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‘Playboy’ To Stop Publishing Nude Images

Well, there you go. It’s the seventh sign.

The magazine said it is making the change as a result of competition from the Internet.

Source: ‘Playboy’ To Stop Publishing Nude Images : The Two-Way : NPR

This Might Be the First Craigslist Ad to Win a Pulitzer

The best personal ad ever written. Of course, it’s a better love story than Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey. Combined.

Rain, a ballgown, and the world’s most heartbreaking Missed Connection from 1972.

Source: This Might Be the First Craigslist Ad to Win a Pulitzer | WIRED

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What Ever Happened to Google Books?

There are plenty of ways to attribute blame for the failure of the Google Books project.

Source: What Ever Happened to Google Books? – The New Yorker

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Lessons From the Near-Death of Aramaic

I still want to learn Aramaic.

The language once ruled the Middle East. It will probably be extinct within the next century.

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Harvard linguist points out the 58 most commonly misused words and phrases

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The Conquered Banner, 1865

Furl that banner, softly, slowly!

Treat it gently—it is holy–
For it droops above the dead.
Touch it not—unfold it never,
Let it droop there, furled forever,
For its people’s hopes are dead!

–Father Abram Joesph Ryan

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‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ Author Dead At 78

R.A. Montgomery (1936-2014)

This is a sad weekend for children of the 1980s: favoured television producer Glen Larson (Knight Rider, Magnum, P.I.) lost his battle with esophageal cancer yesterday, and Friday it was announced that beloved Choose Your Own Adventure creator and author R.A. Montgomery died earlier this week at his home in Vermont. He was 78.

Montgomery’s Choose Your Own Adventure Series was a staple of my childhood reading habits. I can remember spending much of my weekly “library time” in elementary school staring at the shelf of CYOA titles, reading the back of each one, studying the cover art, and trying to decide which adventure I would go on. Eventually, I would take what I learned from reading and studying these books and their structure, and apply it to computers. I learned how to program in BASIC at a young age, and my earliest attempts were making rudimentary adventure games with a similar decision-making mechanic.

Even in adulthood, I have picked up the occasional CYOA title. A hardcover edition of my favourite, The Race Forever, stands in a prominent position in my physical library. I read it from time to time, between jobs or projects. I still haven’t memorised all the outcomes yet. I want to introduce my nephews to the series, but I fear that with as many distractions as they have now, the fun of imagining yourself in an exotic location with a desperate mission, making split-second decisions based on a few paragraphs of text (and occasionally peeking to see if one leads to “The End”) might take a backseat to Playstation 4.

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U.S. Court Rejects Sherlock Holmes Dispute

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear the case of Conan Doyle Estate v. Klinger, a dispute over whether or not the famed detective exists in the public domain and whether or not Klinger (and any other writers, for that matter) owed licensing fees to the late Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s estate.

The court’s action means that the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling from June in Klinger’s favor is the final word in the case. The appeals court held that the 50 Sherlock Holmes works published before 1923 are in the public domain as copyright protections have expired. (Reuters)

Score one for proper copyright litigation!

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Joseph Campbell on Government

It’s characteristic of democracy that majority rule is understood as being effective not only in politics, but also in thinking. In thinking, of course, the majority is always wrong.

–Joseph Campbell