Chris M. Lindsey

Dad. Assistant City Manager. Surviving.

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iTunes Store Terms and Conditions Lunacy

Last night, while attempting to download an application on my iPod Touch, I was asked to confirm new iTunes Store Terms and Conditions.  The screen looked like this:

You have to scroll down, and then I saw this:

Apple wants you to click through 55 pages of Terms and Conditions.  I would like to see their usability statistics and find out how few people click through (somehow I think that’s what they want you to do).  I didn’t.  All I wanted to do was “purchase” a free application.

To me, this is just another sign of our legalistic American society.  We use “terms and conditions” 55 pages long to keep consumers from actually understanding the legalities of something they seek to undertake.

Boys of Fall Football Video

I believe this is an extended music video for “The Boys of Fall” by Kenny Chesney. The song tells the story of  football, and this video is mixed with some great high school, college, and pro football videos and some advice from coaches and football players.  This is a pretty cool video.

The Georgia fans are sure to notice #34, but did you see the pictures of young #7 (not related to Georgia)?

2009 Year in Media Errors

Another 2009 wrap-up, this is hilarious.  Crunks 2009: The Year in Media Errors and Corrections.

2009 Year in Photos

The Boston Globe has for a while had a great series called ‘The Big Picture.’  Everyday they post high-quality photos about major news events.  This week they’ve posted the series 2009 in Photos.  The pictures are pretty moving (and some are graphic, but there are warnings).  See the three posts: first, second, and third.

The soldier with his gun while wearing boxers and flip-flops was my favorite.

Why I Laugh at DMCA Takedown Notices (and Why They Don’t Work)

I seriously love it when a company attempts to shut someone up (to cover up something they *think* is bad) and the attempt to shut up someone causes a bigger story.  Like today’s post on TechCrunch about tweetphoto sending a takedown request over a podcast with it’s former CEO (former because of the podcast).  The podcast wasn’t incriminating, so tweetphoto didn’t protect their interests, they just let Mike Arrington make them look bad (for good cause).

People, learn that a cease-and-desist order or a DMCA takedown notice will not quiet the damning story.  Neither will a gag order (that’s an example).  One of my favorite recent examples is the Ralph Lauren scandal involving the photoshopped skinny model and BoingBoing’s response to a DMCA takedown notice:

So, to Ralph Lauren, GreenbergTraurig, and PRL Holdings, Inc: sue and be damned. Copyright law doesn’t give you the right to threaten your critics for pointing out the problems with your offerings. You should know better. And every time you threaten to sue us over stuff like this, we will:

a) Reproduce the original criticism, making damned sure that all our readers get a good, long look at it, and;

b) Publish your spurious legal threat along with copious mockery, so that it becomes highly ranked in search engines where other people you threaten can find it and take heart; and

c) Offer nourishing soup and sandwiches to your models.

Look folks, people notice these things.  Especially in the Internet Age.  The Electronic Frontier Foundation (like the ACLU for the internet) has even compiled the “Takedown Hall of Shame.”  And Chilling Effects has a database of takedown orders.

Stop the thought process that says we can make this better by trying to shut someone up.  It doesn’t work and it makes a bigger story.

The Blueberry Lemonade

I shared this on Flickr earlier, and I thought I would do the same here.

Here’s a great drink, a blueberry lemonade:

  • 1 or 2 parts Blueberry vodka
  • 3 parts Lemonade (I use Simply Lemonade)
  • Frozen blueberries

Mix in a highball, and add cracked ice. Drink quickly.

This is a great summer drink.

Links: Complaints via Twitter, Smartphones, Eagle Scouts

To follow up on my last post, here are some more random links that have recently come across my radar.

First, I am writing this in version 2.8 of WordPress.  WordPress 2.8 is an incremental improvement on 2.7, but it really rocks.  Here is the post announcing WordPress 2.8 (check out the video for the highlights) and here are some tips and tricks for using WordPress 2.8.

