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Wednesday,  07/09/03  10:07 PM

It's all happening, I'm 363 posts behind in SharpReader =(

Lawrence Lessig points out an extraordinary thing; the new movie the League of Extraordinary Gentleman uses only characters from the public domain.  Somehow the creators of this movie were able to combine these public domain things in a unique way to create something new!  Does this make you think maybe we don't need copyrights?  Would there be more or less of this kind of work if these characters were all "owned" by copyright holders?  [ via Ottmar Liebert ]

Cinque Terre
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Cinque Terre

Can you imagine a village without cars?  How about five of them?  How about Cinque Terre, a collection of Italian villages on the Mediterranean coast.  Besides being noted for their public transportation systems - and lack of private ones - they are also noted for food and wine.  I want to go there!

Wired: Being Invisible.  "Next-gen optical camouflage is busting out of defense labs and into the street.  This is technology you have to see to believe."  It's the invisibility cloak - for real - and it looks cool.

Razib gives a great example of Unnatural Selection...

Lance ArmstrongLance Armstrong is on his way as the postmen deliver.  ESPN has a great map of the tour stages.  Check out stage 8 - Sallanches to L'Alpe d'Huez - 136 miles with two massive climbs, including a finish up the famous L'Alpe d'Huez with its 21 switchbacks.  Even just finishing this stage is something only a well-trained athlete could do, let alone winning it...

This is amazing!  Check out this video of two guys playing ping-pong, Matrix-style.  I watched it three times running, it was so cool.  [ via Robert Scoble ]

Buzzword Bingo!  Check out Grand Central Communications' "solutions" page.  I challenge anyone to read this and tell me what this company does.  I always think it is a red flag when a company has "Solutions" instead of "Products" or "Services"; it means the marketing BS factory has taken control of the website.

My attention was called to Grand Central by a press release announcing they've hired Halsey Minor as CEO; he was the founder and CEO of CNet.  Halsey is a cool guy and a visionary, I wonder if he'll change the website?

Marc Cantor links photos from the Supernova conference, to which he's added his own captions :)  The guy in the foreground on the right is Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn and an ex-colleague of mine at PayPal.

USA Today: Welcome to the blogosphere.  A big media story about blogs that doesn't suck.  Hey, you're welcome!

This week's carnival is up at Winds of Change.  I haven't checked it out yet, I've fallen too far behind, but please don't let me stop you.marketing age curve

Eric Sink: Marketing for Geeks - Act Your Age.  (This would be your age as in the stage your company is at...)

    • Early Adopters are risk takers who actually like to try new things.
    • Pragmatists might be willing to use new technology, if it's the only way to get their problem solved.
    • Conservatives dislike new technology and try to avoid it.
    • Laggards pride themselves on the fact that they are the last to try anything new.

Good stuff, like the "crossing the chasm" messages of Geoffrey Moore.

Canadian researchers think they've figured out the mystery of Stonehenge: it is a stone representation of female genitalia.  I am not making this up.

Whew, I made it.  Back down to zero posts in SharpReader.  Good night!

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