Archive for July, 2006
Jul 12 2006
An animated map with timeline of the fatness of the good old USA from CDC and MSN. The Old North State has grown to 20 – 24% fatties since the less than 15% in 1992.
Jul 11 2006
Via Danny Rendleman:
Jul 10 2006
Tucker guest DJed on WCOM yesterday and will do his own show as a substitute DJ next Sunday from 2 pm til 4. The show is called “Dance Jam (dance .music from around the world).” The world has mostly been India and the Carribean with some English and a little French music. If you have suggestions, send them on or call in while Tucker is on the air next Sunday.
Jul 10 2006
Jul 10 2006
The New Hill Echoes have become Interstate Three. Under that name, they have a new website and four new versions of Alan Garr songs for download.
Jul 09 2006
They pulled all the perches out of my old Droll Yankee cylinder feeder. I’ve managed to keep one in after all these years.
I’ll be in Delhi, India for the Red Hat sponsored IP Symposium to be held August 24 and 25. With luck and planning I hope to visit our Tibetan friends up in McLeod Ganj near Dharamsala. (more on that later). Here’s my assignment:
Panel Discussion: Open Source, Open Access.
The philosophy of copyleft has emerged as a powerful and credible alternative to copyright. Where traditional copyright seeks to control and restrict access, copyleft seeks to empower and encourage sharing. The growth
The growth of the Internet opened up unparalleled opportunities for harnessing the contributions of thousands of volunteers across the globe while open source licenses like the General Public License, Creative Commons
Inspired by the success of Linux, (which has grown from 10,000 lines of source code in September 1991 to over 100 million lines of code today) and other open source efforts, many other disciplines biology, scientific
This session will examine the relevance of the Open Source philosophy to India’s future as a Knowledge Superpower. Questions that this session can address are:
As usual suggestions are welcome and encouraged. Also if you have travel tips to India, Delhi, and Dharamsala, please let me know.
I spent Friday morning mourning my car and watching Fox News at the Chrysler dealer. The new take on why the lovely PT was stalling at idle when hot is that the fuel pump was dying. Replace now for $500 (included labor) or drive around all weekend with a pressure gauge on the fuel line to see if the pressure is dropping. I finally opted for the replacement and to get it overwith. If this isn’t the fix, errrrrr.
Jul 07 2006
Fred has just released a new report on Facebook usage at UNC. In this one, he compares last year’s freshman usage to this year’s freshman usage. One finding: This year’s freshmen has many many more out-of-network friends. Read all about it!
SteveB writes to alert us of the new Fair Use Network from the Brennan Center’s The Free Expression Policy Project. The new website has information and resources to help artists, scholars, activists, and everyone else who contributes to culture and political debate defend their rights to fair use under copyright and trademark law.
Jul 05 2006
The ever active Anton Zuiker aka Mister Sugar writes:
It’s a call-in show so call in with smart questions.
You can listen on the net, thanks to ibiblio, at WUNC.org and even pick up the show as a podcast or from the archives (also on ibiblio), but you can only call in if you listen whilst it’s happenin’.
Joneses are and were mostly Welsh and McDonalds mostly Scotts. But others might be a surprize. CASA has a very amusing and informative database of UK surnames that produces maps and stats of 1881 and 1998 in the UK.
Jul 03 2006
You can download Lyceum 0.32 now!
And JJB alerts us to notable newcomers to the Lyceum dev scene, Adam Geller and Sean Swayze. Adam is setting up the Teach For America blogs at teachfor.us
Car – Saturn place here cleaned out the carbon left over from before the EGR (exhaust gas recirculation) valve was replaced. You would think that the replacers would have done that. It works great now.
Politics – nice chats this morning with local Council people. Mostly by Sally. While David McConville, Tucker and I talked about computer visualization and electronic story telling and the like.
Break from the heat – An Inconvenient Truth. David has put together a panel of experts to talk about the movie and solutions for next weekend. Lots of people were picking up his flyer about the panel today at the Fine Arts Theatre.
The Brain upgrade of my PT made no difference. I drove to Raleigh on Saturday only to have the car stall at the first stoplight. The trip home was a repeat performance. Drive for 20 minutes on the Interstate. Stall at the first light after getting off. Crank for about 3 – 5 minutes to get restarted. Air con is not a factor one way or the other.
We left the PT at home and took the Saturn to the mountains. But hey this stall is contagious. Sally had had a part replaced about a month ago when the Saturn was dying in much the same way that the PT has been doing. Her car worked great since then. But as soon as we turned off the Interstate for lunch, the Saturn stalled out. Repeat as soon as we hit Asheville. Yikes!
Part of our vacation here will be at the Saturn dealer. Could it be the ignition coil (like the CarTalk guys guess here)?
Even odder than you might expect
Jul 01 2006
John writes to alert us that Eclipse 3.2 also known as Callisto is out and ready for download. The best way to get Callisto is via BitTorrent from ibiblio.org’s torrent.ibiblio.org which John set up with Osprey.