I used to be very rational. A quick thinker, a sharp tongue. I don’t think I had many friends.
Over the years, I learnt to appreciate the irrational: I realized that I had a hard time convincing people eventhough I sometimes had the better arguments on my side. It didn’t help. That’s when I discovered that not every problem has a rational response.
I tried to collect some of my thoughts on Community:BeyondRational.
An interesting article on the O'Reilly Radar talks about an idea LawrenceLessig mentioned: Copyright protection should be short, and renewing it should cost a tiny bit of money. As the author points out, the current YouTube situation is a bit similar: As long as YouTube doesn’t have tons of money, you can’t make money sueing them. Therefore, enforcing your copyright on that site has a tiny non-zero cost: Searching the site and writing all the emails asking them to take down protected material.
I like it.
Sounds a bit like passive resistance to me. And I think that’s what we should be doing. I don’t think we all need to break the law to show our displeasure, but making it harder and harder for them to run business their way, ripping us off and sueing us – that’s the way to go.
I guess that’s why I support the development of decentralized and anonymous PeerToPeer filesharing protocols and networks. Not because I want to use them to get at all the wonderful music, movies and books out there, but because I want to make it more difficult for them to prove their point. Don’t buy their CDs to deprive them of their income, force them to hire expensive specialists and lawyers, lead them on to false trails and into dead ends, wasting their money. Until the competitors who get it drive them from the market.
Notice how I carefully avoided defining who “they” are. Not all publishers are evil, not all copyright is bad, and collecting societies are not necessarily corrupt. But many are. ;)
Take a look at the pictures and videos.
The 2nd video has a short interview sequence that basically says it all: The goal is to produce stupid fanatics just like they do. Which brings me back to my favorite Christa Wolf quote: “What’s the use in fighting a war if you have to take on the traits of your enemies in order to win?”
Oh and unfortunately, this phenomenon is not only limited to the nation with “the most powerful military in the world” but Europe has its share as well: Jesus Revolution, for example.
A consortium of major universities, using Homeland Security Department money, is developing software that would let the government monitor negative opinions of the United States or its leaders in newspapers and other publications overseas.
This one is typical: “The monitoring would not extend to United States news, Mr. Kielman said.” Somehow this adds insult to injury. Just as all the wiretapping excuses. I don’t feel bound by national boundaries. I have friends and family abroad. I haven’t lived in the countries I am citizen of. And thus my stuff never protected by these kind of exceptions. And looking back, I don’t really feel that people without friends and family abroad are necessarily the group of people I’d trust to keep my country safe. On the contrary, I associate such people with nationalism and patriotism. Sentiments I do not appreciate at all.
Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it. – George Bernard Shaw
A good friend of mine pointed me to a copy of Peace, Propaganda & The Promised Land on Google Video. It’s over one hour of analysis.
Nothing new if you keep your eyes open. Remember the excuse of the Nazis and their collaborators after the Second World War? “We did not know!”
Well, these days there is no such excuse.
Maybe you can show this movie somewhere. This is the kind of movie that ought to be shown in school to teach kids media competence.
Claudia left for Crete.
I’m going to be alone at home for a week. After more than thirteen years together, she finally moved in with me. Most of our relatives had given up all hope by then. And now I can’t bear the thought of going to sleep all by myself for a few days.
Update: I’m restless. It’s 4:27 in the morning.
I’ve preparing a long playlist – many hours – called “When I Was Young”. I added all the stuff I used to listen to in my early twenties. The Cure, The Sisters of Mercy, Massive Attack, Tricky, PJ Harvey, Radiohead, Portishead, Goldfrapp. I also added some solo projects: Tom Yorke’s latest album, Beth Gibbons & Rustin Man, the band that opened a Cure concert: The Cranes. 524 tracks, 2.56G, worth 1.6 days of non-stop music. I’ll have to put it on a DVD and take it to the office.
I read Eastern Standard Tribe by Cory Doctorow because I liked two of his other books. Also available for download under a CreativeCommons license (attribution + no derivatives).
I liked it, and the question of how you can prove yourself not to be paranoid but justly concerned for your own safety in a mental institution is sure to follow me around some more.
