Friday, December 31 - Photos and Videos from the aftermath of the Asia Tsunami.

I'm not 100% certain of the intentions of this website, but it could be a VERY good thing so I will reserve judgement and recommed it for those still seeking understanding. - Photos and Videos from the aftermath of the Asia Tsunami.

"... our mission objective is to bring you to you the latest in multimeida updates on the happenings of the asia tsumani crisis.

This site is updated hourly, sometimes every ten minutes with new content so check back often.

I am after any video footage or photos from the Tsunami and the aftermath, if you spot something else where which I dont have get incontact with me and I'll put it up here.

If you have personal photos which you have taken of the aftermath please get incontact with me, I'll host them for you free of charge."

It's extremely important right now that we have as diverse and rich a debate as possible and that everyone should have access to it regardless of their geographical or economic situations. Especially first hand accounts which humanize the situation as opposed to such abstractions as the little clips and slices shown on the nightly news. I'm really glad video blogging, bittorrent, and podcasting were here for this, they've done a lot of good, though it is very clear they have a very long way to go. We're seeing new kinds of interactions between the traditional press and new media. I just hope in the future there are more ways for the general public to contribute than just money. Make sure you donate through a credible source such as the Red Cross.

One last thought. The future is a, set up on the spot with not only rich media but several podcasting channels and original content and commentary from people on location. There's no reason a media outlet will not be able to spring up in the near future for individual incidents and then disolve when no longer necissary. Think of it as smart mobs for smart media.

Check out the site: - Photos and Videos from the aftermath of the Asia Tsunami.

NYTimes OpEd - "Are We Stingy? Yes"

"We hope Secretary of State Colin Powell was privately embarrassed when, two days into a catastrophic disaster that hit 12 of the world's poorer countries and will cost billions of dollars to meliorate, he held a press conference to say that America, the world's richest nation, would contribute $15 million. That's less than half of what Republicans plan to spend on the Bush inaugural festivities."

The New York Times > Opinion > Editorial: Are We Stingy? Yes

I believe I heard we are now up two $350 million and the first of our aid has reached it's destination.

It's about time the world governments learn that like real people you can't force countries to change for the better with a heavy hand. Fairness brings freedom and violence, tirany. Here we are completely preoccupied and entrenched in Iraq and very nearly missing the boat on other very important things going on in the world.

I have a visual in my head that I'd draw a cartoon of if I was a cartonist. It's of Uncle Sam in his big hat and beard spanking a little guy (Iraq), hand raise while looking over his shoulder with surprise to see the rest of the world powers with their hearts and muscle helping those around the Indian Ocean. I don't know what exactly it means or if it's right or wrong, that's just what popped into my head. If somebody is good with the pen they should feel free to ink something up and call it there own.

Tsunami 2004 and the videoblogging revolution

Some blog critics will no doubt see a Jennycam-type voyeurism fueling the intense interest in collecting and watching the tsunami videos. I'm sure that's a factor. But I see at least two signifcant public service aspects to the work of the videobloggers documenting the disaster:

First, it brings the uncut and unedited horror home to people around the world who might otherwise shrug their shoulders. And unlike, say, network news viewers who catch a glimpse or two of the disaster before changing the channel, bloggers rope in a community of online doers. Jordan and Kevin Aylward at Wizbang are urging readers/viewers to donate to charities assisting tsunami/earthquake victims and providing links. (As a proxy, check out's donation page: Internet contributors there have raised nearly $3.8 million so far! Stingy? Stingy?)

Second, these amateur video collections will no doubt be of interest and use to researchers, scientists, and disaster preparedness experts. It's an amazing contribution.


In a sense, blogging is so 2004. The next big thing will be videoblogs. You can fit a rudimentary TV studio in a suitcase -- a laptop, a camcorder, a few cables, and a nearby Starbucks with Wi-Fi you can leech onto to upload your reports...

He shoots, he scores. The next big thing is here. The blogosphere's video coverage of the tsunami disaster has been stellar. Cheese and Crackers, run by college undergrad Jordan Golson (who has apparently been blogging for less than a month!), has become a clearinghouse for tsunami home videos.

Site Meter - Counter and Statistics Tracker for Cheese and Crackers

Thursday, December 30

Amateur Tsunami Video Footage Summary

I've had some comments about links breaking as happens with large content this important and in demand. This also creates quite a bit of confusion and people downloading things multiple times. So, I've borrowed's excellent video summaries and am going to add as many mirrors as possible. Look for this post to update quite often for the next few hours as I add links.

