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Save Christiania, August 30th march in Copenhagen

Christiania is the Permanent Autonomous Zone in Copenhagen: an old military base that has been successfully squatted for decades now. It's most notorious for the open-air cannabis market at its center, but thinking of Christiania as a pot-market does it a terrible disservice. Christiania is a living proof of the possibility of life outside of the constraints of traditional govenrment, of the possibility of having a neighborhood secede from civil society and a city, and still remain an integral part of it. From the beautiful collage buildings to the brilliant blacksmiths who hammer out the Christiania Bikes that are prized throughout Europe, Christiania is fragile, beautiful and inspiring.

The Danish government, in an uncharacterstic show of extremely poor sense, has decided that it must "normalize" Christiania -- that is, raze it and kill it. Danes are not happy about this. If you're within rail-distance of Copenhagen on August 30th, you can help shame the Danish government into taking its hands off of Christiania at a mass demonstration.

Saturday the 30th of August 2003 special trains are departuring from Aalborg, ?rhus, Vejle, Fredericia and Odense. Moreover there will be special busses leaving from 45 Danish towns. Tickets can be bought at BILLETNET

The popular parade begins at Carl Madsens Plads, Christiania at Noon. The parade meets all the guests arriving by trains and buses at Copenhagen Central Train station at 1.30 p.m., where a short ceremony will take place. At 3 p.m. the parade reaches Christiansborg Castle (Parliament) where we'll give the publicly elected a piece of our mind. The parade ends at Christiania around 5 p.m. where a huge multicultural feast starts with many, many kinds of music and cultural entertainment. All bands, artists, speakers and performers, known and unknown join without any payment. Everything is done as a support to Christiania and what it represents.

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Citytv invents live television blogging

Citytv is Toronto's groundbreaking, rule-breaking homegrown TV phenom. They've come up with some very innovative bits of programming over the years, but my favorite to date is Bob Hunter's daily editorial on the Breakfast Television morning show.

Bob Hunter is the co-founder of Greenpeace, and he's been a fixture in Canadian political commentary for years now -- indeed, he's the environmental reporter on Citytv's 24-hour news-channel.

On Breakfast Television we get a very different Bob Hunter. What the network does is send a camera crew to Hunter's home every morning at about 7AM, where he is sat at his kitchen table in his bathrobe, with all the day's newspapers spread out before him. Hunter's been up long genough to have gone through the Star, the Goble, the Post -- possibly even the Sun -- and he's marked up the interesting bits wiht a highlighter.

When the news-anchor cuts to the remote feed from Hunter's kitchen, he takes us on a guided tour of the day's news, taking apart and contrasting the reportage from the different news-organs. This is blogging, plain and simple, but it's on live television. And it's interesting as hell.

If you're coming to Toronto for the WorldCon, switch on your hotel-room TV one morning and give it a watch. It's pretty hot stuff. Link Discuss

How does the Pentagon spend its yearly $400 million?

Every year, the Pentagon is allocated $1.1 trillion $400 million, and never has to account for it. Where does the money go?
More than $1.1 trillion of federal government money is missing. Our government leaders say they will not account for it. However finding this money could solve all of our federal, state and local budget crises.

Where is the Money?

[...]

The Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General has reported that DOD has not and will not account for $1.1 trillion of "undocumentable adjustments."

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900 more names in the RIAA subpoena database

EFF has added 900 names to its database of Kazaa usernames that appear in the RIAA subpoenas that exploit a legal vulnerability to compel ISPs to reveal their customers' personal information without any due process or evidence. Link Discuss

BBC to put its entire archive online

The BBC has gone public with its intention to find a way to put the entire content of its radio and TV archives online. I know some of the details of this project, and I couldn't be more excited.
"I believe that we are about to move into a second phase of the digital revolution, a phase which will be more about public than private value; about free, not pay services; about inclusivity, not exclusion.

"In particular, it will be about how public money can be combined with new digital technologies to transform everyone's lives."

Update: Danny O'Brien has posted a stirring piece to his blog, explaining what makes this so darned cool. Link Discuss (via /.)

