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January 31, 2007

All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace
Posted by Patrick at 06:15 PM * 22 comments

Via Crooked Timber, I discover Psychic Whois—and thence, that MAISON TROPICALE S.A., P.O. Box 58, The Valley, British West Indies has registered “”

Digging around further, I also discover that something called COMPANA LLC, whose own “whois” server is evidently down, owns “”.

I’m sure there’s a perfectly good reason for this, and I for one welcome our automated domain-registering robot overlords. Did I say overlords? I mean protectors.

Comments on All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace:
#1 ::: Robert L ::: (view all by) ::: January 31, 2007, 06:55 PM:

Or perhaps you mean "overlrds" [sic].

#2 ::: Will "scifantasy" Frank ::: (view all by) ::: January 31, 2007, 07:04 PM:

We on Chiron Beta Prime welcome you, sister.

#3 ::: miriam beetle ::: (view all by) ::: January 31, 2007, 07:15 PM:

my favourite is still nielsen hat den. for all of your millinery needs!

#4 ::: theophylact ::: (view all by) ::: January 31, 2007, 07:16 PM:

I was astonished (well, perhaps not) to find that,, and have all been registered. I can have, -info or if I want.

And I never even organized my "company".

#5 ::: Julia Jones ::: (view all by) ::: January 31, 2007, 08:54 PM:

What's interesting is who is paying for sponsored links on that first one...

#6 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: January 31, 2007, 10:02 PM:

The Valley is the capital, so to speak, of Anguilla. I'd no idea that the Anguillans were planning to take over the Internet.

#7 ::: Edward Oleander ::: (view all by) ::: February 01, 2007, 01:44 AM:

As CEO, COO, CIO and CFO of both Maison Tropicale S.A. and Compana LLC, I would like to announce that my takeover of the Nielsen Hayden empire is nearly complete. Patrick, to make the transition to total domination easier, this week you and Teresa need only submit breakfast cereal choices for my approval. Next week we will add your lunch menu and opinions on free trade agreements. By April you will be lobbying your Congresscritter for extended Presidential term limits during wartime...


#8 ::: Dave Bell ::: (view all by) ::: February 01, 2007, 05:44 AM:

The PO Box address looks highly bogus, but I suspect you dropped "Anguilla". Otherwise, it's about as specific as "Newtown, UK."

#9 ::: Patrick Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: February 01, 2007, 09:25 AM:

#8: Nope, that's how it's rendered in the whois record.

#10 ::: Mary Dell ::: (view all by) ::: February 01, 2007, 01:52 PM:

So apparently they want to swipe your spelling-challenged fans. This is good, maybe the people who think TNH is "Theresa" or "Terese" will go away.

I wish I could have MY last name for a domain name, but some obscure entity seems to have beaten me to the punch.

#11 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: February 01, 2007, 02:03 PM:

Mary Dell #10: Probably some farmer.

#12 ::: Jon Sobel ::: (view all by) ::: February 01, 2007, 05:10 PM:

I listened to the "Chiron Beta Prime" song and then dug around and discovered it's the same guy who did that brilliant Flickr video and song that was being emailed around some months back. Maybe I'm just a latecomer to the Jonathan Coulton Express.

#13 ::: Will "scifantasy" Frank ::: (view all by) ::: February 01, 2007, 05:54 PM:

Maybe I'm just a latecomer to the Jonathan Coulton Express.

The more, the merrier.

#14 ::: Caroline ::: (view all by) ::: February 01, 2007, 06:06 PM:

Jon & Will (12 & 13), it's a great train, the JC Express.

(Ever since I found out they're finally putting an Ikea in my state, I've been wandering around the house singing "Ikeeeea, just some oak and some pine and a handful of Norsemen...")

#15 ::: Robert L ::: (view all by) ::: February 01, 2007, 07:53 PM:

MAISON TROPICALE S.A., P.O. Box 58, The Valley, British West Indies has registered “”

Hey, just 'cause a bunch of DJs steeped in classical music want to do mash-ups of Carl Nielsen and Joseph Haydn and put them up on the Internet, why should it be any business of yours? :)

#17 ::: Stephen Frug ::: (view all by) ::: February 02, 2007, 11:57 AM:

I first got on the Coulton Express thanks to one of the sidelights/particles which linked to his zombie song, "Re Your Brains". Been on it ever sense. Lots of good traveling there.

#18 ::: Nicole J. LeBoeuf-Little ::: (view all by) ::: February 02, 2007, 01:40 PM:

Yay John Coulton! (Too bad I'm never early enough to post the first comment acknowledging the reference. I got it, I swear! I really did!) "Merry Christmas From Chiron Beta Prime" is always the second song we play for friends who haven't heard of him yet. "Re: Your Brains" is the first. (After that we usually segue into "Code Monkey," but it varies.)

Surely the typosquatters have nothing to do with the outage late last night? That would be too weeeeeird.

#19 ::: ethan ::: (view all by) ::: February 02, 2007, 06:26 PM:

By the way, I'd like to mention that when Making Light was down for a few hours, I had a panicky moment of thinking that the owners of, who advertise, among others, Publish America, might have had something to do with it. You know, some kind of plot.

Luckily, it turned out to be a hoax. Now I'll set about arresting, charging, and prosecuting those responsible.

#20 ::: Nix ::: (view all by) ::: February 03, 2007, 06:16 PM:

As another Coulton Express latecomer (spotted in November, immediately exploited the £/$ exchange rate to get everything he's ever done for the equivalent of two days' train fare), the first thing I tend to play to newcomers is _Better_. I don't know why I like that song so much: I guess I just do. (Mind you, he still doesn't have a patch on Shostakovich, Sigur Rós, or Stravinsky, but he's not half bad.)

#21 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: February 03, 2007, 09:24 PM:

This is an excerpt from the playlist of BBC Radio 3's overnight programme, through the night, tonight (technically tomorrow morning):

Haydn, Joseph): Symphony No 82 (The Bear)
Camerata Salzburg
Leonidas Kavakos (director)

Nielsen, Carl): Song of the Bear
Mattias Ermedahl (tenor)
Anders Kilstrom (piano)

#22 ::: Robert L ::: (view all by) ::: February 05, 2007, 02:51 PM:

You know, through all this, have you checked out what actually comes up on [sic]. I suggest you do so. Besides the "have Ann Coulter's column e-mailed to you each week" link, you'll see some publishing-related links that I suspect are, shall we say, old friends?

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