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SOPA: Put your money where your mouth is
Topic: Current Events 2:13 pm EST, Dec 19, 2011

Boycott these organizations for supporting SOPA.

I will not buy any more music or see any more movies if they have anything to do with any of these entertainment conglomerates. I will shortly be cancelling my Comcast home internet and replacing it with DSL. I am going to tell them the reason why is because of their support for SOPA.

I will not be watching any more major league baseball, basketball, or football games. It's going to be harder not to support organizations such as 3M and Underwriters Laboratories, but for consumer goods like shoe makers and entertainment industry content providers, the choice is easy to live by.

Hit them where it hurts: the almighty dollar.

1-800 Contacts, Inc.
3M Company
ABRO Industries, Inc.
Acushnet Company
Adidas America
Advanced Medical Technology Association
Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies
Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
American Association of Independent Music
American Federation of Musicians
Americans for Tax Reform
Association of American Publishers
Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association
Beam Global Spirits &Wine
Blue Sky Studios, Inc.
Bose Corporation
Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)
CBS Corporation
Concerned Women for America
Council of State Governments
Deluxe Entertainment Services Group Inc.,
Directors Guild of America
Dow Chemical
Electronic Components Industry Association
Eli Lilly and Company
Entertainment Software Association
Estee Lauder Companies
Ford Motor Company
Greeting Card Association
HarperCollins Publishers
Independent Film & Television Alliance
International Association of Fire Fighters
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
International Trademark Association
Johnson & Johnson
Kekepana International Services
Let Freedom Ring
LVMH Mo√ęt Hennessy Louis Vuitton
Major League Baseball
Motion Picture Association of America
National Association of Manufacturers
National Association of Theatre Owners
National Basketball Association
National Cable & Telecommunications Association
National Confectioners Association
National Criminal Justice Association
National District Attorneys Association
National Electrical Manufacturers Association
National Football League
National Music Publishers' Association
National Retail Federation
NBC Universal
News Corporation
Nike, Inc.
Outdoor Industry Association
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America
Philip Morris International
Recording Industry Association of America
Retail Industry Leaders Association
Screen Actors Guild
Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council
Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council
Society of Plastics Industry
Software & Information Industry Association
Sony Music Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Specialty Equipment Market Association
Sporting Goods Manufacturer's Association
Taylor Made Golf Company, Inc.
The Walt Disney Company
Tiffany & Co.
Timberland Company
Time Warner
U. S. Chamber of Commerce
Underwriters Laboratories Inc.
Universal Music Group Inc.
Walt Disney Company
Warner Music Group
Xerox Corporation

SOPA: Put your money where your mouth is

Topic: Miscellaneous 9:47 pm EST, Nov 25, 2011

Into the twittersphere!


Men In Grey
Topic: Arts 11:10 am EST, Nov 24, 2011
System Primitives:

    We are the direct manifestation of a Citizen's Network Anxiety; our metal and
    flesh yields from a citizen's networked fears, doubts, delusions and the lies of others. 

    We carry the signal and as such are a part of that signal. What passes through
    the air will pass through us. 

    We span the space between the invisible and the corporeal; as Adaptors
    comprised of flesh and metal, we capture and reconstruct that which hides in
    the air.

    We are prisms: a citizen's network fears, doubts, delusions, desires and lies will
    be revealed through us. 

    We are the lightning in an age of Cloud Computing.

Men In Grey

The Militarization of Police
Topic: Current Events 10:15 pm EST, Nov 23, 2011

All the time, we hear new horror stories of night raids gone bad, where women, children get hurt, and dogs, get shot. The best example being a raid in Columbia, Missouri just a few weeks ago. Alyona discusses these cases with police militarization expert, Reason Magazine's Radley Balko.

The Militarization of Police

Don't submit yourself to a game machine!
Topic: Miscellaneous 9:43 am EDT, Oct 11, 2011

Nowadays, people have submitted ever bigger portions of their lives to "gaming machines" that make things at least superficially easier and simpler, but whose internal rules they don't necessarily understand at all. A substantial portion of today's social interaction in developed countries, for example, takes place in on-line social networking services. Under their hoods, these services calculate things like message visibility -- that is, which messages and whose messages are supposed to be more important for a given user. For most people, however, it seems to be completely OK that a computer owned by a big, distant corporation makes such decisions for them using a secret set of rules. They just care about the fun.


Video games, in many ways, surpasses traditional passive media in the potential of mental manipulation. A well-known example is the so-called Tetris effect caused by a prolonged playing of a pattern-matching game. The game of Tetris "programs" its player to constantly analyze the on-screen wall of blocks and mentally fit different types of tetrominos in it. When a player stops playing after several hours, the "program" may remain active, causing the player to continue mentally fitting tetrominos on outdoor landscapes or whatever they see in their environment. Other kinds of games may have other kinds of effects. I have personally also experienced an "adventure game effect" that caused me to unwillingly think about real-world things and locations from the point of view of "progressing in the script". Therefore, I don't think it is a very far-fetched idea that spending a lot of time on an interactive website gives our brains a permission to adapt to the "game mechanics" and unnoticeably alter the way how we look at the world.


The most prominent game-mechanical element in Facebook is "Like", which affects nearly everything on the site. It is a simple and easily processable signal whose use is particularly encouraged. In its internal game, Facebook scores users according to how active "likers" they are, and gives more visibility to the messages of those users that score higher. Moderate users of Facebook, who use their whole brain to consider what to "Like" or not or what to share and not, gain less points and less visibility. This is how Facebook rewards the "virtuous" users and punishes the "sinful" ones.


Don't submit yourself to a game machine!

Algorithmic symphonies from one line of code
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:33 pm EDT, Oct 10, 2011

This link takes you to the blog entry that goes into more detail about this video.

Algorithmic symphonies from one line of code

Also also, here's what 23 strategically placed bytes in a C64 can do:

Worship the glitch.

Algorithmic symphonies from one line of code

Two cons in Nashville on the same weekend?
Topic: Miscellaneous 9:44 am EDT, Oct 10, 2011

Is this another Innerzone vs Outerzone thing?

RE: 4-27-11 Tornado Tuscaloosa, Al on Vimeo
Topic: Miscellaneous 12:38 pm EDT, Apr 30, 2011

Decius wrote:
Probably the best video of the tornado that hit Tuscaloosa - If you look carefully you can see large objects that were picked up and are spinning around in the storm.

Check this one out:

That sound you hear is this guy's big clanking brass balls.

RE: 4-27-11 Tornado Tuscaloosa, Al on Vimeo

You are no longer free to move about the country
Topic: Civil Liberties 2:27 pm EST, Dec  1, 2010

Radley Balko of posted this Tampa news channel's cheerful puff piece about a federal check point set up at a Greyhound bus station to pretend to stop terrorists, as well as nab unregistered immigrants, drug dealers, and cash smugglers.

It's not difficult to envision the day where anyone wishing to take mass transportation in this country will have to first submit to a government checkpoint, show ID, and answer questions about any excess cash, prescription medication, or any other items in his possession the government deems suspicious. If and when that happens, freedom of movement will essentially be dead. But it won't happen overnight. It'll happen incrementally. And each increment will, when taken in isolation, appear to some to be perfectly reasonable.

You are no longer free to move about the country

ShadyURL - Don't just shorten your URL, make it suspicious and frightening
Topic: Humor 2:07 pm EST, Feb 19, 2010

Love it! Here's a link to MemeStreams:

ShadyURL - Don't just shorten your URL, make it suspicious and frightening

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