My Boston Globe op-ed on net-politics

I've got an op-ed in today's Boston Globe about the relationship between the Internet and poltiics:
When Trent Lott's revealing faux pas about Strom Thurmond was lightly touched upon by the press, the Internet's howling masses seized on the story, reviving it with a fresh angle -- Lott backhandedly endorses segregation! -- and kept the news cycle going long beyond its expected lifespan, until Lott crashed and burned and lost his post as Senate majority leader. Huzzah. Of course, Lott is still a senator. In fact, every scandal exposed by or through the net -- INS witchhunts, stubbornly illusory WMDs, awarding of war-pork to Halliburton -- has yielded a decidedly hollow victory. Information is power, but it's not enough. Modern emperors have learned the knack of spinning revelations of wrongdoing and bouncing back. Thus far, the Internet has lacked the follow-through necessary to make a lasting difference. That's changing. As the Internet matures as a place for political action, services like the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Action Center (punch in your ZIP and e-mail your lawmaker), MeetUp's coordinated nationwide kaffeeklatsches for every Democratic candidate (but especially Howard Dean) and MoveOn's thronged mailing list millions (who can conjure the budget for a major media-buy on 24 hours' notice) are providing the bodies, budget and means for advancing proposals and seeing them through to their ends
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Kyle "Why I Hate Saturn" Baker's new collection

Kyle Baker is one of the funniest funnybook writers working in the field today, if not the funniest. His Why I Hate Saturn was such a brilliantly funny comic that I still laugh aloud when I think about it today -- ten years after I first read it.

He's kind of dropped out of the field for a couple years, apparently to work on commercial illustrations for magazines, and I've really missed him. Vertigo has just issued a new collection of Baker material, called "Undercover Genie."

It's...OK. The funny parts are really, really, really funny. The hard-edged, mean parts are really, really really mean. But about two-thirds of this book is filler, page after page of mildly amusic caricatures of political figures, doodles and sketches. I got my copy for free as a reviewer, but I would have certainly have bought it as soon as I spotted it on the shelf at the comics shop. At $15, I think I would have felt a little ripped off by the time I was done. A book for Kyle Baker completists (a fine thing to be!), but not worth the price otherwise. Link Discuss

WiFi Detector that works

Pete Rojas at Gizmodo has identified a WiFi detector that apparently actually works. No word on where to get 'em or what they cost.
There's been a lot of grumbling (here and elsewhere) about how awful Kensington's new WiFi Finder is, and how it doesn't detect closed networks or 802.11g, or distinguish between cordless phones and WiFi. Well, we've been playing with the other WiFi detector out there, the WFS-1 from SmartID, and can attest that it works pretty well, at least for us. Over the past month or so we've used it all over New York and San Francisco, it picked up WiFi everywhere we expected it to, and in plenty of places we didn't (like on the corner of Bowery and Delancey in Manhattan). It even detected the closed 802.11b network at the Starbucks near where we're staying here in central California, and best of all, it can tell the difference between WiFi and a microwave oven (the lights on it go solid instead of flash).
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Edge.org -- The Moral Sense Test: Blackout

In the latest edition of John Brockman's EDGE newsletter, conversation about the blackout of August 14th. From Albert-Laszlo Barabasi, author of LINKED: THE NEW SCIENCE OF NETWORKS, (actually, it's a reprinted op-ed from the 8/16 NY Times, thanks Mark R.!):
Once power is fully restored, it will take little time to find the culprit: most likely, it will be a malfunctioning switch or fuse, a snapped power line or some other local failure. Somebody will be fired, promotions and raises denied, and lawmakers will draw up legislation guaranteeing that this problem will not occur again.

Something will be inevitably missed, however, during all this finger-pointing: this week's blackout has little to do with faulty equipment, negligence or bad design. President Bush's call to upgrade the power grid will do little to eliminate power failures. The magnitude of the blackout is rooted in an often ignored aspect of our globalized world: vulnerability due to interconnectivity.

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WiFi roaming coming to Canada, via telcos

Canada's telcos are setting up roaming agreements on each others' WiFi hotspots:
The 12-million people who own cellphones, personal digital assistants or any wireless device and subscribe to Bell Mobility (with Aliant Mobility), Microcell Solutions (Fido), Rogers AT&T Wireless or Telus Mobility will be able to use all Wi-Fi hot-spots operated by any one of those companies.
Link Discuss (Thanks, Neil!)

