Daily Archives: July 19, 2008

Lively- big players move into VW field

Google has its own virtual world simulator.  Lively.  Read about ita t terra nova blog.

I made a room ( a cafe!) and an avatar.  My avatar looks like one of my smug students chewing gum.  Blech.

I couldn’t seem to walk, only scoot by clicking on a different spot and then the ava just **zip** appears there.  For some reason it reminded me of a 3D version of the old text adventure games like  Hitchhiker’s Guide or (??) Zork.

Ok, thats my review after five minutes.  It was easy to download and set up.

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Pre-emptive pardons? NYTimes.com

Felons Seeking Bush Pardon Near a Record – NYTimes.com
Such a pardon would reduce the risk that a future administration might undertake a criminal investigation of operatives or policy makers involved in programs that administration lawyers have said were legal but that critics say violated laws regarding torture and surveillance.

A pre-emptive pardon?  Can one do such a  thing?  Sheeesh.  It sounds like an admission of guilt.  How can you define the scope of it without naming the crime for which one could be prosecuted and is now immune from being charged with?

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