Fox News Channel with Xeni Jardin on blog coverage of the disaster
katc.wmv (3.4mb) - KATC,com footage - perhaps the most amazing of the clips - people stand on a balcony just feet above the raging torrent.
"According to Metro TV the amateur video footage was shot in Sumatra's provincial capital Banda Aceh shortly after the tsunami hit. It shows houses submerged in mud and sea water."
More information: KATC
thai.wmv (1.6mb) - short clip of incoming rush as people stand on hillside grass, presumeably in Phuket
phuket.wmv (11MB) - shot from inside a restaurant, waves engulf older couple clinging to railing before flooding entire room
patong_beach.wmv (10MB) - rooftop view of two huge waves battering buildings along shore, then flooding of city streets
sri_lanka.wmv (7MB) - upper balcony view of hotel swimming pool area getting flooded as observers run away; woman asks "how high will it go?" before retreating
koh_lanta_thailand.avi (11MB) - shot on beach level; watch as first wave grows and crashes, before cameraman's frantic retreat away from shore
koh-lanta.asf or tsunami1.asf (6.2 MB)
penang_beach.wmv (783kb) - shot from wall above beach, three men are caught in battering waves
sri_lanka_resort.wmv (WMV 6mb or AVI 7.6mb) - upper level hotel balcony; restaurant, pools, and deck flooded as people cling to trees; two men narrate what they see
sea-spills.mp4 (1.4 MB) Low quality, but scary...

Please Donate has a donations page for Red Cross. They have already collected $6.8 million as of this writing. Costs are expected to run in the 100's of billions of dollars.

Podcasting Issues

If you subscribe to my podcast feed you will get a copy of all these videos if you have not already. Unforetuneatly there is only one piece of content allowed per post in the RSS "enclosure" format. It is a short coming I have not been able to find a workaround for and many people are working on it for future RSS specs. I as well as others are also experimenting with bittorrent podcasts which would alleviate having to post mirrors and alleviate bandwidth issues. If you're interested swing over and check out Torrentocracy's Podigem Project and offer them words of encouragement on their beta service. It won't be long now till we're all able to share such content openly and legally without fear of getting swamped on bandwidth or for that matter unwarranted legal threats.

Wednesday, December 29

Video: Koh Lanta Thailand

koh_lanta_thailand.avi (10.6mb)

Update: I have compiled a list of all related videos at the following url. mmeiser blog: Amateur Tsunami Video Footage Summary

More Video: NYT, Fox News, others on blogs and tsunami disaster

Fox News Channel with Xeni Jardin on blog coverage of the disaster (Real Video 4.1mb)

Alternate Format: Fox News Channel with Xeni Jardin on blog coverage of the disaster (WMV 4.2mb)

Via: Boing Boing: NYT, Fox News, others on blogs and tsunami disaster

Update: I have compiled a list of all related videos at the following url. mmeiser blog: Amateur Tsunami Video Footage Summary

Wired 13.01: The BitTorrent Effect

This article has just to many good parts, it's a must read. The big question here is; "What will a new media company look like?" I have some big thoughts on this. To much to say here, but I'll leave you with this. Distribution is dead, the new middle man is dissemination.

"Cohen knows the havoc he has wrought. In November, he spoke at a Los Angeles awards show and conference organized by Billboard, the weekly paper of the music business. After hobnobbing with 'content people' from the record and movie industries, he realized that 'the content people have no clue. I mean, no clue. The cost of bandwidth is going down to nothing. And the size of hard drives is getting so big, and they're so cheap, that pretty soon you'll have every song you own on one hard drive. The content distribution industry is going to evaporate.' Cohen said as much at the conference's panel discussion on file-sharing. The audience sat in a stunned silence, their mouths agape at Cohen's audacity.

Cohen seems curiously unmoved by the storm raging around him. 'With BitTorrent, the cat's out of the bag,' he shrugs. He doesn't want to talk about piracy and the future of media, and at first I think he's avoiding the subject because it's so legally sensitive. But after a while, I realize it simply doesn't interest him much."