US goverment trying to sink WIPO open content talks

The US government has set out to scupper the proposed World Intellectual Property Organization summit on Open Source and Open Culture. Lessig writes:
But the astonishing part is the justification for the US opposing the meeting. According to the Post, Lois Boland, director of international relations for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, said "that open-source software runs counter to the mission of WIPO, which is to promote intellectual-property rights." As she is quoted as saying, "To hold a meeting which has as its purpose to disclaim or waive such rights seems to us to be contrary to the goals of WIPO."

If Lois Boland said this, then she should be asked to resign. The level of ignorance built into that statement is astonishing, and the idea that a government official of her level would be so ignorant is an embarrassment. First, and most obviously, open-source software is based in intellectual-property rights. It can't exist (and free software can't have its effect) without it. Second, the goal of WIPO, and the goal of any government, should be to promote the right balance of intellectual-property rights, not simply to promote intellectual property rights. And finally, if an intellectual property right holder wants to "disclaim" or "waive" her rights, what business is it of WIPOs? Why should WIPO oppose a copyright or patent rights holder's choice to do with his or her rights what he or she wants?

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Gilberto Gil supports CD-burning automats

Rainer sez, "The suggested news (in Portuguese) says, briefly, that famous musician (and now Brazilian Culture Minister) Gilberto Gil is putting his weight behind a project to install CD-burning automats in Brazil. Each machine will have an inventory of 34000 tracks and a customized CD will come to about R$10 (US$3.30), less than half of the R$24 (US$8) it would cost at a record store. According to the inventors, this will cut down on piracy; over 60% of records sold in Brazil today are pirated, as the minimum monthly wage of R$240 is equivalent to 10 CDs." Link Discuss (Thanks, Rainer!)

Beyond Fear: Required reading for Ashcroft's America

I've spent the past week at a writers' retreat in an undisclosed location (I'm still here!). It's been insanely productive. I've written a 21,000-word novella, rewritten two partial novels, worked on my latest collaboration with Charlie Stross, critiqued about 20 stories, read a friend's book and critiqued it, and caught up on some reading (and I've still got three days left, and still to come: nonfiction book proposal, rewrite the new novella, and catch up on other projects and projectlets).

One of the books I'm delighted to have had the chance to read here is Bruce Schneier's latest, Beyond Fear: Thinking Sensibly About Security in an Uncertain World. I reviewed three or four drafts of this while Bruce was working on it, and I am completely delighted with how it turned out.

In Beyond Fear, Schneier has utterly demystified the idea of security with a text aimed squarely at nontechnical individuals. He takes his legendary skill at applying common sense and lucidity to information-security problems and applies it to all the bogeymen of the post-9/11 world, and asks the vital question: What are we getting in exchange for the liberties that the Ashcroftian authorities have taken away from us in the name of security?

This is possibly the most important question of this decade, and that makes Schenier's book one of the most important texts of the decade. This should be required reading for every American, and the world would be a better place if anyone venturing an opinion on electronic voting, airline security, roving wiretaps, or any other modern horror absorbed this book's lessons first. Link Discuss

Hoovering kinky conduit

Lessig describes a fiendishly clever way to get a piece of Ethernet cable threaded through the bends in a conduit.
But when we tried to run the Ethernet cable from the roof to the basement, we discovered that the conduit makes 3 90-degree turns and one 45-degree turn, and it was not at all clear how one pushes a cable through such a maze.

So of course we turned first to the internet. I typed in a totally natural language question into Google (which I find these days is increasingly the best method): something like “how do you thread a cable through a long conduit with 90 degree angles.” The first post that came up was a thread from some list titled Threading fiber through a long conduit. This thread reported no good luck, but it had the kernel of an idea: a vacuum cleaner.

So we took a bit of foam, tied it to the end of a roll of kite string, and connected a small Shop-Vac at the other end of the conduit (which is at least 50 feet long). Bingo. The key, it seems, is to have a big but light obstruction, and google at hand.

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Movable Type meets Mujahedeen

Ben Hammersley -- adventurer, athlete, programmer, RSS-wonk, reporter -- has decided to pull up stakes and become a freelance reporter for a while. In Afghanistan. And he's going to report it all in his blog. Jeez.
So, anyway. I figure it's about the time this nano-publishing journalism-of-the-future meme started to get off its collective bottom. So I'm off to Afghanistan for your education and pleasure. I fly to Islamabad tomorrow, and from there by train or bus to Peshawar. On Saturday I'll be crossing the Khyber Pass and making my way to Kabul. All being well, technology and men-with-guns willing, I'll be posting from every stop, and weblogging from Afghanistan for ten days or so. Movable Type meets Mujahedeen. It's going to be fun.
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Palahniuk has a new novel!

