comparing opensource software development to global guerrilla warfare tactics

    i've been reading a lot at the global guerrillas blog. and i'm just floored by this guy's thought processes. the connection of disparate models is just amazing. here he compares the opensource software model to that of the global guerrilla warfare model.

    Global Guerrillas: THE BAZAAR'S OPEN SOURCE PLATFORM

    Release early and often. Try new forms of attacks against different types of targets early and often. Don’t wait for a perfect plan.

    Given a large enough pool of co-developers, any difficult problem will be seen as obvious by someone, and solved. Eventually some participant of the bazaar will find a way to disrupt a particularly difficult target. All you need to do is copy the process they used.

    Your co-developers (beta-testers) are your most valuable resource. The other guerrilla networks in the bazaar are your most valuable allies. They will innovate on your plans, swarm on weaknesses you identify, and protect you by creating system noise.

    Recognize good ideas from your co-developers. Simple attacks that have immediate and far-reaching impact should be adopted.

    Perfection is achieved when there is nothing left to take away (simplicity). The easier the attack is, the more easily it will be adopted. Complexity prevents swarming that both amplifies and protects.

    Tools are often used in unexpected ways. An attack method can often find reuse in unexpected ways.

    really mind blowing ideas. it's got me thinking a lot about how these kinds of ideas can be applied activism [though, i do hate that word].

    pictures of me in btown

    back in like 1999 or 2000, i was hanging out in secret sailor books (R.I.P.). it was in the summer and there was some 'high school kids come to big college campus for a week' photo camp happening. they each had to a photo essay or something. so this kid needed a subject to follow around for a few minutes to do a slice of life series. so i volunteered. she later sent me these three photos as laser prints. i figured i should scan them before they get beat up too much more.

    me-in-secret-sailor-counting-on-my-fingers.jpg

    me-in-btown-on-kirkwood-hat-side-of-face.jpg

    me-on-bike-in-front-of-btown-library.jpg

    ps. the buttons on my hat are a no smoking button. and one that says "capitalism is organized crime."

    ThumbScrew for photo thumbnails

    ThumbScrew: "I'm about to head out the door to watch the election coverage with friends, but Zach was kind enough to send me the latest beta of his first Mac OS X app that normal users can use, ThumbScrew..."

    (Via DrunkenBlog.)

    a rad thumb nailer program called ThumbScrew. it's nice. i like it a lot. here's a test with some images i had already posted here. it's late. and i'm tired. more photo galleries in near future.