The entire tribe and sleep deprivation thing wasn’t too good, however. After all, I hang out on the EmacsChannel with people from the Americas, Europe, and India; it never sleeps. Our natural variations in circadian cycles seems to make up for the spread in timezones. So that part would have needed some more work.
The semi-automatic identity verification and contract management on IRC Doctorow describes in his book are interesting, however. I think this might be something I didn’t see coming in such a well-integrated form.
I’m also reading Römische Rechtsgeschichte von Wolfgang Kunkel because it’s about ancient history and law – two subjects I’ve been enjoying more and more over the years. If I interpret the foreword correctly the first edition of this book was printed in 1948. Yay!
This is how I’m parsing page data currently:
Page data is in something resembling RFC 822 format: An identifier (the key), a colon, a space, some text (the value), newline. If the value itself contains newlines, they are “escaped” by inserting a tab character. Here’s a shortened example:
On systems where you don’t have unidirectional forward links but only bidirectional links, it makes no sense to talk about forward links and back links.
From a theoretical point of view, back links are interesting because without back links, it is possible to get to a page without any forward links pointing away. The backlink is your only way to get “back” to the hypertext. languages: en </pre>
This page has the keys ip, summary, diff-major, text, and languages. The text value has multiple lines, including two empty lines.
When I run this on a snapshot of CommunityWiki on my laptop:
real 1m7.868s user 0m55.660s sys 0m1.410s </pre>
Then I rewrote it:
real 0m5.787s user 0m4.130s sys 0m1.250s </pre>
Wow! More than 10 × faster!
This is significant because the default search for Oddmuse goes through all the files, opening and searching them. At first I thought that opening the files was taking so long. But as it turns out, parsing is taking so long!
So I’m ripping some CDs today. The Cure (13), Massive Attack singles collection (11), various Massive Attack & Tricky CDs (8). What a chore! I should just be able to dowload the Massive Attack Discography using BitTorrent. Grrr! Give me the culture tax and let me get the music. Wouldn’t that be nice.
I haven’t listened to my Massive Attack singles collection (90/98) in a long time. As I ripped them, I realized something incredible: I have two copies of disk #6 and no copy of disk #7! And I bought this many years ago. Did I find out at the time? Did I complain? Did I not get the disc exchanged? I’m confused!!
I don’t even know where I go to try and swap this! Again, if downloading were legal, I could just get the missing disc. I can’t even find it on AllOfMP3! Grrr!
Steve Yegge has a blog entry about Agile programming.  Had one before that, too. It’s a follow-up.
The way he writes, the punch-lines he delivers, … Awesome!
I’m wondering whether I should attempt to write full-text index for Oddmuse. Something lean and mean. Sure, it’s reinventing the wheel, and there’s Lucene and other tools, and the current Search::FreeText is not too bad (although I’m overriding lots of stuff, so technically its dependencies are wasted CPU cycles and RAM). Maybe just gut Search::FreeText? Or roll my own? BM25 doesn’t look too difficult to reimplement, if I look at the Search::FreeText source. And put everthing in a Berkley DB file. GNU dbm looks perfect if all I have is one or two indexes: It implements a filesystem-based hash table.
Assume two documents: Document called “Calvin’s Favorite” with content “Weirdoes from another planet” and a document called “Hobbe’s Favorite” with content “Humans from planet Earth”.
First, we assign numbers to documents:
Calvin’s Favorite → 1, Hobbe’s Favorite → 2
Then we tokenize the downcased titles and pages (we want to index titles, too) without using stop words (multilingual stop words?) and create the necessary pointers:
calvin → 1, s→ 1, favorite → 1 & 2, weirdoes → 1, from → 1 & 2, another → 1, planet → 1 & 2, hobbes → 2, humans → 2, earth → 2
Then all I would need is a good implementation of set operations to implement unions (“or”) and intersections (“and”) on the lists returned:
Looking for calvin and earth: 1 ∩ 2 = ∅ Looking for calvin or earth: 1 ∪ 2 = (1, 2) Looking for hoobes and earth: 2 ∩ 2 = (2)
Maybe I could optimize later and use bitvectors… I wonder where I would read up on this kind of thing…
Anyway, it doesn’t look impossible. I just wonder whether this is going to be time well spent. I could spend time thinking about incremental updates of the database, and so on. Or just use a small database. Gah!
