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Thursday, January 29, 2004

Thursday January 29, 2004. From the Weather Underground http://www.wunderground.com :
Updated: 11:53 AM CST on January 29, 2004
Observed at Minneapolis, Minnesota
Temperature -11 °F / -24 °C
Windchill -31 °F / -35 °C

However, it's supposed to get up to a toasty -5F in Hennepin County -- and in my area code, to -4F.

Later: It was -8F when I left home. First to HealthPartners Uptown Clinic in Calhoun Square, to pick up ointment. Then to Steeple People thrift store.

Back home, I critiqued a story on the Roving Crits board at Forward Motion (http://fmwriters.com).
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From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php
Public Release: 29-Jan-2004
Integrated animal model answers questions about environment
UW-Madison is working to develop a computer model that could predict how animals, living on a real landscape anywhere on Earth, would respond to specific changes in the environment.

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Charlie Stross wrote this for the forthcoming Spring 2003 issue of Whole Earth Magazine, which didn't come forth:

The 18th century utopian philosopher Jeremy Bentham's panopticon was a prison; a circle of cells with windows facing inwards, towards a tower, wherein jailers could look out and inspect the prisoners at any time, unseen by their subjects.

Though originally proposed as a humane experiment in penal reform in 1785, Bentham's idea has eerie resonances today. One of the risks of the technologies that may give rise to a singularity is that they may also permit the construction of a Panopticon society -- a police state characterised by omniscient surveillance and mechanical law enforcement.

http://www.antipope.org/charlie/rant/panopticon-essay.html

And see this -- thanks to matriquola on LiveJournal:

Warspying San Francisco
By Kevin Poulsen, SecurityFocus
Posted: 29/01/2004 at 10:39 GMT

Striding through San Francisco's busy financial district after dusk, 20-year-old Jake Appelbaum is an odd sight. His left hand is clutching the handle of a two-foot-long fiberglass pole wrapped in a metal spiral, which he holds high like a lance. The device is a directional antenna: a thin cable hangs between it and what looks like a handheld TV in Appelbaum's other hand.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/55/35198.html

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