By Wired UK’s Editor  
 
“David, you’re sounding like an old dude!” Matt Flannery, who runs social-lending website Kiva, couldn’t understand when I explained that, no, I wouldn’t be keeping in touch with him via Facebook. “What are you worried about?” he teased in a break at the PINC conference in Holland. “Only old guys get worked up about privacy.”  
 
Well, Matt, I admit I’m the wrong side of 30, and that I still avoid using emoticons in formal correspondence. But let me explain why I’m not active on Facebook, nor sharing my credit-card purchases on Blippy, nor allowing Google Buzz to mine my contacts list, nor even publishing my DNA on 23andMe.com. My cautious use of the social networks has nothing to do with paranoia about privacy; and yes, I celebrate the unprecedented transparency and connectivity that these services can empower. But what’s increasingly bothering me is the wider social and political cost of our ever-greater enmeshment in these proprietary networks. Here are half a dozen reasons why.
Singer/songwriter Ani DiFranco will begin a year-long hiatus from the road this month because of worsening tendonitis in her wrists and hands.  
 
wow. ani is ALWAYS on the road. and i was just saying how i wanted to go see her again soon.
What the story says is that Healthcare Advocates is suing Wayback because the operators of Wayback failed to block access to certain archived materials during a 2003 trade secrets dispute. According to the complaint, the opposing counsel at the time obtained pages from the Wayback Machine. One issue is how those pages were obtained - did they come from normal searching or from some kind of "hacking?"  
 
Another issue is the copyrights of the pages - if the pages were copyrighted by Healthcare Advocates, then what was Wayback doing with copies of them in the first place? And why was it serving up copies of material it didn't own the copyrights to? And were opposing counsel engaged in knowingly obtaining by extra-judicial means material they knew was supposed to be protected by IP laws? And does the Internet Archive have responsibility in part due to what it apparently admits were broken "blocking procedures"?
Pixar's next feature film, "The Incredibles" — the story of a family of superheroes — will open next November; but, the teaser for the film has been showing in theaters with "Finding Nemo." Now it's online.
America gives 'G-4' the finger
The United States is now officially against the four-nation bid to become permanent members of the Security Council. BBC reports that "Washington is calling for two new permanent seats with no veto power, including one for Japan."  
 
via Nichi
Some pretty amazing before-during-and-after photographs of the devastating May 12 earthquake in China have surfaced, photos that exist because of the timing of the quake — in midafternoon, when several newlywed couples happened to be having their wedding photos taken near the town of Bailu.
In his autobiography published (in German) in March 1995 to coincide with his 90th birthday, Dr. Viktor Frankl reflected on "The Manner of My Work." His reflections are simple and clear, speaking directly to two habits that defeat procrastination.  
 
Dr. Viktor Frankl, author of numerous books and articles, but probably most well known in North America for his book "Man's Search for Meaning" (1945), has influenced people throughout the world. Man's Search for Meaning has been translated into many other languages including Japanese, Chinese, Korean and Russian. His English editions alone have sold over nine million copies. In fact, the United States Library of Congress has listed it as one of the ten most influential books in America. Clearly, Frankl has a great deal to offer us.
A new drug has helped dogs paralyzed by spinal cord injuries walk again when given within 72 hours of the injury. Researchers at Purdue University hope it will eventually benefit people.
Morrissey, famed for penning some of British pop music's most melancholic songs, is being lined up to represent Britain in the Eurovision song contest, usually seen as a celebration of all things kitsch and trite.  
 
The former lead singer of The Smiths, whose hits include "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore" and "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now," revealed he wanted to take part after Britain's disappointing performance last year.
From Pokémon to Full Metal Panic, the anime industry is doing everything the rest of show biz isn't: embracing technology, coddling fans—and making a killing.  
 
The numbers in mainstream entertainment are bad: Hollywood box-office receipts are down 7% over last year's middling performance. Home video...is losing its shine too... In TV land, prime viewers are fleeing prime time... There are plenty of reasons for these declines...But there's also the fact that, frankly, the entertainment industry tends not to show the fans much love...  
 
Yet with anime and its print cousin...
manga...the otaku keep showing up, cash in hand. This tidy little corner of the show-biz universe — a market worth more than $625 million last year at retail in North America...makes for a rare example of an entertainment niche that does more than not alienate its customers: It has found ways to keep them buying and buying.  
 
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All poor Jonah Peretti wanted was a pair of customized sneakers. But here's what happened when the MIT grad student tried to take Nike up on its offer to stitch the term of his choice -- "Sweatshop" -- onto a pair of "Personal iD" shoes that the company markets online
Choosing a Trolling Motor
There are few pieces of equipment that get as much use in bass fishing as your trolling motor. You may own 3, 6, or even 10 rods and reels, hundreds of baits, but normally just one boat, motor, trailer, and trolling motor. The boat and motor were matched for you, generally by the Coast Guard ratings on the hull. The boat and trailer were matched by the length and weight of the hull. But how did you choose your trolling motor? Generally the answer is one of two, either you bought the most motor you could afford or it came with the boat from the dealer.  
 
Or you can just use Google instead.
Through my interview with the Soundscan rep, however, I learned the following:  
 
- For the first quarter of 2003 Soundscan registered 147,000,000 records sold.  
 
- For the 1st quarter of 2004 Soundscan will report 160,000,000 records sold.  
 
That's 13,000,000 more units, almost a 10% increase in sales since last year. He also confessed that 1st quarter "album sales" (as opposed to overall sales) had increased 9.4% since 2003.  
 
What gives? Didn't Cary Sherman recently attest to the "fact" that there was a "7% decrease in revenue since last year." (This quote was taken from Mr. Sherman's speech to Financial Times Media at a Broadcasting Conference in London.) And didn't he name piracy/file-sharing as the main reason?  
 
Yes, according to more than one source.  
Maxine Altic wasn't trying to create a drive-through lane when she stopped by Cubby's convenience store Thursday morning near 156th Street and Nebraska Highway 36 in Bennington.  
 
Brakes are on the left, ma'am.
Mr.Pregnant
My sanity is constantly questioned in the virtual world, At times I confront my oblivious friend, “My Mirror” and question my social competence, perceived as a demented mentis. Deranged seems more appropriate?.  
 
I'm baffled by social constructions, confuses my sense of loony wittiness, I'm very lackadaisical when venturing down the path of social credibility, Existentialism hardly exist, and personal probing seems more desirable.  
 
over the top ... so baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad  
it hurts, one of the few geniuses to raise a grin on my face on a hard day like this one