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Maybe even. William Parker??? It may not exactly be synchronicitous. That his work behind the plate was so solid that it was hard to even notice, or realize, how solid it was? So solid it bordered on invisibility? The guy that makes that band sound like that band without being noticed. And the changer just played the Witcyst tracks back to back! It just hit me today that the Laundryroom Squelchers and the Vibracathedral Orchestra have the almost exact same modus operandi: "get it up and flying" drone maximalism.

Except the Squelchers use darker tonalities and more "noise" influence. Funny stuff from J. Niimi, that appeared only on his review on the WHPK station copy of a CD by Chicago band Vortis: "A caustic fusion of three potent irritants: vocalists trying to be 'relevant,' rock critics trying to be playful, and inept rock bands trying to be anything. Signposts of the New Psychedelia 1. Nature has always been psychedelic -- oceans, mountains, deserts?? Sheez, of course. But how about that tree outside of every one of our homes? Look at that thing sway and shimmer in the breeze and light!

Then try tripping on the blades of grass in your very own postage-stamp yard for a few hours. Then go to Seattle or one of these other super-lush "city in a garden" type places and have your mind blown just walking to the convenience store.

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Wolf Eyes. You know the thing from Woodstock, "Don't take the brown acid," the scary stuff, that gives you a bad trip? Talk about room spins! Everything is now psychedelic. There are 10, though, at the very least! And then the B side, "Angel's Carcass," my God, what a title, and it lives up to it, being a deep-space duet for the world's loneliest guitar and some far-off mega-dark synthesizer ripple. With 30 seconds to go, vocals come in, more lost than even the instruments. Rambles Over The Changer.

For people who ask me what kind of music I like, I've figured out the simplest possible answer: "Music with heart. It really sucks if it isn't from the heart. I think that's what I've always meant by quirk vs. Apparently people in this "modern age" are getting more and more heartless; at least plenty of bands are, in order to show how "heartless" the masses are, but their shows and albums reveal them to be the ones who are especially heartless.

To "clarify," Wolf Eyes' music may be about the condition of Heartlessness, but is itself played with great heart. It illuminates, where others merely indict. Who's this on my stereo? Kind of derivative, like Johnny Rotten singing, and the drumbeat sounds very much like. Mac McNally? Was that really the name of Jesus Lizard's drummer? Now the vocals got a lot less derivative and super intense. Shit, now the song's over and the changer's moved on and I really couldn't tell you who that was, but good band. Now it's back to Delayed Sleep, also a good band, but tonight they're suddenly sounding extra-meandering to me, less trance-inducing than the last 13 times I listened to this disc.

Very strange. Funny, huh? They were both from Chicago. Yeah, LoD is surprisingly "Shellac-y" in some ways.

Having no bass throws it, as does Marlon Magas as the front-man, as I pointed out when I didn't know who he was, when I thought he started as Rotten-derivative but quickly transcended it for the song-ending flame-up. His lyrics were great too, they were reprinted in an issue of Modern Rock Magazine, alone worth the cover price.

See if you can still get it from Tim Ellison. Shit, Blastitude should do an online reprint, whaddaya think, Tim? Now we've got something that sounds like the Sea Ensemble, I have no idea what this is, I just put in a bunch of brand new discs and they were whatever was on top of the pile, I barely even looked at 'em and at the age of 33 I have NO short term memory. Don't worry, I'll figure it out. I guess I should just surrender and walk over to the stereo where I stack the 5 cases for whatever's in the changer at the time.

Hell, I'm gonna have to do it. See, I don't have any friends OR fans so I have to play games like this myself. I interview myself too, trust me, it's even been published in Blastitude a few times, with the names changed of course. Sometimes I think they're all right, like it's just feedback and barely-there drum circles, but then I really listen for the 7th time and it blows my mind again.

This track is sounding pretty good, the vocals are really good, and when the beat comes in loud they prove they can really play it hard and for real. Now it's some really annoying kazoo bluegrass that a super white guy introduced. This is NOT my thing right now. I know what it is, it's the CD that came with the latest issue of Roctober, all about the music and films of a guy named Sid.

