August 19th, 2009


ruling on cyberstalking

New York Supreme Court Judge Joan Madden has ruled that a model who was called a psychotic, a ho, and a skank by a blogger has the right to learn the identity of said blogger so she can sue him for defamation.

Believe it or not, I have no problem with this ruling. You want to say something nasty? Fine -- sign your name to it. Free speech means also accepting the consequences of your speech. Anonymous blogging can be the equivalent of shouting "Fire!" in a non-burning theatre if abused.

Oh, and the blogger's lawyer's argument, which boiled down to, "Well, everyone's doing it!" did not impress......
  • Current Music
    "Cruel Sun" by Rusted Root

Schott's Miscellany 18 August 2009

Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov, was first published in America (1958)


President Truman had a famous sign on his Oval Office desk that declared "The Buck Stops Here." The phrase originates in poker, where the buck is a marker thatr indicates the dealer. To pass the buck is to transfer the job of dealing and, by extension, to shift responsibility or blame. Of course, since buck has been slang for the dollar since the 1850s, it is likely that Truman was also alluding to the economic element of his political responsibility.

Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.
Benjamin Franklin (1706-90)
  • Current Music
    "All Along the Watchtower" by Neil Young


So last night was fighting class, which was fine -- except for the part where I blocked a kick and hurt my wrist -- and then after class, when I was exhausted and drenched in sweat after 15 rounds, Shihan asked me, one of the black belts, and one of the yellow belts to stay behind. The other two are fighters -- the black belt goes to a lot of tournaments and the yellow belt is being groomed to do likewise -- and I'm training for my possible black belt, so we got to do some extra endurance stuff: five two-minute rounds of jumping rope, with 20 pushups and 20 crunches after each of those rounds.

For fighting class, we can wear a t-shirt in lieu of a gi top (though it has to be one of the discipline's shirts sold by the dojo), and my shirt was completely soaked through by the end of that.

My plans to go running this morning were postponed by the need for more sleep. I'll go tomorrow morning....
  • Current Music
    "Bonfire of the Inanities" by the Austin Lounge Lizards
politics, Kerry Edwards

I heart Barney Frank

A reminder as to why Rep. Barney Frank just rocks.

The video is from Larry King Live and shows Frank at a town-hall meeting, responding to a nutjob who refers to President Obama's healthcare policy as "Nazi" and has a picture of the president with a Hitler mustache.

I find it highly amusing that the administration of President Bush would exclude people from speeches, town-hall meetings, rallies and the like because they wore a t-shirt that didn't agree with their policies, but Obama Admninistration has allowed all sorts of people who disagree with him to show up. (Yes, I know this wasn't one of the president's town-halls, but the principle stands.)
  • Current Music
    "Christmas Song" by Jethro Tull
the wire

not going to Pi-Con

I'm afraid that I'm not going to be attending 4Pi-Con this weekend as a guest, nor is terri_osborne. We took a long, hard look at our finances, and it just isn't feasible, especially with Dragon*Con on the horizon.

It's very disappointing that we won't get to see all the friends we have up yonder -- ktpinto, hughcasey, zarhooie, saraphina_marie, girlyengine, coebird, etc. -- but to say money is tight right now is to vastly understate the case. We just cannot afford this particular trip.

I will still be at Fan Expo in Toronto next weekend (BOOM! is paying for that), Dragon*Con in Atlanta over Labor Day weekend (that's too big and important a con to miss), and FenCon in Dallas in September (I'm a Special Guest, so the con's paying for it).

Everybody who's going, please have fun without us!
  • Current Music
    "Down on the Corner" by Creedence Clearwater Revival