There’s a Perl glue library to the C++ implementation of Lucene. There’s a problem, however: “Currently only ISO 8859-1 (Latin-1) characters are supported. Obviously this included all ASCII characters.” 
Hm. I wonder what that means, since Oddmuse continues to be encoding agnostic (it’s all bytes as far as I am concerned). Perhaps it’s not a problem after all.
I also found Plucene, a “Perl port of the Lucene search engine”.
I’ve also skimmed to introductory articles for Lucene from ONJava linked to from one of the other pages:
Lucene seems like overkill!
And how to index CJK languages remains an unsolved riddle. I need to talk to a Chinese Oddmuse user!
I’ve installed the Tor client on my laptop (it came bundled with Privoxy and a GUI), and a Firefox plugin to switch it on or off. Surfing with Tor is incredibly sluggish. I don’t think I can do this.
Am I a sell-out?
Today I ran
strace on a command-line invocation of Oddmuse running this site. Then I grepped for all open calls, and grouped files. Here’s what I got:
Total: 105 files loaded.
I’ll try #2 first.
At least it does in my case. I spent the weekend ripping some CDs, looking through my music folders, producing a nice playlist of music I listened to when I was younger. Then I decided I was missing some important pieces and bought CDs for over USD 100.
Hm. I wonder whether I would have bought those CDs if I could have just downloaded them from some torrent site. Maybe not. But I would have bought them for USD 5 per CD or something like that. But certainly not for USD 1 per track with DRM included. Brrr!
Then again, it shows the weakness of the entire system: I don’t think I can get “Tricky vs. The Gravediggaz: Hell EP” anywhere legally. I got one track from that EP somewhere a long time ago. And now I can’t get the rest. Grrr!
I still remember that I learnt about God Speed You Black Emperor via friends and MP3 files. Those were the days!
Update: Got my CDs. I promised to myself that I’d buy all my future music by a particular artist from AllOfMP3 (remember linking to it may be illegal → 2006-06-07 Copyright) if the CDs were giving me grief.
I also decided – in the spirit of RichardStallman, who calls DRM Digital Restriction Management instead of Digital Rights Management – to call these anti-customer systems copy _prevention instead of copy protection. They are protecting their copies, but they are preventing me from copying!
Some of the CDDB data is weird. All the Tricky & Massive Attack stuff is classified as “Electronica/Dance” instead of “Trip-Hop”. Some of CDs are classified as compilations, even if the artist is the same for every single track. How strange. I must be misunderstanding the term “compilation”.
I kept thinking about a report I had heard from some Hungarian users. Something about them loosing permanent anchors. Weird. Today I figured out what the problem was while walking to the train station: A race condition! Data is read from the filesystem into memory. Stuff happens. When appropriate, a lock is created, and data is written back to the filesystem. The problem is not the writing. The problem is the time window between the reading and the writing.
A reads data. B reads data. A modifies data and writes it to disk. B modifies data and writes it to disk. → A’s changes are lost!
It turns out that I had two such instances. One of them was self-correcting: The creation of the page index file can go wrong, but it’ll fix itself when the next new page is created. But the permanent anchors file is brittle. It’s not easy to regenerate. That sucks. I knew that such a file was a bad idea. Damn.
Now that I think of it, clearing the cache will break all links to permanent anchors until you have visited all the pages where permanent anchors are defined. Gah!
I’ll fix the easy stuff first: The race conditions, and the new init code.
Hours, in fact.
All tests successful, 42 subtests skipped.
Files=56, Tests=1148, 666 wallclock secs (418.29 cusr + 78.43 csys = 496.72 CPU)
Sounds very interesting: “Everybody dies.”
This is what I have been listening to in the last few days. The lower half of this page contains a slightly different playlist.
Then I figured: Too much Massive Attack! (And they remind me of the fact that I have two copies of single collection CD #6 and no copy of single collection CD #7 – grrrr!)
So now I changed it around a bit:
Study Claims Iraq’s ‘Excess’ Toll Has Reached 655,000 in the Washington Post, via TelePolis 
JanneJalkanen compares it to Finland’s losses during WW2.
All I can say is that I haven’t found the time to switch on any of my consoles in many weeks. And I haven’t continued with Ultima IV in months. Haven’t switched on my gp2x either.
