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or so it seems. Good and bad news tonight on this theme.

1) So I got a Region 2 copy of La Chinoise. But apparently my Mac’s dvd player isn’t going to cooperate with any of the means available for playback. So I might have to break down and buy myself a region free dvd player.

Seems to me that this whole region-ing thing must be an infringement of international trade law, but that’s just a guess on my part. How annoying.

2) Holy crap. Have you noticed that Google Books now offers .pdf files of a lot of their public domain materials?

Go take a look…

3) Relatedly: I feel terrible that I’ve ordered the ($60+) Norton Anthology for my students in one class. From here on out, when I teach a survey that has enough available in the public domain, I’m going to make up my own .pdf / multilith for the students to use, rather than forcing this monster upon them. Besides saving them money – and this is a real issue for many of my students – compiling a personal anthology wil save me the huge time expense of tranfering my notes from one edition to another. (And the new editions come ever faster, don’t they?)

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August 30, 2006 at 1:21 am

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