The Null Device
Chuck Palahniuk (who, incidentally, has a web site here) on memory and record-keeping. Is record-keeping an addictive drug that supplants and weakens memory and takes the place of knowledge, or is memory itself a drug? (via Plastic)
Patriotism is the first refuge of spammers, it seems. A lot of recent spam seems to be putting in "patriotic" imagery, as if to make those receiving it feel like no-good terrorist-sympathising ratfinks if they deign to complain. One series of porn spams that landed in my SpamCop account points to a (apparently distastefully pornographic) website on a site named usadefender.com (which is located in the spam hub that is Argentina). And then there are all the spammers with words like Eagle in their assumed names or email addresses.
"It's just a twisted mass of black-frame glasses and ironic Girl Scouts T-shirts in there.": 37 Record Store Clerks Feared Dead In Yo La Tengo Concert Disaster in Athens, Ga. Rescue workers are still sifting for the wreckage for copies of Magnet, heated debates over the definition of emo and other signs of life.
In the U.S. the FCC plans to ban unserialised streaming audio players, as they don't allow listeners to be tracked enough to satisfy the copyright racket. This means that using open-source streaming audio players (such as xmms), or systems such as Ogg Vorbis, would be illegal in the Land of the Free. (via bOING bOING)