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30 June 2003
Filed under:London at11:52 pm

When I first arrived in London I was disappointed that the tube begins to run down around midnight. I still find it a little unhelpful, though I don’t stay out so late much any more so I was happy to “sign” this Late Tube Petition which asks that the tube be kept running until 3am on weekends. I wonder if they’ll get their 100,000 signatures and if so whether Mayor Ken will do anything about them?whores free suck self trannylactating nipple lactating torture, nipplesnude nigerian girlshymen teensat teens voyeurlesbian pthcvaginas imagenes degay ebony men fuckingmature cunts creampiepeeing girls tolite photo camfuck hot moviesporn movies hotjack the ass moviemovie karate kidporn movies koreanclips movie avi jpegmovie preteensex movies sample Map

28 June 2003

Cory grouses that T-mobile has withdrawn support for the games built into the Sidekick PDA/communicator and in doing so can automatically delete the games from his device at the same time. He extrapolates from this that they would also remove any other data on the device if he ever left their network. I really doubt T-Mobile could or would delete all his personal data from your Sidekick without his permission. But their unilateral removal of the games does go to show just how un-web-like and closed the mobile phone operators want the mobile “Internet” to be…

[Later] I subsequently discovered that one’s personal data is not held on the Sidekick – it is stored by the network operator. So in fact you might indeed lose all your data (at least if you hadn’t backed it up elsewhere somehow) if you stop paying network charges for the device – so you’d end up with a useless lump of plastic even if you’d bought it outright. Pretty disappointing!

27 June 2003


Test.org pointed me to this entertaining collection of turn of the 20th C postcards predicting what life would be like in a hundred years. I’m still waiting increasingly impatiently for my personal flying machine (and it doesn’t seem to have come much closer!)advance cash illinois loanloan 2007 home maximum valoan advance feefees advance loanfast cash loan america secured inproperty 100 loan for commercialadvance no credit cash check loanloans realestate aaainterest loans only of advantagescash fast loan online advance

26 June 2003

Howard Rheingold via Smart Mobs alerted me to an unusual case where an SMS operator in India broadcast a request for donors of a rare blood type to give blood to help save the life of a patient in Delhi. It appears to have worked. I wonder if other similar public service messages might start to be officially distributed (this appears to have been done “unofficially” as a favour). It just goes to show that even spam doesn’t always have to be a bad thing…granny oma erolog sex sex nlteen gushing orgasmscartoon pharrell createblack women pussy fattits emma watsonshairy open pussies wideunderage asian picslactating breasts men suckingwives cheating black white cockgay videos suck self

25 June 2003

I met Cory Doctorow at last (a fellow Torontonian and friends with several of my friends so it was only a matter of time). He really is the “renaissance geek” he describes himself as – time spent in his company is always good food for the brain. So we were chatting and he mentioned a posting on BoingBoing I had overlooked about using unused parts of the GSM spectrum as open spectrum. The UK Radio Authority is currently entertaining proposals for new uses for it.

At first I didn’t see how it was all that exciting – who would make the GSM data receivers? But talking it over with Cory if I understand it right it could be used to allow local operators in, say, council estates – or even wider areas – to run their own mini telcos. And ordinary GSM phones would apparently be able to receive the signals. I don’t know if you could send SMSes for free across such networks with the appropriate servers but you could certainly make WAP-based info available and provide a free Internet gateway using it. It would be rather slow (at best GPRS speeds) but if it was free it would still be useful – and because GSM signals can travel better than WiFi signals you could get better coverage.

Sounds pretty good to me – Julian Priest co-founder of consume.net is trying to work up a proposal to the radio authority to encourage them to make bits of GSM available as open spectrum for experimentation so pop along to the page and help them.association acredited collegestechnology board accreditation engineeringprocessor credit account merchant cardadult videos credit card noonline colleges accredited2007 section tax credits 179union acheva creditadd adverse url http remortgage credit Map

24 June 2003

As the US Supreme Court rules that the federal government can make installation of automated censorship software a condition of funding of Internet access for libraries, the Electronic Frontier Foundation produces a report showing such software uses criteria that go well beyond what the government has mandated and therefore blocks more sites than the Children’s Internet Protection Act allows for.

