Archive for July, 2008

Voracious reader

Posted in Books on July 14th, 2008

So Art Garfunkel has put up a post of every book he’s read since 1968. Which is pretty cool. But I have to take issue with the assertion that he is a voracious reader. The man has read 1000 books in 40 years, which comes out to 25 books a year. While that is nothing to sneeze at, I wouldn’t consider it voracious. I average, in a bad year, over 50 books a year. I went through over 100 books last year and I’m on pace to put away 80 or 90 books this year (not really sure why I’ve slowed down this year). So even if we take my worst year as a baseline, I’ll go through 1000 books in 20 years or more than twice as fast as Garfunkel. This isn’t meant to be a dicksize competition, but I think referring to his progress as voracious suffers from some verbiage inflation.

And people never learn

Posted in Internet on July 4th, 2008

Real quick, what’s the best way in the Internet age to get people to pay attention to something? Easy, try and prevent them from looking on it. So really, what did BoingBoing expect when they ‘unpublished’ Violet Blue’s contributions. So now what is everyone talking about and reading? Violet Blue’s ‘unpublished’ posts on BoingBoing. So when BoingBoing says

Violet behaved in a way that made us reconsider whether we wanted to lend her any credibility or associate with her. It’s our blog and so we made an editorial decision, like we do every single day.

it is hard to believe that people who are often at the center of the fight to spread information about the web to route around censorship could be so dumb. I mean granted that is usually Cory and not Xeni, but come on, you have to have absorbed something. The only thing that this incident resulted in was Violet Blue getting lots of sympathetic attention and BoingBoing being made to look hypocritical. Whether this is censorship (not really) or just a fit of piquant house cleaning doesn’t really matter to the perception. If you’re going to fight for the forces of good, then you don’t do shit like this.

And the vague smear campaign Xeni now running against Violet is just kinda pathetic. Could you sound any more Paris Hilton? “She knows what she did.”