1. <p>This reminds me of the very fist experience I had with the web.</p>
      <p><a href="http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/10/18/0022244">Telescope Will Have Images 10X Sharper Than Hubble</a>: "jangobongo writes "After a 20 year struggle, the University of Arizona's $120 million Large Binocular Telescope was dedicated last week. This unique telescope will have twin 8.4-meter (27.6 foot) mirrors that sit on a single mount. Using methods similar to a medical CAT scan, a technique of "tomographic" image reconstruction will be used to produce pictures 10 times sharper (example) than the Hubble Space Telescope for a fraction of its $2 billion dollar cost."</p>
    <p>It was at the headquarters for a HUGE pharmaceutical company called <a href="http://lilly.com" title="Eli Lilly and Company">Eli Lilly</a>. I had been going to a sort of computer club that was nearly as cool as the <a href="http://www.silicon-valley-story.de/sv/pc_homebrew.html">Homebrew</a> <a href="http://www.brainyencyclopedia.com/encyclopedia/h/ho/homebrew_computer_club.html">Computer Club</a> was in the 70's, but seriously how could you ever really expect it to be.</p>
    <p>Sometimes, though, we were exposed to coolish things. Like, I saw the <a href="http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/messagepad/stats/newton_mp_omp.html">Apple Newton</a> right after it came out and waaay before most of the world was exposed to PDAs. So there was some good that came out of it. But the most important moment was when us kids were basically listing our complaints about the way it was ran one night to the adults who worked at Lilly and kind of supervised. I said I didn't feel like I was learning anything new. I wasn't being challenged. Or whatever.</p>
    <p>Afterward, one of the supervisor / sponsor type guys came up to me and told me he was sorry about my frustration and wanted to do something about. He offered to come in on a night that wasn't our normal meeting night and show me some other things. Man, was I drooling.</p>
    <p>That night was a real turning point in my life. I saw things I had never seen before. Some of which I wouldn't realize for years to come that they were important. Some immediately resonated with me. For the first time I saw the web. Web sites. A web browser. Mosaic. An SGI. Far away astronomical sites. 3D modeling / animation. Unix. C. Molecular models. High speed data connections. (I thought 2400bps was fast.)</p>
    <p>The two things that stood out to me right away were 3D modeling (I decided right then and there that I was gonna go to school to study computer animation and I did just that until I discovered Flash, but that's different story for a different day) and the web.</p>
    <p>Jesus h christ, I spent hours looking at stuff on the web. There were only like a 100 servers or something then. Most of which were very niche focused, not very interesting to a freshman in high school in Indiana. But, I did see NASA's Before and After pictures from the Hubble telescope. Remember, the hubble was flawed or damaged right after it went up and all the photos were coming back fucked up. One of the mirrors in the satellite was slightly off. Goddamn! Go into photoshop and do a Gaussian blur of 100px on a 4x6 photo of 72dpi and that would pale compared to these Before photos.</p>
    <p>If you're out there somewhere (or if anyone knows him) David Crumbacher, Thank you, dearly. That night changed my life. Seriously.</p>
    <p><strong>Update:</strong> some time after writing this post David found and we traded a couple emails. It was good.</p>
    <strong>This is no longer valid</strong>
    <p>so i finally made the plunge. i don't know what the hold up has been. i thought it would be a whole lot more complicated and not worth the hassle. so, i'm in now. i've got GnuPG (gpg) all up and running on my machine and public key sent off to a key server (wwwkeys.pgp.net). here's the key.</p>
    <p>shaners becker [gyromx@mindspring.com] //tofu.equals.love</p>
      -----BEGIN PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK-----<br>
      Version: GnuPG v1.2.4 (Darwin)<br>
      -----END PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK-----
    <p>F01F E344 A998 3F61 B6DA FEFD 644A 905C C74F 0352</p>
    <p>it is also available here as ASCII-armored PGP key</p>
    <p>anyone interested in PGPing their mac and needs a little help, <a href="http://fiatlux.zeitform.info/en/instructions/pgp_macosx.html">go here.</a> it sure helped me.</p>
    <p>i just saw on <a href="http://cnn.com">cnn</a> on tv that a U.S. plane or helicopter dropped a bomb in a street where about 50 iraqi people were running out of a building. the score is you can't really tell who these people are from the craptastic quality of the video of the bomb drop.</p>

    i haven't been able to finding anything about this in the webspere yet. the closest i came was on the bbc site, but its not specifically about this one controversial bomb.

    <p>it's times like this that i am surprised [again and again] by how glibly we can stomach such killing. i'm reminded of a magnificent photo book called <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0714838152/qid=1098049547/sr=2-2/ref=pd_ka_b_2_2/103-1436959-0423017">Inferno</a> by james nachtwey. "Though he is probably the world's most honored recent war photographer, James Nachtwey calls himself an 'antiwar photographer...'" He tries to show the true face of war. starving millions. famine. aids epidemics. children victims of land mines. Not the vague abstract far away emotional disconnected images of despots and military men and 'strategic targets' and 'smart bombs.' [if there was ever an oxymoron, it is 'smart bomb.']</p>
    <p>Song playing in iTunes while i made this post: <em>headlines</em> by the devil is electric.</p>
    <p>there's this show up at the <a href="http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/exhibitions_massive.cfm">Vancouver Art Gallery</a> called <a href="http://massivechange.com/">massive change</a> that i sooo wanna see. the girl has gone a couple few times now and raves about it.</p>
      <p>"Massive Change:The Future of Global Design is an exhibition that will change the way you think about  design just as contemporary design is changing the way we live in the world." (from the <a href="http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/exhibitions_massive.cfm">gallery site</a>.)</p>
    <p>as i understand it, it's about the design of the world. not the world of design. unfortunately, it's not coming here to SF.</p>
    <blockquote> <a href="http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/10/17/152218">Judge's Ruling Spares 1-Click</a>: "theodp writes "Agreeing with Amazon’s characterization of its 1-Click feature as a feature of an electronic product ordering system and not an electronic fund transfer or transaction system, a Judge has tossed out a $50M lawsuit that threatened Amazon's 1-Click patent. But outside of Court, Amazon touts its patent-pending Amazon Honor System as a way for Web sites to use 1-Click shopping technology for voluntary payment transactions - most notably for 9-11 donations and campaign contributions - that do not involve consumer goods or Amazon-specified prices, which the Judge argues are essential 1-Click ingredients."" (Via <a href="http://slashdot.org/">Slashdot</a>.)</blockquote>