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More on the Bush poster

At the risk of sounding like I’m beating a dead horse, let me report that the Bush “poster” tool fails to work on PCs using Mozilla.

The behavior is exactly the same as Mac/Safari — constant page refresh with no poster creation or error message (such as, “This tool works only on Windows machines and MSIE”).

I was able to get the tool to work with this machine (Win2000/MSIE 6.0) at 1.38 pm Friday (Seattle time).

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Creative Class War

I’d not thought of our “red” and “blue” states (an artifact of TV graphics in the 2000 presidential election) as surrogates for creative/technology centers until now.

Richard Florida makes a compelling case explaining this phenomena in the current issue of Washington Monthly.

In 1980, according to Robert Cushing’s detailed analysis of the election results, there wasn’t a significant difference between how high-tech and low-tech regions voted for president; the difference between the parties still depended upon other factors. By 2000, however, the 21 regions with the largest concentrations of the creative class and the highest-tech economies voted Democratic at rates 17 percent above the national average. Regions with lower levels of creative people and low-tech economies, along with rural America, went Republican. In California, the most Democratic of states, George Bush won the state’s 14 low-tech regions and rural areas by 210,000 votes. Al Gore took the 12 high-tech regions and their suburbs by over 1.5 million.

Florida, whose 2002 award-winning book explores the same subject, hypothesizes that not only have we undergone a seismic cultural transformation, but we are also on the verge of losing our competitive edge in “white collar” fields like creativity and technology.

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Search inside a book

Imaging being able to find obscure citations by searching the entire contents of a library (all those books!) … from a computer terminal.

Now imagine doing it from your home, when the library is “online” at Amazon.com. That’s the idea behind Amazon’s latest project, launched last week.

This tool allows you to search 33 million pages of 120,000 books — and this is just the beginning. These are not eBooks — what is returned from the search are “pictures” of the pages, not unlike Amazon’s “look inside” feature. There are limits to how many pages a customer can search, both on a per book and calendar year basis.

Links: Authors Guild; Search Engine Watch; Seattle P-I; San Jose Mercury News; Reuters; Amazon press release, letter from Bezos, and FAQ.