Ars Technica points out the most interesting part of Google’s publisher settlement. My favorite quote from the post:
Google solved the problem by throwing cash at it, signing up major libraries like Harvard and paying to scan just about everything in the building. Volunteers had been doing this with public domain texts for years, but nothing on this scale had been attempted before, and it filled a major hole in access to knowledge.
Posted November 11, 2008 at 8:39 AM PST in Books
Clinton upsets in NH.
Finished The Wind Up Bird Chronicle, and am reminded of what a friend said about Murakami: he writes about unremarkable characters who find themselves in remarkable circumstances. Looking for a recommendation as to what of his to read next. Picked up a copy of The Evolution of Useful Things, and still have The Society of the Spectacle and Michel Houellebecq’s Platform to finish.
Listening to the slap-bass happy Buddy Akai, particularly liking Problems, The Fine Line and Cut Me Up. They allow downloads—a particularly nice touch. They are playing at SXSW!