Something like that. Oh wait, that sounds like most Neo No Wave, a camp that Roctober does keep a pinky toe in. Always a nice touch. Great shit, total techno but total bad-ass. As good as the Michigan scene if not even better. Go get 'em Hal! I'm gonna have to pull Noring's zine Scraps out again. This is great, I've been wanting to pull my FDR stuff back out. I think I'm ready to take this one out, 4 or 5 hits is enough for now, since my changer stack is like 30 discs high gotta keep 'em moving.

I know I'm privileged by having money, time, and technical sophistication to set up my own NAS to do this sort of thing. But you don't have to be rich, and you don't have to be a programmer or system administrator. For a NAS like I have, you just have to spend about as much money as you would on a new desktop, make configuring it your hobby for a while, and be a "power user," which I'm guessing most of the readers of this blog are.

Or you know some geek you could impose on, or maybe you could hire someone. The point is, probably, you, too, could escape the clutches of Google or at least Google Calendar. My channel has got almost followers and a lot of kids depend on that content. And I'm thinking of starting an interview series. Besides, insofar as my colleagues expect me to keep using Google Docs, I can't simply delete the account for good. I'm still trying to persuade them to install a NAS. Last week, Facebook permanently blocked the accounts of a motley assortment of conservatives, libertarians, and anti-Semites.

This set the Internet, especially the free speech loving parts of the Internet, in an uproar. That would include me. Conservatives, who normally cheer for deregulation, demanded the government start regulating social media. This includes two that Facebook booted. Alex Jones predictably and literally screamed for it no, really; I looked in on the InfoWars website, which still exists, and there he was, screaming for regulation , while Paul Joseph Watson asked , "When are we going see any kind of sensible kind of regulations or laws to stop this?

We might see them faster than you'd think. Among those who have been calling for regulation of Facebook is someone you might not expect: Mark Zuckerberg. I wasn't even surprised by the news when it came out last month. If you know enough about giant corporations and the giant bureaucracies that regulate them, you aren't surprised, either. Last month, I went on at great length explaining why it was a bad idea. I encourage you to read that piece. They will inevitably create a new three-letter agency, which we, also inevitably, will soon call words with four letters.

If you're conservative, think about that being implemented by the state of California. If you're liberal, think how Texas will implement it. Or, if you're from either side, think about the risks inherent in a federal Internet content regulator. Surely well over half of the language of any federal regulations will be crafted by Democratic bureaucrats. Think about all those bright, progressive Internet activists, the ones who call for Facebook to shut down "hate speech" under its ever-expanding definition.

Where do you think they will want to go to work, to make a difference in the world? And Democrats: imagine what damage the agency might do if staffed by Trump appointees. You often complain about Trump's attacks on free speech. Imagine if a Trumpist appointee were responsible for a newly-empowered bureaucracy that picks winners and losers whenever someone complains that somebody else should or should not be banned.

The California bill made it through several votes and readings in committee with no protests at all; and remember, California has a supermajority of Democrats. Some of them might eventually put on a show of resistance, but the votes will not be hard to find. Seriously, the Republican who proposed this bill must be an idiot. The Texas bill got push-back from Democrats—doubtless because they knew they wouldn't be operating the regulatory apparatus—but still passed Votes were almost perfectly along party lines. That is very telling: both California Democrats and Texas Republicans are fine with trying to be Facebook's referee, presumably because it empowers them to regulate political speech.

And what if they make different calls? Surely the federal government will have to step in. So suppose a federal measure is passed. Once that horse has left the barn, Democrats will very reasonably suggest sensible, pragmatic regulations that prevent disinformation, fascism, bullying, Russian meddling, and other Bad Things. Who could oppose such eminently reasonable regulations? After all, if the Republicans pass this law to prevent themselves from being banned, Democrats will expect something in return.

Not likely. Look, this situation perfectly illustrates why we have an enormous government today. There's a problem; both sides agree that the government oughta do something about it; so laws are passed, and refined, and a body of regulations and agencies to write and enforce them are created, and grown, and funded. Do you really think that, in the end, our speech will be freer? Take the long view. The chances are basically zero.

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This will substantially increase the difficulty of making a website, which, having once been possible for kids to create in their basements or dorm rooms, will be out of their reach. As with businesses of old, it will be possible to start one only with substantial capital. Oh, sure—for a while, the rules might be applied only to websites over a certain size.

