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Catsy asked What are your goals?

I usually don’t do this, but somehow I’m feeling like I can.

  1. I do yoga every day. I do just enough to get me going in the morning, but never enough to improve. I want to move beyond maintenance.
  2. Get a regular writing process going. I hate that writing is rushed and never really something I get around to doing in a thoughtful and reflective manner. I need 1-2 writing only days each week. I’m hoping that that’s wednesday and thursday.
  3. Balance my eating. I eat good quality but I’ve never found the right rhythm. I eat too little or too much, or forget to eat. This year I kept healthy snacks with me all the time, which meant that I was eating very often, and I think that that’s the best, but it needs fine tuning.
  4. Spend more time with Yuka. I tend to work 6 days a week and Yuka works less. I want to sync up our schedules more.
  5. Get tenure dealt with. This is cheating, because it will happen regardless. Though I guess I could let it run on longer if I did nothing. Getting #2 done will get me through here one way or another.
  6. Drink less wine. Just because it is sticking around my waist a bit too much.
  7. Make the EDGElab the most rock’n lab in the universe, and actually get useful, meaningful and conceptually valuable stuff out there.

Hmmm… I don’t really have any goals. These are like, ya, well… that’s life so do it. But there’s nothing that is really a ‘goal’ or something to be achieved.

What are your goals?

Mirrored from Lemmingworks.

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Rochelle and Michelle… and Buridan were over for a festive dinner at my house this week. More roast elk and cranberries and sauces. And talk. My head was spinning by the end of the evening when the waltzed off into the snow.

Rochelle and Michelle...

Buridan busts a move

Buridan the bardic one.

Shelly in glorious repose I

Shelly in glorious repose II

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[a real time conversation between me and catspaw this morning]

12/3/08 8:05 AM

catspaw- tell me a story.

happy or sad?

catspaw- happy

here was this young lass named catsy
who lived in a big chateau
she had a strange cat

catspaw has gone offline.

and what’s better than that
she had magic you never would know

catspaw is now online.
catspaw sorry — connection hiccup’d


catspaw- keep goin’ 

and one day there came this old viking

catspaw :)
marauding with his viking crew
they smelled really bad
(though thought they were rad’)
and none knew what aught they would do
but catsy was there
and she said “don’t despair!”
I’ll fix these old vikings right now

catspaw :)

she whipped out her code
and compiled a goad
and the vikings all grew bright pink hair!
Now they’d lost their cred
and were better than dead
catspaw- yay pink vikings

and could never more sale the seas
so she got them all jobs
giving massages
catspaw- ooo

and the new spa she’d just built at google!
thus endeth this tale
of catsy the brave

catspaw- /clap

and her magic code
and her trusty compiler

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Catsy just IMed to say that a friend of ours, Hoder, has been arrested in Iran.
Report: Iranian blogger arrested - UPI.com

TEHRAN, Nov. 18 (UPI) — An Iranian blogger, who had visited Israel advocating improved relations, was arrested in Tehran and has admitted to spying, an Iranian Web site says.
Jahan News, a Web site with ties to Iran hard-liners in the country’ intelligence community, reported that blogger Hossein Derakhshan was arrested in Tehran and has admitted to carrying out espionage for Israel, The Jerusalem Post said Tuesday.

Derakhshan had visited Israel at least twice in recent years and had been interviewed by the Post, telling it he wanted to “humanize” Israel for his Iranian readers. Middle East political analyst Meir Javedanfar said Derakhshan had been based in Canada before returning to Iran three weeks ago.

“Prior to his return,” the Post quoted Javedanfar as writing on his Web site, Derakhshan had “started attacking (former Iranian President) Ayatollah (Hashemi) Rafsanjani in his blog. It is possible that he fell foul of a power struggle within Iran.”

The Post said Derakhshan, 33, is credited with having popularized the concept of the Weblog in Iran. He told the newspaper during a 2006 visit to Israel that he realized he might never be able to return to his homeland, but added, “It’s worth it.”

More information on google news. I’m not sure what to do, except to ask you to blog about it, a lot!

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University of Toronto — News@UofT — UofT Human rights software given prestigious award at French Senate (Feb 14/08)

Psiphon, an Internet censorship evading software project developed by the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab has been deemed “the world’s most original, significant and exemplary Net and Digital Initiative” by a panel of French and international government, media and business experts. Psiphon was chosen first among 100 technology projects from around the world that were nominated for the Netxplorateur of the Year Grand Prix award.

I remember when catsy was working on this. I tried out a copy back in the summer of 2003. I can’t believe it was that long ago, and yes, it was cooler than all get out, but I had no idea that it would be sen as “the world’s most original, significant and exemplary Net and Digital Initiative”. My students are watching Catsy’s video presentation made to my class in 2005, and so this is timely. Congrats Catsy, Nart and the Citlab crew!

