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Monday, 28 November 2016

Is World-Wide Satellite Broadband Coming Soon?

Filed under: Science, Technology — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 4:14 AM (04:14)

It seems as though Elon Musk (of SpaceX fame) is pushing for a new way to do satellite-based communications.

Instead of placing a few large satellites in geosynchronous orbit (22,300 miles up), he wants to put up lots — 800 to start, 4225 in the end — of small satellites (about 850 lbs apiece) in lower orbits (about 700-850 miles up).

The goal of this project is to offer gigabit-level bandwidth all over the Earth’s surface. Which is a damn sight better than the current wired services (I usually get somewhere around 54 Mbps on Comcast, using copper wire for the last mile).

Each end user will get a “low-profile user terminal that is easy to mount and operate on walls or roofs.”

Chances are that the “low-profile user terminal that is easy to mount and operate on walls or roofs” will use a standard electrical plug that connects to the outlets found in residential and commercial buildings . . .

And since adapters that allow you to connect those plugs to a car’s cigarette lighter or electronics jack, the “low-profile user terminal that is easy to mount and operate on walls or roofs” can just as easily be mounted on the roof of your RV or SUV. Or your everyday four-door sedan.

Mobile broadband that’s faster than what’s available over the wired services? Sounds like a decent deal to me.

Another aspect of this is that it could put the traditional satellite providers (Direct TV, Dish, HughesNet, etc.) out of business. Why would you bother with them when you can get YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Vudu or Vimeo anywhere in the world? And the cherry on top — you won’t have to pay extra for watching porn.

Now we’re waiting on Musk to get approval for this from the FCC and its international relative, the ITU (can’t have this project giving the Chinese a way around the Great Firewall, can we?) to sign off on it. Which means Musk will have to engage in some legalized bribery lobbying, because the Political Classholes simply can’t approve it without their palms being sufficiently greased in some manner.


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. Science Alert – SpaceX wants to surround Earth with an internet service that’s 200 times faster by Dave Mosher
  2. Ars Technica – SpaceX plans worldwide satellite Internet with low latency, gigabit speed by Jon Brodkin

NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 10.9
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – App.net / Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [page / profile] / Gab / Galaxy2 / Google Plus / Liberty.Me / Minds / seen.life / Tea Party Community / Twitter / VK / WordPress.com
    2. Extropy Unbound Facebook page
    3. The Weekly Sedition Facebook page

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Thursday, 13 October 2016

Idiot of the Day for Wednesday 12 October 2016

Filed under: Politics, Science — Tags: , — mikewb1971 @ 12:01 AM (00:01)

Let’s break that inanity down, one line at a time.

Global warming is a thousand times more dangerous than ISIS. It has the potential to kill billions from famine, population relocation and war.

“Global warming,” or “climate change,” or whatever the eco-fascist buzzphrase is this week, is a natural part of the Earth’s cycles.

Among the factors influencing the planetary climate that the eco-fascists never want to talk about are:

  • Axial precession – the Earth’s axis traces a cone across the sky every 26,000 years.
  • Axial tilt – the angle between the Earth’s equator and its orbital plane cycles between 22.1 and 24.5 degrees on a 41,000-year cycle.
  • Solar output – how much radiation (light, heat, etc.) the sun puts out.
  • Carbon dioxide is a relatively puny gas where atmospheric heat retention is concerned – water vapor is much more efficient.
  • If it wasn’t for the greenhouse effect, we’d have permanent ice at the Equator, as the Earth would be about 33°C cooler than it is at present. Think “Snowball Earth”

We have 32,000 gun deaths a year in America. ISIS can kiss my butt.

How many of those “gun deaths” are suicides, where the person would have found some other way to kill themself if a firearm wasn’t availalbe?

How many were due to negiglent discharges?

How many were justifiable homicides, where the person killed was threatening the life of the shooter or someone else with grievous bodily harm?

Funny how the hoplophobes and victim disarmers like to inflate their statistics like that.

