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I Hope All These Links Work: I Don't Feel Like Editing [Aug. 16th, 2005|05:36 am]
I do enjoy the cloudy nights, especially when the moon is bright and sets late, and most especially when the air is mild and I can comfortably remain outdoors to observe the spectacle for an extended time. This has been one of the best nights of the year for cloud watching. The gibbous moon, being low in the sky, was at an easy angle for comfortable viewing, and the clouds, sometimes thinner and sometimes thicker, provided a delightfully varied airscape. The slow creep of shadow brocade across the ground was complemented by the soft chirps of crickets. I give the night a thumbs up.

A Monday Morning Link Storm:

I downloaded the large version of the LJ image mosaic from this News post and examined most of it. As a result, I am not quite blind. I found only four user pics of LJ staff members. No worthless bonus points for me, I guess.

"Each month, the Internet Archive collects the equivalent of one Library of Congress, says Kahle. The collection, available at www.archive.org, has already surpassed one petabyte. That's a million gigabytes." That's from this article about the IA, in The Boston Globe (may require registration, and the article will soon vanish into the site's pay-to-view section.) Anyone with a yen to store more data than they could use in a lifetime can build a petabox like the one the Archive did. The open-source specs are available from the first link on the Archive's petabox forum.

"The Ancient and Hermetic Order of the Shrill is for all of us who have been driven into shrill unholy madness by the mendacity, stupidity, incompetence, recklessness, and idiocy of the Bush administration and its allies." braddelong, shilling for his shrillblog, now available as an LJ Atom feed.

Seeking motivation? Would you rather get it without paying Tony Robbins or any of his intimidating ilk for it? Don't mind participating in a web-based mutual motivating society where anybody with an Internets connection can see your naked ambitions? Then 43 Things may be just what you're looking for. If you're just looking for cheap entertainment, well, it may be for you, too.

In his semi-daily journal, Brad DeLong asks "In what society did the expression, 'I don't give a fig...' evolve?" The fourth reply (from reader JR) to his query is quite informative, and the seventh (from reader Gary Rambo) is both delightfully obscure and disturbingly amusing.

Enough. It is only Monday, after all.

Edited Anyway, to include this interesting news unearthed by scottobear: Free Google WiFi For All? And, because it's on the same subject, here's a link to the Internet Archive's SFLan page. SFLan is an experimental project of the IA, the goal of which is to provide free wireless connectivity for the entire San Francisco Bay Area. Some areas already have non-profit organizations providing free or low-cost WiFi (such as Austin, Texas). There are also a number of localities which have built municipal wireless systems, though telecom companies have successfully lobbied against such projects and gotten laws restricting public ownership of wireless systems in many states. Given the fact that free wireless has already been successfully provided in many places, and the telling fact that the telecom industry fears it, that Google might actually be able to carry out a national project to provide free wireless for everyone seems quite reasonable.

From: ext_1246
2005-08-17 01:34 am (UTC)

Speaking of wifi . . .

Did you hear about the homebrew wireless access point/light fixture that someone on the O'Reilly website (hacks.oreilly.com) cooked up?

It's called the NoCat Night Light - it uses the dual advantages of Powerline Ethernet and good ol-fashioned human ingenuity to create a WAP/light combo that screws into a standard Edison socket.

Here's a datalink for you, in case you haven't seen it yet: http://hacks.oreilly.com/pub/h/352

(By the way, thanks for the compliment on my Blogathon entry - frankly, I wasn't expecting my little noodlings to make such a humorous impression on the judges!)
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