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A Catalogue Of Sustainable Achievements
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By Cory Doctorow at 9:48 am Thursday, Jan 5
Sweden has given official religious status to Church of Kopimism, a faith and philosophy based on file-sharing. The faith’s foundational document, ““POwr, broccoli and Kopimi,” is available as a .torrent file indexed on The Pirate Bay (natch). It exhorts followers to undertake 100 tasks to attain #g_d (a hashtagged, all-lower-case version of the observant Jewish tradition of writing God as “G_d”).
001. Obtain the Internet.
002. Start using IRC.
003. Group and birth a site.
004. Experiment with research chemicals.
005. Design a three-step program.
006. Take a powerful stance for something positive and essential.
007. Regulate nothing.
008. Say that you have to move in two weeks, but stay for seven months. Come back a year later and do it all over again.
010. Relax, you’re already halfway there.
011. Just kidding.
012. Don’t think outside the box. Build a box.
013. Support support.
014. Organize and go to parties and fairs.
015. Start 30–40 blogs about the same things.
016. Drain the private sector of coders, graphic artists and literati.
017. Create a prize that is awarded.
018. Express yourself often in the media, vaguely.
019. Spread all rumors.
020. Seek out and try carding, and travel by expensive trains. Don’t order sushi.
021. Start a radio station.
022. Everything you use, you can copy and give an arbitrary name, whether it’s a news portal, search engine or public service.
023. Buy a bus.
024. Install a MegaHAL.
025. Make sure that you are really good friends with people who can use Photoshop, HTML, databases, and the like.
Permaculture is only one short step behind.
The concept of COINCIDENCE has come up before on SuperForest. That strange occurance when the six degrees of life suddenly smack together in one place. Jackson posted epically about his personal coincidence explosion last month (which is well worth revisiting). And I don’t know how many of you out there have had such chance encounter(s), but they seem to have always been a staple of my life.
I’ve run into middle school friends in basement jazz bars in Florence; literally bumped into a water polo colleague from Hawaii in front of the skull of the oldest human being in New York’s Natural History Museum; reconnected with a classmate from San Salvador, Brazil on a secluded Hawaiian beach on which we were the only people. Coincidences like these rarely surprise me much anymore. I’ve embraced them as part of the wonderful, mysterious way in which we are all connected .
But never have I randomly stumbled upon a small world coincidence via the internet. Never before today.
Here’s how this came to be. I was doing a google image search for a story Aaron and I are developing, looking for photographs of Old Hawaii. Which was search number. Ancient Hawaii was google’d next. And so on until 8 pages down on my “Vintage Hawaii” search I found this:
(photos via coconutsandcoppertone)
And my jaw dropped five feet and the drool did spilleth into a pool on the floor. Because what I was looking at, of all things was not only the one “not vintage Hawaii” photograph in the entire search, but was in fact photographs of people I and you SuperForesters all know and dearly love.
The incandescent Augustine and Mea!
Original tenants of Zero One. Humans extraordinaire. And as Jackson just informed me today, proud parents of a beautiful baby girl NAIA!
What a surprise, what a joy to stumble upon them in this context. I felt as if I’d found a secret left just for me, a virtual message in a bottle reminding me that friends are never far, and that the world, no matter how big, or how fast we grow, only gets smaller. Today I mean that in the best of ways.
Congratulations Augustine and Mea on your new life. May it grow as beautiful and radiant as yourselves and the land you tender with respect and love.
SuperForester Jenni just IM’d me this amazing map!
Who knew? The internet really is just a bunch of tubes. Hrrmmmm.
As is the way with the world, or at the very least my experience in it… ideas often converge. Start meditating on any one particular thought and you will find the universe answering in any number of unexpected ways.
Such was the case when scanning older SF posts last night I came upon Jackson’s thought provoking post on privacy. His call for an open world where sharing is the social norm and the walls and laws of privacy are torn down in the name of naked truth (I’m paraphrasing horribly here, please read Jack’s inspiring words)… sparked quite the debate in the comments section that followed.
In truth, it wasn’t really a subject I had given much thought before. As a human I’m very open and outgoing, with nothing I feel the need to hide, yet I’ve often been selective about sharing my personal info with the masses. Jackson’s post began to reframe my entire perspective on the idea of privacy and it’s value. That was last night. And then this morning I awoke to find this article on Cnet News:
It’s a like a research statician read Jackson’s post and then found 30 different sources to prove it. It’s a long and fascinating article, well worth your time, that makes an extremely compelling case for why repealing privacy is not only beneficial for society, government, and business… but seems like the natural next step in social evolution in this internet age. Below a few choice quotes:
“As a social good,” says Richard Posner, the federal judge and iconoclastic conservative, “I think privacy is greatly overrated because privacy basically means concealment…”
The truth about privacy is counter-intuitive: less of it can lead to a more virtuous society. Markets function more efficiently when it’s cheap to identify and deliver the right product to the right person at the right time.
