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- Mattresses, Brooms, and Art in Bulk, Tahtakale, Istanbul: Commerce Direct and Unadorned. By Stephen Lewis in Bubkes. I may have posted this already, but I like it a lot, so I’m pointing again.
- Scouting a New York City neighborhood where the sidewalk endsSlate. Originally in Scouting New York.
- Some of my own sets:
- 1947+ archive of shots with me in them
- Panos of Parliament in Canberra
- Canberra from above
- Lights on an apartment deck in New York
- Madrid in late December
- Kiglapait Mountains of coastal Labrador
- New York’s skyline on approach to Newark
- WMCA/WNYC transmitter, from above, in the New Jersey meadowlands
- Scotland’s Islay, from above
- Tibidabo, in Barcelona
- London to Newark, an incomplete and growing collection
- Approaching New York, a subset of the above
- Downtown Albany, another subset
- Some more fun with panos
- Broadcast Towers in Canberra, in Nfrastructure.
- Frontline.in: Trade Secrets Revealed. It begins, “The proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership on intellectual property rights being negotiated secretly, as exposed by WikiLeaks recently, is breathtaking in its overweening ambition to cement the corporate takeover of as much knowledge as possible.”
- Why are American Health Care Costs So High? A video explanation by the VlogBrothers. Here’s more about those guys.
- Lululemon: If you can’t beat your customers, ban your customers. By Timothy Geigner in TechDirt.
- Dave being Dave. Essential reading.
- Likewise, Phil being Phil. In particular: On Names and Heterarchy.
- Mars Needs Women. My column in the December issue of Linux Journal. In it I grab the third rail of gender. Nearly 100% of the magazine’s subscribers are men, while most of its executives and owners are women. Interesting, no? Susan Sons replied with her own guest column in place of mine, two months later, with Girls and Software.
- Also in Linux Journal: Life on the Forked Road.
- A generic brand video, covered by Jeff Beer: “To illustrate this marketing strategy equivalent of paint-by-numbers, stock video footage firm Dissolve took its goods and created a masterpiece with the words of Kendra Eash‘s brilliant McSweeney’s piece.”
- Dear Google; Next Time You Invade My Home, Could You At Least Knock? (updated), by Steve Kamman in Strong Views, Lightly Held
- Site of the Week: Broadcast Peak, Santa Barbara, by Scott Fybush. Includes a kind mention of yours truly.
- Editor Describes Pressure After Leaks by Snowden.
- Brands, explained by a Vlog brother.
- L.P.D.: Libertarian Police Department, by Tom O’Donnell in The New Yorker.
- Landmark Supreme Court Decision Lets Americans Cram Cash Directly Into Politicians’ Mouths, in The Onion.
- Snowcrystals.com, by Ken Libbrecht of Caltech. Follow the links. Amazing stuff.
- Alexey Kltijov‘s also amazing snowflake shots, with an explanation of technique
Freedom vs. Surveillance
- Eben Moglen: Snowden and the Future. Three brilliant speeches so far, with one more to come.
- Are access and correction tools, opt-out buttons, and privacy dashboards the right solutions to consumer data privacy? By Akiva Miller, at the Privacy Research Group blog.
- Pew Internet’s main privacy page.
- Pew’s Anonymity, Privacy and Security Online. The .pdf. Key findings.
- Pew’s Teens, Mobile Apps and Privacy
- DemandProgress.TV presents an online screening of Terms and Conditions May Apply in a Town Hall on Sunday,5pm EST. Sign up. I am told there will be a guest star you won’t want to miss. I will hint no farther.
- Good News For Bored People! Climate Change Promises Nonstop Excitement. By Ken Layne in Gawker.
- How Much Will NSAGate Cost the U.S. Cloud Computing Industry?, in Dan Blum’s Security Architect.
- Will CBS News apologize for the reckless denials before its Benghazi story collapsed? By Jay Rosen in Pressthink
- Today Is The Day We Can Get Rid Of Richard Cohen by Choire Sicha in The Awl.
- XOAB, a new sock company started by @RickLevine (the quietest and most enterprising Cluetrain co-author) and his brother Neil. Dig the Kickstarter, which wasted no time reaching its $30k goal. The video rocks too. Follow progress: @XOABsocks.
- These Sci-Fi Dresses Were Made Using Mega-Magnets. By Liz Stinson in Wired. As a bonus, they erase your hard drive.
