KILKENNY -- It's frosty in the morning, we have a house for sale in Kilkenny, and the Sunday papers are reflecting on the marriage of Charles and Camilla while remembering the passing of Pope John Paul II. I think there will be exceptional interest in all matters related to PJP2 because I continue to get more than 100 people a day visiting to use their Real Player to hear Pope John Paul II sing the Our Father. Other items worth noting:
Sunday Tribune Blogosphere. The Sunday Tribune continued trawling Irishblogs. citing stories on Gerry Adams, The Big Bite, and the passing of the Pope. Blogs cited include N.Irish Magyar, Caoimhe Burke, Irish Eagle, and Blather.
Comment permalinks. Flickr includes permalinks to individual comments added to pictures, including those left behind for Chuckie, our family Pomeranian.
Rover is Chinese. Shanghia Automotive, the Chinese car group that last week triggered an election crisis for Labour by pulling out of a rescue deal for MG Rover, believes it has taken possession of the iconic Rover name as the result of an earlier agreement with the stricken British group.
Citizen Mapping. As mapmaking becomes big business, citizen cartographers are creating free personal alternatives, reports Sean Dodson in The Guardian. Meanwhile, Flickr Geekgrrl Caterina Fake links to "memory maps" that Flickroids are using to compare where they live, went to school, or party hardy.
Google v Craigslist Robert Andrews points to an interface that hooks up Google's
.jobs and .travel approved. The Internet's key oversight agency gave final approval Friday to two new Internet suffixes -- ".jobs" for the human resources community and ".travel" for the travel industry. It could take months, though, for the domain names to start appearing, as companies running those names now must register the names and set up other procedures.
BillG owns Einstein. Rick Prelinger writes: "Corbis, the image licensing company owned by Bill Gates, has bought the Roger Richman Agency, who represents, in its words, "a roster of legendary personalities including actors & actresses, comedians, musicians, film directors, sports figures, fictional characters and historical icons."
"What Richman, and now Corbis/Gates, control includes "full persona usage, consisting of name, voice, signature and image (photo, illustration, animation and/or look-alike)." Dead or alive.
"And guess whose personas Gates now controls: Boris Karloff, Rod Serling, the Marx Brothers, Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Isaac Asimov and yes, Bucky Fuller.
"As far as I know, this is the first time an image licensing company has integrated with a personality licensing company."
LSE on ID. The Identity Project issued by the London School of Economics concludes that the establishment of a secure national identity system has the potential to create significant, though limited, benefits for society. From the report:
The proposals currently being considered by Parliament are neither safe nor appropriate. There was an overwhelming view expressed by stakeholders involved in this Report that the proposals are too complex, technically unsafe, overly prescriptive and lack a foundation of public trust and confidence. The current proposals miss key opportunities to establish a secure, trusted and cost-effective identity system and the Report therefore considers alternative models for an identity card scheme that may achieve the goals of the legislation more effectively. The concept of a national identity system is supportable, but the current proposals are not feasible.
Dominic O'Connell and Andrew Porter -- "Chinese lay claim to the Rover name"
Paul Rademacher -- Indicate rent or sale, choose a city, a price, and let Craigslist and Google find an offering.
Sean Dodson -- "Get mapping"
Flickr Memory Maps pool
AP -- "Internet agency approves two new domain names" Dan Glaister -- "Dead stars who rain money on the living"