Ideas for the online revolution.

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

Mapping Lead in Philadelphia organized free lead tests for a week. They tested over 350 samples, primarily from Philadelphia.

About 10% of the samples had > 1000 ppm lead (the point at which it becomes not so good for growing vegetables).

I color coded the markers based on lead levels and created this map:

What is the impact of Rising Costs: Food, Energy, and Commodities on Future Social Movements?

Over the past three years we have seen 50%, 100% or more increases in the price of energy, food, and most major commodities. What impact will this have on future social movements?

Already we've seen a wave of Arab revolutions sparked by increased food prices.

I believe that the number and size of the price shocks will increase for the next fifty years due to resource scarcity and growing demand.

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