Wired 13.01: The BitTorrent Effect

More clips of the tsunami

I just heard on the news the death toll has now been reported as high as 70,000.

patong beach (10mb WMV)

ALSO: 782k WMV

Update: I have compiled a list of all related videos at the following url. mmeiser blog: Amateur Tsunami Video Footage Summary

First hand videos of the tsunami in Sri Lanka

Update: I have compiled a list of all related videos at the following url. mmeiser blog: Amateur Tsunami Video Footage Summary

If you see any more footage that is podcast-able / download-able please email me. Any interesting video footage at all. Especially first hand accounts by real people, but also any local or regional news from the area.

11.7 MB video in Windows Media Format (you must right-click, control-click or option click to download video it is NOT viewable in the browser)
Video from Sri Lanka (8 MB Windows Media Format)

Tuesday, December 28

Unauthorized Campaigns Used by Unauthorized Creators Become a Trend

More press related the iPod fan-advert. NY Times calls it vigilanty marketing. That's sort of funny. It goes with their whole conspiracy approach though. I love that idea... the masses conspiring against the large corporations. Even our conspiracy theories are being affected by the bottom-up revolution. :)

Various people with diverse motives are behind the proliferation of vigilante marketing. They are freelancers and fans - even agencies - looking for accounts, and they have shown up this year to advertise or try to advertise products as they see fit.

The New York Times > Business > Media & Advertising > Advertising: Unauthorized Campaigns Used by Unauthorized Creators Become a Trend

Home-Brew IPod Ad Opens Eyes

This Wired article is back from Deceber 13th. Since then I've seen this iPod ad cross my podcast feeds maybee a dozen times. The truth is I still pop it open every now and again. I can't get enough of it, it's even better then Apple's own ads. I expect it will resurge and be re-discovered many times as it crosses into different markets. It's just that good.

School teacher George Masters has the marketing world abuzz with a homemade ad for Apple Computer's iPod that is rapidly "going viral."

To some experts, Masters' ad heralds the future of advertising. Homemade ads will play a big part in marketing, just like blogging is shaking up the news.

...'It's a sign that consumers want to have a role in promoting a product they love,' he said. 'There's a real trend toward consumer-generated media. People are creating news, they're blogging. People will create marketing as well. This guy is a great example.'

Rubel cited the ongoing Spread Firefox campaign, a collective promotion of Mozilla's web browser that includes raising money to buy ad space in The New York Times.

Stories about customer evangelism abound, and word-of-mouth or 'buzz' marketing is seen as a big and growing part of advertising. But TV spots are new.

Read about it: Wired News: Home-Brew IPod Ad Opens Eyes

Watch the video(10.6mb QT)

You also might like to watch this funny holidays iPod Racing parody (9mb QT)

mmeiser blog "preemtively" names Jon Stewart man of the year!

Read it: mmeiser blog "preemtively" names Jon Stewart man of the year!

P.S. Since (while awesome) does not support "more" links for long articles and this article is long I have had to post this excellent article on my "backchannel" and then link to it from here. Enjoy.

Monday, December 27

Happy Bunny Spaz Juice

"Happy Bunny Spaz Juice is certainly the cutest drink of 2004. The drink features a yellow bunny rabbit and the sayings, 'drink this and feel less sucky' and 'All the energy you need to annoy everyone else'. Popular among girls and young women, the nearly ubiquitous Happy Bunny brand can be found on everything from apparel to stickers. The brand features the trademarked Happy Bunny who, despite her cute appearance, is known for saying rather mean things. Spaz Juice has a great blue raspberry flavor and the package is adorable. We're not sure if teenage girls really need the extra energy, but with so many brands targeted toward the young male demographic, it is refreshing to see one address young women. This product might have particular success selling in retail locations and other places where the Happy Bunny brand can be found. Overall, Spaz Juice is a very well-done and well-positioned energy drink with definite commercial potential."

Nuf' said.

From Happy Bunny Spaz Juice - The Review

Friday, December 24

Amazing computer animated music video for Aphex Twin

Sweet, I just stumbled across this awesome Computer animated video which appears to be an unofficial Aphex Twin video for the song "Vordhosbn". I'm not sure wether it's a fan video or what. If I find out I'll let you know. It's one of the most amazing pieces of video work that's crossed my podstream yet and I'm happy to be able to share it with you. Warning, it's big (56mb), but it's well worth the download.

Aphex Twin - Vordhosbn (56mb AVI)

*ADORU: Film: Aphex Twin ? Vordhosbn

Wednesday, December 22

The Sin City Trailer

I found this trailer visually stunning. I don't know how to describe it so I won't. I just wanted to share.

