cutting the cable

Posted in blawging on June 15th, 2007 by fabienne

stencil up close

I will be back here again in two months (explanation here), if there are postings before then, they will be made by a trusted cohort. Remember that the internet is always on, but that you don’t always have to be on it. It should be interesting to see if anything in my daily life changes (other than the fact that I won’t know anything about current events, current internet flame wars, or current product releases). I will be sure to let you know how it all went when I get back. Until then, cut the cable once in a while, and resolder it to something new.

flickr censors germany

Posted in blawging, photography on June 13th, 2007 by fabienne

shedding flickr tears

it seems that flickr has started some serious censorship with the new language update that was rolled out today. the problem is that flickr usually allows you to set your own filters for photos that might not fit in with your personal tastes (i.e. photos that are sexy or graphic). well usually even if you have the “safe filter” turned on you can choose to click through to a photo. the choice to click through was taken away today from flickr members whose yahoo id’s are from germany, singapore, hong kong, and korea. members in those countries can only view photos that are deemed safe and can never opt out of the filter or click through to see a photo that has been flagged as not safe. the official word from yahoo about this non-ability to pass through the safe filter even if you are a pay member (aka pro member) of flickr is located here. heise wrote (albeit in german, english auto translation here) about the backlash that is in full force on flickr as i type this. this happens one day after flickr’s “24 hours of flickr in berlin”, (flickr tag here) part of a series of parties around the world and one day after yahoo’s shareholders (yahoo is flickr’s parent company) decide that it is ok for yahoo to censor sites in china.

unplugging

Posted in blawging on June 7th, 2007 by fabienne

silly is as silly does

in a week (starting on june 16th) i will be unplugging. that means no surfing, no rss reading, minimal email reading, no chat, no irc, no online news feeds directly to my brain, no blog reading, no blog commenting, no keeping up with the joneses of teh internets, and probably no blogging for a while (until i pass info that warrants blogability via a third party who will post for me). why? well the net has filled the dark, dank, black hole that was left when i threw out my tv in 2001. also, in august it will have been two years since i was first hired to blog for money. that has opened up some fantastic opportunities and i don’t regret blogging my little heart out, and i certainly have met a bajillion fantastic people via the net and blogging,
but along with the good comes the bad. trolls, addiction to news, spam, splogs, sockpuppets, gaming the system, and all that nasty internet cruft. the photo posted above is there to represent the happy times, those i want to remember, and i know there will be many to come, but i feel as though me being on the net 24/7 is impairing some of that crazy creativity i tend to adore.

i will probably plug back in at the earliest during or after cccamp. if you are freaking out about getting in contact with me, you probably have my email already (which i will check probably once a week) and/or a real voice phone number for me, or you will see me at cccamp (or before at a barcamp i will attend in paris on june 23rd).

if you are someone who is expecting some hardware to be hacked by me (you are numerous), this unplugging is largely for you, i will still be in contact with you and unplugging will give me the time to solder and tinker on the devices you have so graciously sent to me, handed to me, or described in enough detail that i can make interface cables. even last night allowed me to work on a buffered jtag wiggler cable that wasn’t completed from my workshop at ph a few weeks ago (pictured below).

jtag wiggler cable

what unplugging does not entail: i will still be using the net for cvs/svn sources, and via a second person for documentation if i’m really in a pinch. unplugging also does not mean i will be turning off all electrical devices. the point of this unplug is so that i can get some hardware and other projects done and in working states. many computers and soldering irons will be on and in constant use. when i come back i intend to have the large part of those unfinished or unstarted projects documented and will share them back here on this blog. i’ve also been asked what about flickr and knitting!!???!??! i will still be taking photos, if they get uploaded before i plug back in, that will be by someone else to my account, and the same goes for knitting. i do know that my sp10 pal is rockingly awesome, and i will let you know who that person is when that person reveals themselves to me this month. there may be some updates about sockapalooza here as well, also posted by my trusted person-that-is-not-me but lives with me. *smile* in any case, this is not adieu, but a toute a l’heure. i’ll be back in mid-august. until then, don’t forget to be silly.

why does the house smell like coffee?

Posted in knit on June 5th, 2007 by fabienne

second package from my sp10!

the second package from my secret pal arrived today! i love the wrapping: so colorful and cheery. for the life of me i couldn’t figure out why the house smelled deliciously of coffee, i hadn’t made any since the last houseguests left a week ago. well, the answer is that my secret pal included some amazing coffee in my package. i had left the package on my desk chair while i was out this morning and the smell is still lingering. i think i’m going to make myself some right now! thanks secret pal! also in the package was some yummy hand dyed german sock yarn and a pattern (printed out and put in plastic page protectors!) for some socks that will look great with this beautiful rust/blue/green/purple yarn. the mix cd is titled Knit & Rock and includes beck, the shins, arcade fire, belle + sebastian, and wilco to mention a few. rock! also included was a perfect black cassette tote bag (my pirate bag is dying a slow death full of holes and has been mended and safety pinned together and now barely serves as a ping pong paddle bag for the park). some lovely stitch markers and a blue row counter and some yummy citrus bath gels round out the package. thanks so much secret pal!

w00t for loot!