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EFF-Austin Cyberdawg Social, November 2003.

Austin: Wireless Future, ongoing project / meetings; conference (March 12-16)

SXSW Interactive, Austin (March 12-16)


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CEO, Polycot Consulting. Polycot is a network services company: network consulting, installation and administration, as well as web solutions (architecture and development).

Member of the blog team at Another World (worldchanging.com)

Co-Founder of the Austin Wireless City Project

Manager of the Wireless Future Project for IC² Institute

Associated with Rheingold and Associates, Online Social Networking

Moderator and co-administrator at the Dean Issues Forum

Writer of various interviews, reviews, essays, and articles.

President of EFF-Austin

Member, Board of Directors, Austin Freenet

Local advisor for South by Southwest Interactive

Steering Committee Member and Webmaster, Austin Clean Energy Initiative

Member of the blog team for Howard Rheingold's Smart Mobs weblog.

Cohost of The WELL's Inkwell.vue, discussions and interviews.

Webmaestro for Viridian Design

Co-instigator of Austin Bloggers

Member of Mindjack's Board of Advisors.

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Friday, November 30, 2001

Taschen is wild — where've these guys been all mylife? They've got Tomi Ungerer's Erotoscope and All-American Ads of the 40s!
"Shaking up the often conservative standards of traditional publishing, TASCHEN squashes prices and has a lot of fun doing it." — Elle Decoration, Paris
posted by jon lebkowsky on 11/30/2001 09:23:27 PM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

Wednesday, November 28, 2001

Tora Bora? or Cheyenne Mountain?
posted by jon lebkowsky on 11/28/2001 08:34:09 PM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

We're packing and moving from Boulder, Colorado back to Austin, where I'll be working with Jeff Kramer and Matt Sanders, my partners at Polycot Consulting. I'm having my first Ryder Truck experience. When we moved to Boulder, somebody was footing the bill, so we had actual movers who even packed for us... The relevance of this move is that there won't be any activity on this blog for a few days... should be back at it, though, by midweek next week. For those of you who support and build community networks, join us at The Fourth Annual Community Network Conference in Austin beginning Sunday.
posted by jon lebkowsky on 11/28/2001 01:47:46 PM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

Sunday, November 25, 2001

Cool interpolated rotoscoping at Flat Black Films. This is the technology employed in creating Rick Linklater's Waking Life. More about the film in my other blog, which is part of Cory Doctorow's Fourblogs experiment.
posted by jon lebkowsky on 11/25/2001 10:15:50 AM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

Wednesday, November 21, 2001

For the upcoming Gravity Recovery And Climatic Experiment (GRACE), scientists mapped the earth's gravity, and the resulting map show's that gravity is lumpy and variable. People in India weigh 1% less than people in the U.S., for instance. When you're lost in the rain in Juarez and it's Eastertime too and your gravity fails and negativity don't pull you through, don't put on any airs.

posted by jon lebkowsky on 11/21/2001 04:23:04 PM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

Monday, November 19, 2001

Remember those posters of Osama with fuzzy muppet Bert in the background? This is even better. Check this reference once you've read the Rotten piece. Makes you wonder over the credibility of other supposed threats.
posted by jon lebkowsky on 11/19/2001 04:49:35 AM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

Sunday, November 18, 2001

Interviewing web designer/communitarian Derek Powazek in Inkwell.vue on the WELL. Derek's just written one of the very best how-to books about virtual community, called Design for Community. If you want to participate in the conversation but you're not a member of the WELL, just send your questions or comments to inkwell-hosts@well.com and they'll be posted.
posted by jon lebkowsky on 11/18/2001 08:58:50 PM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

Saturday, November 17, 2001

Leonids Tonight! | Followup on Sunday, Nov 18 (originally posted on the WELL):
Marsha and I grabbed the neighborhood mathematician and drove to Heil Ranch north of Boulder, where we parked and spread out on the grass, with blankets and pillows like we were kids sleeping out, and we lay there watching the sky so clear the stars weren't twinkling, watching the show, one meteor after another, some subtle and some brilliant, speculating whether the meteors were ice or dirt or both, sipping applie cider spiked with Jim Beam and moonbeam. We lasted an hour or more before the chill dug deep enough to get us moving again, back home. Before bed I stepped out back and saw half dozen more.
More on the Leonids here!
posted by jon lebkowsky on 11/17/2001 12:32:53 PM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

Stole this from jimwich: Japanese Family Crests are cool, elegant designs that evidently began appearing around AD 600 on Emperor (or Empress) Suiko's flags.
posted by jon lebkowsky on 11/17/2001 12:13:29 PM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

Friday, November 16, 2001

Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart prescribes drumming for health. "About 15 years ago I played for my grandmother, who had Alzheimer's. She hadn't spoken in about a year, and then she said my name. That's what keyed me to this. I see amazing things with the Alzheimer's patients. They're in a darkness you know, and after an hour of rhythm, they can say their names."
posted by jon lebkowsky on 11/16/2001 11:37:44 AM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

Monday, November 12, 2001

Remember when a spacewalk was a big deal? Two astronauts went EVA today and we hardly noticed... the linked account was buried on the CNN site; I found it by accident while looking for info about the Leonid Meteor Shower, coming next Sunday, November 18. We'll be taking a jug of wine and loaf of bread into the mountains for this one...
posted by jon lebkowsky on 11/12/2001 07:44:23 PM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