Sin City Trailer

A hell of a lot of star power too.

About the movie: Sin City (2005) - IMDB

Tuesday, December 21

The Long Tail - becomes a book and a blog

The long tail is becoming a book and is already a blog. This will probably go straight to the top of my blog reading list. I think the long tail theory is infinitely more important than any other "marketing" theories out this last year. Even that "creative class" stuff. It marks a significant new way of looking at a significant new cultural paradigm. And yes, "paradigm" is precisely the word, this is the cathedral and the bazzar, small pieces loosely joined, top-down to bottom-up. I predict that even before the book hits the shelves it'll be the biggest marketing buzz-word since "e-commerce". I just wish I'd have coined the phrase. ;)

"Yes, the book deal is now official. I'm delighted, but sadly all I can link to is this (in the book world, it seems, gossip columns count as hard news). Moving quickly past me, I was struck by the mention in the column that Hillary got $8m for her book (#880 Amazon sales rank). That's just $3m less than Bill (#40). Shouldn't the spread on that one have been a bit more?"

The Long Tail: In lieu of a press release

. . . Neither is Wired editor Chris Anderson, but sources say he managed to sell The Long Tail to Hyperion for just over $500,000. It?s a book-length version of a meditation he wrote for his own magazine about the end of the "mainstream" in culture. "Jaws hit the floor over how much they paid," says one source whose house was outbid. Watch for the Wired trend story: The tech-book boom is back! -Jacob Bernstein


Monday, December 20

Podcasting the music video for the Grey Album

5574693157170114Today I've been checking out some of the video bloggers online to try and get a feel for how many are out there, how many are podcasting their content, and what sort of stuff they're doing. One of the more interesting video bloggers is Eric Rice. He has a nice copy of the Grey Album music video that he has podcasted.

Watch it: Grey Album music video(Quicktime ?mb)

Read about it: Eric Rice Podcast: The Grey Video

Sunday, December 19

More on the Millau Bridge in France

BBC picture gallery
The Millau Viaduct is an incredible feat of engineering. The structure measures nearly 2460 metres long and was built with more than 36,000 tonnes of metal framework (which is five times the amount used on the Eiffel Tower). In addition to being extremely long, the bridge is extremely high (the tallest tower measures 343 metres - compared to the Eiffel Tower which comes in at 324 metres).

Article: BBC - Radio 4 - Today Programme International Report

The world's oldest mechanical gadget

General plan of all gearing, composite diagram from De Solla Price, Transactions of the American Philosophical
Society Vol 64 No 7 (1974).
This is a link to an article written for the American Mathematical Society's website back in April 2000 on the function of the Antikythera Mechanism (the world's oldest example of a mechanism with gears dating from 87 B.C.). The discovery of the mechanism surprised scholars because it was not believed that ancient Greeks possessed such technology. The article goes into a lot of detail and has working Java applets!

From the article..
The Antikythera Mechanism is the name given to an astronomical calculating device, measuring about 32 by 16 by 10 cm, which was discovered in 1900 in a sunken ship just off the coast of Antikythera, an island between Crete and the Greek mainland. Several kinds of evidence point incontrovertibly to around 80 B.C. for the date of the shipwreck. The device, made of bronze gears fitted in a wooden case, was crushed in the wreck, and parts of the faces were lost, "the rest then being coated with a hard calcareous deposit at the same time as the metal corroded away to a thin core coated with hard metallic salts preserving much of the former shape of the bronze" during the almost 2000 years it lay submerged. The quotation is from Derek de Solla Price's monograph Gears from the Greeks ... in the 1974 Transactions of the American Philosophical Society (Volume 64, part 7).

It is hard to exaggerate the singularity of this device, or its importance in forcing a complete re-evaluation of what had been believed about technology in the ancient world. For this box contained some 32 gears, assembled into a mechanism that accurately reproduced the motion of the sun and the moon against the background of fixed stars, with a differential giving their relative position and hence the phases of the moon. It is enough to know that there is no trace of anything like it until around 1000 A.D., and that when it was first published there were serious suggestions that it had been dropped into the wreck at a much later date or even that it was the work of alien astronauts.

Complete Article: antikythera1-1

Java based visualization: antikythera-animation

Saturday, December 18

mmeiser blog is now podcasting!