But you know how it goes: regulatory agencies will expand their scope. Haven't we learned this yet? Your intentions for a new type of law will not determine the shape of that area of law in the long run. Government takes on a life of its own. The only question we need ask ourselves is: "Do we want to 'go there' at all?

The answer is no, we don't. You are proposing a law that empowers government drones to supervise censorship by corporations and make it "fair," effectively controlling content, and making it official who may and who may not participate in the public square, and under what circumstances. You know what that sounds like to me?

A censor. This is a terrible idea. It will have precisely the opposite effect to the one you want it to have. That's why Zuckerberg is now encouraging more regulation and was perfectly happy to work with Angela Merkle four years ago , which became the NetzDG law. Regulating social media is precisely what the would-be censors, similar to the German ones, have proposed in the U. Those are the horror stories free speech defenders tell their children. And you are rushing madly in the same direction because you think you can control the government.

Well, good luck with that. I hereby license this document under the Creative Commons nc-by-sa 2. Please feel free to circulate copies, as long as you don't profit from them and you use my name and note any changes you happen to make, such as additions and deletions.

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Larry Sanger Blog. Declaration of Digital Independence Version 1. They have marketed private data to advertisers in ways that no one would specifically assent to. They have failed to provide clear ways to opt out of such marketing schemes. Therefore, we declare our support of the following principles. Principles of Decentralized Social Networks We free individuals should be able to publish our data freely, without having to answer to any corporation. We declare that we legally own our own data; we possess both legal and moral rights to control our own data.

Posts that appear on social networks should be able to be served, like email and blogs, from many independent services that we individually control, rather than from databases that corporations exclusively control or from any central repository. Just as no one has the right to eavesdrop on private conversations in homes without extraordinarily good reasons, so also the privacy rights of users must be preserved against criminal, corporate, and governmental monitoring; therefore, for private content, the protocols must support strong, end-to-end encryption and other good privacy practices.

As is the case with the Internet domain name system, lists of available user feeds should be restricted by technical standards and protocols only, never according to user identity or content. No corporation, or small group of corporations, should control the standards and protocols of decentralized networks, nor should there be a single brand, owner, proprietary software, or Internet location associated with them, as that would constitute centralization. Users should expect to be able to participate in the new networks, and to enjoy the rights above enumerated, without special technical skills.

They should have very easy-to-use control over privacy, both fine- and coarse-grained, with the most private messages encrypted automatically, and using tools for controlling feeds and search results that are easy for non-technical people to use. Please sign if you agree! Signings 0. Goal 0. Social Media Strike! Use hashtag SocialMediaStrike. Invite others to sign the Declaration. Urge others to join the strike.

Ask your friends, family, and followers to sign and strike. This strike, if successful, will raise show the world—Big Tech corporations, governments, developers, and social media users—that there is a massive demand for a system in which Each of us individually owns our own data. Each of us individually controls it, just as we have control over our email, text messages, and blogs. It can be totally private, courtesy end-to-end encryption, or totally public; the choice is up to us.

Social media services stop acting as silos but become interoperable. If we make a post on one service, it can appear on another service.

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Instead, social media services compete to create the best user experiences for a common pool of data. Social media services agree upon and use a common, universal set of standards and protocols. This is how social media should have been developed from the beginning, rather than walled off in separate, competing networks. What we hope will happen: Your followers will start seeing strike notices in their feeds on July 4.

Probably, most will ignore the first messages. But more and more notices will be appear. Strikers will start calling out scabs for posting when they should be striking. With luck, by sometime on July 4, feeds will be absolutely flooded with strike notices. When that happens, the news media at all levels will have to report on it. Similarly, Big Social Media will have to issue statements responding to the Declaration and to any public criticisms from many quarters.

By the end, everyone will have learned how much support there is for decentralizing social media, taking the control out of the hands of Big Social Media, and returning ownership, control, and privacy to the ordinary user. How: It should be fairly simple: Optional: Make your own copy of the declaration: If you have time, energy, and ability, make your own copy of the Declaration. I would love for there to be a million copies of this document floating around.

