It looks like there's enough snow out there for me to break out the snow blower. After all the stories about the warmth this summer, we're now getting the "zomg we're all freezing." And in freezing news, my friend Dan goes with the crazy for a good cause. Glad that winter saved up for the big day, Dan. I wouldn't want you to be disappointed.
Some of you have heard me hold forth about studying people's eye movements in regards to art and design. And I know there have been many who have been skeptical of how important I say it is. Here is a study of how someone views the bust of Nefertiti in profile. Yes. We get that anal about it. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
Study shows "(c)onsumers in the US who would choose between the box office and piracy choose the box office… but that international consumers… choose piracy due to a lack of legal availability." An interesting story about things I already new, but that the RIAA and MPAA are trying desperately to convince everybody is not true. Also of relevance to book publishing in a world where the only major book chain left is B&N (and them maybe not for long). (Grokked from Tobias Buckell)
"Let’s skip over the flaws… Such as the fact that many states already require employers’ health care plans to cover contraception and that all over the United States there are Catholic universities and hospitals that comply… Or that the bishops have totally failed to convince their own faithful that birth control is a moral evil and now appear to be trying to get the federal government to do the job for them." As I've said before, it's not about birth control or abortion. (Grokked from Jay Lake)
And the radical right can be all upset because the President was "forcing" birth control on the Catholics and then completely ignore all those other teaching and precepts they don't agree with. (Grokked from Jay Lake)