oh beezy

miscellaneous cultural commentary from two urban twenty-somethings. on this here interweb, we go by "bee" and "zy."

tuesday morning musings

Well, late morning in New York, anyway. Which I like to think of when I imagine how much time I have left in a day.  Imagine, New York me is just taking a sleepy-eyed coffee break…

On days like this (slightly cloudy, plagued by restlessness and the munchies) I find myself trolling the Web for something amusing and delicious.  The Guardian delivers in a tribute to pancake day, a delicious Shrove Tuesday tradition introduced to me by a certain blue-eyed lady.

Alex also gets the credit for sharing this fab snack tribute:

Trippy? Yes. Deliciously so.

Makes me want to curl up with a stack of flapjacks (US, not UK, thought the chewy bars have their merits, too) with a good book. Though not on a Kindle, even if they have finally managed to make it look like a clean, streamlined Mac-like  product. Books are just better for leaning and underlining (and less prone to malfunction when your sleep-combating coffee tips over).  Current fave: The Paris Review Interviews, III.



P.S. A happy b-day to BEE!


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link away (while you can)

The past week or so has seen a few interweb privacy and access issues blow up.  So here’s the deal:

1. Facebook is being sketchy about the ownership of your personal information. When Facebook changed its terms of use last week, it took out the clause that stated users could delete their profiles without fear of Facebook retaining that information. (Well, that was never entirely true; unless you erased the information in the profile before deleting the profile itself, it would stay in Facebook’s servers, just in case you came back–and then discovered that your old profile had never died.)  Anyhew, Facebook users noticed the deletion of the privacy clause, Zuckerberg waffled about who owns personal info, outrage continued, the board decided to meet about it, and the old terms of service were reinstated.  But don’t let your guard down, as we haven’t seen the last of Zuckerberg’s vaguely sinister ambiguity:

Going forward, we’ve decided to take a new approach towards developing our terms. We concluded that returning to our previous terms was the right thing for now. As I said yesterday, we think that a lot of the language in our terms is overly formal and protective so we don’t plan to leave it there for long.

Check ’em if they change ’em.

2. New Zealand’s recent copyright decision could be a model for access debates to come. That country’s Parliament has ruled that Internet Service Providers, including citizen-run websites, can be punished for copyright infringement by having their internet access cut off. Though the UK and EU have rejected these kinds of measures, they set a precedent for putting corporate copyright interests above the needs of creative artists.  Join the New Zealand blackout (Stephen Fry has–see his Twitter page) if this concerns you.

3. The BlockShopper-Jones Day debacle could affect your right to link. Jones Day, a law firm, sued BlockShopper for posting links to its employees’ pages.  The reason? The firm was angry that the real estate site was publicizing the houses its lawyers bought. The claim? That, even if they are publicly accessible pages, linking to them would confuse BlockShopper readers, who might think the firm endorsed it.  And the firm won for trademark infringement, setting the stage for restrictions on links to public sites. So watch your court.

Phew. Stressful.  Debate the weird Gatorade G spots (ooh, that sounds bad) for comic relief.  Or befuddlement.

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reading gmail offline…

…is a great timesaver!

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silly Microsoft…

You can’t be Apple just by opening a few stores…in a recession….

Not quite as dumb as the Zune, though.

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corkboardbig In other geeky organizational news, Scrivener is one of the best things ever.  As you can see from the image at left, taken from Scrivener’s official site, the software allows you to plan projects on index cards, which can then be moved around.  Within those cards, drafts of document sections can be drafted; those sections then move around with the cards.  The program can also black out the rest of your screen while writing to combat distraction! But apologies, PCers—it’s Mac only.

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chronotebook = joy.

A neat surface. Two facing pages per day, one clock each. A bright red marker string.

This, my friends, is organizational bliss. This is the chronotebook.

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