Help save Aaron’s grandfather’s house!


This is taken verbatim from Boing Boing it was posted by Cory Doctorow, on January 16, 2008 12:27 AM, and I didn’t rewrite it because Cory is a better writer than me…

Aaron sez, “The state of South Carolina has decided to put a freeway through my Grandfather’s 150 year old house (built by HIS Grandfather). The Governor and the people in the planning office say the route my father worked out is fine, but they need ‘public outcry’ to justify moving it so if people 10 miles down the route ask why they moved it for us they can say ‘hey, lots of people got pissed.’ So I set up a petition which in mid-Feb. will send the results to the Governor’s office and I need as many people to sign it as possible. They don’t care WHO you are or WHERE you are, just so long as there is ‘public outcry.'”

The home was built from trees that were cleared from the forests that now are open fields of fertile farmlands. The underpinning of the home was and still is hand-hewn logs held together by 10″ wooden pegs. The original structure consisted of four equally sized rooms and the kitchen was separated from the home in the back to save the home in case of a fire in the kitchen.

In the late 1940’s, the kitchen was joined to the rear of the home and three other rooms were added across the back of the house. The floors of this section were not joined evenly, and there is an approximate ten inch step down from the original section of the home to this rear section. The porch was also extended across the front and down the West side of the house. In 1957, my father, who was actually born in the home in 1916, remodeled the home, leaving the basic four rooms of the home but installing oak hardwood floors. He also left most of the original windows in rooms and by the front door, which were hand-blown glass with “wavy” imperfections and bubbles. The chimney on the East side of the house is also original which, according to family lore, has brick laid with “salt crete”. It was covered with a thin layer of concrete years ago to protect it from weathering. Around 1965, dormers were added to the roof of the house and the attic was opened to house two bedrooms. And the final remodeling occurred around 1985 when the kitchen was remodeled and a carport was attached at the kitchen entrance.

The techy is to this is the fact that a big time blog is being used to keep a local government in check.

link good luck Aaron!!!

***BTW*** Aaron has also put this on digg so we can also help him by digging it up!!!

DMCA idiocy slideshow: explaining the DMCA to info-civilians


I found this posting by Cory Doctorow on Boing Boing, check it out!

Wellington Grey has a great little slideshow about the idiocy of the DMCA’s “anti-circumvention” measures, which prohibit breaking the digital locks off the stuff you own. In it, Grey recounts how offended he was when he bought a TomTom GPS that came with a CD in a sealed envelope, the seal on which read, “By breaking this seal, you agree to our contract,” but the contract itself was on the CD, behind the seal. In other words, the CD said, “By breaking this seal, you agree to a bunch of secret stuff.”

http://www.wellingtongrey.net/miscellanea/archive/2007-12-04–DMCA/2007-12-04-on-the-digital-millenium-copyright-act.html

More bitching about the powers that be


I almost hate going to BoingBoing.net because I know without fail there will be something that throws me into a screaming rage with wordage that I almost can’t use, even on the internets. If it’s not Cory Doctorow talking about some freedom hating DRM thing or an anti consumer, anti pirating thing. It’s shit like this…

State dept. won’t say why UK music scholar is barred from US

Nalini Ghuman, a UK-born music professor at Mills College in Oakland, can’t return to her home in the US, because the State Department revoked her visa and won’t tell her or anyone else why.

In a written account of the next eight hours that she prepared for her lawyer, Ms. Ghuman said that officers tore up her H-1B visa, which was valid through May 2008, defaced her British passport, and seemed suspicious of everything from her music cassettes to the fact that she had listed Welsh as a language she speaks. A redacted government report about the episode obtained by her lawyer under the Freedom of Information Act erroneously described her as “Hispanic.”

Held incommunicado in a room in the airport, she was groped during a body search, she said, and was warned that if she moved, she would be considered to be attacking her armed female searcher. After questioning her for hours, the officers told her that she had been ruled inadmissible, she said, and threatened to transfer her to a detention center in Santa Clara, Calif., unless she left on a flight to London that night.

“They told me I was nobody, I was nowhere and I had no rights,” she said. “For the first time, I understood what the deprivation of liberty means.”

I’m really sick of seeing this


WTF is wrong with police? Seriously we are now in the middle of a police state. None of us are safe. Just look at this video and about a million like them, if you are young and you are educated, you are not safe.

(story via boingboing

Why In The Hell Write When You Can Link #1


Some cool bouncy stuff from BoingBoing.net

“Science Fiction Writers of America abuses the DMCA”[and pisses off Cory in the process]
http://www.boingboing.net/2007/08/30/science-fiction-writ-1.html

From the story, “The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America has used the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to fraudulently remove numerous non-infringing works from Scribd, a site that allows the general public to share text files with one another in much the same way that Flickr allows its users to share pictures.”

“Boing Boing Boing Podcast”
http://odeo.com/channel/126064/rss.xml

Why didn’t anyone tell me that there was a Boing Boing Podcast?

“Confessions of a College Callgirl”

http://www.boingboing.net/2007/08/31/confessions-of-a-col.html

“Midwest Teen Sex Show: comedy podcast on teen sexuality”
http://www.boingboing.net/2007/08/31/midwest-teen-sex-sho.html

This is a really funny show, a definite watch

“Hoodies with faces”
http://www.boingboing.net/2007/09/01/hoodies-with-faces.html

“Google Earth flight simulator”
http://www.boingboing.net/2007/09/01/google-earth-flight.html

Does anyone know how to get this working on a non-mac platform, I have no command key 😦