Seen Your Video: The Winnies & Twiistup 3 showoffs

Tonight is the long-awaited Winnie awards at Cinespace and I am currently piecing together the trophy that I will be presenting. It’s gonna be a blast. As will Twiistup 3, January 16, where there will be awesome giveaways like Rock Band and most-likely a solid stable of presenters (showoffs) as we’ll find out this afternoon [the list is here. Below is a goofy video of myself and Heathervescent at the most recent Twiistup in August.

Checking Out Hulu

Playing around with Hulu and so far, I quite like it. I don’t have much for a TV or TiVo and I sure don’t have cable so it’s nice to have an opportunity to watch high-quality content on demand with very limited (if any) commercial interruption. And, it’s not just FOX and NBC, there are 70 or so content providers, including a few that I actually might check out. Recent episodes of The Office and Family Guy are embedded below.


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‘Independent’ Voters Can Participate in CA Democratic Primary

I’ve long refused to officially declare a party affiliation, if not primarily in protest to how ludicrous and homogeneous the two-party American political system is.

Now that I am completely comfortable with my choice for 2008, I finally went ahead and investigated whether or not “decline-to-state” voters can participate in California’s Feburary 5 Democratic primary. (Decline-to-state voters comprise nearly one-fifth of the state’s registered voters.) To my relief, a Google search led me to the following:

California Democrats have a different view of the proposed Feb. 5, 2008, presidential primary. Decline-to-state voters can simply request a Democratic ballot, either by mail or at the polls, and have their choice recorded alongside those of the party regulars.

On the contrary, the state Republican party will only accept votes from declared Republican voters.

Independence salvaged yet again!

Star Mapping the Law Docs and ‘Digg’-ing Legal Opinion

Great press release from the fed-facing open-source activist site public.resource.org.

The news in the announcement is worth celebrating and well worth the wait: a huge, free, digital archive of federal case law, including all Courts of Appeals decisions from 1950 to the present and all Supreme Court decisions since 1754!

But what I really like is the last paragraph, explaining how open-source archives circa 2007 are taking the extra step to convert two-dimensional, law record formatted content into the online sphere:

Public.Resource.Org intends to perform an initial transformation on the federal case law archive obtained from Fastcase using open source “star” mapping software, which will allow the insertion of markers that will approximate page breaks based on user-furnished parameters such as page size, margins, and fonts. “Wiki” technology will be used to allow the public to move around these “star” markers, as well as add summaries, classifications, keywords, alternate numbering systems for citation purposes, and ratings or “diggs” on opinions.