Sunday, November 11, 2001

The experts are saying that the nuclear threat Is real, but we don't need experts to tell us that it's the end of the world as we know it, unless we find a way to recycle the human species.
posted by jon lebkowsky on 11/11/2001 06:42:43 PM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

Saturday, November 10, 2001

Letter from Senator Patrick Leahy to John Ashcroft regarding the Justice Department's implementation of the USA PATRIOT Act. Leahy was shocked to hear of the decision to allow monitoring of formerly privileged conversations between clients and their attorneys:

Today I also learned through the press of another troubling development: Your unilateral executive decision to authorize interception of privileged attorney-client communications between detained persons and their lawyers. As I noted to you this morning, after having worked closely with the Department to equip Federal and State law enforcement to combat terrorism and after having received no request from you for statutory authorization to take this controversial step, and with no warning that you were contemplating such a step, I am deeply troubled at what appears to be an executive effort to exercise new powers without judicial scrutiny or statutory authorization.

posted by jon lebkowsky on 11/10/2001 06:25:42 AM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

Friday, November 09, 2001

For some Taleban commanders, the war in Afghanistan is more important for its impact on the donkey market than anything else. "In principle, the Taleban could bring the Northern Alliance to its knees if they managed to prevent the donkey convoys getting through. However, in many areas, Kabul regime commanders prefer money to victory."
posted by jon lebkowsky on 11/9/2001 06:57:58 AM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

Thursday, November 08, 2001

Why screw around with a noisy, potentially explosive rocket when you can float into space dangling from a helium-filled balloon? Andy Elson and Colin Prescot are going to do just that, ascending (they hope) to 132,000 feet with QinetiQ's balloon.
posted by jon lebkowsky on 11/8/2001 10:00:58 PM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

Saturday, November 03, 2001

Ghost Sites of the Web has been around for a while, but the list of sites archived in its Museum of E-Failure has grown quite a bit since we last looked at it. Dig the alternative Pathfinder blurbs for the OJ Simpson trial: Guilty vs. Not Guilty...!
posted by jon lebkowsky on 11/3/2001 06:24:32 AM | ~permalink~ | ~post a comment~

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Interview with David Weinberger for SXSW Interactive Conference's Tech Report

Discussion with Bruce Sterling at The WELL, January 3 - 17, 2003.

Jon L. interview for South by Southwest Interactive conference's Tech Report.

Jon L. interviewed by Adam Powell (5/13/2002)

jonl interviewed by R. U. Sirius (A version of this interview appeared in The Austin Chronicle)

Conversation with Bruce Sterling at the WELL's Inkwell.vue Forum

Interview with R.U. Sirius at CTHEORY

interview conducted by Yoshihiro Kaneda in conjunction with the publication in Japan, in the book CyberRevolution, the essay "Inforeal."

interview with Allucquere Rosanne Stone.

No Stone Untenured: May '98 Interview with Sandy Stone

Bruce Sterling interview for bOING bOING #9

The Tedium is the Message, Assholes: Interview (for AltX) with R.U. Sirius and St. Jude

Don't Believe the Hype (Austin Digerati Roundtable published January 28)

Why We Listen to What They Say: Interview with Doug Rushkoff

Interviews with
Doug Block and Michael Wolff

Projecting the 21st Century: An Interview with Gary Chapman

Information Junkie, an interview with Reva Basch (Researching Online for Dummies)

Webb on the Web

Wired to Virtual Reality: Interview with Howard Rheingold

Interview with Carla Sinclair, author of Signal to Noise

Making Movies on Cyber Location: an interview with director Doug Block (Austin Chronicle, February 1998)

Untangling the Web: interview with Gene Crick of MAIN and Sue Beckwith of Austin Freenet


Review of Paulina Borsook's Cyberselfish, in Whole Earth Magazine.

review in HotWired of David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest.

Cyber Top Ten for 1997 (Austin Chronicle, December 1997)


2001 Blues
in Rewired

What Happened to the Cyber Revolution?
in Signum

A Few Points about Online Activism in the March '99 issue of the UK journal Cybersociology

ZapSpace, published as A Fistful of DOS in the Australian magazine 21C

The Cyborganic Path from the April '97 issue of CMC Magazine

Essay: Are We a Nation? We Are Devo in The Ethical Spectacle.

Chaos Politics!

Fiction that Bleeds Truth!


Little Nemo in Slumberland (bOING bOING, February 1998)

Technopolitics, a 1997 essay on cyberactivism originally appearing in the Australian magazine 21C.

Your 15 Minutes Are Up, Mr. Gates!

1998 Top Nine List from the Austin Chronicle!

Dungeons and Draggin's: a look at the Ultima Online phenomenon

"We Do Cool Things": a profile of Austin's George Sanger, aka The Fatman, and Team Fat

The Opera Ain't Over 'til the Cyber Lady Sings: Honoria in Ciberspazio (Austin Chronicle, November 1997)

Shout Spamalam! The Austin Spam Suit

Election Notes 2000

Who Are You? Who Owns You? A consideration of Amazon's privacy policy.

Nodal Politics

Amicus Brief filed with Supreme Court regarding the "Communications Decency Act"

11.25.96 Freewheelin' in Austin

1.7.97 Cyberdawgs and CyberRights: EFF-Austin

2.25.97 VR in 3Space: Brian Park

1.28.97 Going Native in Cyberspace: Bob Anderson

3.25.97 A Parisian Spring in Austin: Joseph Rowe and Catherine Braslavsky

4.22.97 On a Rock and Roll Firetruck: Shawn Phillips

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