Boing Boing's Guide to Defeating Censorware
"If you understood everything I said, you'd be me" - Miles Davis
"There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge." - Bertrand Russell
"Take away the right to say fuck and you take away the right to say fuck the government." - Lenny Bruce
"Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!" - Homer Simpson
The Other Utility Fog
They link to me, I link to them, They link to me...
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Sat-Feb 25 2006
"I use blues lyrics to exemplify specific magical concepts in "Hoodoo in Theory and Practice" because the 1920s - 30s was a period during which mainstream folklorists, scholars, and book publishers paid scant attention to cultural contributions by African-Americans. Hoodoo, a beautifully coherent system of practical folk magic, was for the most part dismissed as "superstition" and went unrecorded by scholars or occultists. But these same two decades coincidentally marked the time of the greatest development of recorded rural acoustic blues, and hoodoo was a prominent topic addressed in the lyrics to these songs."Blues Lyrics and Hoodoo, from Hoodoo in Theory and Practice
Via Incoming Signals
A Tim Powers-esque novel about Blues musicians who are secretly master magicians would be so cool.
" New infectious diseases are now emerging at an exceptional rate, scientists have told a leading conference in St Louis, US.'Faster emergence' for diseases
Fri-Feb 24 2006
Thu-Feb 23 2006
Brute Force to the Rescue
After a week of struggling to transfer files by network from old computer to new I gave up. I went with Plan 2: transplant old hard drive into new machine. Worked like a charm-I think it took longer to copy the files than to move the drive. Downloaded Thunderbird and on installation it found my old profile and loaded my old mail and connected to my ISP's mail server without any fuss. Life is good.
Mon-Feb 20 2006
Happy Happy Happy
This broadband thing just might catch on. I've only had the new Linux box hooked up for less than a week and already I've effortlessly collected some Sun Ra, Nino Rota, Springsteen live bootlegs, and rare 70's psychedelia to listen to, all from Mp3 blogs.
Almost Another Quail Related Death
My Science Project does some forensics in The Cheney Shotgun Experiment. In other experiments with the word "shot", they also consider How to make your own ballistics gel (useful for simulating elderly Texas lawyers), and What is the Ultimate Jello-O Shot?, because things that go boom go better with vodka.
Lost/Maternity Leave (3/01/2006)
The official ABC synopsis for the next new Lost is up. Guest cast list and commentary in the comments.
Maternity Leave Synopsis (Spoiler)
Two Heads Are Better
"Did Soviet scientists actually keep a disembodied dog head alive back in the 1940s? Did those crazed Stalinist Frankensteins then follow up that stunt by surgically creating a two headed dog in 1954? (That is, if "two-headed" is accurate - it's more like two heads, six legs and one-and-a-half torsi.)A Brief History of Disembodied Dog Heads
Sun-Feb 19 2006
Transfered my first file from the old computer to new over LAN. It's 3AM so I think I'll just bask in a nice broth of accomplishment and leave it at that.
Death of the Internet, pt2
"With the purchase and re-animation of AT&T's remains, the collection of former Baby Bells called SBC will become the largest communications company in the US--the new Ma Bell. Verizon, comprised of the old GTE plus MCI and the Baby Bells SBC didn't grab, is the new Pa Bell. That's one side of the battlefield, called The Regulatory Environment. Across the battlefield from Ma and Pa Bell are the cable and entertainment giants: Comcast, Cox, TimeWarner and so on. Covering the battle are the business and tech media, which love a good fight.Saving the Net: How to Keep the Carriers from Flushing the Net Down the Tubes
Via Boing Boing
Sat-Feb 18 2006
Fri-Feb 17 2006
The Big Leap
I've got Kanotix installed. No big problems yet. Copied bookmarks from XP/Firefox easily. Connecting to Comcast took a bit of fumbling around but really only involved clicking "configure network card". Waiting for something to bite me on the ass. I'm very stressed.
P.S. full kudos to Ted for noticing the funky entry in my Bloglines blogroll that was screwing up the blog appearance bigtime.
Wed-Feb 15 2006
I've finally booted the new computer with a Linux LiveCD (Knoppix 4.0.2) that painlessly connects with Comcast Broadband. Life is good. Next up: Network the old and new machines.
Mon-Feb 13 2006
I Feel Offended
"Zealots are nailing veils onto the faces of my sisters in Afghanistan and Pakistan and are busy hanging women, homosexuals, adulterers and non-believers.
"What next, bearded one?"
Via Follow Me Here
Sun-Feb 12 2006
Busy Busy Busy
Sorry about the lack of recent postings. I have a spiffy new computer that is demanding a lot of attention. This is the first post from the new machine. I still have lots to do: make sure I can access my new broadband connection from Linux, install a linux distro so as to make new machine dual-boot, transfer files from old machine to new via lan. Walk in the park.
Sat-Feb 04 2006
"The nation's largest telephone and cable companies are crafting an alarming set of strategies that would transform the free, open and nondiscriminatory Internet of today to a privately run and branded service that would charge a fee for virtually everything we do online.The End of the Internet?
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