Read the full article for more and Jackson’s post, and let the discussion continue!
Good day, SuperForest!
SuperForester Lizza has just introduced me to Intent.com – an online forum that lets you send your intentions out into the universe (via the web-iverse) and thus solidify your goals and focus your energies into achieving them. What’s great is that others read your intentions and offer their encouragement and support. It’s a great way to “put your intent out there” and committ, and at the same time give you the sense that we humans are all working together to love, grow and achieve. Deepak Chopra and his daughter Mallika are avid intent sharers.
If I’ve sparked your interest at all, here’s what to do:
1. Click on “create an account” in the top right hand corner of the intent.com homepage. This took me roughly 2 minutes.
2. Click on “intents”. Then type in your intention in the box as pictured below. Then click on “add my intent”.
3. You can then check out the most recent posts and offer your support to others in their journey. I found it lovely to browse through the intents of others. So many run parallel to what I hope to achieve too.
Tools such as this make me so grateful for the internet. It allows us to share in a far bigger way than ever before. Our words are now far-reaching and people are really listening. In short: If you want support, you got it.
Throughout the years, I’ve read a lot of things about the internet (both nice and nasty), but no words better describe my feelings toward it than this quote right here:
This waking dream we call the Internet also blurs the difference between my serious thoughts and my playful thoughts, or to put it more simply: I no longer can tell when I am working and when I am playing online. For some people the disintegration between these two realms marks all that is wrong with the Internet: It is the high-priced waster of time. It breeds trifles. On the contrary, I cherish a good wasting of time as a necessary precondition for creativity, but more importantly I believe the conflation of play and work, of thinking hard and thinking playfully, is one the greatest things the Internet has done. -Kevin Kelly
After first reading this a few months ago, the words stayed with me and it was during a meeting with the lovely Janice Pezzoli today that I was reminded of the internet’s other great gift. The “creativity” that Kelly talks about fuels one of the most incredible forms of collaboration possible. Ideas are born, shared, remixed, grown, expanded, and so on creating this insane cycle called progress (at least, some people think so). Being so, the internet, at its essence, is a collabosphere. It’s one of the most beautiful tools we have at our disposal and taking the treasures born in it and manifesting them in real world situations is exactly what the SuperForest Game is all about.
The SuperForesty ideas are still buzzing and we are trying to process all the exciting happenings that are going on and convert those into plans (Our 90% estimate of the number of untold “behind the scenes stuff” was no understatement) but we look forward to sharing it with you all soon and having you join in on this crazy game.
In gratitude and excitement,
If the internet’s popular websites were designed sometime around the sixties and were distributed in the form of books, what would it look like?
This age-old question has finally been answered by the crazy talented French illustrator Stéphane Massa-Bidal (also known as Rétrofuturs) through the series “Web Services Covers Therapy”. Here’s a taste of the charming series.
Wow. As far as creativity points go, this is off the charts. The full flickr set can be found here!
(via the daily what)
Over the past couple of months twitter has made it’s to the main stream media. All serious bloggers and corporations have their own twitter account (we have an account too, come follow us!) so they can stay in touch with the rest of the world. For people unfamiliar with the relatively new internet service, here’s a nice introductory video.
Besides all the serious uses twitter has it’s also usable for less-serious goals. For example: The Tweeting Office Chair.
Believe it or not, but the chair posts something to twitter when someone… releases some gas while utilizing the chair.
This might seem very useless but from a more technological approach it isn’t. The creator of this initiative has also created a guide at instructables, so you can create your own chair. And with a bit of creativity you can turn this ‘recipe’ around into something else, a door that tweets when someone opens it or a plant that tells you when it needs water (wait, we actually had that last one before).
Whether you have got mad techno-skills or not, an update like: “someone please disassemble me” is kind of funny.
A few months ago YouTube announced that they were going to create an Internet Symphony Orchestra, in plain English: an orchestra that is made up of fervent (musical) YouTubers. Composer Tan Dun wrote a composition for a huge variety of instruments and lots of people around the globe started to send in their submissions (in the form of a YouTube video).
The aim of the whole project is to pick out the best musicians and invite them for a true, physical performance. But that’s not what I’m going to talk about here, what caught my attention is the mashup that was made by the people from YouTube.
The mashup features material from the thousands and thousands of submissions that have been mixed together in a nice blend. Isn’t it wonderful how the internet connects everyone of us? In this video there are possibly a few hundred people making music together while they have never actually met each other.