And because of the new WordPress release, I have fixed up a few things around here.  I disabled WP-Super-Cache (this takes a bit of load off the server by generating static HTML pages instead of querying the database ever page load) because it was messing with the Twitter bar on the right (really old tweets were showing up).  I will likely reenable this is traffic every picks up, but for now the site doesn’t need any caching.

I have also changed the byline of this site (again).  It began as Life in Athens, GA, then switched to Life in Lawrence, KS (when I moved to start grad school), then to Life in Jefferson County, CO (again, when I moved to Colorado).  These were all adequate descriptions of the site, but it needed something more.  WordPress includes that byline in the page title, so it shows up when you search on Google.  So I decided to use a more applicable byline for what I’ve been writing about.  Now the page title (and Google) read Chris M. Lindsey: Technology and Social Media in Public Administration.  I’m not completely sure about this, but hopefully it will last for a while.

Now for the links:

  • This article from the New York Times introduces the country to a 31-year-old Brian Deese, who is a major player in the automotive industry recovery.  Great article, and great job for Brian.  I hope more young people can make it into positions of influence, because I know we can bring a lot to the table.
  • The City of San Francisco is accepting complaints from citizens via Twitter.  I think this is the biggest of all the links, because it shows a city trying to connect with their citizens in the ways they communicate.  And you know what, this probably didn’t take very long or cost much (if any) money to implement.  Here is the Twitter user that is accepting the complaints.  More governments need to be doing this.
  • The New York Times says that smartphones are a necessity.  Especially if you are out of a job (sarcasm).  Seriously, why do jobless people need to be spending the money for a smartphone?
  • Ars Technica reviews the Palm Pre smartphone.  What I find interesting here is the discussion on the second page about having better contact integration.  It doesn’t necessarily need to be syncing (because who wants to have all of their Facebook friends or Gmail contact listings on their cell phone address book), but you should be able to access the contacts on these services.  And search all of them from one place.
  • Time has a great article on whether computer nerds can save old-fashioned journalism.
  • Gina Trapani linked to this great article in the New York Times that profiles Jim Collins, the author of Good to Great.  If you’ve read the book, read this profile.
  • Last but not least, the Athens-Banner Herald covers an Eagle Scout project.  Paul (a fellow Eagle Scout) sent me this link.  Jamie Jackson of Athens went above and beyond the call of Scouting and created a fish habitat from discarded Christmas trees.  The fish habitat is quite needed at Lake Chapman (in Sandy Creek Park, Athens) because of the way the lake was constructed (pretty much all lakes in Georgia were man-made), it cuts down on natural fish habitats.  Way to go, Jamie Jackson!

That’s it for today.  I hope to be writing more as I get into a more regular schedule with work.

Why Was Lou Holtz on Fox News?

For those unaware of college football, Lou Holtz is a former coach at Notre Dame (where he led the team to a national championship) and South Carolina who now contributes (with his unique pronunciations) to ESPN. In this video, he talks with Sean Hannity on Fox News about international relations. Umm, why did they get Coach Holtz?

NYT Could Save with Kindle 2

Interesting statistic of the day, from the Silicon Alley Insider: It costs the New York Times about twice as much money to print and deliver the newspaper over a year as it would cost to send each of its subscribers a new (second generation) Amazon Kindle electronic book reader. And they’ve heard their estimate of the Times‘ printing costs is really low, so the savings would likely be higher.

NY Times on Uninsured Young Adults

The New York Times has a good article about the growing trend of uninsured young adults (h/t Lifehacker).  This is a big problem, especially for freelancers, grad students, etc.  Our society has attached health insurance to employment, which I don’t see working so well in the near future (internet generation, self-employed, consultants, etc.).  As a scary side note, I know of a friend who was told by his/her parents’ insurance company that he/she would be dropped from the health insurance plan at midnight the day of undergrad graduation.

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