Salon has published a vicious broadside aimed at Chuck "Fight Club" Palahniuk, a brilliant and savage novelist whose new book, Diary, has just been published.

I just started reading Palahniuk this year, with Survivor, but once I'd read that, I sought out every one of his novels and read them one after another. His got the glibness and popcult sensibility of Douglas Coupland, the drunken-master prose of William S Burroughs, and the ferocity of Charles Bukowski. Can't wait to read Diary, even though Salon panned it -- the reviewer admits up front that she hates all of Palahniuk's books, so it's a little mysterious as to why she'd decide to pick up his latest...

The latest is "Diary," the story of Misty Marie Wilmot, who works as a waitress on a tourist-plagued island off the New England coast. Peter, her building-contractor husband, lies in a coma after a suicide attempt. Early on, it's fairly obvious that Misty's 13-year-old daughter and mother-in-law are colluding with the rest of the island's old-family residents in a homicidal plot to drive the tourists away by forcing Misty to become a painter. Misty, however, remains clueless about this despite everyone's egregiously suspicious, "Rosemary's Baby"-style behavior and despite the fact that shortly before Peter shut himself up in the garage with the car motor running, he went around scrawling graffiti about the plot in the houses of his clients, then walling off the vandalized rooms to make it look as if they'd never existed. (By the way, the car now smells like urine.)
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Down and Out and Fair and Balanced

The Author's Guild filed a Fair and Balanced amicus brief on behalf of Al Franken in his defense against Fox's outrageous trademark infringement suit against him for using their trademarked phrase "fair and balanced" in the title of his book.

It appears that the brief includes a list of other books that use registered trademarks in their titles, among them my novel Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom. OK, that's pretty cool right there. Link Discuss

Japanese watches from the edge of cool

TokyoFlash features impossibly cool and attainably inexpensive Japanese wristwatches. I had to forcefully restrain myself from buying just one of these. God, these are cool. Link Discuss (via Charlie's Diary)

PowerPoint corrupts

Great Edward Tufte rant about PowerPoint and other slideware, and why we should all avoid it. I did a talk a couple months ago and the conference organizers nearly insisted that I bring a PowerPoint presentation to accompany my speech. I told them that I didn't believe in slides for the kind of talk I was giving, and they responded, "But what will keep the audience from getting bored?" Urr, possibly the words coming out of my mouth?
Particularly disturbing is the adoption of the PowerPoint cognitive style in our schools. Rather than learning to write a report using sentences, children are being taught how to formulate client pitches and infomercials. Elementary school PowerPoint exercises (as seen in teacher guides and in student work posted on the Internet) typically consist of 10 to 20 words and a piece of clip art on each slide in a presentation of three to six slides -a total of perhaps 80 words (15 seconds of silent reading) for a week of work. Students would be better off if the schools simply closed down on those days and everyone went to the Exploratorium or wrote an illustrated essay explaining something.
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What community WiFi can learn from hams

Here's an interesting piece about ham radio operators stepping in to help out emergency services, recovery and relief during the blackout. The hams are brilliant at this. They view themselves as being beholden to the public interest, in exchange for the use of the spectrum that they chat on.

The really fascinating thing about this is how well it works politically. Every time there's a disaster, the hams pitch in, and then a Congresscritter gets up on its hind legs and reads a commendation for America's brave and selfless amateur radio operators into the record.

And then, whenever the FCC gets an idea that it could make a couple billion dollars by auctioning off the hams' spectrum to cellular companies, the hams pack the hearings and the comments with commendations from congresscritters from every party and every district. This is powerful mojo.

The most interesting thing about the community WiFi projects like SFLan and Personal Telco is that to the extent that they get adopted by emergency services workers and used in disaster relief (the way that NYC Wireless's WiFi was used by lower Manhattanites after 9-11), WiFi activists can amass an enormous amount of political clout. Open spectrum radios are even better than hams for coordinating disaster relief, I think -- and there's nothing more politically compelling, it seems, than heroism in times of trouble. Link Discuss

Anal Fissures in a nutshell

My friend Quinn has had a lot of really awful health problems, most of them on the icky side, involving her digestive tract. The pages and pamphlets addressing her afflictions are all full of squeam and delicacy, and therefore lacking in the kind of down-and-dirty, up-the-bum tips that her co-sufferers need to recover.

