September 2005

U.S. Insists on Keeping Control of Web

A senior U.S. official rejected calls on Thursday for a U.N. body to take over control of the main computers that direct traffic on the Internet, reiterating U.S. intentions to keep its historical role as the medium’s principal overseer.
“We’ve been very, very clear throughout the process that there are certain things we can agree to and certain things we can’t agree to,” Gross told reporters at U.N. offices in Geneva. “It’s not a negotiating issue. This is a matter of national policy.”

Mayor defends stance on psychic at library

Here’s A Follow Up on Mayor of Ripon CA, Chuck Winn, and his decision to cancel the speaking engagement of Irma Slage — a self-proclaimed psychic.
“The controversy that is occurring is not really benefiting the community at the moment,” Winn said in an out-of-town phone interview from where he is attending a conference. “This has been blown out of proportion, and that really takes the focus off of the things that are really important in the matter.”

Amazon Marketplace Shrinks

There is a story at the blog called Amazon Marketplace shrinks has changed their policy, preventing aggregators like Abebooks, Alibris, A1Books, and others from listing member booksellers’ titles on Marketplace; this is part of a shift toward ensuring that is always dealing directly with the final booksellers.

Shelf improvement

The Beeb looks at self help books. Self-help – also known as mind body spirit – has become a multi-million pound market. Figures show that Britons spent £20m on personal development titles in 2004, a figure which rises to £90m when health and spirituality are included in this amorphous genre.
Whereas 10 years ago all but a fraction of sales were to women, today men buy about one-third of the self-help books sold. And there is a whole sub-genre of books aimed at them, particularly guides to picking up women.

Church, synagogue library groups to aid libraries damaged by Katrina

The Catholic News Service reports Three nonprofit U.S. church and synagogue library organizations have set up a relief fund to help rebuild Gulf Coast congregational library ministries damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

The organizations are the Catholic Library Association in Pittsfield, the National Church Library Association in Stillwater, Minn., and the Church and Synagogue Library Association in Portland, Ore.

Esquire wikis article on Wikipedia

CNET:When Esquire magazine writer A.J. Jacobs decided to do an article about the freely distributable and freely editable online encyclopedia Wikipedia, he took an innovative approach: He posted a crummy, error-laden draft of the story to the site. Jacobs decided to craft an article about Wikipedia, complete with a series of intentional mistakes and typos, and post it on the site. The hope was that the community itself would be able to fix the errors and create a clean version that would be ready for publication in Esquire’s December issue. According to the Wikipedia page for Jacobs’ story, the article was edited 224 times in the first 24 hours after Jacobs posted it, and another 149 times in the next 24 hours.

Shame on me for not linking To The Article.