Also why no outrage over “knife deaths,” “blunt object deaths,” “bare-handed deaths,” or “automotive deaths” ?

Why no outrage over deaths from medical malpractice, which kills about six to seven times as many people per year than Eichhorn’s 32,000 “gun deaths” ?

Burning carbon is Stone Age behavior and it is killing us. The biggest terrorists in the world are Exxon, Mobile and British Petroleum along with their pet politicians and corporate whore media who keep us from spending the money necessary to save ourselves and the world.

Funny, I thought the word “terrorist” applied to people who use things like suicide bombers, car bombs and the like to kill non-combatant civilians.

And the only way politicians can “keep us from spending the money necessary to save ourselves and the world” is by taxing our money away from us to pay for their pet projects, their legalized vote-buying scheme (they call it “the safety net”), their foreign wars and interventionism, and such that Eichhorn loves so much.

We spend about three times more on our military than China does. China is using that money to build their infrastructure. Who’s going to win with that strategy? (Not us.)

Isn’t the Peoples’ Republic playing the same sorts of currency games with the renminbi that the Federal Reserve Board is playing with the “dollar” ?


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Monday, 11 July 2016

No TOR for the Masses?

Recently Techspot India reported that the NSA doesn’t want us civilians using the TOR technology —

NSA classifies Linux Journal readers, Tor and Tails Linux users as “extremists”

Funny how TOR was originally developed by the Naval Research Laboratory and furthered by DARPA. Now that it’s out of the bag, they want to put it back under their exclusive control. Sort of like the internet itself.

Of course, the govvies probably won’t mind too much if political figures with ties to George Soros and the Saudi royal family use it. At least they didn’t seem to mind when a certain former senator turned Secretary of State mishandled classified information on a private home-based server, so I’m guessing that they’ll sign off on corrupt use of the TOR tech as well, just so long as it’s the “right people” using it.

H/T Seth Anderson Bailey


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. Wikipedia page for Tor
  2. Wikipedia page for TAILS
  3. Wikipedia page for Dark web

NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 11.7
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook [page / profile] / Google Plus here and here / Liberty.Me [blog / profile] / Minds / seen.life / Tea Party Community / tsu / Twitter / WordPress.com
    2. Extropy UnboundFacebook / WordPress.com
    3. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / Twitter / WordPress.com
    4. Libertarian Party –
      1. New MexicoLPNM Blog / LPNM Official Facebook page / LPNM Official Facebook group
      2. Bernalillo County, New MexicoLPBC Blog / LPBCNM Official Facebook page / LPBCNM Official Facebook group

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Sunday, 3 January 2016

17th Century “Assault Weapons”

Filed under: Principles, Resistance, Science, Self-Defense, Technology — Tags: , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 11:18 AM (11:18)

First, the very term “assault weapon”[1] is a nonsensical phrase intended to cause confusion amongst the members of the public who aren’t familiar with firearms, specifically to incite fear of said firearms amongst those same people[2].

With that out of the way, let’s talk about the inane notion that “the Founders didn’t forsee today’s weapons such as the AK-47 or AR-15 — thus the Second Amendment only applies to single-shot muskets and flintlocks.”[3]

The fact remains that the Founders were familiar with multiple-shot firearms, as such had been developed in Europe over a century before the Revolution:

For starters, there’s the Kalthoff repeater.

Kalthoff repeating rifle c 1650

Kalthoff-type flintlock rifle (1600s) at the Livrustkammaren (Photo from Wikipedia)

The Kalthoff repeater was reportedly used in the Siege of Copenhagen (1659)[4] and the Scanian War (1675-1679) between Denmark and Sweden[5]. That’s 132 and 116 years, respectively, before the Second Amendment was ratified in 1791.

The Kalthoff never saw widespread use because it was expensive to manufacture, maintain and repair, thus only the wealthy could afford to obtain them. Still, it was a start. The “standard issue” magazine for the Kalthoff appears to have been six shots, while some models may have gone as high as thirty shots. If today’s hoplophobes and victim disarmers had been around then, the Kalthoff would have them soiling their drawers like semi-automatic copies of the AR-15 and AK-47 do today.

