Did you hear the one about men hunting women with paintballs?

–Did you hear the one about men hunting women with paintballs? (Sun-Sentinel) Good post-mortem of the whole ridiculous “Hunting for Bambi” scenario. It’s amazing how gullible people are. I still can’t believe the “There will be no bananas in 10 years” story because I first heard it around the time I heard the “Blondes will become extinct” story.

The Semantic Web

“Most of the Web’s content today is designed for humans to read, not for computer programs to manipulate meaningfully. Computers can adeptly parse Web pages for layout and routine processing?here a header, there a link to another page?but in general, computers have no reliable way to process the semantics: this is the home page of the Hartman and Strauss Physio Clinic, this link goes to Dr. Hartman’s curriculum vitae. |…

Blake's 7 Set for Hi-tech Return

One of the stars of cult sci-fi series Blake’s 7 has signed a deal to bring the show back to screens more than 20 years after it ended. Paul Darrow, who played the ruthless anti-hero Avon, is in a consortium that has acquired the rights to the show from the widow of its creator, Terry Nation. –Blake’s 7 Set for Hi-tech Return (BBC) Blake’s 7 is a wonderful British soap-opera style…

WashPo Embarasses Itself with Hysterical WiFi FUD Article

“I’m no more “unprotected” from spammers on my WiFi node (something I’ve yet to see a single published account of, despite the continuous warnings about it) than I am from spammers sending Nigerian 419 letters from the next terminal at the library. It’s like saying that restauranteurs are “unprotected” from bank robbers who use a back table to plan their next job. Sure, they’re “unprotected.” So what?” Cory Doctorow –WashPo…

Conference Panelists See Bright Future for Mobile Publishing

“There were no traffic helicopters swooping down to get a better look at the crash and no reporters dispatched to the stretch of highway where the pileup took place that morning. Instead, Japanese TV viewers first saw the crash thanks to another truck driver who used his camera phone to shoot video of the wreckage.” Bruce Rutledge –Conference Panelists See Bright Future for Mobile Publishing (Online Journalism Review)

Why Many Business Blogs Are Failing

“The rule of thumb is: you need to give before you receive. That is, you need to give other people loads of links, point to them, talk about their sites and have your readers go and check them out. When your readers appreciate that you have pointed them to some good sites, and/or they fell they have learnt a lot from you, or been entertained by you, or have received…