This article posted 03.29.06 on nytimes.com excerpts a discussion moderated by the Times’ cheif art critict regarding antiquities and their provenance. Looting and the black market trade in art and antiquities is a big deal, only the illegal arms and drug trades are larger. Here are a few pull quotes from the very distinguished panel: ELIZABETH C. STONE, professor of archaeology, State University at Stony Brook. “You wouldn’t buy a house or a car that somebody hasn’t given you a legitimate title to. It should be the same with antiquities.” JAMES CUNO, president and director of the Art Institute of Chicago. “Cultural property is a modern political construct. It’s what a modern nation state claims it to be.” KWAME ANTHONY[…]

A giant left us this weekend, Buck Owens died early Saturday morning. Of course I knew Buck Owens, as many of my age did, from his role as co-host of the popular 70s television show “Hee Haw.” As a kid living in a rural area with only two clear channels and one fuzzy one coming in through the antenna, I watched the show a lot because there wasn’t much else. I didn’t realize at the time that it was laying in a deep foundation of country music appreciation that only surfaced later in my life. I’ve played in a lot of bands in my life, and I still do today. I started playing percussion when I was in elementary school,[…]

a couple of recent efforts are finally seeing the light of day. www.maritimehistory.org, the new site for the institute of maritime history went live yesterday. dns is stil updating in some remote necks of the woods, but so far it looks like it is working pretty well. i had a bear of a time implementing the rss feeds on that site for some reason, eventually i used magpierss to tie their moveable type area into their static page. i’m also using rss box reader to draw headlines off of www.thesextant.org. now that imh is ready to roll, i’m planning on turning a little attention back on it. over in my day job, www.scrippsnews.com is now in a live beta. i’m[…]

interesting item on yahoo’s buzz log today, with the davinci code controversy and major film release, they are seeing a spike in interest for information on secret societies. as a freemason, such things tend to interest me on several levels. misconceptions about the knights templar can be very entertaining, and lead to fantastic fodder for fiction.

I haven’t spent a lot of time checking out MySpace, but recent discussions about social networking sites and commercial impact on media had me poking around in there this morning. I was fairly surprised when I realized that the entire site was built not only in coldfusion, but it uses the fusebox methodology. Considering that myspace boasts something like 55 million users, I was even more surprised to find that a search of macromediadobe produced no results to boast or otherwise. There at least was a little discussion on it over in the fusebox forums.