It never fails: the undead show up, and invariably the property values
- I have a short article in The Escapist this week: Anomalous
Materials: Half-Life and Science. It's pretty nerdy. But it was fun
- Josh's slow-loading link section today includes this
Wired editorial on Ron Paul (with the amusing slug "st_ronpaul").
It's the usual lament: why does it have to be the fringe candidate who
understands the Internet? But personally, I think he's got it backwards.
Ron Paul's campaign didn't understand the Internet. In fact, it
showed repeatedly that it saw the Web only as a vague, magical
fundraising force. It would be more accurate to say that the Internet
understood Ron Paul, with supporters crawling out of the online
woodwork to put together flickr accounts and Youtube campaigns. It was a
great example of self-organization--but note that none of it translated
into on-the-ground machinery, which is the actual domain of an effective
political campaign. If you want to see someone who really used the
Internet effectively in combination with traditional political savvy, I
think you'd have to look more toward Obama, not Ron Paul.
- I picked up a Yahoo! mail account a while back when I needed access
to some discussion groups. For kicks, I got a Yahoo! Canada address. But
I started using the account to handle my webhost transition, and to
follow Warren Ellis's Bad Signal. Then I noticed that the whole thing is
in British English. What's up with that, Canada? There's no U in color,
- The Upside-down-ternet
is a pretty neat hack. I forget where I saw this link--from an XKCD
comic, I think. If I had a lot more time and a spare functional router,
I'd have to give it a shot. As it is, I'm more likely to just change the
name of our wireless network to something obscene.
- Music Thing has the details on the Anarchy
Cowbell: the cowbell that fights The Man! There's not nearly enough
cowbell-related news out there.
- Unfortunately, I didn't get to attend the Anonymous protest against
Scientology in DC. The Scientologist headquarters for the city is up
near Dupont Circle, in a building labeled the "Hubbard Dianetics
Foundation." Flickr user MynameisAnonymous seems to have gotten some
good snaps here.
If you missed it before, the Anonymous video guide to protesting can be
It's quite sensible. I wish Bank protestors had been that smart.
- Harlan Ellison hates writers who work
for free. So please don't tell him that I donated a post to Rain
Recording's upcoming Pro section.
- I realized a long time ago that I was not cut out to be a good
programmer--that, in fact, I was a very bad programmer. Not because I
couldn't understand the logic or the frameworks. I was a bad programmer
because I didn't care, and I just wanted to get whatever it was
done. To my surprise, Flash is a pretty good fit for that.