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Archive for February, 2007

Gossip, privacy: second thoughts…

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Mobile Gossip Annotated Once again I’m using to blog an about an article I read — it’s a nifty feature (and if a reader wants a diigo invite, let me know and I’ll send you one).So, just quickly: I might have an article coming out in the March issue of Focus Magazine (a local […]

Anthropology today…

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

Artists want to send a message – Los Angeles Times AnnotatedThe situation this article describes strikes me a totally decadent. And stupid. To many passersby, homemade signs asking for money are works of desperation: “Homeless,” “Hungry,” “Disabled,” “Please Help.”But to a Santa Ana couple who run a local gallery, the messages are works of art, […]

Broke baroque

Sunday, February 18th, 2007

The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria has an exhibition centered on “the Baroque” currently on view. There are a few “old master” paintings (nothing first-rate), some prints & etchings, and then there’s the “Contemporary Baroque” piece of it, featuring the work of a single local artist (not well-known) as well as the (infamously known — […]

One more update

Saturday, February 17th, 2007

Hal at Harvard Weblogs kindly set my default setting for comments and pings to “off.” Daryl (see PS to previous entry) was correct when he advised me that the spam flood was coming through trackbacks (pings), hence turning trackback off for the whole blog solved the problem. You’ll note that this entry and the previous […]

Until further notice

Friday, February 16th, 2007

I thought I had loosened restrictions on comments, but after going into the admin pages more deeply I saw that I still had the restrictions that I set up some days ago — that you have to be logged on to comment. Now, what’s weird is that in all this time, the spammers have been […]

Tour of home

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

In Beirut and contradiction: reading the World Press Photo award (in Open Democracy), Mai Ghoussoub discusses a rivetting photograph by Spencer Platt, “Young Lebanese drive through devastated neighborhood of South Beirut, 15 August,” which just placed First in the World Press Photo of the Year contest. (Check out the whole gallery: well worth it.) To […]

Super, villian

Tuesday, February 13th, 2007

Another fun quiz, via “Dr.Doom” this time: The Supervillian Personality Quiz. I have no idea who “my” character is, but she has colours to die for…! Your results: You are Mystique Mystique 64% Catwoman 63% Green Goblin 60% Dr. Doom 59% Apocalypse 58% Poison Ivy 54% Magneto 54% The Joker 50% Lex Luthor 48% Two-Face […]

Hatches too tightly battened down?

Saturday, February 3rd, 2007

Oops, I’ve been alerted by two readers that they can’t post comments on my blog unless they are logged in. I must have caused/ erected this stumbling block the other day when, in an effort to make it more difficult for spammers to crap all over the place here, I changed the settings. I’ll change […]

Flickr’ing off, a follow-up

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

After reading several additional blog entries (notably Ken Camp and Shelley Powers) about why or why not people may or may not be upset by flickr’s switch to yahoo-only accounts, I want to explain why I’m upset. I don’t care that it’s yahoo — never had an account with them, don’t care. I’m not anti-big […]

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