The Kindle, bootleg movies, etc.

January 31, 2008
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A few technology and the arts stories for you forward-thinking readers:

According to yesterday’s Publishers Weekly, Amazon.com has experienced better-than-expected sales of the temporarily-out-of-stock Kindle, the $399 electronic book gizmo it launched last November.kindle

The Amazonians boast that, with Kindle, you can download a book in a minute—without having to use a PC. And you can sample the beginnings of books for free.

It sounds great. Like many book lovers, though, I’ve been resistant to the idea. But maybe I’m missing something.

If you’ve tried one out, let me know what you think.
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Meanwhile, the play “Alice (Experiments in Wonderland)"  is opening today at the University of Central Florida   … and in Waterloo, Ontario … and in Peoria, Ill.

With the same cast.

According to an article in Canada’s Globe and Mail, this Lewis Carroll adaptation makes use of “multiple high-speed broadband connections, six or seven computers, a dozen camera operators, two different fiber-optics protocols, two-dimensional and three-dimensional sets and ceiling high screens.” And a cast of 30, spread out over the three venues.

Is this the future of theater? Or just a left-field experiment? And would Indy audiences embrace or reject such productions?
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And finally, on Wednesday the Motion Picture Association of American apologized for a statement in which it noted that “44 percent of the motion picture industry’s domestic losses were attributable to piracy by college students.” The organization now says it was approximately 15 percent.

Putting aside the significant difference in those numbers, the numbers still mean that a quarter of a billion dollars worth of content is being stolen annually by U.S. students.

What does this say about a.) the perception of piracy as a crime, b.) the free time of college students, and c.) the ability of the MPAA to deal with the realities presented by technology?

OK, confess: Have bootleg DVDs gotten into your hot little hands? Do you see a problem with such sharing? And are we heading toward a new, very different age when it comes to ownership of movies and music?

Your thoughts?
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  • As a writer, I have an interest in suppressing bootleg anythings. I have nearly a thousand DVDs - if there are any bootleg ones in there, they were purchased from regular commercial outlets. I'll certainly look for the sales and buy from discounters, but presumably the copyright holders are getting their due shares.

    As for music, the kind I buy is not generally thought of as bootleg material. Again, it's all original as far as I know - and so should everyone else's be.

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  1. John, unfortunately CTRWD wants to put the tank(s) right next to a nature preserve and at the southern entrance to Carmel off of Keystone. Not exactly the kind of message you want to send to residents and visitors (come see our tanks as you enter our city and we build stuff in nature preserves...

  2. 85 feet for an ambitious project? I could shoot ej*culate farther than that.

  3. I tried, can't take it anymore. Untill Katz is replaced I can't listen anymore.

  4. Perhaps, but they've had a very active program to reduce rainwater/sump pump inflows for a number of years. But you are correct that controlling these peak flows will require spending more money - surge tanks, lines or removing storm water inflow at the source.

  5. All sewage goes to the Carmel treatment plant on the White River at 96th St. Rainfall should not affect sewage flows, but somehow it does - and the increased rate is more than the plant can handle a few times each year. One big source is typically homeowners who have their sump pumps connect into the sanitary sewer line rather than to the storm sewer line or yard. So we (Carmel and Clay Twp) need someway to hold the excess flow for a few days until the plant can process this material. Carmel wants the surge tank located at the treatment plant but than means an expensive underground line has to be installed through residential areas while CTRWD wants the surge tank located further 'upstream' from the treatment plant which costs less. Either solution works from an environmental control perspective. The less expensive solution means some people would likely have an unsightly tank near them. Carmel wants the more expensive solution - surprise!

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