The US Congress is considering the “Stop Online Piracy Act,” a bill which, if passed, would greatly increase the power of corporations to censor websites, either by insisting on government action or by directly intervening. Here are a few links to reports about how bad the bill is and what can be done to stop it.
Huffington Post, “Internet Companies and Lawmakers Speak Out Against the Stop Online Piracy Act”
Ars Technica, “Republicans, Democrats, Google, and the Church of Sweden Unite to Stop Hollywood”
BoingBoing, “Stop SOPA, save the Internet”
BoingBoing, “How SOPA will change the net”
BoingBoing, “Joe Biden: SOPA is un-American- but not when America does it“
Posted by acilius on November 16, 2011
Posted by acilius on February 3, 2009
One recent post showed a photo of President Obama tying a bow tie; another discussed the intense fascination with his physical person that seems to have gripped so many people. That led some of us to compare our favorite pictures of Mr O.
The iconic image of Mr O so far is probably Shepard Fairey‘s “Hope” poster. In October, Fairey himself contacted boingboing.net with a link to a collection of spoofs of his poster. A few I can’t resist copying appear after the jump. (more…)
Posted by acilius on January 30, 2009
Author Peggy Munson is interviewed by Susie Bright on BoingBoing about an erotic stories of hers involving disabled characters. Munson has a mobility impairment herself, but doesn’t go into depth about it in this interview. Asked whether she’d any disability anti-defamation groups had accused her of representing these characters in an insensitive way, Munson reports that “Disabled folks never get enough recognition to even arrive on the p.c. radar… Disabled people usually don’t get worked up about radical sex because they’re used to their bodies being put under a microscope- poked and prodded and subjected to telethon-esque social freak shows… Even conservative disabled bodies are, on some level, living a queer sexuality.”
Posted by acilius on December 17, 2008
Body Swappers at Work
Body Swappers at Work
My favorite 18th century philosopher, Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, defined his body as “That part of the world which I can change simply by thinking about it.” Now experiments are underway to test this insight and replace it with a body of scientific laws. Here is a paper about the results of one such experiment. Thanks to BoingBoing for the link.
Posted by acilius on December 4, 2008