I keep laughing my ass off at http://geekz.co.uk/schneierfacts/ – you all know I love BruceSchneier and his books.
True geek humor. ;)
Gah. I decided to copy all my audio files to a small extra portable disk I have so that I could easily transfer stuff between home and office. It turns out that VFAT has some curious properties, which make sure that some files get retransfered again and again. Grrrr!
What should I do? In theory I could install ext2 drivers on both systems and use that, hehe. But honestly: There must be a better way!
I still remember my ext2 woes where OSX would kernel panic if a command-line tool read Latin-1 encoded filename (OSX finder would just truncate right there).
I guess I could format it as UFS and use ufs2tools to access the files from the command-line. Extra hassle… And nobody knows whether they’ll work for external USB drives, either! I think we’re stuck with a crappy VFAT filesystem for this kind of task.
man rsync suggest using
--modify-window: In particular, when transferring to Windows FAT filesystems which cannot represent times with a 1 second resolution
--modify-window=1 is useful.
And it works!!
sent 267517 bytes received 20 bytes 59452.67 bytes/sec total size is 38204530806 speedup is 142800.92
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All three images from Flickr:
Hey, FreeCulture actually works!
An idea, some searching on Flickr for images with the right license, some doodling with Inkscape… And there you go! Inspired by Everybody loves Eric Raymond.
I just watched Sword of Doom (1965) all by myself. It was interesting at first. But the end is just a stretched out massacre. The bad guys have all the screen time – a bloodcrazy maniac, murderers, goons… And death by the blade. I read somewhere (on IMDB?) that it was planned to be the first part of a triology. But as it stands, I don’t think I’d be interested in sequels…
I don’t recommend this movie, not even for martial arts fans. Drunken crazy rabid fool cutting up three or four scores of men in a burning building… I dunno.
Datum: Mi 18.10.2006 Zeit: 18:00-20:00 Ort: Vortragssaal HGKZ, Ausstellungsstrasse 60, 8005 Zürich
Ich teile Daniel Boos’ Ansicht:
Damit stellen sie die Frage: ist der Ausbau der Urheberrechte noch im Interesse der !KünstlerInnen?
I spent some time reorganizing the Oddmuse:Getting Started section. I also spent some time in improving Oddmuse:Setup on a Mac OSX System eventhough I assume very few OSX users will actuall use Oddmuse. People will probably prefer an ordinary wiki widget. And the next OSX Server will include a wiki, I have heard. Oh well. I just couldn’t resist.
How strange to think that I always wanted Oddmuse installation to be easy, and I really think it is. And when I try to document it for OSX, it turns out to be totally complicated? And even though I tried to avoid it, there is at least on step that involves the command-line. That’s horrible! I need to write an extra installer? Maybe I should try and figure out how hard it is to use a “standard” installer for OSX.
Update: I bit the bullet, learnt about Apple’s PackageMaker and added the necessary mumbo-jumbo to the Makefile. Oddmuse can now be installed via an installer on OSX.
All this time I spent on improving the documentation – what a waste!
I wish similar installers would exist for other systems.
Here’s what another installer would have to do:
$AdminPass = '';
Does anybody feel like using WiX to build an MSI file for Windows users?
We went to see Pompoko (1994). Lovely movie from Ghibli studios. Wonderful plot balance between the inevitable and the joy of living.
Reminds me of our current environmental problems. Nobody is evil and wants to destroy nature. But many of my friends are having children now, and they want to raise them in rural areas, away from drugs & crime, maybe close to a little forest. And by doing so, they do their part in destroying what they are seeking.
Claudia got back from her holidays in Crete. We connected the camera to the Mac Mini, switched it on, iPhoto started, we imported the pictures. Then we noticed: How weird, the new pictures came right in the middle of the archive. Somehere in 2005. When I searched for “Kreta”, we got all the pictures from Crete 2006 and all the pictures from Beirut 2005. W00t!?
Some rearranging, investigating, restarting… And suddenly the complete archive only lists all the pictures up to Beirut and all later pictures were lost, unless you clicked down to the archive for 2006. Another restart, and iPhoto offered to reimport some new pictures. And it turned out that it reimported two more sets of the Crete pictures. When I rebuilt the library using the special key-combo while starting iPhoto, everything looked ok (and the Crete images were gone), but once I reimported them from a folder, things got mixed up again. Three pictures from older days suddenly got reassigned to the Crete folder.
