are obese and develop diabetes. However, a new study now shows that replacing SH2B1 only in the brain of these mice rescues them from obesity, indicating that SH2B1 in the brain might be a new target for the development of treatments for obesity and type II diabetes.
National Institutes of Health, American Diabetes Association
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-01/joci-mom011107.php

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Thursday January 18, 2007. From LiveJournaler crisper: "Reminder: the Third Annual Livejournal Rabbit Hole Day It's January, and that means the 27th is, once again, Rabbit Hole Day. In honor of Lewis Carroll's birthday, let's turn our LJs over, just for one day, and let them be used for something other than the usual crap we always talk about. Fall down a Rabbit Hole and talk about a different sort of day for a change. Your regular life will probably still be there on the 28th!"
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Writing: A Choice of Ruins -- 941 words today, 8,699 total, day 13, for this draft. novel_in_90 goal: 750 words average per day, 67,500 words by April 5th. Other goal: Finish this year.

Sally Garden has enrolled in the crosstime academy. She plans to avoid involvement with men till she's familiar with this new environment. She's just had dinner with a man (Dutch treat) and he's escorted her to her door. She does not plan to invite him in.

Self-help information:

Decluttering: Dishes washed.

Selfwork:
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Comments of comment:

Synesthesia
mplsvala
2007-01-12
Interesting site [http://home.comcast.net/~sean.day/Synesthesia.htm]. Makes me wonder how LSD would effect different types.

dsgood
2007-01-18
If synesthesia is part of your normal state of consciousness, LSD and other psychedelics are likely to result in temporary loss of synesthesia. I speak partly from -- let me check the stature of limitations -- personal experience.

When the subject of The Man Who Tasted Shapes gave up drinking, for a while he stopped being a synesthete. This lasted till sobriety became his ordinary state of consciousness.

faux_pseudo
2007-01-11
I am not clear on the 'smelling flavors' thing. Since most of our sense of taste is done by our olfactory system doesn't this happen by default?

dsgood
2007-01-18
If you eat a banana and you taste/smell banana, then it's not synesthesia. But if every time you taste a banana you smell garlic, then it's quite likely synesthesia.

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