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20 December, 2003

Recycled Links, Part 10

These links are from week #10 of the J-Walk Blog (one year ago). More good stuff that you may have overlooked.

Posted on 20 December, 2003

Painting The White House

I told my friend Hal Markovitz that I'd put in a plug for his novel: Painting The White House.

Painting the White House is fiction. It is the story of an ordinary house painter hired by the First Lady to paint the Executive Mansion in Washington. After arriving at the White House, he finds himself caught up in the lives of the President, his family and top aides. Soon, he becomes a confidant to the most powerful man on Earth.

I read this book a few years ago. However, I will admit that I don't remember much about it. I do remember that I liked it. Perhaps it's time to re-read it.

That, by the way, is a significant advantage of getting old: I can re-read books, with virtually no memory of having read them the first time.

Posted on 20 December, 2003

A Setback For The RIAA

Good things always happen near Christmas. From Tech TV: Court Strikes Down RIAA Subpoena Strategy.

RIAA, you're SOL.

That's basically what the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia told the recording industry today in a decision (PDF) that reverses an earlier court's ruling that the RIAA has the right to subpoena an Internet service provider for names and personal information of its file-swapping users.

The court said that the RIAA has no right to issue subpoenas to an ISP for personal user information when the ISP merely is used as "a conduit for communications" between its users. The court said Verizon is not responsible for what its users do while using the Internet, or what they do with files taken from the Net.

Posted on 20 December, 2003

Electric Jar Opener

Who in their right mind would pay $50 for an electric jar opener? Better question: Who would even think of inventing such a thing?

(via Bifurcated Rivets)

Posted on 20 December, 2003

Toothpaste World

I'm getting to the point where I'm not surprised by any web site -- including one like Toothpaste World.

Dr. Val Kolpakov is a practicing dentist in Saginaw, Michigan. He started this toothpaste collection in March 2002. The collection is available to public to view at the DENTURE CARE CLINIC.

Posted on 20 December, 2003

Santarchy

Santarchy is a site about Santa Claus. However, it may not be suitable for children.

Each December for the last 10 years Cacophonous Santas have been taking to streets in major metropolitan areas and generating a bit of naughty No´┐Żl mayhem. It all started back in 1994 when several dozen Cheap Suit Santas paid a visit to downtown San Francisco for a night of Kringle Kaos. Things have now reached Critical Xmas and these infamous Santacons are now held in over a dozen cities each year.

Posted on 20 December, 2003