I think I’m going to restore the iPhoto library from backup and try again.
Time passes. Restore from backup, everything looks ok. Import pictures from Crete folder, and there we go again!! AAAARARRRRGHH!!
So what we had before was a folder the Pictures/iPhoto Library/Data/2005/2005-02-22 Beirut. After importing the pictures from a folder called “Kreta 2006”, the old Beirut folder disappeared and all the pictures got moved into a new folder called Pictures/iPhoto Library/Data/2005/Kreta 2006. All the Crete pictures, got moved into Pictures/iPhoto Library/Data/2005/Kreta 2006_2.
Well, at least they didn’t all end up in the same folder like last time. But it sure sucks like hell!
What are we supposed to do now?
I think what I will do is restore a library from the backup, but keep it under a different name. And we’ll delete the current library, so that iPhoto will start a new one. At least we can navigate both libraries. Both libraries will not be corrupted. And we could even merge them later, should that be necessary.
An issue I have complained about in the past with regard to NeoOffice has resurfaced once again. This time it is the Debian project wanting to a. distribute a patched version for Firefox and b. to allow their users to modify the artwork that comes with it. But the trademark to the name and the logos belongs to Mozilla, and they want to protect their brand. Patches are supposed to be reviewed and artwork may not be modified, says Mozilla.
How can this be? A license to copy and modify and distribute does not encompass the use of a name and logo. In the !NeoOffice case, they spelled it out for you: If you want to release a derivate work, you’ll have to remove the name and logo from all source files before you can exercise the right to redistribute any modification you made. It reduces the freedom given to you by the GPL. (2005-06-24 Software)
And now the Debian project is staying true to its mission and is doing just that. Thick headed bastards, but I think they are doing the right thing in the long run: Many distributions can include non-free documentation or software. But I’m happy that there is at least one distribution that makes a conscious effort to take the high road and live up to a promise they made so long ago.
More info on this in a Linux.com article called Behind the Debian and Mozilla dispute over use of Firefox, including a link to similar issues regarding Thunderbird
Heise berichtet über neue Vorstösse zur Überwachung:
Der CDU-Bundestagsabgeordnete Günther Krings forderte, Internet-Verbindungsdaten, die künftig für den Kampf gegen den internationalen Terrorismus gespeichert werden, auch für Ermittlungen gegen Urheberrechtsverstöße zu nutzen. Die anonyme Nutzung des Internets in Deutschland müsse erschwert werden. “Wer sich im Netz bewegt, kann nicht davon ausgehen, immer inkognito zu bleiben”, sagte er dem Magazin Focus. (dpa) 
Seltsam, da wir doch auf der Strasse auch (noch) inkognito bleiben dürfen. Und die Terroristen sich ja auch auf der Strasse bewegen. Da fragt man sich mit leichtem grauen: Wie lange noch?
I remember reading 300 by Frank Miller. And now they’re make a movie for it (2007-11-17 Comic → Movie). The comic was visually impressive, but it’s all about macho self-sacrifice and war, so it wasn’t too good intellectually. And it seems that the movie 300 (2007) will not be much better. The trailer is full of pathos.
Reminds me of the comic Sin City by Frank Miller which also resulted in a bad movie. I didn’t read the comic but I don’t think it was much better.
I guess I don’t like the mix of AncientHistory & Fantasy. Or maybe I just take some time to adjust.
Update: I reread the comic, and thinking back to the trailer, I suddenly see a political angle to it. After all, the Persians are Iranians, right? And the Spartans fought for freedom and honor – and not for democracy. And they didn’t take prisoners, they just butchered them all. What kind of message does such a movie send? Strange how I think that moving the story from a comic to a movie will change the message significantly.
Then again, I’ve written about the move from book to movie of The Lord of the Rings before, I think. I just can’t find the reference to it anymore. I basically said that a good book has details, sidelines, depths, development, where as a good movie has action, fast-paced dialogues, interesting faces. Thus, either you take the book and make a good movie, pissing off all the people who loved the book, or you make a movie that goes into the same level of details as the book and piss off all the movie goers that did not read the book.
