On the O'Reilly website, an entire chapter from Rob Flickenger's book "Wireless Community Networks."
This one's for Alonso, who's studying heirophanies (love that word) in Palenque. It's a photo of an analemma, the shape traced by the path of the sun, at the same time each day, over the course of a year.
Here's another example
This is far from the Usumacinta, but an opponent of dams died this week. He was George Fisher, a political cartoonist in Arkansas who frequently lampooned the Army Corps of Engineers and other builders of dams.
First, two appreciations of the man:
And a gallery of his work:
Is it too late to ask Santa for this?
Some thought it would not survive. At moments it was close to expiring. But the Apple Macintosh is 20 years old. Here's a recap.
A summary of the importance of the Usumacinta, and the history of plans for dams on the river through the end of 2002, on the website of the Unión de Grupos Ambientalistas.
"Kenny Bain said he was prompted to start Fastline due to his frustrations over the unresponsiveness of CMA and CenturyTel - the local telephone provider - to requests for high-speed access in Vivian."
I can relate. No DSL for me, because Verizon skimped in this neighborhood by using a "DAML" to split phone lines, making them useless for high-speed internet.
Let's hope they get a little cheaper, but for now, here's the source for the MeshAP (access point) box that is being used in the UK and Europe - and in Vivian, Texas..
So far we have concentrated on the Usumacinta upstream from Boca del Cerro. Below the proposed dam site is one of the most important wetlands in the region.
Long-term threats to the region include overexploitation of resources, continuous industrial pollution of the waters due to human overpopulation, oil extraction, and the possible construction of building a hydroelectric plant that would impact a large part of the aquatic habitat. According to IUCN (Scott & Carbonell 1986), the Gulf Coast contains the largest area of wetlands in North America.
I looked at this several years ago but now have a little more experience on the river to bring to it. Teobert Maler was one of the giants of Maya exploration and photography. Joel Skidmore, creator of Mesoweb, has given us the best introduction to Maler's work and travels.
Here is the 5-year plan to protect the Usumacinta watershed, released December 18 by Conservation International and Pronatura, Chiapas. It is funded by USAID-Mexico.
No mention of dams anywhere.
Incredible site, documenting layers of graffiti on walls in San Francisco. Via Boing Boing.
Warning: graphics heavy. May take a long time to load on a slow connection.
I just read Jon Krakauer's book on Mormon extremism and murder, "Under the Banner of Heaven". Now Roan McNab has sent a link to a "Doubletake" article from 1999, concentrating on the archaeology connection.
Thanks to Jose Yunis at NRDC who brought this document to my attention. On this page is a link to a pdf entitled "Programa de obras e inversiones del sector eléctrico 2002-2011". Note: it is over 100 pages long and may take some time to download on a slow connection. The Boca del Cerro dam is referred to in several places, confirming that it is still being studied.
This rugged portable firewire drive will record DV from a camera without a computer. Though I can't see hanging it on top of the camera on the hot shoe adapter. Save editing time, connect it to a tiny camera.
IRN just issued a report on large hydroelectric dams, arguing that they have too many negative impacts to be considered viable renewable energy systems.
A link to the pdf of the report can be found at the bottom of this page:
Using an iPaq handheld as a wireless access point, and a cell phone as the internet link. Connect the two with Bluetooth.
This should work with a Mac laptop that's equipped with bluetooth instead of the iPaq. And it would save running linux AP software - that part is built-in to the OS. But not having a bluetooth-equipped GPRS cell phone, I can't try it out.
With the FCC poised to regulate VoIP before it even takes off, here's an overview of the field and why we should care.
Roughly 90 percent of the world's population remains unconnected to the Internet, depriving them of a vital 21st century resource and spurring fears of a growing "digital divide" between rich and poor.
A year ago, Chris Shaw, Alonso Mendez, Moises Morales and I joined Homero and Betty Aridjis in Mexico City. At a press conference, we announced a letter opposing dams on the Usumacinta River, which we then delivered to President Vicente Fox. Well, we dropped it off at Los Pinos, the Mexican White House. Got a signed receipt. Had lunch.
The letter was published in full the next day in Reforma. I believe it played a small part in the shelving of the dam plan, although feasibility studies, and our opposition, continue.
Here's a short note in German, from der Standard, a year ago. Missed it then. Glad the word got around.
Time Warner, Sprint, MCI are partnering to offer phone service by Cable modem. But New York City will be the last to see it.
Several ingenious and simple solutions for sharing wireless access with a room full of other laptops. Would this work, say, in a Starbucks, with one guy paying and the rest sharing?
I'm not a linux maven so I don't think I'll tackle this, but it may be useful to some other community activist out there. Why?
It enables secure identification of users
It allows you to create a "splash page" that automatically pops up
It makes shared wireless Internet services practical.
Yep, you don't learn about stuff until it breaks. And I've been in cable modem hell since Thanksgiving. I know a lot more about DHCP by now but it's still not connecting properly. The advice below seems to cover everything I've done so far. But I'm still looking for an answer. Could it be Time Warner's fault? I'll have to wait 4 more days for the fourth visit from a tech guy to find out.
From DailyWireless of course: