Thursday, December 27, 2001

"Living the Dream: The Cannanes Special":

El Monte, CA's independent radio station KFJC 89.7 FM will Webcast a tribute to Australian indie pop legends The Cannanes on December 31, 2001 from 2-7 PM!

Photo report: Literacy and Computer Literacy in Cuba

One of a number of interesting articles by Kate Williams, available from her site. Thanks to Library Juice (issue 4:47 available now.)
[New Scientist]

"Secret" sound archive revealed:

For some innocent online fun this Christmas, try eavesdropping on the semi-secret pages of the UK's National Sound Archive web site. They are part of a largely unpublicised trial, hidden from casual prying eyes by the lack of signposts on the British Library's host site.

Paper publishers automatically deposit a copy of each new book with the BL, but the sound archive relies on voluntary donations. Even so, the vaults hold 2.5 million CDs, vinyl LPs, shellac 78s, wax cylinders and tapes, with the largest collection of wildlife recordings in the world.

Anyone can use the NSA's site to search for a recording and make an appointment to go to London and listen to it. The trial is testing technology which could make NSA recordings available over the internet . . .

Monday, December 24, 2001

Some interesting segments broadcast on NPR over the last few years, turned up during a search of their archives: prison libraries, urban libraries, public libraries to the rescue, updating school libraries, library fines, a library donation, Library of Congress collection development, a flood damaged library, collecting Kosovo telephone books and rebuilding Sarajevo libraries.

There's also a great piece on Washington D.C.'s pirate radio station, Radio Libre Mount Pleasant.
A Junky's Christmas:

A tale for the holidays by William Burroughs:

It was Christmas Day and Danny the Car Wiper hit the street junksick and broke after seventy-two hours in the precinct jail. It was a clear bright day, but there was warmth in the sun. Danny shivered with an inner cold. He turned up the collar of his worn, greasy black overcoat.

This beat benny wouldn’t pawn for a deuce, he thought.

He was in the West Nineties. A long block of brownstone rooming houses. Here and there a holy wreath in a clean black window. Danny’s senses registered everything sharp and clear, with the painful intensity of junk sickness. The light hurt his dilated eyes . . .

Thanks to Memepool.


Ford loses suit against 2600:

On December 20, a ruling was issued denying Ford's complaint against 2600. Last April Ford Motor Company sued 2600 Enterprises for pointing to at their website. The judge's decision reaffirms the right of domain name holders to point their websites where they choose. While the court avoided ruling on important First Amendment issues, it flatly rejected all of Ford's trademark infringement claims. "This is a decisive victory and we are absolutely delighted," said attorney Eric Grimm who argued the case for 2600. "The court ruled consistently with the law and all precedent."

Thanks to LISnews.