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Happy Birthday Faraday!
2/27/2007 11:48:00 PM

Happy Birthday Faraday!

Faraday on the beanbag

Our little wiener-dog is now one year old.  She's an adolescent now. She knew she was getting a lot of attention; but I'm not sure she understood why.  She even let me take her picture.

Table For None
2/26/2007 8:13:00 AM

Today, I'm taking a different route than normal.  Today's post isn't about news, or even something amusing.  Today's post is purely to embarrass our friend Skye.

A certain someone was supposed to join us for dinner on the evening of 02/25/2007.  She delivered her regrets at precisely 1:29 PM; exactly 91 minutes before we were scheduled to meet in the city.  I'm glad she didn't call a few minutes later, or we would have already been on the road to the University of Pennsylvania Museum.

Just so everyone is clear on exactly what she missed; I've taken some photos that I'd like to share...

We spent quite a while preparing this one.  The table was set Asian-style.  The menu included fresh sushi (hand made by Jessa), many types of dumplings, several kinds of steam buns, and home made green tea (Japanese-style) ice cream.

Here's a picture of the table all set, wine glasses and all: 

Table, Japanese Style

Here we have a  close-up of the table setting, including the bamboo steamer used for the food.

Closeup of the table setting

Also, we even had a selection of wines on hand.  The bowls were set out for the ice cream.

Selection of wines

Lastly, I thought I would include a picture of the sushi that was slumbering in the fridge.  The poor sushi, it was only a few hours old when it heard that we were ditched.  Poor little Philadelphia crab rolls.

Sushi

We hope this blog entry serves to embarrass all those who have ditched us; and possibly all those who will ditch us in the future.

Also... 

In completely unrelated news: our neighbors had better Asian food than ever before in their lives. Our splendid food was devoured by screaming children.

Streaming Notes Updated
2/23/2007 6:28:00 PM

I've just updated the Audio Streaming page with lots of new stuff.  I've rewritten and simplified the ASP.Net mp3 streaming code.

I've got new examples, and a working online demos of the streamer in action:

The sample track is "Always Believe" by Sapphirecut.  She's a good friend of mine.  You can buy her stuff at CDBaby and iTunes.

Sapphirecut at WorldCafe Live
(I shot this photo back at her Videohouselive show)

Reply from Senator Carper
2/2/2007 7:25:00 PM

Just received this reply from Senator Carper.  Although it was kind of him to write such a detailed reply, I thought he hedged on both sides...

Dear Mr. Yanis:

Thank you for contacting me regarding S. 256, the PERFORM.  I appreciate hearing your views on this important issue.
 
As you probably know, the fair use doctrine in copyright law allows, under certain circumstances, the unauthorized use of copyrighted material.  The Copyright Act of 1976 establishes four criteria for determining whether or not an unauthorized use of a work violates the rights of the copyright owner.  These criteria are:  1) the amount and character of the use; 2) the nature of the copyrighted work; 3) the amount copied in relation to the whole copyrighted work; and 4) the effect of the copying on the potential market for the copyrighted work.
 
Courts have historically applied the fair use doctrine on a case-by-case basis in establishing an equitable balance between the rights of the copyright owner and the rights of those who use the copyrighted work without authorization.  However, court decisions have made it clear that it is the responsibility of Congress, and not of the courts, to strike an optimal balance between both sets of rights. 
 
Recent and rapid advancements in technology have renewed the debate in Congress over the appropriate balance between these sets of rights.  Through the Internet, consumers can attain virtually perfect reproductions of copyrighted works with a click of a mouse, and distribute works just as easily.  In response, Congress passed the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) in 1998, to provide copyright owners protection from the rapidly growing communities of Internet users who participate in this unauthorized attainment and distribution of copyrighted works.  Critics of the DMCA believe that the Act went too far to protect the rights of the copyright owner.
 
Although I was not a member of Congress when it passed the DMCA, I agree that providing copyright owners protection from illegal use of technology should not come at the total expense of fair use rights.  Having said that, I believe that Congress needs to consider practical solutions that include preventing content piracy, keeping up with the exponential progress of technology, and upholding the fair use rights of content users.  
 
Last year, the U.S. government launched an education campaign to curb illegal copying of movies, music, and computer software.  According to recent reports, the Recording Industry Association of America lost an estimated $4.6 billion, and the Motion Picture Association of America lost $30 billion due to piracy last year.  As you know, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) recently introduced the PERFORM Act (S. 256), a bill to help combat copyright infringement.  It would expand the Justice Department's authority by allowing it to file civil copyright infringement cases against violators who intend to induce others to infringe copyrights. 
 
That being said, I would not support legislation that would prevent the advancement of technology, or that would prevent Americans from using every day technology, such as VCR's, file sharing networks, and Apple iPods.  At this time, S. 256 is currently pending in Senate Judiciary Committee.   If I have an opportunity to vote on S. 256 or similar legislation, please be assured that I will keep your views in mind.  Thank you again for expressing your thoughts regarding copyright law legislation in the age of the Internet.  Please feel free to contact me in the future regarding this, or another issue of importance to you.
 
With best personal regards, I am

Sincerely,

Tom Carper
United States Senator

Please do not respond to this email. To send another message please visit my website at http://carper.senate.gov/aemail.cfm and fill out the webform for a prompt response. Thank you.

Too Perfect
2/2/2007 9:21:00 AM

Art imitates reality.

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No.  I didn't Photoshop it.