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Wednesday, April 30, 2003

A car driven by an intoxicated teenager crashed into a motel room in Australia. The motel owner joked,
We should have a new marketing motto, 'Come and crash at our motel.'
Ha.


Tuesday, April 29, 2003

One of our nearby Dunkin Donuts stores has a drive thru window. The Framingham, Mass. franchise on Concord Street, however, does not. That did not stop 59-year-old Douglas Fitzpatrick. Maybe this was Krispy Kreme-funded sabotage!


Today is the three year wedding anniversary of proud parents Marc and Lisa, which can only mean one thing: yesterday was the three year anniversary of my last speeding ticket, given to me on the highways of Virginia by a wonderful state trooper while I was on my way home to New Jersey for said wedding. Congratulations Marc and Lisa! Congratulations, Mr. State Trooper Sir!


Monday, April 28, 2003

This car-crashing-into-house article is accompanied by a rather frightening pair of pictures. As a rule, I don't post these articles when someone is seriously hurt, but it looks like whoever it was who lost control of her car may have had some medical condition that caused the accident. Yes, that medical condition just might be "old age".


Saturday, April 26, 2003

Ro-Ro-Rosario...


Thursday, April 24, 2003

Tuesday, April 22, 2003

Car crashes into South Carolina art gallery and it's not the first incident of its kind in the past year.


Monday, April 21, 2003

Tonight I saw My Big Fat Indian Football Wedding or as it's actually called, Bend It Like Beckham, a fabulous British import about an Indian girl who wants to play football against her parents' wishes. The plot was a little "all over the place" but I laughed until I peed my pants, and then a little bit more. Even if you don't like soccer (or the English for that matter) you should check out this movie.

On a side note, my 15-year-old cousin and I paid for one adult ticket and one student ticket. Yes, I was the student with my expired college ID and she was the adult without a high school ID to her name. What's wrong with this picture?



Thursday, April 17, 2003

Congratulations once again to NCAA Pickem winner Bryant of Winston-Salem, North Cackalacky. His prize? A cheap-ass pin. As for the Oscars pool, since there was a tie for first, I've invoked my "buy myself a toy" clause. Sorry. It was in the rules.


Tuesday, April 15, 2003

Since moving to Madison, I've "inherited" the use of Noel's Tivo. However, the strange thing about this new found technology is that I haven't Tivo'ed anything yet. What am I missing? What should I be recording? TPiR?


Monday, April 14, 2003

Stolen car crashes into Colorado home. Nothing exceptionally exciting here. The picture has been added to the archives.


Sunday, April 13, 2003

Earlier this season, my cousin Bryant went to his first ever NASCAR race down there in North Cackalacky. Today, frequent tag-board contributor Vince went to his first ever NASCAR race in Virginia. Vince, would you regale us with tales from the infield?


Saturday, April 12, 2003

I'm hemorrhaging money!


Introducing a new feature at the site: a semi-compendium of the past six months of Car Crashin' Pictures posted at iracane.com.


Friday, April 11, 2003

New Liz Phair album coming this June!!!


Thursday, April 10, 2003

Haha there's a drive-thru laundromat in Texas. I've said it before and I'll say it again...fifteen year old girls cannot stop driving into laundromats.


Wednesday, April 09, 2003

A good blimp story. It's like the Hindenburg story, except without all the tragedy.


It is springtime and I am as happy as a little girrrrrrl.


Tuesday, April 08, 2003

Big Daddy responds:
Your appeal to my not-yet-fully-developed legal curiosity worked. It looks like the RIAA's court case is pretty weak, though they have a strong sword with which they can eventually shut down the site. Basically, the author made a search engine specific to Princeton computers. Not a Web search engine, but a search engine for shared Windows files. (All of them, not just MP3's). Instead of searching for HTML, PDF, DOC files et al like Google, this just searches all files--it's really no different. The direct copyright infringement would never fly without some proof of direct infringement. This kid can't be liable for direct infringement for making a search engine unless they can show that he himself used the search engine to copy files himself or his computers made illegal copies of the files. Just like Sony could never be liable for direct infringement for other people taping copyrighted shows on a Sony VCR, and just like Napster's search engines never passed the files through its central servers, this guy himself never copied files nor passed them through his servers. As for contributory infringement, he made a search engine, just like Google, which is safe under the DMCA unless the company can show actual knowledge of infringement by users. Herein lies the rub, as noted in the DMCA: once the copyright owners inform the administrator of the search engine of a copyright infringement going on through his search engine, the admin has to eliminate the infringing use! This is the "filter" that killed Napster, and the RIAA can do the same thing to this guy. They can hound him with letters indicating each and every copyrighted file on each computer--this is the "actual knowledge that the material or activity is infringing." In turn, this guy has to take them all down or he'll THEN face liability for contributory copyright infringement...the time investment required by such a policing effort will probably be the death of wake. Google has tons of money to hire somebody to do this...this college kid probably does not. One additional note is that the RIAA makes no attempt to attack with the third standard flavor of infringement, "vicarious copyright infringement," which generally occurs when there are infringing users over which the defendant has some control, and when the defendant receives some (generally financial) benefit in return. Given that Napster had ads and what-not, they were liable for vicarious infringement. This guy is probably safe from a vicarious liability claim, since it doesn't appear to be a commercial venture. Hope that helps some! -Big Not-Yet-A-Lawyer Grenks


Monday, April 07, 2003

I can't imagine anyone but Big Daddy Grenks reading this entire analysis of the RIAA's complaint against that kid who operated a file-sharing service at Princeton. (background article) Dave, when you're done reading it, can you sum it up for the rest of us? Possibly using hand puppets and witty anecdotes?


The YES network's top band ever REM is set to release two new songs on their upcoming greatest hits album this September. Annnnnddd...I'm going to see them play live in Boston this fall!


Sunday, April 06, 2003

This British Honda advertisement takes a while to load but it is worth the wait. It's a Rube Goldberg homage with various car parts. Don't you know who Rube Goldberg is/was?


Congratulations to Bryant of Wake Forest, NC for pulling down the coveted Third Annual Iracane.com NCAA Tournament Pickem trophy. As soon as he gives me his mailing address down South, I'll put his prize in the mail. (no, it is not a Cackalacky Country Store gift certificate.)


Tuesday, April 01, 2003

I've always made sure to never link to car-crashing-into-building stories where people die, but who really cares about a truckload of chickens?


I'm writing this now from my new Ikea chair in my latest residence: Rosedale Manor Apartments in Madison, NJ. For those of you who didn't know that I was moving out of my parents' house in Lake Hiawatha, surprise! This is not an April Fools joke (though I'm sure that certain people wish it was). This is an interesting time for the Iracane kids...Michelle is moving to Pennsylvania to prepare for her upcoming wedding, and here I am on my own (with Noel) for the first time. Wish me luck...and if you want to send an apartment-warming gift, send the gift that keeps on giving.