Ideas for the online revolution.

Occupy Colleges

The Occupy Wall Street movement has gone to Occupy Everywhere with occupation projects at possibly 300 locations. And now there is a movement to get students involved with Occupy Colleges. 75+ schools had a walkout today (Oct 5th) and it will get larger. I predict tent cities!

State Student Activist Networks - Do They Work?

Years ago for several months, I tried to serve as the regional coordinator for the Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC) for Indiana, Michigan and Illinois. I contacted a bunch of people and groups, but the regional network never amounted to that much. Since then, I've seen SEAC (up until several years ago) spend a large amount of time trying to recruit regional coordinators for the entire US and build regional (or state) networks. We used to have a big map of the United States in our office with our 17 regions outlined and stick pins in it for groups and coordinators.

How to Short Bitcoin

If you want to engage in the extremely risky behavior of shorting bitcoin (BTC) and benefit from the collapse of the bitcoin bubble (which is slowly happening) you can do so at a new website created by a 17 year old from Signapore: BitCoinica.

You can watch a short video/audio interview of the founder of Bitcoinica. He appears to be very smart.

So you want to #occupywallstreet (Occupy Wall Street)

I've been watching the project to Occupy Wall Street.

How To Occupy - collection of resources

Twitter: #occupywallstreet

National list of occupation

Video Feeds
List of all the feeds: Occupy Stream

Thunderbird 6.0.2 Slow to Delete and Open Messages - Solution

Thunderbird has started to upgrade the email client software more frequently.

With version 6.0.2, I noticed that it took 1-3 seconds to open or delete a message (compared to 0.1 seconds in previous versions). This made going through my email extremely painful.

The solution is to open your trash. This will trigger a reindexing of your trash mailbox and make it easier to open and delete messages.

If you have several thousand messages in your trash, it might take a minute or more to reindex it. Once it is done - opening and deleting messages should be back to the regular speed.

The Climate Change Movement's Future: Massive Civil Disobedience, Blockades, Occupations, and More.

For about a year I've been predicting that we'll see a mass movement to shut down power plants that rivals or beats the size of the US civil rights movement.

(Of course this movement won't be limited to the US.)

PHP 5.3 BUG: Takes 1 second to connect to local MySQL on Windows

Today I realized that my WAMP setup (windows vista, apache, MySQL, and PHP) was slow because my PHP 5.3 was taking an entire second to connect to a local version of MySQL (5). (The time was actually around 0.99 seconds).

That is crazy!

Replacing it with PHP 5.2.11 got the time back down to a hundredth of a second or less.

I'm using wampserver which made it easy for me to switch to using an older version of PHP.

ArcGis Online - Neat Maps

ArcGis Online has some neat maps like
this one which fits Americans into nice marketing categories. You can zoom in to the block group level (Census data category) and get detailed information about your community!

Bitcoin - Libertarians, Techies and the Coming Bubble

Bitcoin is a p2p (peer to peer) / decentralized currency that is relatively anonymous and is currently having a massive financial bubble involving $100 million.

If you want to know the truth about what is going on I recommend reading the Bitcoin website (notably the forum) and the YouTube videos about it with a skeptical eye. There is a massive amount of Bitcoin boosterism.

Following the Canadian Federal Election Results 2011

Voting Hours
Canada has staged voting hours. Most of the seats are decided at 9:30pm EST.

Newfoundland Time 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. (ends at 7pm EST)

Atlantic Time 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. (ends at 7:30 EST)
-Nova Scotia
-New Brunswick
-possibly one seat in very east Quebec

Eastern Time 9:30 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. (ends at 9:30 EST)

Central Time 8:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. (ends at 9:30 EST)
-half of Saskatchewan

Mountain Time 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (ends at 9:30 EST)
-half of Saskatchewan

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