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Privacy Under Attack: The NSA Files Revealed New Threats to Democracy

Privacy under attack: the NSA files revealed new threats to democracy, by Eben Moglen.1 “It is utterly inconsistent with the American ideal to attempt to fasten procedures of totalitarianism on American constitutional self-governance. But there is an even deeper inconsistency between those ideals and the subjection of every other society on earth to mass surveillance.” Recommended reading.

  1. Hat tip: Bruce Schneier. There’s more to learn in the comments on his link. Based on lectures by Eben Moglen at Columbia Law School in association with the Software Freedom Law Center

3,004 Miles, So Far

Last Fathers’ Day, my family surprised me with a new bike. Since then, I’ve been riding “Sage” for commuting and for exercise. Last December, I was proud to report that I had biked 2,162 miles in 2013.

A few weeks ago, I realized that I could start my year anywhere, not just January 1. If I started my year at Fathers’ Day, 2013, 3,000 miles was in reach. As of today, I have biked 3,004 miles and all of it on Sage.1 That’s about the distance from Portland, OR to Orlando, FL. And there’s still some time before this year is up. Maybe I could go Portland, OR to Portland, ME.

  1. Yes, I know the bike computer says 2,929 miles. I broke my last computer with 75 miles already on Sage. 


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Recent Shots

A few shots from the past week or so.

The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever

The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever. NPR “hand-picked over 300 addresses going back to 1774.”1

  1. Hat tip: NextDraft

Atmospheric CO2 Visualized

CO2 data for the last 800,000 years in a short presentation.

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  1. I guess this assumes that I don’t minify my HTML, too. 

Daily Commute II

Biking along the path, I again got distracted by the sun shining through the trees.

Beautiful! :-)

The Power of Outrospection


Philosopher and author Roman Krznaric explains how we can help drive social change by stepping outside ourselves.

Daily Commute

The sun in my eyes on my daily commute.