A story on tourism and other pressures on the area around the ruins of Tikal, in the Peten, Guatemala.
An article on Wimax and TowerStream, one of the first providers of point to point wireless broadband connections with the new technology (is it really WiMax or proto-Wimax? And would I know the difference?). A possibility for the Avenue D network backhaul.
From the story:
This kind of aerial system, many technology experts say, could uncork the most nettlesome bottleneck in the telecommunications industry: the phone companies' control of the "last mile" of wire that travels from their switching stations to homes and offices.
I'm starting to turn out DVDs of my projects. A scribble with a Sharpie on the disk just doesn't make it. There's probably a cheaper system but these guys look interesting.
Here's a report on the work that Tom Sever of NASA has been doing in the bajos of northern Guatemala. How the Maya dealt with both heavy rains and the drying of the wetlands in their efforts to feed large populations is a question that is starting to yield answers, through satellite imaging.
But I hadn't seen this tool which Creative Commons has made available. Simple upload of Creative Commons licensed video clips, up to 2gig in size.
And check out the Internet Archive's Moving Image Archive.
Yes, that's the title of a fascinating post following the course of a New Guinea field recording as it was ripped and adapted into Western "World Music" and commercials.
From Sam Churchill at Daily Wireless.
$40 a month plus a DSL line - 100 users sharing Voice over IP wirelessly.
And another great linkfest from Sam:
Reading Dave Winer's recent explanation - RSS: How to extend RSS 2.0 - I ran across a link to the creativeCommons RSS Module which will be useful for media feeds whether they have enclosures or not. Now that my day job is winding down I can get back to the podcast fun.
I'm a bit late noting this, but Joel Skidmore has an excellent report on the little-known Maya site of Plan de Ayutla, an important city in the Usumacinta River region.
As Joel writes:
Given its location, impressive size and ambitious architecture, Plan de Ayutla is a "strong candidate" to turn out to be the ancient site of Sak Tz'i' ("White Dog"), known from the Classic Period inscriptions but so far unlocated on the ground.
From today's New York Times magazine:
And an amazing account, written by a Dean grassroots organizer recruited by Kerry's campaign, on where the campaign went off the tracks:
No, this is not more Von Daniken ancient astronaut crap. Although the guy in South Bend is definitely out there.
First, the Mars Rover rocks, named after Palenque and other Maya words.
And Pakal as moon man:
A new Google search category, that searches academic journals and also returns books. This search for Usumacinta has Chris Shaw's book "Sacred Monkey River" in the first page of results. As it should be.
I'd like to know. And I'd better before we do the glyphs, codes, and encryption "expedition" at PS188 next year.
It's starting to happen - TV by internet. Here's one guy's way.
via Boing Boing
For the PS188 science expeditions project. $99 includes laser and 20 "Instant Hologram" film plates.
A regular photograph is only two-dimensional (2D) because it only records the INTENSITY of the light hitting the film, recording shades of brightness and darkness. A hologram is three-dimensional (3D) because it records both the INTENSITY and the DIRECTION of the light that hits the film. This additional information is recorded in the interference pattern, and allows you to "look around" the recorded object as if it were really there.
Local communities are opposing a plan that would dump sewage near the source of the Lacanja River, in the Montes Azules Reserve, Chiapas, Mexico.
What the Cleveland 20 were doing last week.