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SF book awards

While I was in Seattle, the Philip K. Dick Award winner was announced at Norwescon, one of the country’s larger science fiction conventions. (I did not go to Seattle for nor did I attend Norwescon.) The award is for “distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the United States.” This year’s winner was […]

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Grand slam

Catching up from a trip to Seattle. The best way to describe the trip is as a grand slam. In alphabetical order:

It was my first time at Elliott Bay Book Co., which now ranks very high on my list of favorite bookstores. From the worn, creaky wooden floors to the multi-level nooks and crannies […]

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Schiavo legislation

Given the new focus of this blog, I have stayed away from the political aspects of the Terri Schiavo case. From a legal standpoint, though, I find the Congressional legislation disconcerting. Basically, it grants one (and only one) federal court in Florida jurisdiction to hear a case brought within the next 30 days (and only […]

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Dylan’s Chronicles

As you may have seen by now, the first volume of Bob Dylan’s autobiography, Chronicles: Vol. 1, was a finalist for, but did not win, the National Book Critics Circle award for biography.

I bought the book the day it was released. While it was an enjoyable read, it was also uneven. Moreover, I wonder […]

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FSN to the rescue

I was somewhat disappointed that, for the first time in years, I wasn’t going to get to the WCHA Final Five hockey tournament, an NCAA regional or the Frozen Four itself. Fox Sports Net has come to my rescue, though. Not only is it televising all five WCHA games, it is also showing part of […]

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Collaborative creativity

Lawrence Lessig is a Stanford law professor who has written extensively on copyright and related legal matters in the age of technology. He is putting into practice one of the concepts he promotes in updating one of his works.

In 1999 Lessig published Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace. As he believes the book is […]

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