I have been experimenting for the past week with podcasting via The bad news is Blogger's Atom feeds in no way support podcasting. However, the excellent and free service does. (Huge shout-out to feedburner. THANK YOU, YOU ROCK!)

Please subscribe to my latest feed (link below) in your iPodder, iPodderX, or Newsgator client and let me know what you think, especially if you have any trouble. My first and only podcast as of this writing is appropriately my last post on the Italian Pirate TV Network called Telestreet.

MY NEW PODCAST FEED: mmeiser blog RSS 2.0 podcast feed - powered by

One note. Make sure you have your podcasting application set to download ALL media, not just mp3's. I WILL NOT be podcasting my own audio show as most do. As you may have noticed I'm interested in the academic exploration of the interrelation between media and culture. As such, I am using this podcast to mix my own media rich feed (similar to a TV station) of content throughout the web such as trailers, music videos, documentaries, adverts, things funny, wacky, weird, and all sorts of MOV, MPEG, DIVX and other rich media.

Some might call this videocasting to distinguish it from podcasting since podcasting is generally thought of as audio only. I personally think what I'm doing could be technically labeled podcasting as the word itself is not audio specific, but I realize there are a whole lot of differences between what I'm doing and what most podcasters are doing and I think a new terms such as "videocasting", "blogcasting" and "audiocasting" will evolve to distinguish between these new forms of broadcasting over the internet protocol or "IP broadcasting". ; )

Now that I trust I have thoroughly confused the issue I offer you the following differences between this and a regular podcast.
  • This is not an audio cast, most podcasts are specifically audio.
  • This is a rich media feed that may include MPEG, MOV, WMV, Real Video, and other video formats (and possibly images and photos as well).
  • This will not be able to be placed on an iPod or mp3 player like most podcasts unless it is a full on media player or PVR (Portable Video Recorder & playback device) such as the iRiver or RCA Lyra which support multiple video formats.
  • Unlike most podcasts whom create their own audio content I am producing NONE of the content (at least to start). The value will be contained in what I choose to post and in the words I choose to introduce it. Though in the future I am hoping it will be possible to create my own video clips that will string together others disparate video clips with my introductions, segue between content and perhaps news and information to create a cohesive show (similar to a TV news show) WITHOUT downloading remixing and then hosting other peoples content. At this point we would be talking true interactive TV, which while brilliant is a TALL order.) Right now I simply hope to successfully blog about cool trailers, music videos, commercials, viral ads, and other video based content.
  • I am hosting NONE of the content as I own none of it. Most podcasters host their own content as they own and produce most of the content. That I'm merely pointing to content already on line and not downloading it, remixing it and hosting it gives me SIGNIFICANT legal protection as well as ensures that the original owners can track, control and get credit for work. It also reduces my cost greatly and allows myself and others to offer scandalous comment and discussion on their works without any fear of legal recourse because there are clear lines of ownership and fairuse.
  • This will be merely a channel where I "point" to and promote other peoples creations as is typical of a blog, the difference is these creations I am promoting are not merely other web pages, but are in fact rich media such as videos clips and highres images. This will I hope not only create a more enjoyable experience, but also a richer more elevated debate.
Goals: I hope this will do several things including:
  1. create a richer and more enjoyable experience for those who read this blog
  2. elevate and create a richer debate
  3. inspire others to blog and/or podcast
  4. encourage the development of more specialized software to progress podcasting
  5. contribute in some small way shape or form to the democratizing of broadcast media which have been traditionally been accessible only by the few and the privileged. It's time broadcast media become a ubiquitous part of the mass communications ecosystem.
I will have more information on this later.

BTW, if anyone does have any information on how to get's Atom feed to work with podcasting please do let me know. Also, I have not seen any official specifications on defining enclosures in Atom. I'd really like to get both feeds working.

Also, I will be updating this blog as well as my separate back channel blog with the new RSS 2.0 feeds as the default feeds, and adding a list of my favorite podcasts.

Italian Pirate TV Network

A short documentary about the italian Telestreet movement, a network of over 200 pirate television stations which have appeared in the last ten years to counter the media monopoly of Silvio Berlusconi.

About: Program Details for Telestreet

Download the video: QT)

Via: unmediated: Telestreet - Italian Pirate TV Network

Thursday, December 16

Homeless man evicted from under Chicago LSD bridge

3992846 A homeless man was found and evicted from underneath the Lake Shore Drive bridge over the Chicago River where he had been living in the girders for 3 or 4 years. Amongst his possessions were a Sony Playstations, a Microwave and a 19-inch TV which he powered by taping into the bridges electrical system.

