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  1. Notes on Arthur Bestor’s ‘Backwoods Utopias’

    A few months ago I finished reading Arthur Bestor‘s ‘Backwoods Utopias‘, a book on the Utopian social-communitarian movements of the pre-Civil War US. Some belated notes on the book’s themes follow. The average high school US history textbook gives a thumbnail sketch of these movements, but for those who didn’t get that or don’t remember…

  2. some data points on facebook

    My boss has written a blog post that tries to bring together some recent data points from across the privacy spectrum; it is worth a read. I’ve been noting a few (much smaller, more trivial) things myself over the past few days that suggest to me that privacy concerns in general, but facebook-related privacy concerns…

  3. responding to joindiaspora

    The joindiaspora guys, in a generally good response to my questions, conclude by asking: [W]hat would be un-pragmatic about giving four excited dudes who spent their last semester of school thinking about a problem you are “worried-about-but-can’t-deal-with-now,” twenty bucks so they can take an honest crack at solving it? :) Lots of people asked some…

  4. Questions for the Diaspora

    So lots of friends were tweeting this morning about Diaspora, a project to raise funds to get a summer’s worth of hacking done on a distributed, Libre social network. A distributed, Libre social network would be a terrific thing to have; I’d love to support it. And I love the eager energy I’m seeing around…

  5. three features I’d love in leechblock

    I love leechblock. It really helps keep my life sane. I was working some with it this morning to tweak my settings, and it seemed like a good time to write about three features I’d kill for, even to the point of putting up money for them if there were a way to sponsor features…

  6. Mailing lists are parties. Or they should be.

    I can’t go to bed because Mairin is right on the internet and so I want to (1) say she’s awesome and (2) add two cents on mailing lists and using the power of a web interface to make them better. Bear with me; maybe this is completely off-base (probably I should just stick to…

  7. Digging up my old Red Hat/e-voting posts

    The DOJ is breaking up ES&S, the country’s largest provider of voting machinery, the OSDV project seems to be gaining some attention, and RHAT stock recently hit a five-year high. This seems like as good a time as any to dig up my ‘Red Hat should be in electronic voting‘ post and followup. Take the…

  8. software for massive document collaboration?

    As part of my new role at work I’m going to be working on writing and editing some legal documents that I’d like to get both public and private feedback on.1 real text is edited in black and green (picture: Zenith Z-19 Terminal, by ajmexico, used under CC-BY) I’m trying to wrap my head around…