Next comes the Cookson Volitional Flintlock Repeater, first made in 1750 in the UK (41 years before the Second Amendment was ratified).

Cookson Volitional Flintlock Repeater

Cookson Volitional Flintlock Repeater at the National Firearms Museum (Photo from the National Firearms Museum)

The Cookson apparently used the Lorenzoni System (first developed in 1680111 years before the Second Amendment was ratified) as its internal mechanism. As with the Kalthoff, the Cookson appears to have been expensive to build and operate, hence it was relegated to a historical footnote instead of taking the world by storm.

While the Founders had heard of the concept of multiple-shot firearms, it wasn’t until the idea of interchangeable parts came about as a practical form of technology — in the 1820s[6] — that they became a real possibility.

So when practical, portable laser and railgun weapons become a realistic possibility[7], we’ll hear and read it all over again from the hoplophbes and victim disarmers — “The Founders never foresaw these!”

I think just as Tench Coxe wanted private civilians to have ready access to and proficiency with the military weapons of the day[8], today he’d be talking about the AR-15 / M-16 / M-4 and AK-47 / AK-74 series of weapons, and in a hundred or so years, he would be talking about lasers and railguns.


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. See the Wikipedia page for “assault weapon” [quotation marks added by myself – MWB] versus the Wikipedia page for assault rifle
  2. “Assault weapons—just like armor-piercing bullets, machine guns, and plastic firearms—are a new topic. The weapons’ menacing looks, coupled with the public’s confusion over fully automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons—anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun—can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons. In addition, few people can envision a practical use for these weapons.”
    Violence Policy Center: Assault Weapons and Accessories in America, by Josh Sugarmann
  3. District of Columbia v. Heller backs me up here –

    Some have made the argument, bordering on the frivolous, that only those arms in existence in the 18th century are protected by the Second Amendment. We do not interpret constitutional rights that way. Just as the First Amendment protects modern forms of communications, e.g., Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union, 521 U. S. 844, 849 (1997), and the Fourth Amendment applies to modern forms of search, e.g., Kyllo v. United States, 533 U. S. 27, 35-36 (2001), the Second Amendment extends, prima facie, to all instruments that constitute bearable arms, even those that were not in existence at the time of the founding.
    District of Columbia v. Heller via the Legal Information Institute [LII] at Cornell University Law School

  4. Wikipedia page for the assault / siege of Copenhagen
  5. Wikipedia page for the Scanian War
  6. Wikipedia page for interchangeable parts
  7. When I took Intro to Lasers (PHOT 2005) at CNM in 2008, the Nd-YAG laser we used would put out 3 W of continuous-wave (CW) power, and could go up to about 20 W when in Q-switching mode (pulsed beam). That unit (built in the 1980s) had a power supply and cooling pump about the size of WWII-type footlocker and required 2.5 gallons of water per minute for cooling purposes to be pumped through the laser head. Fast-forward to today . . .
    1. Wicked Lasers advertises its “Spyder 3 Arctic” as being about the size of a handheld flashlight, with an output of 1-3 W. Prices range from 200 to ∅400, depending on beam power.
    2. The “Burning & Cutting Lasers” page at Information Unlimited offers plans, kits and assembled units of portable and desktop lasers for cutting, engraving and other purposes.
    3. “Kipkay” on YouTube likes to modify handheld laser pointers, jacking up the beam power on occasion.

    As for railguns . . . DuckDuckGo search for “railgun DIY”.