This has prompted Quinn to assemble some really authoritative, no-nonsense, occasionally screamingly funny pages describing the ins and outs of icky illnesses. Her most recent page is for those of you who may be curious about anal fissures -- something that Quinn got to experience in the aftermath of childbirth.

getting an anal fissure is not a freudian thing, it doesn't mean you rebelled against your parents by practicing anal retention and practice makes perfect. there's a good chance you need more fiber. if you have an anal fissure, the atkins diet may simply not be for you. i suspect i had a proto-fissure brewing for a while, but childbirth traumatized the area and very very hard stools post- childbirth ripped me a new one. many people look back and see their diet wasn't all it could have been. others discover that lactose intolerance or other food intolerances are the hardness culprit. every once in a while you're just kind of built that way, and laxatives may need to be a way of life for you. if your sphincter just likes to spasm and tighten all the time, the only thing that may work for you is surgery to cut the sphincter. both of these are extremes, but they happen, and when they happen, they aren't anyone's fault.
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Paramilitary wing of the usability movement

Over at NTK, they've established "the paramilitary wing of the usability movement." Think of this as Shoemakers' Elves who taking marching orders from Edward Tufte. NTK has called on usability engineers to find themselves egregiously unusable websites whose information is nonetheless important, to scrape these websites, and to redesign them so that they don't suck. Check out the before and after -- we get loads of complaints about the Boing Boing layout, and we syndicate almost everything on this page with RSS. I've seen a couple of neat experiments in page-redesign from readers, but why not do more? Go ahead, remix us. Post links to the Discuss area. Link Discuss

Saran Wrap can turn your laptop screen 3D

This is a fascinating white-paper by a researcher at the University of Toronto on the use of common cellophane as a polarized light filter. Apparently, cellophane performs this task better than most expensive purpose-fabbed materials. Once you have a polarized filter, you can make bitchun stereoscopic 3D glasses (the 3D Imax movies and 3D theater shows at the Disney parks are done with polarized-light stereoscopes), and turn your laptop's screen into a 3D display. Link Discuss

Out of Blue Six: a lost gem

Ian McDonald is one of the best-kept secrets in science fiction. He has written brilliant novel after brilliant novel, each wildly different from the last, from his debut novel, a Bradbury pastiche called Desolation Road, to his high-fantasy King of Morning, Queen of Day (which reads like Crowley's Little Big interpreted by Connie Willis) to his spectacular parable about the Irish conflict, Hearts, Hands and Voices. While McDonald wins awards regularly and has novellas show up from time to time in Asimov's, it seems that most readers haven't heard of him. What's worse, the great majority of his work is long out of print, including some of his best books.

One of these wonderful, vanished gems is Out on Blue Six, a 1989 Bantam Spectra paperback that I've read my way through five copies of. Picture a 16-car pileup in Dr Suess country, where the colliding zithermobiles are piloted by Gibson's console cowboys and parodical caricatures out of Mad Magazine, have PK Dick and Orwell do alternating rewrites on the text, and you'll be getting close to the kind of novel that this is.

I've just re-read it. It is a wonder. We often apply the term "wildly inventive" to authors and their product, but it takes a book like Out on Blue Six to demonstrate what "wild" and "imaginative" really mean.

Out on Blue Six is set in the Benevolent Society, where all suffering has been eliminated by the Orwellian Ministry of Pain, which rearranges your genome to fit you into one sub-species or another depending on the activities it calculates you will be most likely to enjoy. All citizens of the Benevolent Society -- a culture shrouded in mysticism and poetry -- wear "famulouses," artificially intelligent consciousnesses and PDAs that advise them on behalf of the Ministry of Pain and rat them out to the PainCops in the event of serious PainCrime.

Courteney Hall is the last incisive satirist in the Benevolent Society, and her recasting of the perennial favorite Wee Wendy Waif strips as vicious swipes at the Benevolent Society sets her on the run from the PainCops and the wrath of the society at large.

