does net neutrality stand a chance?

27B Stroke 6:

Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) explained why he voted against the amendment and gave an amazing primer on how the internet works.

Just read it. You’ll learn something, though not what you might expect.

Just to be clear, below the fold is a rundown of some of the positions people are taking on this.


has cheap energy unravelled America’s social fabric?

From AlterNet, Air-conditioning: Our Cross to Bear, Part I and Part II:

Has the ubiquity of A/C and the resulting diaspora of people from the densely-populated (and socially liberal) North to the South undermined traditional American values?


Friday Random Ten+One: Backdated Edition

Cheat / The Clash / Black Market Clash
Dissolve / Elvis Costello / When I Was Cruel
Badge / Cream / 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Cream
Change Your Mind / Camper Van Beethoven / Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart
Me In Honey / R.E.M. / Out Of Time
The Name of This Thing Is Not Love / Elvis Costello & The Imposters / The Delivery Man
Here’s To You / The Silos / The Silos
Hackensack / Fountains Of Wayne / Welcome Interstate Managers
Writing the Book of Last Pages / Let’s Active / Big Plans for Everybody
Hallelujah / k.d. lang / Hymns of the 49th Parallel
The Sinister Minister / Béla Fleck & The Flecktones / Live Art (Disc 2)

learning from my mistakes

pinholga notes

Time to document the various modifications I had added to my Holga.

This is the way it looks now with wirenut-based cable release affixed. If you do this, be careful not to glue the wirenut so close to the shutter release. As it is now, I have to use a cable release all the time, until I glue or screw something to the shutter release that I can use.


The white stripe on the lens is my poor man’s macro setting: unscrewing the lens past that point means it comes off in your hand. But it should give an additional margin of close-focus capability.

I added a pinhole insert today, with a bit of foamcore and square of brass shim stock.


My plan was to cut a circle to fit the lens opening, but that was before I tried cutting foamcore with a utility knife. I rejiggered it to use a tightly fitting strip, anchoring it to the little bump where the lens stop screw used to live.

A view of the pinhole insert from the back side, showing the brass shim.


Observant Holga fans will wonder about the light area inside the center of the lens opening. I added a real f/16 aperture to the camera when I saw that the aperture selector is meaningless in stock Holgas. A little bit of a pop can, a 1/8 inch hole and some glue is all you need.