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Gr8fulTed's picture
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August 16th

Long time no c, cc. Oh the history we have on this warm muggy August day. A tip of the hat to the memories of Babe Ruth and Elvis Presley. 43 years ago today, Max Yasgur turned his dairy farm in Bethel, NY into a rock 'n roll party for 500,000 fans.
Our local public station, KKFI, is spinning Woodstock tunes this morning.

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Bioschismic

"Time becomes plastic. Your experience of time morphs................And when you come out of it, on the strong days right before the next scheduled infusion, all of that time compresses into blurry waves of noise". - Xeni Jardin.

Time is defined by and within the human experience yet the dominance of 'linear' time prevails. We are inextricably linked with time, 'Life' is measured in time.
Depending on particular situations our experience of time can be elusive, appear stretched, accelerated, and on occasions all too specifically in synch with defined parameters. Audio recordings, film, Internet, and photography are some of the means by which we choose to mark 'times'. Such documentary methods signify our need to externalise particular events and also to activate memories.

'Bioschismic' is created solely from audio and photographic documentation of Xeni's time spent receiving Chemo Therapy. The repetitive drip drip rhythm of the toxic chemicals measured in precise doses of a specific period of time provide the prospect of extending (life) time. Time is the dominant force yet the effects of the drugs change the experience of time to a space that is other worldly - a different time zone - a schism within and for life itself.

- Cosey Fanni Tutti.

This sound piece can be heard as part of the 'Bruce Nauman Days' exhibition at the I.C.A in London. 19th June 2012 - 16 September. Entry to the exhibition is free.

http://www.ica.org.uk/33310/Exhibitions/Bruce-Nauman-Days.html

http://www.ica.org.uk/projects/soundworks/

http://chrisandcosey.com/

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Let's go surfing now

Let's go surfing now, everybody's learning how, c'mon and safari with me.

( - ;

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=7RW8PFJTJJY

Oh, ain't this the old beach boys lovers forum?

Catching small waves, sun rays.... Moonbeams of love.

love&peace,
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so, anybody get any good eclipse pix?

I took one look outside and decided the sun was hurting my eyes too much and I'd look at the pictures later... Some people got the full effect, of course.

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Large full moon

Yes, CB, it is amazing. The full moon on 5/5 will be quite a "big" view, according to a meteorologist on the television. Hope clouds don't block the view!

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we travel the spaceways from planet to planet

Isn't it great that we are sharing the same night sky either side of the big pond that separates us.

Of course our friends in the Southern Hemisphere have quite a different experience

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How about those Jayhawks!

What an amazing semi-final basketball game in the Big Easy last night: Ohio State went to sleep offensively after leading by 9 at the half. There's one more hurdle for the University of Kansas >> the Kentucky Wildcats Monday. Rock chalk Jayhawks !

Getting back to the discussion regarding the night sky with planets, stars and the waxing moon tonight and tomorrow, the waxing gibbous moon swings close to a sparkling blue-white Royal Star and the red planet Mars. That Royal Star is Regulus, the brightest in the constellation Leo, the star depicting the Lion’s Heart. The moon will be closest to Regulus. Away from the moon, Venus and Jupiter still light up the western sky after sunset, with the brighter Venus above Jupiter.

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well thank your Mr Pid

I knew we could rely on you! Sorry to mislead about passwords and ramp up the paranoia even more.

I had an idea to mess up the spammers....put a block on any user posting more often than, say, every 5 or even ten minutes. If we knew about it it would not inconvenience too much (few are so prolific) , but it might mess up the productivity of the spammers, having to wait 10 minutes or create a new ID all the time. Just an idea....prolly won't work.

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Guess what?

I just got Captcha'd again! That's okay, it was a useful experience. Since the Captcha was unbranded (which I'm assuming means the Captcha bit itself did not identify that it was generated by Mollom) WMG is probably using a version of the Paid service rather than the Free service. Woohoo! This spam crap is annoying enough to them where they're actually willing to throw money at it! Nice to see it won't be another GagaLive solution.

My post probably got snagged because it contained links. That's a good first step. However, those links refer to the site where the post was being made to begin with. Um, guys, think we can be a bit brighter about that? MMMkay?

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smeagol.com

Silly Deadheads, they trackses us with the Precious....

Sorry, couldn't resist!

I haven't the time to do a full Graham and Dodd on them, nor was I consulted in either their selection or implementation, but from what they claim they appear to be well-intentioned reasonably competent white hat types. I have chosen to view them as benign. As for what potentially personally identifying information they retain and for how long, they claim to anonymize content (ie separate what was posted from the identity that posted it) after two months. Further, the identity information (IP address, User ID, email address, time of posting) is only as identifying as the credentials the user creates on the site that uses the service.

One special point I would make, since Brother Badger may have left some with an incorrect impression, is that one piece of data that is most certainly NOT being tracked is user passwords. This is because there is no way for this site to provide them as they don't have them stored in plain text. As with all unix-like systems, only the results of encrypting users passwords are actually stored. The unix password encryption algorithm design is a totally secure one way trapdoor. Actually kind of a thing of beauty, if design elegance does anything for you. Passwords encrypted with this technology cannot be decrypted, hence the term one way trap door. This is why on most sites if you forget your password they can't just give it to you but they can cheerfully reset it to something else anytime you want. I could go on at length about this but I'll spare you furthur dizzying detail unless you PM me begging for more because you just can't seem to get to sleep.

Anyway, back to the new technotoy. The service analyzes all proposed new posts and initially classifies them as "Good," "Bad" or "Unsure." Items marked as "Good" get posted directly and items marked "Bad" get returned to the site's moderation queue. When something gets classified as "Unsure," the posting user is then confronted with our old pal, Captcha, and if the Captcha is satisfied correctly the item posts directly. I got confronted with one of those yesterday when I commented on the "What Would Be The Answer" thread. What I said didn't strike me as particularly spammy. Maybe a little snarky, but whatever. Obviously the thing is plugged in.

As to how effective it may be, let's think about the social engineering involved. They have been using Captchas here for a while and that did thin out the purely Bot based spam, but we seem to be plagued by dedicated little Hormel subcontractors who aren't deterred by Captchas at all. I haven't read the specs for the API or the Drupal plugin code Mollom makes available, but I can't help wondering out loud if perhaps any items that get returned as "Unsure" should probably go to the moderation queue regardless of whether the user satisfies the Captcha or not. That approach may from time to time result in legitimate user posts being delayed in public release but will most assuredly curtail all the human generated spam.

Once again, it simply becomes a question of how much freedom are we willing to sacrifice in order to obtain a perception of security, in this case security from being deluged with dreck. OK, I'll stop there before I have to cross-post in Life, The Universe and Everything.

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