Top Content jQuery Graphs

I found a really cool jQuery graphing plugin over at The Filament Group. They constantly pump out great little toolkits they make for their clients. I’m just a consumer at the moment, but I’m loving the idea that I can cultivate what I learn into something I can share back. All in time. Another iFrame today. If you can’t see the table and graph below (or if you want to check the source) check out the original document.

Avatar

I’ve been using this avatar for years. Since early 2001 at the very least.

Original Avatar

That’s as original as I can find it, its a 64×64 px gif that best as I remember came from a PHP-Nuke forum pack. It’s been my buddy icon, my profile pic, my tag. It’s probably one of the oldest piece of digital information I have. I even lost it at one point and had to find old backups of bthsnews.org to bring it back. Yesterday it was suggested to me by Andrew that instead of just blowing it up I should try to spruce it up a bit. I had tried to “smooth” it out by editing it by hand once. I got about halfway and gave up, it wasn’t worth it. This time I enlisted the help of Vector Magic which was a school project turned commercial venture. They’ve got a wonderful system (best I’ve ever used.. only I’ve ever used ;-)) to work out how to take that blocky pixel art above and turn it into this.

wizard 2010

Which I happen to like quite a lot. Hopefully it will hold me for another 5-10 years. =)

-Francis

Where are you on the internet?

I’ve got a nice compact archive for the majority of my writings. Inspired by Steve Yeggie mentioning he found posts of 16 year old him on usenet (his chat here), I decided to look into me. I don’t think there is a single other place I’ve written more then for here. There’s a distinct possiblility of instant messaging being a larger repository of my thoughts and plans, but I’m goign to argue it’s a different medium. Those messages (Adium’s got 8448 transcripts going back to May 2004) are much much much less thought out. Espicially if we’ve been talking for hours.

So what’s in my non roborooter history?

Yearly GPG Key

My GPG key for the next year can be found at his address.

https://www.wizardcomputing.com/gpg/wizard-roborooter.com.asc

I’ve had a few others for my roborooter.com address over the years, but somehow I always loose them. The private key that is. It’s usually because I don’t use them that much. There are only a handful of people out there I communicate with that know what gpg is, know how to use it, want to use it, and most importantly need to use it. That’s actually a tall order to fill.

So what happens to my keys that I loose? Well lets look for the public counterparts.

MIT PGP Public Key Server Search Results for wizard-roborooter.com

Public Key Server -- Index wizard at roborooter.com

Type bits /keyID Date User ID
pub 1024D/C556B1A8 2008/09/02 Francis Gulotta
pub 1024D/2B74810B 2005/01/27 Francis Gulotta
pub 1024D/C6677DA7 2002/01/08 Francis Gulotta

The first one I ever published was back in 2002 (Unless I submitted one earlier elsewhere, damed if I know – but a blog search tells me no different – I need a better search). And if I had the tools with me today I could tell you when it expires if at all. I was probably brash and didn’t think I’d ever loose the private key. It’s not that hard to make a new key so once a year if I’m going to use it, I can. I can even sign it with my old key (if I still have it) to keep the chain of trust.

-Francis

PS Looks like I’ve discovered a bug in how wordpress automatically makes email addresses hyper links

Tibeten Take Down

Even with my brothers involvement, I haven’t really touted what’s going on Tibet and with the controversy with this year’s Olympics. Even though one my favorite bands (Radiohead) came on stage the other night with a their instruments draped with Tibetan flags after they had a professor from Columbia talk to us for about half an hour about what’s going on, even though I know the issues, I still have been silent. At least here.

I do talk about things in public, to strangers, to coworkers, to family members, there is a place in my life for it. I don’t think Roborooter is a good place though. I do however think that Roborooter is a place to talk about abusive copyright practices.

Take down notices are becoming a problem. A big problem. It started with a way to keep people from posting copyrighted materials on their personal servers. Send the server a notice and they take the content down. Sort it out later. No big deal.

