For her summer project, Explainer Jade Johnson wanted to get involved in an archaeology project. But finding a cliff dwelling to excavate—that’s a little hard to do in Queens.
So Jade set out for Colorado’s Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in the Mesa Verde region, home to ancestral…
As morning dawns on a quiet suburb, a fleet of slugs prepares to attack. The spoils of war are in the soil, most notably a delicious flower guarded by a gardener intent on keeping her plants safe from pests.
Slug Invasion is the first of six thesis films to be released by our friends at The Animation Workshop in Denmark. We’ve teamed up with this phenomenal school and will feature five more films from the class of 2012 in the coming weeks. Keep your eyes peeled for more animated adventures!
“Blake Whitman has seen Vimeo’s user numbers soar into the millions since its 2004 conception. The key to keeping up quality and turning down the noise, he…
Just in time for the Centennial
“The strive for a washing machine is stronger than the strive for democracy,” says TEDTalks star Hans Rosling at the beginning of this casual video, shot at TEDxSummit last week. On a sunny Tuesday afternoon, Rosling sat down with a group of fans to chat about presenting data with clarity and passion — using Legos, rocks and humor that reveals deep insight. He muses, too, on TEDx itself, the worldwide movement of people sharing ideas at independent events in their own communities. What does it mean that so many people want to be part of TEDx — and what’s next?
Film: What Took You So Long? whattookyousolong.org
Music: Just a Band: just-a-band.com
Earlier generations have weathered recessions, of course; this stall we’re in has the look of something nastier. Social Security and Medicare are going to be diminished, at best. Hours worked are up even as hiring staggers along: Blood from a stone looks to be the normal order of things “going…
Make no bones about it, our beloved internet is in serious danger…
and here is why.
Last year legislative measures were introduced in the United States Senate and United States House of Representatives, S. 968 (the “PROTECT IP Act”) and H.R. 3261 (the “Stop Online Piracy Act”). Their primary purpose, as we see it, is to help Hollywood keep rolling in the profits. Passage of these bills would mean that so-called “rogue” websites could be censored when they infringe on copyright law.
BUT…the language in both of these bills is written with a very broad paintbrush. Their passage would have a huge impact on the work of human rights advocates who speak out against injustice on sites that could easily be labelled “rogue” websites. It’s a slippery slope when censorship reigns.
The indymedia network that thrives on open publishing (and our favorite www.indybay.org here in the San Francisco Bay Area) would be subject to censorship, defeating the very purpose of its existence. Similar platforms created to provide anonymity to whistleblowers could become major casualties of these bills.
All to save Hollywood’s bottom line?
It’s not often that Raging Grannies align with the likes of Facebook and Google. We’ve protested at Facebook about their lack of privacy considerations, and at Google because of their flip-flop on internet neutrality. (After we demonstrated last time at Google we wound up on Jon Stewart’s ‘The Daily Show’ and in a New York Times photo). But this time we are on the same side with the two internet giants. They too have come out AGAINST these Hollywood generated bills.
We are keeping track of who supports PIPA in the Senate and SOPA in the house through this useful site. And we are taking action.
Our Senator Dianne Feinstein has disappointed us before by not standing up for Social Security…she disappoints us again by being a co-sponsor of PIPA. We are sent her an open letter with the photo above.
And we applaud our local Silicon Valley Congresswomen Zoe Lofgren and Anna Eshoo who say NO to SOPA.
US Senators from California Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein are listed as PIPA co-sponsors. You can contact Senator Boxer at (202) 224-3553 and Senator Feinstein at (202) 224-3841. In other states, reach out to your own US senator.
Tell them the PIPA is dangerous…it could be used as a tool for online censorship. Tell them what websites YOU use that could become toast, and why you think it is important that we have a free internet.
Please tell your Congressperson to vote NO on SOPA.
Our friends at the Electric Frontier Foundation and Save the Internet help us stay up to date on what can be done to keep the internet free of censorship. We proudly stand together with them for internet freedom.
The Celebrate Diana Wynne Jones blog tour kicks off this Thursday, April 12. Here’s the schedule. Links will be updated as they go live — and keep checking back, as more dates will be added:
Thursday, April 12: Colleen Mondor at Chasing Ray
Friday, April 13: Sarah and Tanita at Finding…
We are extremely proud to countdown to March 31 for the release of osCommerce Online Merchant v3.0 and to cause a disruption in the Open Source and e-commerce community. Our future goals are based on this new foundation that will continually be improved on to meet the demands of tomorrows store…