Time for emptying out my feed aggregator, that is! Here's what you may have missed during the past week or so:
Okay, so this has been spreading like wildfire over the internet - a charming story of a girl who instant messages a boy in the hopes of getting him to write a paper for her. There are several updates, so check out the rest of the blog for other posts, including one today which straightens the whole mess out. BoingBoing sez it might be a hoax, but I'm personally skeptical of that claim. If it's a hoax, well, it's still entertaining reading.
Interesting reading on slashdot: ID Theft Made Easy (92% of those surveyed [which was a small number to begin with] will trade personal info to win theater tix), Open Source as Legal Time Bomb (regarding the conflict between open source and the best way to protect intellectual property), and Indie Artists Support p2p.
Okay, this'll be the last post on the important Grokster case in a long time (it's being pretty intensely covered by the stuff I read online). For those of you who didn't know, Mark Cuban (owner of the Dallas Mavericks and HDNet, among other things, has been a major source of funding for the EFF. Go Mark!! Wired has run a bunch of stories about the case (and the Economist, too), and a handful of photos are posted to Flickr.
And k5 has an ariticle about how cool C-Span is (includes lots of links to good information and audio/video). I'm personally addicted to C-Span, and I can't really tell if it's a good thing or a bad thing. The government stuff I could do without (congressmen yammering about nothing DOES get really boring), but I really like the thinktank lectures and the authors on BookTV.
Oh, and if you're interested in our current account deficit and things of that nature, Nouriel Roubini and David Altig discuss the possibility of a hard vs. soft landing - if you're too lazy to read the whole thing, you can find a short summary here