This is not surprising as existing censorware programs are not written specifically with the government’s guidelines in mind – they are commercial products from companies which would rather annoy civil libertarians by blocking too many sites than receive angry letters from neanderthal parents whose children have seen educational material relating to (for example) homosexuality.

Chief Justice William Rehnquist writes, “if a legitimate site was blocked, a user “need only ask a librarian to unblock it or (at least in the case of adults) disable the filter” – this is not to my mind an adequate defense.

What if a child wants to look at a site that is legally permissible but embarrassing like something on sexually transmitted diseases? Are they really going to go and ask their librarian to see it? If you are an adult in a small town library I can see that you might not want to be known as the person who asked to have the filter on their Internet access removed (“what kind of filth was Fred trying to get at?” they might ask down at the barber shop…)

I see the need for some kind of image blocking facility to prevent accidental viewing by minors of offensive images, but software should be funded that does just that and nothing more.pics redhead Hairysagte Geschichte Vater fuck mom Sohnanime Kostenlos lestai Videoclips hentai manga lesbischeAsian ass tailandSeife babes NudeMänner Nude speedosasiatische Mädchen Schulpartnerschaftwifes xxx HouseAlte reiftmasterbating Mädchen peeing

18 June 2003

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On my recent trip to Venice I saw this work by David Della Venezia at the BAC Art Studio and as I am about to spend three years of my life for the most part surrounded by books doing a PhD I thought/feared this would be a useful picture/warning to stick by my desk!repayment 401k wachovia loanloan payday interest $500loans $500.00payments loans month $200,000 660alfred foundation sloanloans 100 fix and nj fliphome refinance fico 500 loantile loans car aaaloan company services financial americanafs credit improvement loanloans installment online 100 approved5 3 home bank loansloan 5000 dollar from commercea loan from millionares$2500 dollar loanloan 403badvantage loan student alaskahome loan americandream Map

16 June 2003
Filed under:London,Personal at11:59 pm

You’ll find on my website about my neighborhood – www.newingtongreen.org – a local history section. I recently discovered a book in the Islington library which details the origins and history of each street done as a retirement project by the reference librarian of Islington’s central library. The book is Streets With a Story by Eric Willats published 1988 by the Islington Local History Education Trust but as far as I know out of print.

I discovered that Poet’s Road (on which I live) is named after Samuel Rogers (who lived at the corner of Ferntower and Newington Green Road). There’s also a connection with Sir John Masefield – the poet laureate from 1930 to 1967 (best known for “I must down to the seas again for the call of the running tide/Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied”) after whom Masefield Court on this street was named

I also learned that the estate near me was built on the site of Dalston Synagogue not during WWII (when as I had heard a bomb dropped on it) but in 1967. I guess it had simply fallen into disuse by that point – I would be interested to hear if anyone else knows anything about it (or anything about Poet’s Road or the history Newington Green area not already mentioned on the website).

14 June 2003
Filed under:Virtual Communities at2:37 pm

I was reading this musing by Ross Mayfield about Ryze, which just revised its definition of who “counts” as a friend. This made me think – at the moment you can assert anyone is your friend online with one of these systems. And even if they think of you as more of a passing acquaintance they will probably not deny it. But once there are more consequences from being “declared” a friend of x, these systems might make it more explicit to you who your “real” friends are – the ones who don’t disown your links to them. And that might be a little uncomfortable to find out!

P.S. Apologies for the interrupted service – I have been to Venice with my wife (nice but way to hot!) Further description and pictures may follow…

5 June 2003
Filed under:Academia,Interesting facts at11:38 pm

Dr Duncan Watts, the principal investigator for the Small World Research Project (looking at online social networks) was interviewed by Odyssey on WBEZ back in February as part of an hour-long program about network theory. He said in the course of conversation that his results so far suggest that contrary to popular belief (and my own preconceptions), social networks (at least in his experiment) are pretty egalitarian – the most well-connected people are not as important to the overall network as he thought. I don’t see any links to published results on the Small World site, though – has anyone heard any more about what he found?

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