Archive | October, 2008

The Google Book Search Deal: Winners and Losers

The future of publishing just got a whole lot closer — seemingly overnight. This morning Google announced that it has reached an agreement with authors and publishers to settle various lawsuits over the Google Book Search program.

Google will pay $125 million to settle all claims (small change for a company with over $14 billion in cash). In exchange, Google’s Book Search program will continue and future revenues from that program will be administered by a newly created Book Rights Registry.

At first glance, this appears to be the rare settlement agreement that seemingly benefits all parties. In fact, the only entities that don’t seem to have fared so well are parties who weren’t involved in the suits. (more…)

In Praise of Asynchronous Voting

My name is Jim Connelly, and I am an Asynchronous Voter. And by that I mean that instead of voting on Election Day itself, I’ve always requested an absentee ballot and voted by mail. I’ve been an Asynchronous Voter for several years now, ever since I realized that the State of California would let me mail in my ballot instead of waiting in line either prior to or after work.

I’ve always figured that it didn’t matter how or when I cast my vote, as long as I cast it. For the longest time, this made me an anomaly — voting absentee every election was weird for a young(er), healthy, non-traveling person.

However, this year, I’ve become a trend! Loads of people are voting asynchronously. I should have known something was up when the State of California asked Rox and I if we wanted to become “Permanent Vote by Mail Voters”. Hell yes!

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The Daily Loper – October 27, 2008

It’s Funny Because It’s True Edition

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The Daily Loper – October 24, 2008

She says, “You can’t repeat the past,” I say “You can’t? What do you mean you can’t? Of course, you can.” Edition

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The Daily Loper – October 23, 2008

Of Life and Love Edition

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