Friday, April 29, 2005

Time Management for Anarchists: The Movie

 "Time Management for Anarchists: The Movie" is a neat little flash presentation on personal scheduling and task management - geared toward anarchists.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Bush at the throat of liberty

[village_bush] "A picture is worth a thousand lives..."

This painting by Alex Ross (one of my favourite artists working in comic books) puts it very clearly.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Jim Trudeau shares his thoughts upon visiting Dachau

on the radar has posted an excellent short essay, "Jim Trudeau shares his thoughts upon visiting Dachau".

For me it was yet another reminder that - no matter how much we believe we are the pinnacle of modernity and civilization - we are just a hair's breadth away from falling into barbarism. If anything, our arrogance as a society makes us more vulnerable to such a fall.

The people of Nazi Germany, the people of the Rwandan Genocide, the European invaders of the Americas, the lynch-mobs of the U.S., the soldiers in Abu-Ghraib, the slavers of Sudan - and the countless others who would take days to fully enumerate here - we have no fundamental difference from any of those people.

They were just ordinary people - manipulated into unimaginable horrors.

The only thing that can protect us from the descent into horror like that is a willingness to learn from history, and act on what we've learned.

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Friday, April 22, 2005

Earth Day Critical Mass Bike Ride

[Earth Day Critical Mass: The Crowd] [Earth Day Critical Mass: The Crowd] Well, that was probably the biggest, and certainly the most fun, Critical Mass Bike Ride I've ever been on.

At least 82 people participated in today's ride! The cops didn't even come talk to us - let alone interfere at all.

After giving up the rides a couple years ago when it got down to just me - a critical mass of one - I think I'm going to be trying to go again regularly. Hopefully we'll continue to see a lot of people coming out.

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(See also: Cycle Calgary and Calgary Critical Mass Meetup.)
Photos: My Critical Mass photos.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

New RSS Feed for this blog and other stuff

[RSS Feed] I've just set up an RSS feed for this blog. I'm using the free FeedBurner service.

This feed also includes updates from my web links and my Flickr photography.

If you subscribe to my old Atom feed, please switch over to the new feed.

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Sunday, April 17, 2005

Knitted Superhero Costumes

pdetail from Batman costume] Artist Mark Newport has an exhibit showing his superhero costumes - made entirely from knitting.

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Friday, April 15, 2005

Unitarian Jihad

In his San Francisco Chronicle column, Jon Carroll has posted "the first communique from" Unitarian Jihad.


(The article inspired Bill Humphries to create an automatic generator of Unitarian Jihad Names.)
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Steal This Sweater: Knitting with a Vengeance!

[Picture: Things Can Only Get Worse] Some radical sweaters and other political knitting.

Of particular note is The Body Count Sweater. It enumerates the estimates of Iraqi civilian and U.S. soldiers who have died in the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq (up to March 14, 2005).

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Open Source Internet TV

The Participatory Culture Foundation has been set up by the folks at Downhill Battle. It's purpose is to support the development and distribution of an open source platform for distributed television. They're basing it on BitTorrent and it looks very promising.

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Friday, April 1, 2005

Fossil Fools Day in Calgary: Jumpstart Ford Protest

[photo of Fossil Fools Day protest in Calgary] The Calgary Culturejammers had a really good protest today in honour of Fossil Fools Day (part of the Jumpstart Ford Campaign).

[photo of organizer, Jennifer, at Fossil Fools Day protest]] About 17 people showed up at 5pm outside the Woodridge Ford Lincoln dealership in the south part of town to bring attention to Ford's abysmal environmental record. Since there was only a core group of about 6 people who worked on putting the event together here, we were quite pleased with the turnout. (The weather was pretty nice, too, until just before the end when it started to rapidly cool off.)

[photo of protestors and hybrid vehicle] We had a nice little success story, too. Earlier in the day, the dealer (who had been told about the protest in advance) switched out the big gas-guzzling trucks that were in the most prominent display and put hybrid vehicles in their place (which they had to bring in from another dealership). So, for at least a little while, there was more emphasis on more fuel-efficient vehicles., , , , , , , , , .