  8. The power of the sword, say the minority . . . , is in the hands of Congress. My friends and countrymen, it is not so, for The powers of the sword are in the hands of the yeomanry of America from sixteen to sixty. The militia of these free commonwealths, entitled and accustomed to their arms, when compared with any possible army, must be tremendous and irresistible. Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress has no power to disarm the militia. Their swords and every terrible implement of the soldier are the birthright of Americans.
    Tench Coxe, Letter to the Pennsylvania Gazette, 20 February 1788

NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 13.4
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – App.net / Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook page / Facebook profile / Fetlife / Google Plus / seen.life / tsu / Twitter / WordPress.com
    2. Albuquerque Liberty Forum Facebook page
    3. Extropy Unbound Facebook page
    4. The Weekly Sedition Facebook page
    5. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group
    6. The Libertarian Enterprise Facebook group

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Thursday, 24 September 2015

Quote of the Day for Thursday, 24 September 2015

Filed under: Humor, Life, Quote of the Day, Science — Tags: , — mikewb1971 @ 9:16 PM (21:16)

People tell me that I give off a lot of negative energy. That’s good; it means I’ll be able to afford my wormhole.

Matthew Brenycz


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – App.net / Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook page / Facebook profile / Google Plus / Twitter / WordPress

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Saturday, 23 August 2014

From the Space for All Foundation — $1000 Libertarian Student Essay Contest

Filed under: Politics, Science, Technology — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 7:41 PM (19:41)

Subject: $1000 Libertarian Student Essay Contest
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2014 11:25:04 -0700
From: BM-2cX6yauJFsr8ueVDUjNNK4qi6ADrnn1HRQ@bitmessage.ch
To: SpaceforallFoundation@bitmessage.ch

Dear Fellow Libertarian:

Let me take a moment to thank you for all the hard work that you do on behalf of liberty. Unfortunately there is far too much work and too little appreciation! Can I ask a favor? Would you please send the following out to any appropriate lists?

We are a small group of libertarians developing an organization to promote private space travel.

Pie in the sky?

Perhaps. We would really appreciate you letting people know about this contest.

Please let us know if you have any comments or questions.

Sincerely,
Board of Directors
Space for All Foundation


Space for All Foundation Essay Contest

Two Levels and eligibility:

Level I: 4th – 9th Graders
Level II: 10th Grade – College Undergraduates

Entry Deadline: October 30, 2014.

Grand Prize for each level is $1000 in Bitcoins.

There will be one prize (Grand Prize) awarded for each level.

Prizes will be announced by December 20, 2014.

Assume the following:

  1. We are limited to our solar system. No Faster Then Light travel. No wormhole technologies. No time travel. No alternate dimension travel.
  2. We would like the essays to focus on the next 20 years.

Topics for Level I

  1. Why are private space travel and exploration more important then government controlled efforts?
  2. What are the immediate benefits of private space travel as opposed to government space travel?

Topics for Level II

  1. What are the immediate benefits of private space travel as opposed to government space travel?
  2. How would society change with common place private space travel and exploration?

Judging

The winning applicant will be judged on both style and content. Judges will look for writing that is clear, articulate and logically organized. Winning essays must demonstrate an outstanding grasp of the societal implications of the topics. Essay submissions are evaluated in a fair and unbiased four-round judging process. Judges are founding members of the Space for All Foundation and the essays will be judged in a manner to ensure the anonymity of our participants. The Space for All Foundation checks essays with Ithenticate plagiarism detection software.

Rules

No application is required. The Contest is open to students worldwide. Entrant must be a 4th-9th Grader for Level I and a 10th grade to college undergraduate for Level II. To avoid disqualification the email with the essay must include the following information:

  1. Your name and address.
  2. Your e-mail address.
  3. The name, address and telephone number of your school; (optional) the name of the teacher who assigned the essay, if you are completing it for classroom credit.
  4. Your current grade level.
  5. Topic selected (#1 or #2 from list above).

