July 12, 2004

Blogging & Etc.

The AP story on convention blogging.

Can blogging possibly still be 'cool' when FCC Chair Michael Powell is doing it? Allegedly, he's very keen to have open communication from the tech community on the advent of digital television.

Jesse at Pandagon talks about blog burnout, and the possibility that he may blog drunk and frighten Carl Levin at the convention. I'm definitely bringing the camera.

The Slashdot community discusses patent law and the current discussions on revamping it a bit.

Nathan Newman talks about an important blow against frivolous corporate lawsuits, the SEIU endorsement of gay marriage, how Kerry could make inroads with hunters, and the alarming percentage of newly created jobs that are only temporary employment.

Across the pond, MI6 has taken the rather drastic step of withdrawing intelligence used to support Blair's case for taking his country into war.

Guardian: France is shocked by an anti-semitic attack on a woman in a subway thought to have been committed by members of the country's growing North African population. Numerous meetings were cancelled and papers retracted owing to the US preventing some scientists from attending the world AIDS conference, even though the trip would not have been funded privately. A former Bin Laden in-law gives an interview.

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Can blogging possibly still be 'cool' when FCC Chair Michael Powell is doing it? Allegedly, he's very keen to have open communication from the tech community on the advent of digital television.

Is it possible that I beat Slashdot to something by 2 days?

Posted by: NTodd at July 12, 2004 07:21 PM

You do know that "& etc." is a redundancy, don't you?

Posted by: Donny at July 12, 2004 08:42 PM

NTodd - Good on you :)

Donny - Umm, I'm not sure. In some sense, the word and, the ampersand, a series of three dots, and the abbreviation etc. stand for a continuation with varying degrees of relevance to what came before. But I think only the abbreviation etc. can also be used as a stand alone indicating a collection of miscellany, which the & or the word and can then imply is a collection of un- or semi-related ideas.

Posted by: natasha at July 12, 2004 11:25 PM

Preventing scientists from attending a conference is a very Soviet thing to do. But then, with every city having a version of Pravda and the US operating gulags, we knew that would be a step in the current direction, now didn't we?

Scorpio
Eccentricity

Posted by: Scorpio at July 13, 2004 02:09 AM

Natasha,

You may be right in terms of modern understanding of the term, but "etc." is an abbreviation for the Latin "et cetera", meaning "and others" or "and so forth". "Et" means "and". Preceded by an ampersand, you get the redundant "and and".

Posted by: Donny at July 13, 2004 02:48 PM

Natasha,

Your email is bouncing. Is there another email address I can reach you at?

Posted by: Matt Stoller at July 13, 2004 08:00 PM