June 29th, 2007

Chris Keeley

Anti-drug war video

Anti-drug war video

Picture 2-52
The Drug Policy Alliance produced this funny fake TV commercial for a prescription called Incarcerex, meant for politicians who are fearful of losing their election. Link (Thanks, Mike!)

posted by Mark Frauenfelder on June 28, 2007, 03:38 PM permalink | blogs' comments


The Passion of the Jesusphone: iPhone short links roundup


  • Steve Jobs hosted a companywide town hall meeting for Apple employees
    Collapse )
  • Apple will limit day-of-release purchases to two iPhones per person, max: Link.


  • How many mobile phone consumers will switch from their current carriers to AT&T because of iPhone? Link, and here's a "HOWTO dump your carrier" guide.


  • What about international markets? Snip from the relevant Apple press release:
    iPhone will be available in (...) Europe in late 2007, and Asia in 2008.
  • Here are the 13 AT&T Store iPhone Objection-Response scripts: Link.


  • Apple published the AT&T rate plans earlier this week, here: Link.


  • One of the more commonly voiced skeptical points, pre-launch -- how usable can this thing be as a txting device without a conventional, opposable-thumbs-friendly keyboard? Apple posted what amounts to a response yesterday: Link to "iPhone Keyboard" video.


  • Macintouch has a good features FAQ here: Link. SFGate published a pretty comprehensive FAQ here: Link.


  • Reviews from people who have spent time with the iPhone: Pogue (NYT), Mossberg (WSJ), Levy (Newsweek), Ed Baig (USA Today). I found this clever scorecard helpful: Link.


  • This PC World article lists 11 bummer factors: Link.


  • On the Apple website, official word that accessories and products certified as iPhone-compliant will carry a "Works with iPhone" logo: Link. More on the accessories market here, and a critical take here.


  • iPhone and security: A big deal. Not a big deal. Big deal or not a big deal?


  • Some people are taking Brian (Gizmodo) Lam's "Jesusphone" thing too seriously: Link versus Link.


  • Here's a Google Maps mashup that combines the Maps API with locations of AT&T and Apple stores, as well as listings on Craigslist and eBay. Link for more info on how to use it. (Thanks, Mike)


  • (Xeni): I'll be joining CNN International anchor Kristie LuStout at 5:40pm PT/840PM ET today (Thu., June 28) to talk about the you-know-what for a few minutes.

    Previously on BoingBoing:

  • Apple uses big-handed model to "shrink" iPhone
  • Dude in line for iPhone to raise money for AIDS drugs in Africa
  • Further ponderance of the iPhone's size
  • Eric Mueller video blogs from the NYC iPhone line
  • Nintendo Sixty Fouuuuuur versus iPhooooone (video)

    Reader comment: Tom Stevens says,

    Link to a news article in the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus.

    Apple's new iPhone is NOT available for sale in Vermont due to the fact that AT&T is the sole wireless provider for the phone and AT&T is not offered in the state.

    Small Dog Electronics in Waitsfield is a Vermont Apple product dealer, and CEO Don Mayer said this week he is disappointed the iPhone will not be available here.

    "I think it's very unfortunate that Apple has chosen to limit distribution of the iPhone," he said. "They've frozen out Vermont as the only state in the union without service. I understand why — that they will have their hands full with what they already have, but it leaves us and people in many other rural areas out in the cold."

    Other areas affected in this area include parts of New Hampshire and Maine...

    posted by Xeni Jardin on June 28, 2007, 02:24 PM permalink | blogs' comments


    CA court rules T-Mobile contract terms unconscionable

    BoingBoing reader Stephen Lindholm says,
    Good news for T-Mobile customers. In a class action brought against T-Mobile, this past week, the plaintiffs have successfully argued that T-Mobile cannot prevent its customers from filing a class action against it. The plaintiffs are suing over non-prorated early termination fees and the selling of SIM-locked handsets.

    T-Mobile, as many other cell phone companies do these days, had written into its contract with customers that any disputes between T-Mobile and the customers had to be resolved by arbitration. Requiring customers to go to arbitration means that customers cannot sue, and more importantly it means that customers cannot file class actions. The result, if the contractual terms requiring arbitration were valid, would be that the most abusive cell phone company practices could not be limited by customers bringing lawsuits.

    However, in the suit Gatton et al. v. T-Mobile USA, Inc., the plaintiffs convinced the trial court that the contractual provision requiring arbitration was unconscionable and therefore not enforceable. On June 22, 2007, the California appeals court affirmed the trial court's ruling. The class action is going forward.

    Presumably, this means that customers of other cell phone companies will be able to sue their own cell phone companies as well. The particular grievances against T-Mobile in this class action are the imposition of non-prorated early termination fees and the selling of SIM-locked handsets. Both of these are common to other cellular carriers, although it's not clear from the appellate opinion whether T-Mobile is doing something extra-shady with the SIM-locking. (The appellate opinion states, "T-Mobile requires equipment vendors to alter the handsets they sell to T-Mobile by locking them with SIM locks and setting the SIM unlock code based on a secret algorithm provided by T-Mobile.") So if this suit is ultimately successful in California, it may not take long before non-prorated early termination fees and SIM-locked handsets die a long-awaited death.