Way to go for the Internet Symphony Orchestra, woohoo!
Good morning SuperForest!
And what a fine morning it is.
There are two pieces of news I read recently that totally blew my mind and reminded me of the power of the internet to both create and destroy.
The first is that the Kremlin recently admitted that it’s anti-fascist youth group the Nashi were responsible for the 2007 cyber attacks that shut down the country of Estonia. The young hacker group brought Estonia’s internet to a complete standstill by launching a DDoS attack (distributed denial-of-service) on the country’s servers.
So basically a government sponsored group of kids used computers to overload another country’s internet, effectively bringing all electronic commerce in that country to a halt. This would be like a World of Warcraft guild electronically taking out Jamaica.
This is astounding news. Jaw-dropping in its implications. What astounding power! Only keystrokes needed to shut down a country.
A DDoS attack basically runs like this: Hackers use zombied computers to try to repeatedly load a web page. Try to load the same web page enough times, from enough computers and the server hosting the web page shuts down. Do this again and again, and with enough computers requesting web pages and enough servers shutting down, and you’ve effectively shut down the whole country. That’s what they did. And the Kremlin is admitting to backing it.
Wild times, these. (Crazier still, it’s only the second biggest cyberattack to date. Here’s numero uno, Titan Rain, launched against the US.)
Without bothering to condemn or condone, let’s jump straight to learning from this. States and countries need better protection against cyberwarfare, that much is certain. What other information can we parse from this? Teenage Russian hackers are highly skilled, but were their attacks fueled by nationalism, teenage unrest, merely boredom? A mix of all three? Something I’ve not mentioned?
If the Nashi can destroy, which it clearly can, what then could it create? And what steps is Estonia taking to ensure that this doesn’t happen again?
We shall wait and see.
And number two on the list of cyber-news that will astound… have you heard the news about the “grass-mud horse“?
If not, let us clue you in on a grand joke being played on the censors of China’s internet by clever Chinese citizens.
It seems that the words: “Grass-mud horse” in Chinese are a vile obscenity. But only in spoken Chinese! In Chinese characters, the name is once more benign. Obscenities are not tolerated on China’s internet, but the “grass-mud horse meme” is proliferating like mad anyways… How? And why?…
From the NY Times:
“Government computers scan Chinese cyberspace constantly, hunting for words and phrases that censors have dubbed inflammatory or seditious. When they find one, the offending blog or chat can be blocked within minutes.
Xiao Qiang, an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, who oversees a project that monitors Chinese Web sites, said in an e-mail message that the grass-mud horse “has become an icon of resistance to censorship.”
“The expression and cartoon videos may seem like a juvenile response to an unreasonable rule,” he wrote. “But the fact that the vast online population has joined the chorus, from serious scholars to usually politically apathetic urban white-collar workers, shows how strongly this expression resonates.”
Wang Xiaofeng, a journalist and blogger based in Beijing, said in an interview that the little animal neatly illustrates the futility of censorship. “When people have emotions or feelings they want to express, they need a space or channel,” he said. “It is like a water flow — if you block one direction, it flows to other directions, or overflows. There’s got to be an outlet.”
Here is that outlet taken form:
“An alpaca-like animal — in fact, the videos show alpacas — it lives in a desert whose name resembles yet another foul word. The horses are “courageous, tenacious and overcome the difficult environment,” a YouTube song about them says.
But they face a problem: invading “river crabs” that are devouring their grassland. In spoken Chinese, “river crab” sounds very much like “harmony,” which in China’s cyberspace has become a synonym for censorship. Censored bloggers often say their posts have been “harmonized” — a term directly derived from President Hu Jintao’s regular exhortations for Chinese citizens to create a harmonious society.
In the end, one song says, the horses are victorious: “They defeated the river crabs in order to protect their grassland; river crabs forever disappeared from the Ma Le Ge Bi,” the desert.”
I read recently that the internet treats any form of censorship as a form of damage, it immediately begins routing information around the “damage.” And thus the “emotions as water” analogy is a perfect one. So, if emotions, like information resist all forms of censorship and actively seeks ways to express themselves, are emotions the internet? Or is the internet our emotions?
It’s all so fascinating! One thing’s for sure, little by little China’s citizens are growing ever more aware of the electronic thought oppression they live under and are actively working to subvert it.
Behold the power of the internet. It can bring down, it can build up, it can tear apart, and it can seal together.
But it is at it’s heart just a reflection of its creators, and it is there to show us what WE are capable of, and how to learn from our own actions.
We at SuperForest are so pleased to be along for the ride!
What a wild world this is where children can stop a country with silicon, and a mythical creature can fight for freedom of thought for billions of people.
I love love love this planet.