If you agree with everything except a few points, fine: make your own edits to your copy. Note: If you do make your own edits, please list them in a Proposed Changes section. Sign the declaration. Please at least sign mine. But sign lots of copies assuming you agree with their changes ; I will. Optional: Set up a posting bot, if available. Hopefully, a programmer or several will create bots browser plugins or apps you can quickly and easily set up to post notices of the strike, links, memes, etc. Actually go on strike. F eel free to explore alternatives on those days. What coders can do to help: Here are some ideas: Write a strike bot.

This would be a browser plugin or app that posts for users every hour say according to their specifications. Critique code, in particular on APIs and implementations of existing standards. Help place geek pressure on social networks to adopt common standards. Help out with open source social media projects. Lots of them can use your help. We need to make them better than the Big Social Media offerings. Working together, FOSS developers can do it!

Can you summarize the latter principles? Where can I read more about the idea in general? Is this a new idea? What are your goals? What are you trying to achieve? In the short run, however, I have much more delimited goals: Get many signatures on the Declaration of Digital Independence. I want it to go massively viral. I want millions of signatures. I want everyone to become aware of decentralized social media as an option. Make the social media strike on July a roaring success. Create a massive media event that forces the social media giants, as well as the commentariat, to start discussing this seriously.

Nothing would do that better than flexing our collective muscle. Divert traffic to social media alternatives, especially ones that are committed to decentralized social media rather than building yet more silos. They need all the help they can get, and I want to see what they're like at scale. What is the biggest problem standing in the way of decentralizing social media?

Well, that's what I thought too, until I asked Jack Dorsey point-blank : 1 Once the standards for microposts are properly settled on, will you, Jack, enable Twitter users to incorporate Twitter-style microposts that are hosted elsewhere inline in their Twitter feeds? Jack answered : Yes. I also asked : 2 Will you create tools to let people export and sync their tweets with microposts from outside of Twitter?

Finally, I asked : 3 And will you give users a lot more control over their feeds? Jack replied : Yes. About me and my nonexistent organizational motives Who are you? Are you trying to start a movement? I am trying to call attention to one that already exists. What sort of organization are you starting here? Why not work within or start an organization? But aren't you organizing people who support your effort?

No it isn't. I don't have an organization, therefore nobody is part of my organization. Version history for "Declaration of Digital Independence" 1. Some thoughts on the new Voice. The coming features they advertise: Voices. I pressed Block. The only way to create the token is when others upvote your content. There will be no ICO or airdrop. And you can't purchase Voice tokens. That's kind of neat. No word on whether you can cash in your Voice in dollars or EOS somehow.

A fair bit is rather vague at this point, to be honest. If you have a message you want to get out, you can spend Voice tokens that you have legitimately earned to boost it, even to the top of a queue not sure which queue. If others agree that your post is important and upvote it, you can get your Voice back and then some.

As I explain in a requirements paper I'm at work on, there are at least four requirements of such a system: That a person with some essential uniquely identifying information such as, perhaps, a name, a birthplace, and an email address actually exists. That the person thus uniquely identified is actually the owner of a certain account on the network and thus bears that name, has that birthplace, and owns that email address. That the person is not in control of some other account. This is particularly difficult, but it is required if it is one person, one account.

That the person remains in control and has not passed on or lost control of the account. Let's see how many of these requirements the new EOS identity protocol can satisfy.

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How to write an app that respects privacy and supports security Some difficult-to-meet requirements Be open source. Don't make users have to trust your black box. I don't want to have to trust you. I don't know you. Don't just release your in-house source code. Develop in public; practice outreach to OSS developers to loop in others; make distributed code reviews a standard practice.

Be fully open source. Don't depend on proprietary vendors or use APIs that, for example, make sensitive user data open to systematic collection. If you must keep some of your server-side code private it could happen , then hire a third party to do public, independent audits of security and user privacy issues.

I don't want to take your word for it. The more often an audit is performed, the better. Don't use a business model based on selling or datamining user data. Prefer subscription, non-targeted ad, and other non-intrusive models. Maybe tokenize. Prove to your users that this is your business model, and go on the record loud and clear that it is.

