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Month: October, 2009

Strange Maps, and the Literary City

Just discovered Strange Maps. It’s taken me far too long. Below is #411:

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It begins “Whoever after due and proper warning shall be heard to utter the abominable word “Frisco,” which has no linguistic or other warrant, shall be deemed guilty of a High Misdemeanor, and shall pay into the Imperial Treasury as penalty the sum of twenty-five dollars. – Norton I, Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico, 1872″ …

READ ON. thanks

I’m a joiner

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While removing a WIFI network from my computer I noticed my list of recent networks. I have for some reason recorded them below:

Freedom
DT_FRONT
rumblstrip
Student
tastidlite
Crafted Kup
AlumnaeHouseGuest
MJ
zoom
ramsgator
ethostream
Guest
NETGEAR
NYARTS_1
Bartleby
oak hill
linksys
JetBlue Hotspot
Sad Larry’s Macbook Pro
FAMILY REUNIFICAITON
bananasinpajamas2
PANERA
ColorBroadband_South
loganwifi
Red Horse Cafe
attwifi
wellfleet
NYPL
homesweethome
LLG House
Root Hill
Time out NY Lounge
CafeSutra
BTVWIFI
stayonline
Philz Coffee
Dynex
HausCoffee
Haney
zrnetwifihotspot
OneTaste
OTLC
sugarlump
Cafe La Boheme
PEETS
WholeFoodsMarket
2Wire206
patron
Sagebush BBQ & Grill
CHEDSEY MOTEL
Miscanthus network
DIAFREEWIFI
RitualRoasters
inThe
flymanchester
SFHA wifi
St. Roch

It would appear that I’m always somewhere else, but I’m actually right here.
If I were to pick a favorite, it would be the bold one, though I’ve come to enjoy this one.

Stereoviews of Old Japan [recommended viewing]

See more Stereoviews @ Pink Tentacle

Pumpkins (can get big)

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via boston.com , “Autumn Scenes”

“Bullets and Blogs” — new media and warfare [recommended reading]

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Bullets and Blogs: New Media and the Warfighter” (2.7mb PDF) is a very new agey text. The report emerged from the finding of a workshop tasked with the question: How must battlefield communication change to adapt to this twitterin’ bloggin media-rich battlespace? The report is fascinating, and focuses on the Iraq/Afghanistan-relevant idea that rapidly broadcasting a media-rich ‘version of the truth’ to enemies and allies alike must be synchronized with conventional military strategy. At its root however is the rapid production of history across all mediums, and faster than the enemy:

“This report is rich with soundbites and recommendations supported by examples, including operations where the insurgents were the first to write the first draft of history, the draft that usually sticks especially when a factual challenge is not made within days or weeks.” (via Mountainrunner)

A comment by Cliff W. Gilmore, a US public military affairs officer speaks to speed vs. timeliness:

…the need to push information out quickly (speed) is a primary learning point highlighted in Bullets & Blogs. This is a media-focused learning point that differs significantly from the concept of timeliness, which has to do with who needs what information when. It’s easy to get distracted by the “wiz-bang!” of the communication environment and forget that a message doesn’t have to get there FAST — it just needs to arrive on time.

This is not to suggest that speed is not a factor in the new battlespace, just that it should not be a primary focus. There are several things we should be better at than speed. Credibility, trust, accuracy, timeliness, unified voice, privacy, intentional communication, delegation, security — and balancing them against one another — come to mind.

Findings in the Executive Summary

In summary, to achieve strategic agility in the information age, DOD should consider the following priority issues:
• Recognize that the winning strategy is “information engagement,” not “information control;”
• Embrace new media as a significant enabler of “that element of combat power called information;”
• Prioritize research and development, and organizational change, to exploit new media as a warfighting capability;
• Educate digital immigrants to begin the process of cultural change;
• Exploit digital natives – encourage, educate, empower, and equip;
• Enhance DOD’s capacity for commanding the attention and trust of key audiences through improved capacities for appropriate messaging, achieving a distributed global presence on relevant media, and finding and leveraging suitable messengers (third- party validators);
• Prioritize agility in the information environment, by:

» Enhancing speed of communication through: proactive information engagement; more refined classification efforts; in-field declassification authorities and capabilities; and, the removal of barriers to inter-agency and inter-service declassification;
» Moving towards decentralized authority and decentralized execution by setting the information rules of engagement;
» Identifying and mitigating risk, through a more sophisticated risk assessment process; » Ensuring commanders have non-lethal options commensurate with traditional lethal
options;
» Requiring commanders to define the desired information endstate; » Exploiting new media for better measures of effectiveness; Streamline DOD policies and guidance; Synchronize, synchronize, synchronize — across all-of-government; Pursue a holistic approach; Engage the legal debate.

Now if only the DOD could control what information gets back to the US from Iraq

German EPA warns against Nanoparticles

The following story will likely remain unreported in the US media:

Germany’s Umweltbundesamt (UBA) [Federal Environmental Agency] will release a new study today advising consumers to avoid products using nanoparticles, as long as their effects on the environment and human health are largely unknown. The federal agency is also calling for regulations on labeling and reporting products containing nanomaterials. This would affect the more than 800 German companies that use the new technology in their products. (via Nanopublic)

This is huge, like if the FDA were to warn against the use of cellphones because it has “been linked with cancer.”

MSword font defaults are setting the font defaults of the USGov [typography]

As predicted, the default fonts set in MSword are spreading across the governments of the world…

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images from “Recovery through Retrofit” pdf by the Department of Energy. Indicated fonts are Calibri and Cambria, the defaults set in Microsoft Word 2007.  Both supplants of the time-honored Times New Roman.

Clarion Alley Block party (SF)

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10th Annual CLARION ALLEY BLOCK PARTY

Between 17th and 18th Streets;  Mission and Valencia
Celebrating Culture and Community Like Gentrification Never Happened!

Saturday, October 24th, 2009
noon to nine
FREE!

“…For the uninitiated, Clarion Alley meanders for one block from Mission Street to Valencia Street between 17th and 18th Streets. But it’s not your normal alley; it’s solid murals from start to finish, the large majority painted by a bevy of our best local artists. So once a year there’s this block party where everybody comes to see new murals, listen to live music, drink beer, honk weed, skateboard, congregate, loiter, convene, saunter, stroll, carouse, stare at everybody else…”

artbusiness.com

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The death of blogging

I’m elsewhere:

http://thefatanimals.com

http://whatsonyourthing.com

http://twitter.com/danielmorgan

Neither is better than the other, though thefatanimals.com would hope you thought otherwise.

Recent image making:

‘Will California become America’s first failed state?’

First time I’ve ever heard ‘Failed state’ as a way to put the economic crisis in California in perspective:

In order to pass its state budget, California’s government has had to agree to a deal that cuts billions of dollars from education and sacks 60,000 state employees. Some teachers have launched a hunger strike in protest. California’s education system has become so poor so quickly that it is now effectively failing its future workforce. The percentage of 19-year-olds at college in the state dropped from 43% to 30% between 1996 and 2004, one of the highest falls ever recorded for any developed world economy. California’s schools are ranked 47th out of 50 in the nation. Its government-issued bonds have been ranked just above “junk”.

via The Guardian