Psiphon works by leveraging the Internet and social networks of trust that span censored and uncensored jurisdictions. Those with friends, family or colleagues in censored countries download the small psiphon application on their home computers and then give the unique connection information to their psiphon node to those living behind firewalled jurisdictions. Instead of attempting to access banned content directly, users of psiphon connect to the psiphon nodes over an encrypted channel and use them to surf the Web instead. As each psiphon node is private, encrypted, and separate from each other, the system as a whole is virtually impossible for authorities to discover and block.

Found via Catspaw’s Guide to the Inevitably Insane and Nart Villeneuve

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Originally published at Lemmingworks. You can comment here or there.

Check out Catspaw’s Guide to Toronto Weather. Catsy, Ken, Elizabeth, Rochelle and Jeremy are coming over for dinner tonight. And Jeremy’s cooking. I’m cringing, Ken is mellowing, Elizabeth’s scoffing, Yuka’s avoiding, and Catsy and Shelly will be bonding. Looking forward to it.

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Second Life and WoW ‘plagued by terrorists’

AUSSIE SECURITY experts claim that Second Life and online games such as World of Warcraft are being used to train terrorists.
According to the Australian newspaper a terror campaign has been waged in Second Life which has left a trail of virtual dead and injured, and caused hundreds of thousands of dollars’ damage.
Apparently there are three jihadi terrorists registered and two elite jihadist terrorist groups in Second Life and they use the site for recruiting and training. This is on top of the Second Life Liberation Army, which has been responsible for some computer-coded atomic bombings of stores on the site.
Rohan Gunaratna, author of Inside al-Qa’ida, said terrorists are rehearsing their operations in Second Life because they can’t practice in the real world.
Kevin Zuccato, head of the Australian High Tech Crime Centre in Canberra, says terrorists can gain training in games such as World of Warcraft in a simulated environment, using weapons that are identical to real-world armaments.
So we can expect more terrorist attacks involving broadswords and Heathrow airport to be closed due to suicide dragons.

[Via Slashdot | Second Life & WoW Terrorist Training Camps? and thanks to Catspaw for giving me the heads up on this.

Check out the whole article Virtual terrorists in The Australian.

Now, I always did say that virtual reality and simulations are good learning environments that have applications in the real world, but I was not thinking of this. Personally, I think that this is silly. But then I think about A Rape in Cyberspace by Julian Dibbell (Published in: Village Voice, Vol. XXXVIII, No. 51, December 21, 1993) and I am reminded that we do have to consider the emotional impacts of actions online.

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JuliaD sent me this link:
WorldChanging: Tools, Models and Ideas for Building a Bright Green Future: Ron Deibert on the History and Future of Psiphon: “Professor Ron Deibert is the director of Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, a remarkable institution which researches the intersection of civic politics and digital technology. Citizen Lab is one of the partners on the Open Net Initiative, a project that Berkman participates in, documenting and researching internet censorship and filtering around the world.”

FYI Catspaw who has been the subject of this week’s readings and video in my (C)CLD419 classes, used to work at Citizen Lab.

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Ex-Lemmingworks. ##.

Wish I could go to CUSEC 2007: Canadian University Software Engineering Conference

Michelle Levesque
Google Corporate Speaker

Bits of Change
How can software be political? Which components of software make a political statement: is it this function call over here, or is it that while loop over there?

In certain parts of the world today, governments read private e-mail and arrest people based on these random sweeps. New software allows them to do so with amazing efficiency. That software was written by someone like you.

Politics, law and ethics are becoming increasingly intertwined with software engineering. These changes are having drastic consequences in the field of software design; the future of our industry will depend on the the next generation of software engineers and the choices that you make.

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Slashdot | The Great Firewall of Canada references The Great Firewall of Canada blogpost on cybertip.ca’s “Project Cleanfeed Canada”, and also reference’s our friend Nart Villeneuve of the CitizenLab sums up my fear of government sponsored filters.

So, Bell Aliant, Bell Canada, MTS Allstream, Rogers, SaskTel, Shaw, TELUS, and Videotron have all opted in to a blacklist to block web sites that exploit children. Very tough topic. I support anything that keeps children safe, IF it keeps them safe. Blacklists don’t necessaryily do that. They do block content that it not objectionable. They are often not transparent, and they often cause lots of irresponsible problems for people caught up in the blacklist when it isn’t their fault. That said I would like to know that I can surf the internet and not have to worry about what I might trip over. That’s personal. Professionally, I’d not like black box sensorship. We’ll have to see if there is a respectable mechanism to allow for block sites to be challenged. I’ve seen some discussion on this, but I’ve not had time to check it out.

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Barry just told me about Protect the Net, and it sounds like some of Catsy’s old work at the lab.

Protect the Net —Toronto is the first stop in the Protect the Net worldwide campaign. The Toronto Protect the Net event will be highlighted by presentations by experts and academics on Internet censorship, surveillance and infowar, as well as the worldwide public release and demonstration of the psiphon censorship circumvention tool. psiphon is a human rights software project developed by the Citizen Lab at the Munk Centre for International Studies that allows citizens in uncensored countries to provide unfettered access to the Net through their home computers to friends and family members who live behind firewalls of states that censor.Protect the Net will educate and empower citizens worldwide about the perilous state of human rights online and what they can do to help rescue and restore those rights.

