May 11th, 2006

(no subject)

Wednesday May 10, 2006. The American Automobile Assocation wasted another membership offer on me. I don't drive. (Note to anyone raising teenagers: when I say that I would probably have learned to drive if my father hadn't tried to teach me, people seem to stop thinking my non-driving is strange.)

There was a time when the Minneapolis AAA branch didn't accept Jews as members.

***I felt enough better to go out.

At Steeple People thrift store, I bought a smaller backpack.
Writing: "Icebreaker" -- 1) Another flash-sized segment. 2) I've been fighting the temptation to start revising what I have so far. Change from sorta-tight third person to first person, combine two characters, etc.

Self-help information:

Decluttering: Trash out. Cloth briefcase/shoulder bag donated to Steeple People (which is where I originally got it).


(no subject)

From's newsletter:
The ICANN board has rejected the proposal for the new domain name suffix, called dot-xxx, by a 9-5 vote. The board's rejection was based in part on questions about whether the targeted usership -- the adult entertainment industry -- supported such a domain name suffix, according to the statement. It also cited "public policy concerns."

The British music industry is to recommend to the Government that consumers be allowed to legally copy music without fear of prosecution. The BPI, the body that represents British record companies, believes copyright on CDs and records should be changed to allow consumers to copy music if it is for personal use.
<> [Telegraph]

Republican legislators yesterday introduced new legislation that would cordon off access to commercial Web sites that let users create public "Web pages or profiles" and also offer a discussion board, chat room, or e-mail service. That's a broad category that covers far more than social networking sites such as Friendster and Google's It would also sweep in a wide range of interactive Web sites and services including, AOL and Yahoo's instant messaging features, and Microsoft's Xbox 360, which permits in-game chat.

BNA's Electronic Commerce & Law Report reports that a federal court in Utah has ruled that a mere hyperlink from the defendant's Web site was insufficient to establish personal jurisdiction over the defendant. The defendant did not engage in business in Utah, maintain office space, employees or other administrative resources in the state, nor direct advertising or solicited business in Utah, the court found. Case name is Boggiano v. Article at
For a free trial to the source of this story, visit
Public Release: 11-May-2006
Scientists describe new African monkey genus – first in 83 years
For the first time in 83 years, scientists have identified a new genus of a living primate from Africa, according to research to be published by Science May 11 in the online Science Express. The new African monkey, Rungwecebus kipunji (rhung-way-CEE-bus key-POON-gee), was first described scientifically last year based only on photographs. At that time, scientists placed the reclusive monkey in the genus Lophocebus (mangabeys). Molecular analysis and morpholical study, however, require a new genus.

Public Release: 11-May-2006
West-African car dealers bet on a business jackpot
Dutch researcher Joost Beuving concludes that the gambling behaviour of car traders has played an important role in the rapid growth of the West African second-hand car trade. This uneconomic behaviour emerges from the belief that they will one day make a fortune.
NWO Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research

Public Release: 10-May-2006
American Naturalist
The higher the hierarchy, the greater the aggression
Individual variation in social behavior is one of the most striking features of cooperative animal societies. In a new study, researchers from the University of Cambridge and University College London investigate the extent to which differences in aggressive behavior within a cooperative society can be explained by "inheritance rank" -- the likelihood that an individual will get to mate successfully in that society based on their rank -- or place in the social hierarchy.