Adobe is Bad for Open Government

Here at Sunlight we want the government to STOP publishing bills, and data in PDFs and Flash and start publish them in open, machine readable formats like XML and XSLT. What’s most frustrating is, Government seems to transform documents that are in XML into PDF to release them to the public, thinking that that’s a good thing for citizens. Government: We can turn XML into PDFs. We can’t turn PDFs…

I now pronounce you….

A man and a wife saw what happened and the man ran with the baby’s mother to help her pick the child up from the ground, police said. CBS Chicago I presume this was the level of detail in the police report, so the journalist is just echoing what’s in the report.  But “husband and wife” or “man and woman” would be more parallel. Given the context of this particular…

Views: Kindle for the Academic

The Kindle e-book reader frees academics from having to carry around a huge collection of chunks of matter, but flipping from main text to footnotes is awkward, and the highlighting tool doesn’t replace the bracketing, underlining, and commenting that we do between the lines. In a few days, I expect to be the owner of a new Kindle DX (the full-page reader, designed for magazines and full-page PDF readings). I…