I rented White Dragon (2004), but did not enjoy it too much. Too silly.
Cecilia Cheung looks nice, but her trying to play a spoilt brat was getting on my nerves. Strange from some angles she looks a bit like Julie, a friend of Claudia‘s. Julie has spent a long time in Beijing studying various Chinese folk dance and speaks Chinese fluently.
Nice talk by John Baez (check out the PDF he links to!) putting together some things I wondered about myself regarding global warming (“Now it’s cold. What’s wrong with a little warming?”) and one of the answers (“Species have been migrating north at 6 kilometers per decade since 1950. They can’t keep up: since 1975, climate zones have been moving north at 4 kilometers per year!”).
One thing I can say is that chapter two with a quick tour of Perl is clearer than any other book I have read in explaining some of the muddy issues in Perl:
As I recently said on #emacs, more or less:
Well. I don’t log IRC, so this is entirely reconstructed.
Yesterday I’ve played G.R.A.W. (Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter) online for hours. An update to the game added a new variation: Coop. Last time I played, only the “Campaign” mission was coop – human players on one side and the computer on the other side. Now all sorts of games can be coop: Elimination, Territory, and Objective. I enjoy that much more. The typical Team Elimination with infinite respawn are very boring, I think. People run, shoot, kill, die, and respawn all the time. Perhaps I’d like it better if I got more practice…
Today twb linked to his illiterate programming tool befuddler. He then told fsbot that “illiterate programming is a style where you write as little documentation as possible, because it discriminates against machine readers.”
Heise berichtet über den Bericht des CCC zu den Wahlen mit Wahlcomputern in Deutschland:
Die selbst ernannten Wahlbeobachter beschäftigten sich nicht nur mit der Durchführung der Wahl, sondern sprachen auch mit den Wählern. Zwar habe jeder Dritte von möglichen Manipulationen gehört, Manipulationen seien von den Angesprochenen aber kategorisch ausgeschlossen worden. Nur eine Personengruppe bildete hier eine Ausnahme: “Die wenigen Wähler, die sich über den Einsatz von Wahlcomputern empört zeigten, waren von Beruf ausnahmslos Informatiker”, heißt es in dem CCC-Bericht. 
Arabic Music from Colorado. ;)
In Germany, I’m not allowed to link to AllOfMP3. In Denmark, it seems that a court has ordered a provider to prevent its users from visiting AllOfMP3. And already people are offering alternate name servers. 
This reminds me of the OpenNIC, one of the alternative DNS roots. Using a decentralized system would increase the potential for conflict, as suggested in the article on alternative DNS roots and discussed in RFC 2826. But it would also put an end to the endless haggling over “Internet Governance”, ICANN influence, and the kind of silly court decisions we hear about in Denmark.
It’s often hard to say when we should ban the tool used to commit a crime in addition to prosecuting the perpetuators of a crime. Nobody wants to go after the producers of knives, for example, even though people are killed with them. I’m not against banning small firearms, however, because it seems that the trade-off in this particular area is different than in the knife area.
I don’t support the old Music business model, which explains why I feel that the price we’re paying to support these old business models (including the removal of AllOfMP3 from the name servers of a Danish ISP) is too high considering the benefits (which I believe to be very very small). Thus, in my opinion, we’re making a bad trade-off, and that’s why I think the court decision in Denmark is silly.
Heh. We watched Season 1 & 2 of Stargate Atlantis. There’s a Stargate Portal on Wikipedia, German Stargate Wiki and an English Stargate Wiki. And a movement to Save Stargate SG-1. Looking forward to watching all ten seasons of Stargate SG-1, I guess.
Update: I think I must join the dark side to get at Starget SG-1 Seasons 1-7 – our local video rental doesn’t have them, and one of the guys working there who claimed to have them on video now confessed to not finding the first box, being a pathological messie, with no daylight coming into his appartment, and thousands of tapes and DVDs. Argh! Maybe I should try to find another video rental in Zürich to get them?
Then again, I just discovered that there is a DVD swapping community in Switzerland: Exsila. Sounds interesting! They suggest I use the bar code on the back of the DVD to enter my DVDs. I attempted to add three DVDs to the system, but none of them were in the system. Too exotic? Wrong region code? (DVD region codes → bastards!)
