Orson Scott Card on the Harry Potter Lexicon
Orson Scott Card writes about the J.K. Rowling – Harry Potter Lexicon debacle.
Can you believe that J.K. Rowling is suing a small publisher because she claims their 10,000-copy edition of The Harry Potter Lexicon, a book about Rowling’s hugely successful novel series, is just a “rearrangement” of her own material.
Yes, I think J.K should have a nice hot cup of tea and look at the many fair-use lexicons that exist in the Sc-Fi and Fantasy genra. Better add two teaspoons of reality into the cup.
… People who hear about this suit will have a sour taste in their mouth about Rowling from now on. Her Cinderella story once charmed us. Her greedy evil-witch behavior now disgusts us. And her next book will be perceived as the work of that evil witch. …
J.K. Rowling, Lexicon and Oz (2008-Apr-24) [RhinoTimes]
Everest still suffering from the Olympic Torch relay
“The Chinese bribed the Nepalese to make the mountain a police state,” Benitez said. “I’ve been a mountaineer my whole life and I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Olympic-Torch Security Troops Block Everest Bloggers’ Climb (2008-APR-30) [WIRED]
“There is a small police post at 6400m (ed: camp 2) on Everest and the one armed soldier does the rounds each day, with conspicuous sniper rifle, however they mostly give a friendly Namaste,” is the latest report to ExWeb from Everest south side.
Everest and Himalaya wrap-up: Sniper in Everest south side camp 2 (2008-Apr-29) [MountEverest.net]
Following a young American climber last week, a BBC reporter has now been kicked out from Nepal’s side of Everest. Meanwhile, Chinese media insist that the torch arrived at the Rongbuk glacier base camp on Sunday, and climbers on the south side are now banned also from using their radios.
Everest and Himalaya wrap-up: BBC reporter kicked out from Nepal EBC; torch for Chinese eyes only; Himalaya summit bids before the storm (2008-Apr-28 ) [MountEverest.net]
The Age discovers Le Laporte and the TWiT network;
… Laporte is passionate about using technology and the internet as a platform. “The thing that excites me is using technology to find a voice, to be able to express yourself, which is what I’m doing,” he says. “Whether you’re a digital artist, a photographer, a musician, a filmmaker, a writer, a painter … digital technology allows you to create stuff less expensively, more easily and enables you to find a global audience using the internet. You could never do that before. Digital technology gives people a voice.” …
— Cult of the podcast celebrity (2008-Apr-26) [The Age]
That said, the term fanboy is thrown around all too casually, and is now on par with the word emo when it comes to having lost all meaning through erroneous overuse. If you want to be a true fanboy — and I know all of you do — then you must, of course, follow ten golden rules. The ten elegant laws that will see you rise above the pretenders and take your place in fanboy Valhalla.
— the ten golden rules of videogame fanboyism (2008-Apr-27) [destructoid]
RIAA – “SERIAL BAD FAITH”
Inside Tanya Andersen’s private war with the recording industry. Hint: She’s winning
Does She Look Like a Music Pirate? (2008-Apr-24) [Business Week] (