Darren Barefoot
Darren Barefoot


Thinking Chaos, Thinking Fences

All speech, written or spoken, is a dead language, until it finds a willing and prepared hearer. -- Robert Louis Stevenson

19 January 2003

Recently I've become increasingly interested in digital rights issues. These include things like copyright law, online censorship, file-sharing networks, consumer rights and so on. The biggest NGO for these issues in the US is the Electronic Frontier Foundation. I wondered...is there an analogous organization in Canada?

After a Google search, I turned up the Electronic Frontier Canada. The Web site looked pretty, uh, "old school", so I sent an email to the EFF to enquire. This was their reply:

Hi Darren,

Thanks for writing! EF-Canada is largely moribund. However, it's worth pointing out that EFF doesn't sponsor official "chapters" or "affiliates." EF-Canada was simply a like-minded organization that we were friendly with. That said, I get lots of requests from people in Canada who are frustrated with the lack of local organization; perhaps I could put you all in touch with one another?

Otherwise, the best thing to do is become a member of EFF. Let me know if you need any other help!



So, I'm thinking that maybe I should start a Canadian version of the EFF. Well, first I should extend my search to ensure that one doesn't already exist. Maybe Cory Doctorow knows something about this. Hmmm....

9:35:59 PM    comment []

The good folks at FrozenCPU.com are offering a cigarette car lighter kit for the front of your PC. While I don't really have a requirement for this one, it makes me wonder if there will be a trend toward CPU box customization. How about one of those bottle openers that used to be on Coke machines (when they dispensed bottles)? Or one end of a clothes-line?

Before we moved to Ireland, we kept our PC inside this cheap, wire-fronted box that we bought at Ikea. Computer holding was definitely not its intended purpose, but, after I stained the unfinished pine, it looked pretty cool.

9:22:36 PM    comment []

There's a big colony of polygamists in BC, in a place called (ironically) Bountiful. Who knew? Check it out:

It is a secluded community where plural marriage is not only at the centre of the community's religious beliefs but it is a way of life. It's a place where some men have close to 30 wives and father up to 80 children and where teenage girls are married to men old enough to be their grandfathers.

The boisterous community of Creston is only a few kilometers away, and they can't say enough nice things about the multi-wifers. Mayor Don Leben says:

They contribute to our community, they run businesses, they purchase supplies, they purchase equipment, they purchase services in our town. Itís like any other individual...People, I think have adopted the live and let live attitude - you donít interfere with my pursuit of happiness, I wonít interfere with yours.

9:14:51 PM    comment []

When I first saw this site, I thought it was a brilliant idea: "Entire streetscapes showing over 2,500 shops, bars and restaurants in the liveliest areas of London." But then I tried to explain the concept to a couple of people, and it sounded pretty lame coming out of my mouth. I guess it'd be handy if you couldn't remember the name of "that furniture store next to the Starbucks on Granville Street."

It seems like a lot of work--but maybe it'll be useful in Vancouver. I could see an application for for WAP browsers and PDAs and that sort of thing..."I'm near The Duke of Wellington...where the hell's that fish store?"

9:10:35 PM    comment []

Be careful what you leave on your hard drive...it could come back to haunt you in some dark and ghoulish way. Like Jennifer Love Hewitt's career.

9:04:33 PM    comment []

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