Updated 10:07 a.m. The Daily Tar Heel was the victim of a widespread larceny early this morning when at least 10,000 of its papers were picked up in mass right after they were delivered to their destinations. Unknown persons lifted the papers, of which each person is allotted one copy, from almost all of the newspaper’s campus bins and several in town. University police are investigating the incident. The DTH also is reprinting 3,000 copies of today’s issue set to be available around the Pit in the early afternoon. We apologize for any inconvenience. You can read all of today’s stories as well as view a full PDF of the issue [at the paper's website]
The weather was great for walking on the beach, but Tucker and I had left our flops at home. I didn’t want to be in the sand in my hiking shoes. Then in the Variety Store, we came up on a barrell of Crocs Knockoffs. A virtual gator farm of black plastic shoes for only $5 a pair. Cheaper than the flops. Who could avoid them at that price? I could wear them twice and toss them if necessary. But the shoes are so damn comfortable that I wore them the whole long weekend. And kept them.
Even out on Ocracoke you can’t get away from IP talk. One morning at the Ocracoke Coffee Company I struck up a conversation with a pleasant guy who was in the process of moving down to the island. Turns out that he’s Peter Vankevich of the Library of Congress’ Copyright Office. We had a great talk as two IP/Copyright geeks.
Peter told me to be sure to take a look at the announcement from LC about DCMA exemptions. I was finally getting around to that (having been mostly net-free on Ocracoke) when I found the EFF’s analysis of the exemptions (here).
Not that there aren’t non-iPod players that Andy thinks are competitive and fun to use. He likes several non-Apple products:
“The Zune is a complete, humiliating failure. Toshiba’s Gigabeat player, for example, is far more versatile, it has none of the Zune’s limitations, and Amazon sells the 30-gig model for 40 bucks less.”
“Companies such as Toshiba and Sandisk (with its wonderful Nano-like Sansa e200 series) compete effectively with the iPod by asking themselves, ‘What are the things that users want and Apple refuses to provide?'”
Andy’s bottom line: “Result: The Zune will be dead and gone within six months. Good riddance.”
A brief and simple note about the OcraFolk Festival Fundraiser on Friday night. One great surprise was seeing Jef the Mime for the first time in years. There were a number of new surprises at the show — Rob Temple has become quite the versifier of local tales both humorous and scary. Ocracoke is growing some very good young musicians too.
Up in the predawn so as to get to Swan Quarter for the 9:30 am ferry, the first to get to Ocracoke in a couple of days. Since the Nor’easter blew in and blew the ferries into port and blew the ocean over the highway.
Ferry reading: John Maeda’s Laws of Simplicity. Could be simply called “Simplicity’s Laws” (Thanks to Steve Kulp for the book suggestion). Took less than the 2 1/2 hour trip to read. Tucker got half way through it after I finished reading. But I’m still thinking about the ideas there. Not the shallow business book that I feared, but a smart book on design and usability.
phone call to ferry station on Hatteras:
me: is highway 12 open down Hatteras?
ferry: the dare county sheriff has that information
me: is the ferry running?
ferry: not much reason to run with highway 12 closed
me: closed on ocracoke or hatteras?
ferry: yes, there’s an ocean overwash. would you like the sheriff’s number?
phone call to ferry station at Swan Quarter:
me: is the ferry running?
ferry: we expect it to run at 4 pm
me: can i get there from here?
ferry: now you can. the road was flooded but it’s fine now.
me: think it’ll still be good in the morning?
hours later (4 pm):
web site: no update as to status of individual ferries. New line in alert “Ferry service to Ocracoke will resume once flooding subsides at Hatteras and Ocracoke.”
511: updated but not specific. notes exceptions in ferries but is vague on which ones will run when. confusing information about Highway 12 based on counties through which it runs. voice mail system aborts. “we seem to be having technical problems. please call back.”
Note: The 4 pm ferry from Swan Quarter did not run on Wednesday afterall. When we got down on Thursday morning there were several unhappy carloads of people who had spent the night as close as they could get to the ferry after having been stranded there the night before.