Are you ready for Web 3.0?

A cynical ha!

all software and all data are simply complements to Google’s core business – serving advertisements – and hence Google’s interest lies in destroying all barriers, whether economic, technological, or legal, to all software and all data. Almost everything the company does, from building data centers to buying optical fiber to supporting free wi-fi to fighting copyright to supporting open source to giving software and information away free, is about removing those barriers.

And yes, this probably sums it up:

Web 3.0 involves the disintegration of digital data and software into modular components that, through the use of simple tools, can be reintegrated into new applications or functions on the fly by either machines or people.

From Rough Type.

Historic changes for Northern Territory Aborigines have been signed off by federal parliament, ushering in a new wave of intervention in indigenous communities.
The laws – which are discriminatory, by the government’s own admission – were passed on an unusual Friday sitting of the Senate after a marathon 27 hours of debate.
They include the controversial commonwealth takeover of indigenous township leases, removal of the Aboriginal land permits system, quarantining of welfare payments for neglectful parents and bans on alcohol and pornography.

NT Chief Minister Clare Martin said some aspects of the federal intervention were not about tackling child abuse, as Mr Howard has claimed.
“We support many of the measures put forward by the commonwealth, including welfare reforms to get children to school, and securing additional doctors and police,” Ms Martin said.
“We’re against measures which have no link to the protection of children, in particular the removal of permits and the compulsory acquisition of land.”
She warned the alcohol restrictions were impractical.
Democrats senator Andrew Bartlett said the government’s failure to consult with Aboriginal people about the changes had rendered the laws “fatally flawed”.
“The government’s insistence on politicising this issue and taking such an aggressively divisive approach where there is almost universal public support for helping Aboriginal people has been destructive and unhelpful,” he said.
“The approach the government has taken deliberately attempts to destroy the middle ground, dramatically increasing the likelihood that this will turn out to be yet another government failure.”

I have a new intellectual crush. It’s partly because of the way she didn’t let the interview be derailed by stupid questions, and partly just her sheer enjoyment of her area:
Math Book Helps Girls Embrace Their Inner Mathematician
“The actress who played Winnie Cooper on The Wonder Years, Danica McKellar, is a self-proclaimed math advocate for girls who might otherwise shy away from a subject that Barbie once famously described as “hard.””
I also admire Beth Wilson’s personal courage:
“Health Services Commissioner Beth Wilson has revealed her own emotional experience with abortion in a bid to persuade MPs to support a push to remove abortion from the Crimes Act.”
Health chief tells of abortion experience

It’s like I’m being wooed by a spambot

Subject: to mia
Is the moon to grow
Covering the land^×
Again awaken from your being gone to find
What I have in my hands, these flowers, these shadows,
Onto my frozen fingers.
Sought to contrive, intending to express
I seek, above all, in the wandering
Of the matter of snow here. Both of us have grasped
The earth beneath his feet, in its dark cape,
In realms of dingy gloom and deep crevasse
Thinking of your abiding spirit brings
XX. To the Pole
XIII. The Route to the North
That patch of white at the very end of the road
Lucky the bell^×still full and deep of throat,
The edge of that other square cut from the right
Toward . . . that seems to be the whispered question
Two of us, Docteur and Madame Machin, who stand
Sculpting each tree to fit your ghostly form