1. Wow, I feel ever so much safer.

    12 July 2010

    Unless you're dealing with the federal government, it has long been a given that the police can't enter and search the place you live without a properly filed and signed search warrant, as guaranteed by the fourth amendment to the US Constitution, which reads thus: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

    Sounds …

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  2. Diamond Star Release Party - 3 July 2010.

    08 July 2010

    Last week Catherine Asaro and Donald Wolcott played a live show at Stacy's to celebrate the paperback release of Diamond Star. Hasufin, Mika, Lyssa, and I had hoped to show up at Stacy's about an hour ahead of time to get the sound system set up and checked out but Dr. Asaro and Donald had beaten us by about twenty minutes; plus, we were running about ten minutes late. We spent the next half hour or so sitting around chatting amiably, settling in, and waiting for more people to arrive. They took their places behind microphone and keyboard around 1915 …

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  3. Cory Doctorow at Red Emma's Bookstore, 27 June 2010.

    08 July 2010

    Late last month, Cory Doctorow stopped by a bookstore in Baltimore called Red Emma's as the last stop on his book signing tour for his new YA novel For the Win. So, Hasufin, Mika, and I piled into the car and headed for the fringes of Charm City and a tiny bookstore slightly below street level but surprisingly difficult to miss while either on foot or on wheels. We got there about an hour into Doctorow's presentation just as the line reached the front door and Doctorow answered a question about Squidgate, then a question about the message that the …

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  4. Photographs from Walking the Thresholds 2010.

    08 July 2010

    Late in June a couple of us drive into the depth of Pennsylvania to attend another Walking the Thresholds at Four Quarters Farm. I didn't take many pictures this year, mostly because more and more people are beginning to dislike being photographed due to the encroachment of surveillance into the modern world. Being a privacy advocate myself I can hardly begrudge anybody's not wanting to wind up in a photo album online. Something that I found interesting, however, was the unusually large number of butterflies all over this place this year. So, I practiced my photography a bit.

    And now …

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  5. Yeah, it's a little like that.

    07 July 2010

    The DC metroplex is the only place I've seen to date in which the following sequence of events can occur within sixty seconds:


    1. A woman with a handicapped parking tag in the rear window of her Volkswagon Beetle (new school) pulls into a handicapped parking space outside of a small deli.
    2. A young man driving a Corvette slams to a halt directly behind the Volkswagon approximately four seconds after the woman shuts her engine off.
    3. The young man in the Corvette (sans handicapped tag or license plate) begins to hammer on his horn with the vigor of a bandolier of …

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  6. Open source desktops and closed source video drivers.

    06 July 2010

    When you have a workstation running some variant of Linux, the Gnome desktop and you have an nVidia graphics card in the box, do yourself a favor and install their drivers. Make sure that the "Driver" line in /etc/X11/xorg.conf reads "nvidia" and not "nv". And when you get around to configuring multiple displays on the same system, don't mess with Gnome's System->Preferences->Display utility, use the nvidia-settings utility to do it for you (it'll ask for the root password).

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