Stories from Scholars Sought

I am in search of stories from scholars of their experiences with copyright -- good, happy stories that will inspire others; sad, sad tales; personal experiences with literary executors; struggles with multimedia projects -- the whole range. I am trying to get a sense of exactly what scholars are facing with regard to copyright. We all hear the stories of Hemingway and the other famous examples -- Gone with the Wind, Peter Pan. What about others? What about merely situations where copyright is uncertain and so one doesn't proceed with a project?

Holiday Thoughts and New Year Plans

I've been thinking about the New Year and new projects. Here are some thoughts. I feel like I've been quite neglectful on this site. This will all change with the New Year. Here is what I'm planning to concentrate my time:I would like to start collecting copyright stories from students, scholars, and teachers, both success and struggles. I am trying to work out a way to do this. Right now, if you have stories you would like to share, you can email me directly at elizabeth at towsend dot net.

India Blog: Are Male Accountants Better or Worse Than Female Accountants?

The jobs postings in the Deccan Chronicle, a large circulation newspaper, sometimes specify the gender of the desired applicant. So the ad might read, for example, "Wanted Female Accountant with 2/3 years experience..."; or "Male Commerce Graduates having experience..."

One ad even offers a liberal stance: "Accountant plus correspondent male/female graduate..."

I guess the question is: do as many people prefer male accountants as the number of people who prefer female accountants? Maybe women might have prettier handwriting?

Europe/Mideast More Helpful

In contrast to the paltry immediate efforts of the U.S. in the earthquake response, European nations and Kuwait offered immediate help. The Wall Street Journal reports:

U.S. Sends $100,000 Each in Aid to 4 Earthquake-Struck Countries

Under the dramatic heading "U.S. sends relief teams, planes to Asian nations," CNN reports:

The United States has dispatched disaster teams to the Asian countries hit hard by a massive earthquake and devastating tsunamis and is preparing economic relief packages as well, U.S. officials said Monday.

U.S. Aid Post Earthquake Shaky

The Washington Post reports:

Last night, more than 24 hours after the quake struck, Bush administration officials were unable to say what else the United States had done to help. Officials held an evening conference call among themselves, but a participant said no progress was reported.

Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Sweden were sending teams of technical experts and rescue workers, the Associated Press reported.

Excessive Lawyer Regulation

The website of the New Delhi law firm Anand and Anand Associates provides only contact information about the lawyers at that firm, with the following explanation:

On account of restrictions imposed by the Bar Council of Delhi, we do not wish to develop a regular website but only provide basic contact information.

I assume that this decision by Anand and Anand to restrict their website to the barest of information is not out of an excess of precaution, but rather a reasonable interpretation of the professional rules under which they function.

Blogging from India

What if V.S. Naipaul would have blogged his travels, rather than set them down for future publication? I'm sure his writing was better for being in print.

But here I am in Hyderabad, readily connected to my account at Stanford. If I hadn't revealed my location, you would probably not have known it.

Hyderabad has all the hustle of a city on the go. The buses in front of your car on the road ask you to "Please honk" to announce your presence. Luxury items seem widely available, including Toblerone bars.

Subservient Chicken Exposed!

It was natural language processing after all, with stock footage. From Steve: How the chicken works:

"It's automated. They have about 3 or 4 hundred video clips and search for keywords in what you type in to figure out which one to play. Hence the list of things the guy will respond to. Some keywords have multiple clips so you sometimes see different responses for the same request."

Order Chicken Around


One of the more surreal uses of the web that I've witnessed. Apparently a live webcam on a guy in a chicken outfit. You can order him to do stuff and he does it. Try it here.

It seems that it is indeed live rather than stock footage with natural language processing.

My friend Shane writes that "It is the full potential of the internet finally made flesh."


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