Level I

  • Essay must be no fewer than 450 and no more than 1,500 words in length.
  • Essay must be emailed no later than October 30, 2014, no later than 11:59 PM, Pacific Standard time. Essay must be emailed to SpaceforallFoundation@bitmessage.ch
  • Essay must be solely the work of the entrant. Plagiarism will result in disqualification. Essays must not infringe on any third party rights or intellectual property of any person, company, or organization. By submitting an essay to this Contest, the entrant agrees to indemnify the Space for All Foundation for any claim, demand, judgment, or other allegation arising from possible violation of someone’s trademark, copyright, or other legally protected interest in any way in the entrant’s essay.
  • Decisions of the judges are final. Employees of the Space for All Foundation, its board of directors and their immediate family members are not eligible for this contest. Past first-place winners are not eligible for this contest.
  • All entries become the property of the Space for All Foundation and will not be returned.
  • Winners will be notified via e-mail by December 20, 2014.
  • Winners will be required to provide a picture holding their essay in order to receive any prizes. Contest winners agree to allow the Space for All Foundation to post their name and picture on any affiliated websites. The winning first place essay may be posted in its entirety on any of these websites with full credit given to the author. Winners will be solely responsible for any federal, state or local taxes.

Level II

  • Essay must be no fewer than 800 and no more than 1,600 words in length.
  • Essay must be emailed no later than October 30, 2014, no later than 11:59 PM, Pacific Standard time. Essay must be emailed to SpaceforallFoundation@bitmessage.ch
  • Essay must be solely the work of the entrant. Plagiarism will result in disqualification. Essays must not infringe on any third party rights or intellectual property of any person, company, or organization. By submitting an essay to this Contest, the entrant agrees to indemnify the Space for All Foundation for any claim, demand, judgment, or other allegation arising from possible violation of someone’s trademark, copyright, or other legally protected interest in any way in the entrant’s essay.
  • Decisions of the judges are final. Employees of the Space for All Foundation, its board of directors and their immediate family members are not eligible for this contest. Past first-place winners are not eligible for this contest.
  • All entries become the property of the Space for All Foundation and will not be returned.
  • Winners will be notified via e-mail by December 20, 2014.
  • Winners will be required to provide a picture holding their essay in order to receive any prizes. Contest winners agree to allow the Space for All Foundation to post their name and picture on any affiliated websites. The winning first place essay may be posted in its entirety on any of these websites with full credit given to the author. Winners will be solely responsible for any federal, state or local taxes.

To Enter

  • Please do not submit duplicate essays!
  • If submitting your essay electronically, you will be sent an email confirming our receipt.
  • If you have not received an e-mail notification within 48 hours, please e-mail SpaceforallFoundation@bitmessage.ch and ask for confirmation.

Comments or Questions

Comments or questions about the essay contests are welcome. Please write to SpaceforallFoundation@bitmessage.ch

Sincerely,
Board of Directors
Space for All Foundation
http://3ayspace4uiyivsz.onion (Requires Tor Browser to see the site)

Home of the Space Lottery


NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 11.5
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Facebook / Google Plus / Twitter
    2. Extropy UnboundFacebook / WordPress
    3. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / WordPress
  3. Current mood: content, cranky
  4. Listening – Rotten to the Core (demo) by Overkill

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Saturday, 7 June 2014

From South Korea — A New Way to Unclog a Toilet

Filed under: Science, Technology — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 9:32 PM (21:32)

Someone in South Korea (can’t have been the North side of the DMZ, or it would have Kim Jong Un’s picture on it) developed a new way to unclog a clogged-up toilet, using simple physics.

I LOVE this idea – I HATE unclogging a toilet.

And whatever you do to get the porcelain throne working again, NEVER use any sort of Shop Vac – I was working one day a few weeks ago when the building manager brought in a plumber who did exactly that to unblock a urinal in the 4th floor mens’ room. Afterwards, the whole building smelled like piss for two hours.


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Facebook / Google Plus / Twitter
  2. Listening – Powerslave by Iron Maiden

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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Norwegian Skydiver Buzzed by Meteorite

Filed under: Life, Science, Sports / Recreation — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 1:01 AM (01:01)

 

How many people can say that they were almost killed by a falling meteorite in mid-air while skydiving? Anders Helstrup can.