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Have a clearly-worded privacy policy that as much as possible lacks vague language and is highly specific about exactly how user data is used. Make many clear positive assertions about what you do and don't do with user data, in various categories that users might worry about. Include a non-legalese gloss of both the main document and the latest updates. He and his wife, Judy, opened the Poison Spider bike shop in Moab 15 years ago and watched as mountain bikers took to their red-rock town like ants to flan. Since , through their company Nichols Expeditions, the two have been bringing a U.

Until now, if you've heard of Copper Canyon at all, it's probably because of the railroad — a plus-mile trip from Los Mochis to Chihuahua full of tunnels, twists, track-side vendors in native garb and hints of the territory's history as a gold- and silver-mining region in the 18th and 19th centuries.

But more and more Mexican and American bikers are turning up these days, drawn by some of the deepest downhill runs in the world and a trail network blazed by generations of Tarahumara. The result is a landscape full of lethal vistas, backcountry characters and ancient ways. Another dozen riders, traveling with Western Spirit Cycling Adventures, are already down on the canyon floor. Both companies started bringing cyclists here in Some drive from Tucson or El Paso, so they can bring their own hardware.

Others fly into Los Mochis, near the Pacific coast, take the trains, then rent bikes. Cyclist and guide Arturo Gutierrez, who started a summertime mountain bike competition in the mids, has seen it mushroom from 70 riders to more than last year. This summer, the year-old Gutierrez, who also guides trips for outside companies and runs a bike tour operation called Umarike Expeditions, is forecasting competitors.

For Kloet, it's a whole new world of biking. He eludes a belligerent cow at the canyon bottom, then presses on as the other bikers halt to gobble snacks, admire the deep green Batopilas River and pile into a pair of following vehicles. Kloet, meanwhile, is on the heels of Gutierrez. Through another 10, 15, 20 miles they pedal on along the rising, falling, narrowing, twisting road. At last the two reach the entrance to downtown Batopilas, the soul town, founded by silver miners in , that serves as the center of canyon-floor civilization.

This is a good piece of riding, Gutierrez says later. But the real test, he whispers, will be the climb back out. Most riders don't even try, or make it less than halfway. From canyon floor to the beginning of paved road, it's about 40 miles, including some 9, feet of climbing. For Kloet, there's only one way to find out. Well-traveled trails The road from Creel to Batopilas is the marquee attraction of Copper Canyon mountain-biking. But for more technical thrills, dodging boulders, ducking branches and clinging to single-track paths, riders head for obstacle courses such as the aqueduct path on the Batopilas canyon floor or, up near Creel, the Valley of Monks, the Ejido San Ignacio.

None of them are marked," says Nichols, exaggerating only slightly. Though the landscape between Creel and Batopilas shows few obvious signs of environmental damage to a newcomer, the mining and logging industries have had their way here for more than a century. Only one relatively small portion of the area is designated a national park, with much of the rest of the land communally owned by families that have farmed or logged here for generations.

Those same families have kept the trail network operating with their daily travels on foot and horseback. When I ask if anybody worries about bikes doing damage to the terrain, the locals look at me as if I've just voiced concerns about stray comets. Amid these sudden cliffs and cactus spines, protecting yourself from the landscape is still a far higher priority than protecting the landscape from yourself. One afternoon, guides Gutierrez and David Baeza pull on their bright biking togs and take to the aqueduct trail, its cobblestones-and-mud-puddle path lined by mangoes, potatoes, peanuts, oranges and grapefruits of farmers.

There are no other bikers — but there are chickens, pack horses, scythe-wielding farmworkers and year-old farmer Fernando Torres Ruelas, who grins at the riders' outfits and spins tales of the great flood of The scene makes a poster picture of back roads mestizo Mexico, part old agriculture, part new tourism. But look far enough down the trail, in either direction, and you find another civilization entirely: the Tarahumara. They number about 50, They farm, whittle wood, weave baskets, sell crafts in the towns and walk miles and miles in brightly dyed fabrics and sandals made from recycled tires.

Once or twice a year, the Tarahumara join in epic trail events of their own, kicking little wooden balls on paths for as long as two days straight. On a race of more than miles, few on Earth can match the swiftest Tarahumara. Yet between races, several locals told me, nobody trains — they just walk, hour upon hour, up and down these killer slopes.