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[Listen to Thin Lizzy’s The Boys Are Back in Town on Last.fm in another window while reading this]
Catsy is back in down doing some cult/evangelicalical work for Google. So we’re having a good ol’time pizza night, which I’ve not organized in ages, this saturday night. Rochelle’s the major force, and JuliaD should be there if she’s forgiven me, along with some new faces who will not be embarassed in public. Just wish more of the crew were afoot. Seems like I haven’t made ‘Za since March for a group [see blog for the last and here’s a list of 28 posts relating to ‘Za on my site :) ] and I just hope that I can find something suitably creative to pull off this time. Wild Boar Prosciutto is hard to top. But I do have some truffle olive oil that Ken gave me.

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I was about to post on this, cause i read it on /. but then I realized that everyone was doing it, so I’d just point to someone who had more spare time than I do… like Catspaw!

Nearly half of Radcliffe Publishing Course’s “top 100 novels of the 20th century” were banned at some point. This is not an occurrence from distant history. This is still happening today.

This week Google is promoting the American Library Association’s “Celebrate your Freedom to Read” campaign against banning books.


Catsy seems to be cutting in on Rochelle’s job of being a force for good.

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[No comment. Read the quote, then read the article. It will be on the exam.]
The Valve - A Literary Organ | A Pre-reading of “Snakes on a Plane”:

Though I myself haven’t seen the film, it is almost impossible not to think that Lacan had watched Snakes on a Plane, because his conception of alterity is so closely aligned with the film’s revolutionary mise en scene. Indeed, my reading below is deeply invested in resisting the tired old “grand narrative” of “actually watching the film,” which essentializes “experience,” and delegitimates the kinds of liberatory theoretical praxis I have memorably justified elsewhere. 

The eponymous “snakes” here are clearly the wild slithering irruption of the Real, while the “plane” is the Phallus that operates in the angular, metallic register of the Symbolic. The film thematizes the rebellion of the Real (the resisting third world subaltern, who also represents the death-drive) over the tyrannical, inscribed authority of the Industrial-Aviational Master.

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I got my copy of the handbook! Here’s all the info. Check out the Table of Contents (below) for a list of the 63 amazing chapters and around 100 authors!!!

International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments

International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments. Series: Springer International Handbooks of Education , Vol. 14. Weiss, J.; Nolan, J.; Hunsinger, J.; Trifonas, P. (Eds.). 2006, XXXV, 1615 p., Hardcover. ISBN: 1-4020-3802-X

About this book
What is virtual reality and how do we conceptualize, create, use, and inquire into learning settings that capture the possibilities of virtual life? The International Handbook of Virtual Learning Environments was developed to explore Virtual Learning Environments (VLE’s), and their relationships with digital, in real life and virtual worlds.

Three issues are explored and used as organizers for The Handbook. First, a distinction is made between virtual learning and learning virtually. Second, since the focus is on learning, an educational framework is developed as a means of bringing coherence to the available literature. Third, learning is defined broadly as a process of knowledge creation for transforming experience to reflect different facets of “the curriculum of life”.

To reflect these issues The Handbook is divided into four sections: Foundations of Virtual Learning Environments; Schooling, Professional Learning and Knowledge Management; Out-of-School Learning Environments; and Challenges for Virtual Learning Environments. A variety of chapters representing different academic and professional fields are included. These chapters cover topics ranging from philosophical perspectives, historical, sociological, political and educational analyses, case studies from practical and research settings, as well as several provocative ‘classics’ originally published in other settings.

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I just got word that my first translated work is out…

Nolan, Jason & Levesque, Michelle (2005). Hakowanie czlowieka: archeologia danych i nadzor w sieciach spolecznych. [*Hacking* human: data-archaeology and surveillance in social networks]. translated by Alek Tarkowski. “Kultura Popularna”, nr 1 (15)/2006. pp. 43-50.

What could be more coolerer.

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I was looking for Catsy’s post on buying cell phones, and couldnt find it on her site. But I did find it here… - Spanish - Genesis. So, what is catsy’s page doing on a web site from the Geneiss Methodist Church in Grand Rapids MI? I think all you need to do is read Catspaw’s Guide to the Inevitably Insane

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Catsy and Rochelle joined Yuka, Masiko and I for Za last night. First social run of my new convection oven. I’m still rethinking my dough… upped the oil and the semolina, and got a really elasticy dough. I think I should try 100% semolina, but I’m a wimp. Made 4 variations on the same pizza. Some were roast chicken leg and some were wild boar prosciutto. Both were amazing in that regard. The sauce was pesto, olive tapenade, and whatever else was there, with mushrooms, spanish onions, sundried tomatoes and roast pepers. The poor suckers. It is always better the next day.

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