I can't believe I didn't catch this one sooner as it happened last Sunday. It is one of those events that sparks the imagination; the kind of event that makes you realize what a fascinating (if not wonderful) world we live in. I could not stop reading articles on this incident until I'd read nearly every article online. Indeed I may go back and read every blog post to see what others are saying. It's truly fascinating.

I have composed a whole lot of notations and quotes from sources below. There are some pictures and even a video clip from the local news, though it is in the (loathsome) Windows Media Player format. However, the best article appears to be the original Suntimes article at the following url.

Chicao Suntimes: City pulls plug on home in drawbridge

"Chicago is abuzz with the story of Richard Dorsey a 36-year old 'homeless' man evicted from a shelter he created on the underside of a drawbridge spanning the Chicago River near Lake Shore Drive.

Slipping through a 12x36' opening, Dorsey and a few other followers were able to wiggle down below the road level, hiding their shelter from below with blankets. Amazingly, Dorsey had a television, video game console, and other appliances hooked up to bridge electricity, living a relatively normal life regardless of the location. More amazingly, when the bridge would open to allow boats to pass, Dorsey would brace himself as he was slowly pushed forward into an upright position, something he described as like riding a ferris wheel after he got used to it."
- from: A Daily Dose of Architecture: File Under Amazing

"Bridge shack man evicted: A HOMELESS man who lived in a shack under a Chicago bridge has been evicted.

Richard Dorsay lived in a wooden shack built into beams and girders of a drawbridge that crosses the Chicago river.

Dorsay had tapped his hut, in a fashionable part of the city, into the bridge?s power supply and had a PlayStation, TV, microwave and heater"
- from: The Sun Newspaper Online - UK's biggest selling newspaper

"Dorsay's feat is quite a marvel of engineering and architecture and a definite resume-builder. He'd better get a patent because these 'drawbridge dorms' could be the new it housing option in Chicago; the new Lincoln Park or Wicker Park loft. Getting caught may be just what he needs to kick-start a lucrative career."
- from Chicagoist: Holy Crazy (Homeless?) Guy!

Video: Man evicted from hut on Chicago drawbridge (with Windows Media Video Clip)

Pictures: NBC 4 - Slideshow

The Chicago Tribune's original article: Chicago Tribune | Man's home: Chicago River drawbridge

Chicago Suntimes Follow Up: City checks bridges for more squatters

Tuesday, December 14

Swarmstreaming and a call for a Podcasting application that supports RSS playlists

I've posted a really big and hopefully worthy article on swarmstreaming and the call for a new podcasting application on my back channel blog. You should read it and let me know if it sucks or not.

Update: The below url was broken. Sorry, it's now fixed. Enjoy.

Swarmstreaming and a call for a Podcasting application that supports RSS playlists

Sunday, December 12

New VW minibus concepts at the Detroit Auto Show in January

westfalia_3What can I say, but cool. And I want. To bad it's only a concept, but hopefully we'll see a new VW mini bus in the coming years from Volkswagen.

Camping out in the Future: Verdier's Westfalia Concept : Jalopnik

FYI, Jalopnik is the new "car blog" by Gawker media. It appears to be exclusively sponsored by Audi. I like it.



Freeplay Jonta human-powered LED flashlight

jonta-2LED Flashlights are coming along nicely. This rechargable beauty will run for ten minutes with only 30 seconds of cranking. With 40 minutes of cranking it'll run for 24 hours. While i doubt anyone would crank it for 40 minutes (also comes with a wall charger) it does speak to it's efficiency. In fact with the durability of the LED lights it would make a great backpacking flashlight.

..:: FREEPLAY ENERGY Plc. Best In The World - Best For The World ::..

FYI, There are some other great hand charging goods on the freeplay site including radios, emergency human powered cell phone batteries and other solar charging devices. Pretty sweet indeed. Now, if only I could get a human chargeable mp3 player that uses a replaceable or commong battery type. I'm tired of having to carry a spare batteries with me everywhere, and it would seem unnecisary when mp3 players use so little power. If this flashlight can run for 10 minutes on 30 seconds of cranking then an mp3 player could be made that runs for 30 minutes on 30 seconds of cranking. Now that would be sweet.