Like I say, this book is out of print. Long, long out of print. But thanks to the wonderful Bookfinder service, it's possible to lay hands on 100+ copies of the novel, for prices starting at $0.75 plus shipping. I just got another copy, and I'm savoring every page. Link Update: Looks like Bookfinder won't let you bookmark a search for more than an hour. Bugger. Here're the used copies available through Amazon. (thanks, Dan!) Discuss

Secure your protocols: SSL instead of IPSEC tunneling

Really good, lucid explanation of a technique for using protocol-by-protocol SSL security to prevent eavesdropping on public networks (like the Internet), as an alternative to IPSEC-based tunneling. Link Discuss (via WiFi Networking News)

Undead Feds -- a fantastical regulatory body

The homepage for the Federal Zombie and Vampire Agency is a deep and thorough exercise in fantastic alternate history, in which government regulators took the Undead situation in hand. Link Discuss (via Interconnected)

mirror of shut-down xMule site launches

BoingBoing reader John says:
This is a mirror of the original xmule.org site which has been shut down. xMule is p2p software for linux that works on the Edonkey2000 network. The developer has been subpoened by the government for infringing the DMCA. Or something like that. It's not clear. The developer includes more detail in the "Featured Article" on the website and is accepting donations for his defense through Amazon.com.
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Goodbye flashmobs, hello flashmops

Some say the time has come for Flash Mobs to die. I respectfully propose that Flash Mops emerge as the rightful hipster trend successor. Here's how it works:
Here's the plan. Everybody meet up at the house at 11765 Parker st. N. (98101) on that Sunday morning. Then, at exactly 10:00 AM we'll completely clean the place! Hah hah! Talk about zany and unexpected! We'll go nuts: scrubbing the shower and cleaning the gutters and washing the cars and mowing the lawn and brushing the cats, etc. This is going to totally freak out the house owners (who I will trick into going to get French Slams at the nearby Denny's while this takes place)! And when we're done (making sure we clean behind the fridge, just to be extra-unexpected) we'll suddenly disperse. Poof! Hah hah! This is going to be so wild we'll probably get in the paper and stuff. Just meet at the house on the morning of Sunday, August 17th (don't worry about how we are going to get in -- fortunately I have a key and will leave the door unlocked), bring cleaning supplies, and be sure to pass this message on to all of your friends. It's gonna be, like, so great! Flash mobs! Woo! Spread the word!
via Defective Yeti, Discuss (Thanks, tomh and Sean)

McSweeney's rips hilarious hole in flash mob trend

In literary journal McSweeney's, this acerbic, gutbustingly funny parody of a digital hipster trend whose time to die has come -- Group Mobilization as a Desperate Cry for Help, by Christopher Monks:
Hello! You are invited to take part in a flash mob, the project that creates an inexplicable mob of people for ten minutes or less, in the front yard of my ex-girlfriend Deborah's house, tomorrow at 6:13 p.m. Please tell anybody else that you think might be interested in joining us. INSTRUCTIONS:

1) We'll meet outside the Crazy Pizza around the corner from Deborah's place. Be there by 6 p.m. Please be respectful of Crazy Pizza's employees and patrons, and refrain from ordering pizza or Crazy Cinnaballs.

2) At exactly 6:05 p.m. I will pass out slips of paper with general instructions and poster boards. One-third of the poster boards will read "I will never stop lovin' you, Deborah"; one-third will read "Why do you insist on ruining my life?"; and one-third will read "Please don't throw out my comic book collection."

3) Once the instructions and poster boards have been passed out, I will organize the group. All of the guys who are better looking than me will be sent to the back and will be required to wear sad clown masks. If I find that a better-looking-than-me guy in a sad clown mask is still better-looking than me I will ask him to leave. This may seem a little paranoid, but you don't know Deborah like I know Deborah. All of the just as good-looking as me guys will be placed in the middle of the line, and the guys who I think are uglier than me will get to be in the front. Women can choose to be wherever they want.

Link to essay, Discuss (Thanks, Susannah!)

Going to Burningman? Doing something cool with technology there? Tell me.

I'll be reporting live from Burningman for Wired News and National Public Radio's new daily program "Day to Day," hosted by Alex Chadwick.

One of the things I'm most interested in exploring out there is how people are using technology to connect with each other -- and the rest of the world -- while they're out on the playa. Some participants are planning unusual uses of social software, others are preparing to blog live from Black Rock City. If you (or a "burner" you know) are planning anything particularly innovative, fun, or flat-out cool along those lines, please e-mail me or post in the discuss link. I'd love to hear about it. Discuss