October 2, 2009

Yet more interestingness: 2 October 2009

Below are simple links to other interesting stuff I've come across on the web in the last day or two; they may or may not concern literature or photography, or indeed the arts at all. You can click here to learn more about how I compile this list and what software I use, if you're interested.

London's Olympics plans have already turned into a giant mess
A cautionary tale for Rio de Janeiro. By the way, I'm not the only Chicagoan to be overwhelmed with disappointment today, am I? Yes yes, I know -- traffic disaster, uber-graft, would be paying off debt for decades; but it's important for all of us to sometimes think grandly, no matter what the practical cost.

GOP officially dead: Democrats begin civil war over healthcare
For the last nine months, I've been predicting that the Republican Party would eventually implode under the pressure of the nutjobs who have taken over, leaving us essentially with only one party running everything and a bigger and bigger political divide just within that party itself; and now this week we're seeing yet more evidence of this, as liberal Democrats decide to start running attack ads against moderate Democrats, for their refusal to support a European-style government-run healthcare system, bypassing the GOP altogether. As I've said many times, there's a historical precedent for all this that we can literally point to: just look at what happened after the War of 1812, when the liberal Federalist Party fell apart after secretly supporting the British and being branded traitors afterwards, with the other major party at the time (the "Democratic Republicans") eventually getting so big and diverse, they split before the Civil War into the modern "Democrats" and "Republicans" we now know. Will we see the same thing among the modern Democratic Party? Um, yes. Yes we will.

Twitter users, watch out for "Mafia" spam scheme
A cautionary tale from futurist Douglas Rushkoff, regarding a supposed Mafia-based game for Twitter that in reality is a sophisticated spam scheme. Note that this is different from Facebook's "Mafia Wars," but that I'm sick and f-cking tired of that too.

Neil Gaiman's latest book stays on bestseller list for an entire year
Wow! Congratulations, Mr. Gaiman!

With one mouse click, create Google map out of a Flickr photoset
Very cool.

Borders is now broadcasting free WiFi in all their stores
It makes me wonder who the next major retailer will be to understand that customers in 2009 will no longer pay extra just to have internet access on the go. Starbucks, I'm lookin' at you!

Filed by Jason Pettus at 12:16 PM, October 2, 2009. Filed under: Arts news |