I tried adding Delicatessen (1991), The Hidden Fortress (1958), and Kikujiro (2000) to get started. Since all three failed, I sent a mail before adding more. I had planned to add Ran (1985) and Le bunker der la dernière rafale (1981).
Update: I heard a recommendation for another DVD swapping community in Switzerland: runDVDrun. Whee, I did not know either one! I registered the five movies I had wanted to register in the first community, and a few minutes later, a guy in Basel already asked for Le bunker der la dernière rafale.
These Book & DVD swapping sites are great! I love it.
If you use iTunes to listen to music, there’s a plug-in to download called iLike. Based on the music you’re currently playing, it will suggest other music in a new iTunes sidebar. The music recommended will be either traditional tracks, or “free music” from GarageBand. To be honest, I forgot what their licensing terms are. I guess you’re free to download them, but whether you’re free to upload them again (distribute), modify them or use them in podcasts & movies (create derivatives), I don’t know. I doubt it, actually (so “free” in this case stands for gratis, not freedom).
It doesn’t suggest anything when I play Fado or obscure folk music from Turkey, and it suggests Rai artist Cheb Mami when listening to Qawwali artist Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Oh well.
There was a nice resumé about the state of Podcasting in Germany.
The SubEthaEdit guys were here, talking about the design of their real-time collaborative editor. Ott mentioned that the change tracking features in Word are not good enough for most asynchronous uses, eg. journalists & editors. This might be relevant for wikis! Who wrote what, and when. What kind of info do editors need? Ott also talked about the importance of presence and awareness: Who is online? He mentioned how easy Bonjour makes this, since you don’t have to worry about NAT routers & firewalls. What documents do others “own”? What are they looking at? “Follow” mode. Interesting stuff.
I decided I need to give it a try and implemented a multiplicator. Example:
(bf-run "+++ > +++++++++++ [ < [ - >> + > + <<< ] >>> [ - <<< + >>> ] << - ] > . ")
And the result of 3 × 11 = 33, ie. the ASCII exclamation mark!
I also liked the demonstration of the Tails extension for Firefox that was presented as part of the talk on microformats. Having aggregators crawl websites and collect calendar info and people info stored all over the web made a lot of sense to me, I think. This point of view also explains why only developers of publishing tools (wikis, blogs) and aggregators (feed readers, search engines, calendar subscription services) should have to worry about microformats. That focus, obviously, is not a property of the format being “micro” – the same is true for vCards, for example. Except that few sites use it an a truly open way. The Swiss telephone number search site by search.ch offers vCards for download, for example. Anyway, I replaced the picture of my BusinessCard with an hCard on my About page.
My own talk was about MultilingualWebsites.
Links to the presentations themselves are on the barcamp website.
Little Miss Sunshine (2006) was delightful in the way that Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005) or some of the other movies whose name I cannot remember right now, where we see how perverted our life has become when seen through or contrasted with children. Hilarious, and recommended.
So, what can we do to fight the excesses of copyright and patents?
I’m most impressed by the tagging campaign, however.
Ok. LiveJournal has Jabber integration. If I send a message to the bot, it gets posted on my LJ non-blog. 
What should I do now? Embrace LJ? Write a simple Jabber bot for Oddmuse?
Update: I’m using a Sabifoo gateway to post on Oddmuse and will not use my !LiveJournal.
I was inspired by the LJ Talk bot Frank (which allows LJ users to message the bot who then posts it to their journal), and by the Sabifoo Help Page which documents a truly awesome feature: You can define other web services you want to post to! And thus it was easy to write Oddmuse:Sabifoo to post to Oddmuse blogs. Amazing!
I’ve switched Sabifoo such that it will now send all messages to my blog. How awesome is that. Sabifoo rocks.
The messages are still posted on my Sabifoo blog but at least the gateway prefix is gone.
Heh. Just added a summary extraction, too. I’m not really sure my blogging habits will change. I think it goes against my vision of writing succinct posts. (Yeah right!)
I wonder what claimID is all about. It seems to me that you can create an id on their site, and link to other resources of yours. What’s the point?
I don’t like it.
The problem they are solving is not something that bothers me (link all my stuff to my name). They don’t solve the problem that does bother me (asymmetric & unvoluntary transparency).