- Black budget leaked by Edward Snowden gives details of agencies beyond CIA, NSA. By Max Ehrenfreund in The Washington Post.
- The Transition To Digital Journalism. By Paul Grabowicz. A nice tutorial in KMDC, of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
- Made-for-Web Video Remakes TV Landscape. By eMarketer.
- Why We Can and Must Focus on Preventing Alzheimer’s. By David Perlmutter in The Daily Beast. Pull-quote: “…to a very significant degree Alzheimer’s disease is preventable. Research clearly shows that up to 54% of Alzheimer’s cases in the U.S. could have been avoided if proper attention was given to various modifiable lifestyle factors, including diet and physical activity, as published in the journal The Lancet Neurology.” The key: keep blood sugar low.
- Best Standing Desks. By Mark Lukach in The Wirecutter. Good links too. You may never want to sit again.
- Linux Journal Readers Choice Awards. Cast your votes.
- LinuxCon. Coming up next month in New Orleans.
Privacy vs. Surveillance
- FPDetective: Dusting the Web for Fingerprinters
- New Snowden Leak Reports â€˜Groundbreakingâ€™ NSA Crypto-Cracking. By Kevin Poulsen in Wired.
- French judiciary opens â€œpreliminary investigationâ€ of NSA spying: Two French human rights groups filed a legal complaint last month. By Cyrus Farivar in Ars Technica.
Terms and Conditions
- Climate Name Change. A video by 350action.org. Very funny too.
- Nearly a fifth of scientists are considering abandoning the U.S. “Yep, the research funding climate is that bad.” By Lindsay Abrams in Salon.
- NASA asked, so we waved at Saturn. By James Dacey in PhysicsWorld. A world of selfies, waving into space.
How does GHCQ’s Internet surveillance work? by Ewen MacAskill, Julian Borger, Nick Hopkins, Nick Davies and James Ball in The Guardian.
The Deteriorata, which parodies The Desiderata, much as The Gluetrain Manifesto parodied The Cluetrain Manifesto. My fave line from another parody, perhaps by the same guy, of the “Markets are conversations” line: “Markets are money.”
I’ll also be keynoting an upcoming iAB thing, on 15 July in New York.
Enjoying listening to 2MCR here in North Sydney.
Webâ€™s Reach Binds N.S.A. and Silicon Valley Leaders, by James Risen and Nick Wingfield in The New York Times.
Most online users donâ€™t care about privacy â€“ Aussies even more so, by Graeme Phillipson in ITWire.
Amdocs Survey: Consumers Will Share Personal Data… at a Price. Source: Amdocs press release.
It’s over: All private data is public: Enough about the NSA — any hacker worthy of the name can snatch your ‘private’ data. Either stop entrusting it to anyone or chill out. By Roger A. Grimes in InfoWorld.
Quote of the Day: There is no way to build a mirror world without a network of decentralized cooperating agents. – Phil Windley
Why the FISA Court Is Not What It Used To Be, by Nina Totenberg on NPR.
Bank robbery suspect wants NSA phone records for his defense, by Paula McMahon in the Sun Sentinel
The influence of spies has become too much. It’s time politicians said no, by John le CarrÃ© in The Guardian
I fear the chilling effect of NSA surveillance on the open internet, by Jeff Jarvis in The Guardian
Why The Tech Industry Should Be Furious About NSA’s Over Surveillance, in TechDirt. Also Rep. Grayson: Let Me Tell The NSA: There Is No Threat To Our Nation When I Call My Mother and Former NSA Whistleblower Bill Binney: The NSA Is Making Itself Dysfunctional With Too Much Data.
President Obama orders government spectrum to be opened for wireless broadband, by Carl Franzen in The Verge
The Internet’s Fractured Foundations, by Martin Geddes.
The NSA Versus the Global Internet: How Online Surveillance Could Impact Internet Governance, by Allan Friedman of Brookings
- The NSA surveillance fallout should be a turning point for the tech industry, by Dan Gillmor
- On PRISM, partisanship and propaganda: Addressing many of the issues arising from last week’s NSA stories, by Glenn Greenwald
- Investigate Booz Allen Hamilton, not Edward Snowden: The firm that formerly employed both the director of national intelligence and the NSA whistleblower merits closer scrutiny, by Pratap Chatterjee
… and now I’m off to .nz & .au, where it’s already tomorrow.