July 27th, 2010

Odd Lots

  • Everyone's talking about a recent Copyright Office ruling that jailbreaking of smartphones is no longer illegal, but few have mentioned that several other significant exceptions to the DMCA's anticircumvention provisions have been issued in the same ruling. Most interesting to me are limitations on ebook DRM where they prevent audio interpretation of texts from working.
  • Could Popular Electronics be returning? Let us pray. (And thanks to Don Lancaster for the link.)
  • Carol and I have begun avoiding movies in 3D. They give her headaches and they make me seasick. I thought it was just us being weird, but there's some evidence that 3D isn't the crowdpleaser that everybody (especially in Hollywood) thinks it is. Here's some explanation.
  • And even the 2D movies we've seen recently seem excessively loud. We may not be imagining things.
  • A new dual-core Android-based tablet by an otherwise unknown German firm is really calling to me. We may not see this one here for awhile (if ever) but if it's evidence of an evolutionary explosion in Android tablets, I'm good with that. Ours will arrive eventually.
  • I've always been taken aback by the near-psychotic venom with which certain people treat an informal, likeable little font called Comic Sans. Scan the Internet and you'll get a sense for what I mean. From ten steps back it looks like a tribal identity thing: You must slander Comic Sans to prove that you're a member of the tribe, especially if you're insecure about your membership. Secure people just keep their mouths shut and use something else.
  • The little red guy running with a hatchet (see my entry for June 27, 2010) appears to be the logo of Psychopathic Records, not the Insane Clown Posse band itself, granting that the label was founded by the Insane Clowns and is probably owned by them. (Thanks to Ricky C on LiveJournal for the tipoff.)
  • I solved another band logo question with the help of Google's new output format for their Images search. Carol and I saw a band logo that resembled a bright red ballet dancer, apparently headless. I typed "red dancer band logo" into Images and there it was, an emblem of the Dave Matthews Band. I'm starting to like the new Google Images search output because it allows me to scan more images at once, rather than page repeatedly through a more limited matrix. This isn't always useful, but I'm guessing it's useful more often than not.
  • Bicyclists in NYC seem to be preparing early for the coming Ice Age.