    PDF Link.

    posted by Xeni Jardin

  • Chris Keeley

    The House yesterday lifted a nine-year-old ban on using D.C. tax dollars to provide clean needles to

    Advocates say providing clean needles to addicts lessens the chance that they will share dirty ones, potentially passing on HIV and other blood-borne diseases such as hepatitis. Intravenous drug users make up about one-third of the District's new AIDS cases annually.

    House Repeals Needle Ban
    Decision on Funding Thrills D.C. Officials Fighting the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

    By Mary Beth Sheridan and Susan Levine
    Washington Post Staff Writers
    Friday, June 29, 2007; B01


    The House yesterday lifted a nine-year-old ban on using D.C. tax dollars to provide clean needles to drug addicts, handing city leaders what they consider a crucial new weapon against a severe AIDS epidemic.

    The change reflects how Democrats are trying to use their new majority status in Congress to give the District somewhat greater autonomy. Congress has traditionally used its budget power over the city to flex its muscles on such local issues as gun control and abortion.

    Collapse )
    Chris Keeley

    Rolling Stone: the record industry committed suicide

    Rolling Stone: the record industry committed suicide

    Rolling Stone magazine has just published the first part of a two-part article declaring the music industry dead -- by its own hand.
    So who killed the record industry as we knew it? "The record companies have created this situation themselves," says Simon Wright, CEO of Virgin Entertainment Group, which operates Virgin Megastores. While there are factors outside of the labels' control -- from the rise of the Internet to the popularity of video games and DVDs -- many in the industry see the last seven years as a series of botched opportunities. And among the biggest, they say, was the labels' failure to address online piracy at the beginning by making peace with the first file-sharing service, Napster. "They left billions and billions of dollars on the table by suing Napster -- that was the moment that the labels killed themselves," says Jeff Kwatinetz, CEO of management company the Firm. "The record business had an unbelievable opportunity there. They were all using the same service. It was as if everybody was listening to the same radio station. Then Napster shut down, and all those 30 or 40 million people went to other [file-sharing services]."

    It all could have been different: Seven years ago, the music industry's top executives gathered for secret talks with Napster CEO Hank Barry. At a July 15th, 2000, meeting, the execs -- including the CEO of Universal's parent company, Edgar Bronfman Jr.; Sony Corp. head Nobuyuki Idei; and Bertelsmann chief Thomas Middelhof -- sat in a hotel in Sun Valley, Idaho, with Barry and told him that they wanted to strike licensing deals with Napster. "Mr. Idei started the meeting," recalls Barry, now a director in the law firm Howard Rice. "He was talking about how Napster was something the customers wanted."

    Link (via Red Ferret)
    Chris Keeley

    Rolling Stones in Madrid

    Rolling Stones in Madrid
    Mick Jagger, left, sings as Ronnie Wood, second left, Charlie Watts, second right, and Keith Richards accompany him during a concert of the Rolling Stones in Madrid on June 28 as a part of the group's 'A Bigger Bang' Tour.
    (AP/Alberto Martin)
    Rolling Stones in Madrid
    Chris Keeley

    Colour Before Color - 1970's European Color Photography at Hasted Hunt Gallery. "...Martin Parr, the

    Colour Before Color - 1970's European Color Photography at Hasted Hunt Gallery. "...Martin Parr, the British photographer famous for color work that both relishes and skewers contemporary vulgarity, is ever so politely miffed that William Eggleston, Stephen Shore, Joel Meyerowitz, and other Americans tend to get all the credit for introducing color to the black-and-white world of art photography in the seventies. To counter this notion, Parr has organized 'Colour Before Color,' a savvy, pointedly argumentative show at Hasted Hunt that rounds up six European photographers — Luigi Ghirri, Ed Van der Elsken, Carlos Pérez Siquier, Keld Helmer-Petersen, John Hinde, and Peter Mitchell — whose achievements in color have gone largely unnoticed."


    Peter Mitchell: Ready Mixed Concrete LTD, Leeds, 1977

    Chris Keeley

    Stephen Gill: Billboards. From Works by Stephen Gill.

    Stephen Gill: Billboards. From Works by Stephen Gill.

    At an early age, Stephen was introduced to photography by his father. Combining his interests in birds, animals and music, he began to take photographs. 



    international magazines including Guardian Weekend, I-D, Granta, The New York Times Magazine, Tank, The Telegraph Magazine, The Observer, Le Monde, Blind Spot and Colors.

    "Stephen Gill is emerging as a major force in British photography.
    His best work is a hybrid between documentary and conceptual work. It is the repeated exploration of one idea, executed with the precision that makes these series so fascinating and illuminating. Gill brings a very British, understated irony into portrait and landscape photography."
    Martin Parr 

    Chris Keeley

    Attu sees all

    Chris Keeley

    It happened on a Sunday when my mother was escorting my twin brother and me down the steps of the te

    It happened on a Sunday when my mother was escorting my twin brother and me down the steps of the tenement where we lived. We were going to church. While walking down the hallway to the entrance of the building, we heard an incredible crash mixed with screaming and cries for help. The accident involved three cars, all with families in them. Somehow, in the confusion, I was no longer holding my mother's hand. At the place where I stood at the curb, I could see something rolling from one of the overturned cars. It stopped at the curb where I stood. It was the head of a little girl. I bent down to touch the face, to speak to it -- but before I could touch it someone carried me away

    His work often deals with such themes as death, corpses (or pieces of them) and various outsiders such as dwarfs, transsexuals, hermaphrodites and physically deformed people.