From Norsk rikskringkasting AS (NRK)

Here’s the article which explains more about the Youtube clip:

Norwegian skydiver nearly struck by meteorite

Apparently the rock was about 5-10 kg (11-22 lbs) and falling at a speed of about 300 kph (terminal velocity). That would have been more than enough to kill Helstrup (or anyone else).


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
  1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Facebook / Google Plus / Twitter

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Saturday, 9 November 2013

The Old “Cell Phones Cause Brain Cancer” Scare is Back

Filed under: Science, Technology — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 1:18 AM (01:18)

Recently I came across this article on my Facebook feed – Cell Phones Frying Kids Brains

Back in 2008 in the first class of my Intro to Biophotonics course, we calculated the amount of energy it would take for the signal from a cell phone to cause tissue damage.

  1. It generally takes about 8 electron volts (eV) to break a covalent molecular bond (most bonds in the human body are the covalent kind).
  2. The wavelength of a typical cell phone signal is about 1 cm.
  3. Plugging that wavelength into the equation E=(hc)/(λ)

    where

    E is energy
    h is the Planck constant, measured in electron volt seconds (eV*s)
    c is speed of light, measured in meters per second (m/s)
    λ is wavelength, measured in meters (m)

    E = ((4.14×10-15 eV*s)(2.99792458×108 m/s))/(1×10-2 m) = 1.242×10-4 eV

  4. Compare the two

    (8 eV) / (1.242×10-4 eV) = 64412.24

Thus you would need to have 64413 cell phones next to your head to get brain cancer from that type of signal.


NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 8.3
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Blogspot / Facebook / Google Plus / Tumblr / Twitter
    2. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / Google Plus / Twitter / WordPress

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Sunday, 25 August 2013

Notes for Sunday, 25 August 2013

Filed under: Blogging / Writing, Events, Life, Networking, Science, Technology — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 4:35 PM (16:35)

  1. Bubonicon
    1. Kinda wanted to go to Bubonicon 45 this weekend, but couldn’t bring myself to do it. I just wasn’t sufficiently motivated. There were only a couple of panels that sounded even remotely interesting – I’m not going to blow 45-50 for one or two panels. Maybe they can make video recordings of them and post those recordings to YouTube?
    2. Bubonicon 46
      1. Would like to do something like a suite for the Libertarian Futurist Society
        1. Topics
          1. What role should politics have in science fiction?
          2. What role should science fiction have in politics?
          3. Trends in science fiction, publishing, etc., in regards to libertarian science fiction
        2. Record any panels for YouTube, etc. Same sort of rules as for monthly ABQ Liberty Forums at Frontier.
        3. Relevant links –
          1. Bubonicon
          2. Libertarian Futurist Society
  2. STAIF-2 2014
    1. Location – to be determined and announced
    2. Dates – 15-17 April 2014 (?)
      1. Week of spring break (11-13 March 2014) would be better. During April, most students and faculty are preparing for finals and end of semester.
    3. Agenda – to be determined and announced
    4. Price tag –
      1. Hopefully NOT 300-400 a person as in 2012 and 2013
        1. ∅300-400 per person is OK for people on expense accounts (paid for by others – government, military, corporate, university, etc.) or with spare cash to blow.
        2. ∅100 per person is more like it when the expected attendees are showing up on their own dime. Especially in this lousy economy – ∅300-400 is a bit much even during good times.
    5. Website – http://staif2.org
    6. Create Facebook, Google Plus, Twitter and Youtube accounts for STAIF-2 ?
    7. Reserve blogs at WordPress and Blogger / Blogspot – staif2.wordpress.com, staif2.blogspot.com ?
    8. Co-locate at Bubonicon 46 – use a party suite for presentations?
      1. Would save on expenses, allowing STAIF to cut admission by a factor of 20
  3. LPNM / LPBC
    1. Start posting to Twitter, Google Plus accounts

NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Blogspot

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