Via: Treehugger: Freeplay Jonta human-powered light

Friday, December 3

Paper Peace Bombs over Thailand

From: The Guardian | Thai PM's origami initiative takes flight
"Having failed to quell months of escalating unrest in three southern provinces by force, Thailand's unorthodox prime minister is hoping plane loads of origami peace bombs will defuse the tension.

Thaksin Shinawatra has urged all 63 million Thais to make at least one paper bird in the next fortnight so they can be dropped on the three restive provinces on December 5 as a sign of goodwill to mark King Bhumibol Adulyadej's birthday..."

_40537753_ap_thaksin203From: BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Thai king in southern peace plea
"Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who has come under mounting criticism for his failure to stop the violence, has launched a campaign to fold 60 million paper birds to promote a message of unity.

The origami birds, made by students, housewives and politicians across Thailand, are to be flown to the Muslim majority provinces on 5 December."

Bush Arrested in Canada for War Crimes

bush_arrestlNo need to worry. Scammers aren't the only ones spoofing domain names this holiday season. Someone has so flawlessly spoofed CNN using the domain "" that it made me do a double take. There is in fact no disclaimer on the page, nothing that indentifies this as a spoof or says who is responsible. It'll be interesting to see how long it stays online and how much press it gets. - Bush Arrested in Canada for War Crimes

It looks like the spoofed page was lifted from the following REAL CNN / AP article on Bush's visit to Canada. - Canada braces for Bush protests - Nov 29, 2004

In other somewhat related news

I'm not sure what the relationship but there is another spoof that was put up at: AxisofLogic/ Political Satire

The Inquirer has the scoop on the Axis of Logic spoof at the followign url: Bush arrested in Canada

Now, just before you get all settled down and your blood pressure returns to normal I want to point out this editorial from the REAL Toronto Star which openly ponders wether Canada should in fact indict Bush. - Should Canada indict Bush?

Finally, A quick tip. Spoofing a website or email for the purposes gaining trust, decieving and/or harvesting personal information is called phishing. For more information on phishing check out Phishing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Wednesday, December 1

Broadcatcing - scott raymond's excellent introduction to Bittorrent and RSS

In reference to my very last post I was just rereading Scott Raymonds Bittorrent and RSS primer. There really is no better on all the web and I'm pretty widely read. Not even wikipedia has topped Scott's synopis and that's saying something. It not only explains the technology, but also why it's ao awesome.

Read it here: Broadcatching with BitTorrent - scottraymondnet 2004

BTW, Scott's article was written just about this time last year (Dec. 16th to be exact) and much of the promise has come true in the Azureus / RSSFeed Scanner Plugin combination as well in Podcasting applications like iPodder, IpodderX and Newsgator that are superb for transporting and automatically caching large amounts of rich media. I must say I've already thrown away the TV and am enjoying a far richer and a far more rewarding experience to. I never did much care for popular media anyway.

BTW, if you want to get up on using Azureus and RSS Phillip Torrone of Engadget fame has a great tutorial. While it appears to be long and technical, trust me it's not.

RSS & Bit Torrent - Content distribution gets interesting

A good primer by Karl Bode over at on the early evolution of Bittorrent and RSS including some name droping and pointers to some of the early adopters and innovators. It would appear to be written on or before March 12th of this year.

Many bloggers are thinking of combining these two technologies in order to create the perfect content delivery system. Since a Steve Gilmour column for Ziff-Davis last December, the discussion has spread like a virus among many bloggers (Techdirt, Ernest Miller, and even ex-Tech TV host Chris Pirillo, for example). However it's Scott Raymond whose entry best explains what has everyone excited:

"I want RSS feeds of BitTorrent files. A script would periodically check the feed for new items, and use them to start the download. Then, I could find a trusted publisher of an Alias RSS feed, and ?subscribe? to all new episodes of the show, which would then start downloading automatically ? like the ?season pass? feature of the TiVo."

...Despite ample discussion, one of the first practical applications of this idea has only surfaced this month. Programmer Andrew Grumet has announced the release of a beta version of an RSS+BitTorrent integration tool for Radio Userland's news aggregator, available (with additional detail) here.

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Ohio tally fit for Ukraine - more on voting irregularities

"Voter fraud in the Ukraine? Give me a break.

It has been a month now and we still don't have a clear count of the votes for our own presidential race from the state of Ohio.

For those who may have forgotten, Ohio supposedly assured George W. Bush a second term in the White House - only the most important job on the planet."

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