When that started there was no way to know, to fathom, that every single person’s computer could host content. At the time they were very effective. These days content makers owners who wish to protect their copyrights have to send out thousands of them to keep up with things like youtube and myspace (which is evil and must be destroyed) and the people that run content sites get flooded and instead of assesing what is valid and what is not they cover their asses and remove everything.

This means if I don’t like your work, it is very very easy for me to have it removed temporarily and maybe even permanently regardless if I have cause or not. With the nature of the internet if you get removed from the net while you’re popular you’ve lost out incredibly.

This leads me into a video created by the Students for a Free Tibet about their NYC Chinese Consulate Projection Action, which was removed from youtube because the IOC (International Olympic Comity) said it violated their copyrights. It looks like fair use to me, but even so, you can’t watch it right now on youtube.

Vimeo on the other hand, has not responded the same way. Vimeo also has nicer higher quality videos that we can all enjoy.


NYC Chinese Consulate Projection Action 08.07.08 from Students for a Free Tibet on Vimeo.

I’ll end with a link to the EFF’s No Downtime For Free Speech campaign. Those guys owe me a hat.

-Francis

Story Arcs and my failed attempt.

I had a plan.

  1. Make the Hacker Crackdown Available as a torrent file. (You can just grab the full download if you like.)
  2. Educate about what comcast was doing (blocking torrents)
  3. Complain that while the torrent’s flowing nicely a bunch of specific people had trouble torrenting it. Specifically the Comcast customers.(Not a complete lie, the torrent had about 250 downloads as far as I could tell and at one point 17 seeds. But if you were a comcast customer using torrents you knew what was going on and wouldn’t complain to me.)
  4. Come clean, off the full download via http and remark that I actually do have the bandwidth to spare to host a large file. Probably enough to spare to host 10 full and popular audio books, but probably not 100, where torrenting could go into the 10,000’s easily. If people were so interested.

For the record as of right now the torrent is still on The Pirate Bay and has 2 seeders neither of them are me.

I had goals.

  1. To spread the hacker crackdown by Bruce Sterling.
  2. To try to do a story arcing blog post.
  3. To educate people about torrents and Comcast.
  4. To be crazy like that.

I had poor execution.

  1. I got distracted
  2. I told people what I was up to and then no longer felt like I had to do it. Almost like success.
  3. I didn’t do it all at once – I’m not sure if that was practical but it would have gotten it done while I had the drive.
  4. I never wrote down my plan until now.

For the record even without my help (ha!) Comcast got smacked around by the FCC. It’s not law (and we’ll have to fight to make it law) but it’s a big first step towards net neutrality.

Suggested Tags

I’m still coming to terms with how wordpress deals with tagging. I think they’re stuck between categories and tags and they need to drop one (categories) as they are basically the same thing and usability suffers with too many options.

To aid in my tagging I got a wordpress plugin called Simple Tags which lets me see all my previous used tags when choosing tags for a new post. (Which is genuinely useful!) It’s also got a bunch of things I don’t want or need. Like auto tagging, and suggesting tags. I thought I’d play with them though.

The suggested tags for my post on the Quick and the Dead were: Movies, gene hackman, story overview, life of crime, assassins, ill gotten gains, entertainment industry, and typos.

Fuck you yahoo!

New Design

I’ve been developing this site for a few days using wordpress and some plugins. I’ve hacked out a decent looking theme and made it more mine. You don’t need to register to comment and your comments should show up now. (Some, a few actually as I asked around got caught up in spam filtering and I didn’t even see them.) Also if you have an openID your comment should go through immediately. Until spammers start using it anyway.

Andrew gave me a neat idea for the header. Never mind I already did a lot of work for what’s up there, I’m going to try something out to make it a little more interesting.

I also need to integrate the gallery into it again. My old robot isn’t a random gallery image. ;-)

Let me know what you think.

-Francis